Friday, July 6, 2007

Camiguin Escapade

How to get there?

From Cagayan de oro, take the Ceres Bus Lines to Balingoan for 50-75 pesos. The trip approximately takes 2 hours. From the Balingoan Port, take the ferry to get to Camiguin for 107 pesos. The ferry ride takes 1 hour.

Where to Stay?

Jasmin by the Sea

We highly recommend this if you're in for some affordable and cozy accommodation. Cottages here are for 600-800 pesos, good for 2 persons. Dorm type is only for 350 pesos (shared bathroom). Make sure to have a few chat sessions with Melinda, the owner of the resort. She's a legend!

Unfortunately there's no early booking in the resort, but it's worth trying to give them a heads up that you're arriving.

Call +63 088 387 9015

There are a number of resorts along the stretch of mambajao, so finding for a place to stay won't be a problem.

What to do?

You could never run out of things to do in Camiguin. Start of by renting a van (1000-2000 pesos for 3-5 hours) or habal-habal (500 pesos for 3-5 hours) and do the island tour to visit the famous landmarks of the island.. If you're up for a climb then there's a number of volcanoes to trek. There's the old volcano, new volcano, Mt. Hibok-hibok and many more. The sunken cemetery is perfect for picturesque sunsets. The sto. nino cold spring and a few hot springs would be good to experience if you haven't tried it yet. The island has two waterfalls that are definitely worthwhile to see. If you're craving for white sandy beaches then a trip to the white island is for you. It's just a few minutes away by boat from mambajao, it's perfect for watching the sunrise and sunset. Rent for the boat would cost you around 300 pesos (roundtrip).

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