2019 CAMIGUIN ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE | TOURIST SPOTS

CAMIGUIN ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE | TOURIST SPOTS

Camiguin Tourist Spots

 CAMIGUIN ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE

Here’s your Camiguin Island Travel Guide. This post covers popular Camiguin tourist spots, a list of resorts and pieces of information on how to get to the island.

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Katibawasan Falls | Camiguin Travel Guide + Tourist Spots

ABOUT CAMIGUIN ISLAND

Camiguin Island with an area of approximately 238 square kilometers is an ideal place to be explored.
The place is famous for its diving spots and great underwater life which is great for snorkeling.

Visitors who had experienced Camiguin were in love with its beautiful beaches. However, the place also offers a wide array of  “things to do” such as mountain climbing, jungle trekking, rappelling and much more. The island’s natural springs will surely be a great option after basking on the beach for many days.

We have outlined in this travel guide several tourist spots, the list of resorts and hotels with their 2017 room rates, and “Getting there” information which we believe can help you in crafting your Camiguin Tour Itinerary.

Note: Please take note that we don’t own any of the resorts and hotels listed here. Kindly, direct your bookings to any of these hotels and resorts. There is a chance that they will change their rates without prior notice. Regarding the ferry and transportation schedules, it would be best to verify as they may change their schedules from time to time.

Yours truly with Cherry, Cyndi, and Cris at Mantigue Island, Camiguin

How to Get to Camiguin Island

Camiguin has four (4) major gateways: Cebu and Bohol (Visayas Region); Balingoan and Cagayan de Oro City (Mindanao area).

BY AIR

Fly Direct to Camiguin

Serving only smaller aircraft is the airport in Mambajao, Camiguin. Cebu Pacific has direct flights to Camiguin from Cebu City.

Fly via Cagayan de Oro

Both Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have flights from Manila to Cagayan de Oro (Camiguin’sCamiguin’s jump-of-point )or Butuan. These airlines also have flights to Cagayan from Iloilo, Bacolod, Zamboanga, and Davao.

FROM CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY

From Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan, take a shuttle van to Agora Terminal if you want to go to Camiguin directly. However, if you’re going to stay a day or 2 in Cagayan, you can tell the van to drop you to your hotel.

If you wish to stay overnight at Cagayan de Oro City, especially if you arrive late in the afternoon, you can stay a night in some hotels which offer at least a minimum of 6 to 12 hours. 

From the Agora terminal, you can take either a Bus or Van to Balingoan Port at approximately 2 hours of travel time. I prefer a bus as they are more comfortable and have more legroom.

The moment you arrive at Balingoan Terminal, you will see a kiosk of Shuttle Ferry immediately for Camiguin. Buy your ticket.

After getting a ticket, take a motorela going to Balingoan Port for Camiguin.

Below is the schedule of Shuttle Ferry plying Balingoan to Camiguin. 

 FROM BUTUAN

From Butuan Airport, take a cab or motorcycle to the Bus Terminal. Then, take the Cagayan- bound bus at approximately more than two hours. You’ll pass by and stop at Balingoan port where the ferries are waiting for the sailing schedule.

2GO Travel had regular boat schedules from Manila to Cagayan.

Travel Budget

You can compute your own budget based on the following:

  • Plane Fare
  • Overnight Stay in Cagayan de Oro – leas than 1,000
  • Van from Laguindingan Airport to Cagayan Proper – PHP 199
  • Taxi from Hotel to Agora Terminal – PHP 50
  • From Agora to Balingoan- Bus – 175
  • Shuttle Ferry Ticket – PHP 205 + 15 terminal Fee
  • Motorela from Balingoan Bus terminal to Baligoan Port – PHP 10
  • Tour Package in Camiguin – PHP 2,000 for 2 Days
  • Meals in Camiguin are cheap. It also depends on where and what will you eat.

With my fellow solo travelers: Cherry DP Lav from Davao; Cyndi Romanillos from Manila; Cris of Cagayan and our guides: Gilbert Cashine and Nad’s Tortal Valente

Camiguin Island Tour Package

I availed a tour package during my visit because I believe its the most convenient.

