Camiguin Island Tour
Good Morning CDO! We woke up at 4:00 AM and checked out at the inn to catch the 5:00 AM bus trip to Balingoan Port. From Willshire Inn, we rode a cab going to the bus terminal with trips to Balingoan. It took us about 20 minutes to go there. And from there, there are buses going to Balingoan Port. The bus fare is PHP 150.00, and the travel time is about 2 hours. We arrived at the Balingoan Terminal at around 8:00 AM, then we rode a tricycle going to the port. By the way, the port is just 5 minutes walk from the terminal so I think there is no need to ride a tricycle, it just happened that we have lots of baggages. 🙂
Camiguin. Benoni Port. Camiguin Island is known to the island “Born of Fire”. It has seven volcanoes and several volcanic domes. Volcanic eruptions and land movements have created this spectacular island which is full of natural wonders and historical riches.
We arrived at the Benoni port at 9:00 AM, then met the person who will take us to Paguia’s Cottages (+63910632972). We stayed at the Paguia’s Cottages since I found it affordable. The room cost PHP 1,500, good for 6 persons.
We arrived at the Paguia’s Cottages around 10:00 AM. Travel time was 45 minutes to 1 hour from the port to our lodging. We found our cottage cozy and nice. It was a big cottage with 1 room, kitchen and private toilet and bath. It can even fit 10 people.
Brunch at Vjandep Restaurant
We quickly dropped our things then started the tour. The one who picked us at the port is also the one who will tour us at the Camiguin Island. The tour cost PHP 1,500.
We had our lunch first at the Vjandep Restaurant. From Paguia’s cottages, it took us 30 minutes to get there.
We are all hungry as usual. And here’s our food:
The water was cold. It was refreshing but we can’t manage its coldness so just after we waded in the nature’s pool for about 10 minutes, we left and moved to our next destination.
Before moving on to the next destination, we stopped along the street and took a picture at the picturesque view of the beach and mountains of Camiguin Island.
Walkway to the Old Volcano and Stations of the Cross
Some were tired and lazy to go up so we just took our picture here at the entrance going to the walkway and stations of the cross.
Guiob Church Ruins
What remains are ruins of adobe walls, belfry and convent that are testimonials to the devastating 1871 earthquake and volcanic eruption which wiped out the illustrious town of Catarman established earlier as a Spanish settlement in 1697.
Water Soda Pool and Sto. Niño Cold Spring
After the ruins, we went to the Soda pool. We’re all curious why it was named such. By the way, there’s an entrance fee for PHP 50.00 and there are also cottages but we didn’t rent one since we will only stay for half an hour. We took a dip in the soda pool. Hmmm… we tasted it a bit (?) just to confirm if it’s really a soda. It smells like at first but we’re just swimming with same other pool.
Afterwards, we went to the Sto. Niño Cold Spring. The entrance fee is PHP 40.00. The water is like an ice, it’s colder than the Katibawasan falls. I rented a life buoy and relaxed over the cold spring.
After we spent our time at the falls and relaxed over the cold spring and soda pool, we came on our much awaited destination, the Sunken Cemetery. I personally asked our driver to take us in the Sunken Cemetery during sunset for us to catch it’s picturesque view. We came on time, just before the sunset and the sunken cemetery didn’t disappoint us.
According to local historians, Mount Vulcan had four historic eruptions. The first one was in 1827 but records of this eruption were nil. The second one was in 1862 when thick ashes from the crater flowed and overtook people who were fleeing towards the sea, resulting in 326 fatalities. The third one started in 1871. Previous experience had taught some of the Camiguin people of the dangerous whims of Mount Vulcan. Thus, when earthquakes were felt, they fled as far away as possible from the volcano, but some stayed behind. There were spasmodic eruptions and the people who fled decided to stay away until the time when the volcano finally subsided in 1875. But when they returned, they have lost their land and their friends.
Afterwards, we went back to the shore. As we sailed the 3 feet deep sea, we saw gravestone covered by dead corals. We also saw some starfish and other fish.
Ardent Hibok-Hibok Hot Spring
It was already 5:00 PM, and we moved on to the last part of our tour.
It was good to have this on the last part of the tour, entrance fee is PHP 30.00. The hot spring made us relaxed, eased our back aches and moved away our stress. Anyways, there are lots of people at the spring so we had a hard time finding a good spot. We spent an hour at the hot spring. It was nice and I felt good, it was my first time at the hot spring!
Afterwards, we bought some pasalubong outside the resort. This was the end of our tour and we went to Paras beach resort to have dinner.
Paras Beach Resort – Restaurant
We took our orders first then we’ll just come back after 30 minutes because we needed to wash up and take a shower at our cottages. Paras Beach resort is just a walking distance from Paguia’s.
Our tour guide left and I asked him to fetch us tomorrow at 8:00 AM so we can catch the 9:00 AM ferry trip to Balingoan Port. Moving on, we went back to Paras Beach Resort and had our dinner. Here’s our food – sobrang gutom na kami:
The food didn’t disappoint our hungry stomach. It was a delight after a tiring day. We went back to our cottages, we calculated our expenses. Afterwards, we slept. Good night Camiguin!
- There are two ways to reach the Camiguin Island;
- Ferry at Balingoan Port (4 – 5 hours travel from CDO to Camiguin Island)
- Fastcraft at CDO which leaves at 8:00 AM daily (2 hours travel time from CDO to Camiguin)
- There are numerous bus trips from Cagayan De Oro going to Balingoan Port at the bus terminal in Agora Market.
- Ferries leaving for Camiguin Island’s Benoni Port from Balingoan port starts leaving at 6:00 AM. It has an hourly departure frequency until 5:00pm.
- There are no good white sand beach in the Camiguin Island itself so I think it is not necessary to choose a beach front resort.
- For Paguia’s Cottages room, pick up and tour rate, please contact Paguia’s Cottages at +63910632972.