2-Day Camiguin Tour Package – PHP 2,000/head ( inclusive of transportation, entrance fees and motorboat rentals to White and Mantigue Islands)

Itinerary:

Day 1

  • Pick up at the Port and Drop Off to Your Resort
  • Tongatok View Deck
  • Walkway to Old Volcano
  • Sunken Cemetery
  • Old Church Ruins
  • Soda Springs
  • Tuasan Falls
  • Sto.nino Coldspring

Day2

  • White Island
  • Ardent Spring
  • Katibawasan Falls
  • Mantigue Island
  • Katunggan Park ( Lovers Bridges)

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The Sunken Cemetery at sunset | Camiguin Travel Guide + Tourist Spots

CAMIGUIN TOURIST SPOTS

SUNKEN CEMETERY

A very popular tourist spot in Camiguin Island is the Sunken Cemetery. This old cemetery sunk including some areas in the town of Bonbon during the volcanic birth of Mt. Vulcan from 1871 to 1875. The sunken cemetery is commemorated by a huge cross that was erected in 1982.

Mus read: The Sunken Cemetery

MOUNT HIBOK HIBOK

For mountain climbers, Mount Hibok-Hibok in Camiguin will surely inspire you. Prior to your activity, you are required to secure a permit from the office in the DENR office in Mambajao. The Ardent Hot Springs in Mambajao is the usual jump-off point and it may take for 3-5 hours only to reach the summit.

MT. VULCAN

Mt. Vulcan is flooded by tourists and pilgrims, especially during the holy week. While on your way to the summit, you will be seeing several life-size statues depicting the suffering of Jesus. The station of the cross images is positioned at intervals while climbing a mountain.

WHITE ISLAND

White Island is a popular tourist spot in Camiguin which attracts thousands of tourists each year. From Barangay Agoho or Brgy. Yumbing in Mambajao one can reach the island which is about 4 to 6 kilometers west of the center of the town. From any of the beach resorts facing the island, tourists can simply hire some pump boats to reach White Island.

White Island is actually a sand bar and has a horseshoe-shaped. However, the sandbar is resized and reshaped as dictated by the wind directions. No shelters nor shades are found on the island, so better armed yourself with enough sunscreen when visiting White Island.

Must read: White Island 

KATIBAWASAN FALLS

The beautiful Katibawasan falls is cascading at 70 meters high. The majestic waterfalls are adorned with nice rock formations as well as ferns and other wild greens which make the place more appealing.

ARDENT HOT SPRING

Another famous spring resort in Camiguin is the Ardent Hot Spring. Famous among local and foreign guests, the spring is visited by many because of its calming effect brought about by the warm and sulfuric water heated by Mt. Hibok Hibok.

OLD GUI-OB CHURCH RUINS (OLD CATARMAN CHURCH RUINS)

This historic tourist spot is the remnant of the Gui-ob Church in the town of Old Catarman which was destroyed and submerged partly by the volcanic debris during the eruption of Mt. Vulcan from 1871 to 1875.

STO. NIÑO COLD SPRING

Sto. Nino Cold Spring is located 4 kilometers north uphill of Catarman. The place takes pride in its natural spring pool measuring 25 meters by 40 meters with 4 ft to 8 ft in depth. The cold crystal clear water of the pool is sprouting from the sandy bottom of the pool.

MANTIGUE ISLAND

Mantigue Island is a 4 hectares island bordered by beautiful white-sand beaches. On the north side of the island is a fishing village; on another side is a white sand beach with coral offshore, while the opposite side provides beautiful spots for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Must read: Mantigue Island 

SAAY COLD SPRING

Located at the foot of the Mt. Hibok-Hibok at Quipasa, Mambajao, Camiguin is the beautiful Saay Cold Spring. Saay cold spring has a Medium pool which is approximately 8ft depth and a small pool which is about 4ft depth. The pool has spring water coming from the mountain which is why it is very cold. You can use a motorcycle or habal-habal to reach the place.

LANZONES FESTIVAL

If you want to experience Camiguin’s Lanzones Festival, then schedule your visit to Camiguin in the month of October( third week). The festival is an annual Thanksgiving and harvest celebration. Of course, the month of October is the season and harvest time for the famous tropical fruit – lanzones.

Must read: Lanzones Festival 

Jojo Vito, Travel Blogger

White Island | Camiguin Travel Guide + Tourist Spots

Travel Tips

  • The moment you arrive at Laguindingan airport so will see outside various transport companies/van that will bring you to the city. This is the cheapest mode of transportation as Laguindingan is far from Cagayan City proper. Fare is 199. Ask the driver if they can drop you to your hotel.
  • There are hotels in Cagayan offering 6 or 12 hours minimum stay.
  • It is also great to travel for Camiguin at around 2 in the morning, and you will arrive at the island at about 7-8 am. You can sleep on the bus.
  • I suggest that you get a room in Mambajao while in Camiguin. This place is the center of the island and is the one closer to most destinations and even restaurants and convenience stores.
  • Camiguin is hot, and sunscreen is your best friend. Get those with the highest SPF and are waterproof.
  • It is best to bring a dry bag, especially when doing Island hopping.
  • Travel light. I brought a suitcase during my visit because I was carrying with me gadgets that I need to protect, and It was quite a challenge, especially when riding a habal-habal.
  • Avail the services of the local guides/habal-habal driver. Our guides during our visit were great photographers, friendly, and very helpful. Don’tDon’t forget to give them tips and pay for their meals.

Jojoy, the traveling mask 

Jojoy, the Happy Trips traveling mask at White Island | Camiguin Travel Guide + Tourist Spots

 List of Tourism Accredited Restaurants in Camiguin Island

1.Camiguin Northern Lights (Agoho)
Agoho, Camiguin 09058447866/jansson.linus@gmail.com

2.Captain Cook Bar & Restaurant
Yumbing, Mambajao
09774454279/kha.han720@gmail.com

3.Cely’s
Poblacion, Mambajao
(088) 387-0574

4.CheckPoint FOOD
Yumbing, Mambajao, Camiguin Island
09176605495/checkpointroy@gmail.com

5.Guerrera Restaurant & Cottages
Yumbing, Mambajao
09173119859/guerreracamiguin@gmail.com

6.J &A Fishpen Resort & Restaurant
Benoni, Mahinog (09977369287/j.a_fishpen_resort@yahoo.com

7.La Dolce Vita Ristorante
Baylao, Mambajao, Camiguin Island
09361004733/ladolcevitacaferistorante@gmail.com

8.La Isla Cocina
Agoho, Mambajao 09062479027/isla_cocina@yahoo.com

9.Lagoon Bistro
Benoni, Mahinog, Camiguin Island
09052724824/aimef21@gmail.com

10. Luna Ristoranti
Yumbing, Mambajao, Camiguin Island
09351167084/neziljane93@gmail.com

11. Paradiso Hillside Restaurant & Cottages
Agoho, Mambajao
09171237204/clientvincent48@yahoo.com

12. Pedro’s
Old Parola Wharf, Mambajao
(088) 387-0405

13.Peninsular Kape Art
Rocky Village, Yumbing, Mambajao 9772382673/LAURA@GARCIADESALAZAR.ES

14. Samuel by: VjANDEP
Poblacion, Mambajao, Camiguin Island
09364180296/samuelby:vjandep@gmail.com

15. Shardana Restobar
Bug-ong, Mambajao 09056038968/Shardana.camiguin@gmail.com

16. The Beehive café
Catibac, Catarman 09264312780/calamprinces@gmail.com

 

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at the foot of Mt. Hibok-Hibok  | Camiguin Travel Guide + Tourist Spots

Camiguin Island Tourism Resorts /Accredited Apartelle  

Book your Discounted Camiguin Hotel/Resort Room  Here

 Amaya Apartelle
Lumad, Poblacion,  Camiguin Island

 Agohay Villa Forte Beach Resort
Agoho

 Algens Dive Resort
Catuhogan, Mahinog, Camiguin Island

 Ardent Hibok-Hibok Spring and Resort
Tagdo, Mambajao

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at the grounds of PHIVOLCS Hibok-Hibok Observatory with other solo travelers, i meet in the ilsand | Camiguin Travel Guide + Tourist Spots

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 Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin
Balbagon, Mambajao

 Balai sa Baibai
Agoho, Mambajao

 Cabua-an Beach Resort
Cabua-an, Camiguin Island

 Camiguin Highland Resort
Soro-Soro

Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat & Dive Resort
Baring, Naasag, Camiguin Island

 Camiguin White Island Beach Resort
Yumbing

 Casa de Cutab Guesthouse & Café
Mayana, Sagay

 Catarman Coral Dive & Resort
Poblacion, Catarman

 Caves Dive Resort
Agoho, Mambajao

 Dayo Beach Resort & Cottages
Naasag, Mambajao

 Dreamland Beach Resort
Yumbing, Camiguin Island

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 at Sto. Nino Cold Spring | Camiguin Travel Guide + Tourist Spots

Book your Discounted Camiguin Hotel/Resort Room  Here

Eden Vista Apartelle
Poblacion

 El Planta Camiguin Resort
Maubog, Balbagon, Mambajao

 Ferrabrel Beach Resort
Balbagon, Mambajao, Camiguin Island

 Islet Beach Resort
Mahinog, Camiguin

 Kurma (Dive into Spirit)
Yumbing

 Medano Island Resort
Yumbing, Mambajao

 Nypa Style Resort Camiguin

Bug-ong, Camiguin Island

 Paras Beach Resort
Yumbing

 Paradise Island Apartelle
Agoho

 Pilgrim Beach Resort
Bugang, Sagay

 Puesta Del Sol Beach Bungalows
Yumbing, Mambajao

 Roldan’s Beach Resort
Mercy Village

 Rosela’s Apartelle
Bug-ong, Mambajao

 Somewhere Else Boutique Resort
Agoho

 Terrasse Beach Resort
Yumbing,  Camiguin Island

 The View Resort & Restaurant
Abbu

 Villa Paraiso Resort and Apartelle
Poblacion, Mambajao

 Vismin GV Hotel
Poblacion

 Ysla Beach Camp & Eco Resort
Agoho,  Camiguin Island

 

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Katunggan Park, a mangrove forest in the island  | Camiguin Travel Guide + Tourist Spots

Cottages/Homestays/Inn/Pension House

1.Bullecer Homestay
Yumbing, Camiguin Island

2.Camiguin Blue Lagoon
Benoni, Mahinog

3.Camiguin Souldiver’s
Tupsan

4.Cantaan Yacht Inn & Restobar
Cantaan, Guinsiliban, Camiguin Island

5.Casa Absuelo
Paghiawan, Catarman

6. Creek & Traveller Cottages
Poblacion, Catarman

7.Casa Mel Sol Cottages
Yumbing, Mambajao

8.Casa De Cutab Guesthouse & Café
Mayana, Sagay

9.Casa Esperanza
Yumbing

10. Carmen’s Haven
Yumbing, Mambajao, Camiguin Island

11. Casa Rocca Inn & Restaurant
Baring, Naasag

12.Chumz Travel Lodge
Yumbing, Mambajao

13. D & A Seaside Cottages
Lawigan, Catarman

14. DS Vacation House
Yumbing,  Camiguin Island

15. Gamorot/Pabololot Cottages
Yumbing, Mambajao

16. Hidden Suites
Yumbing

17. Jacob’s Place
Yumbing, Mambajao

18. JJE Pension House
Umycco, Mambajao

19. July’s Haven Seaside Lodge
Yumbing

20. Kenkye Hidding Lodge Folkhauz & Restobar
Yumbing, Mambajao

21. Lanzones Cabana
Yumbing, Mambajao

22. Mabini Lodge
Mabini Corner Luna

23. Marianita’s Cottages
Yumbing,  Camiguin Island

24. Melinda’s Beach
Bug-ong, Mambajao

25.Morning Glory Beach & Cottages
Agoho, Mambajao

26. Myrna’s Bamboo Cottages
Bug-ong

27. Mountain View Cottages
Agoho, Mambajao

28. Myrna’s Burger & Homestay
Yumbing

29. Nautilus Cottages
Kuguita, Mambajao, Camiguin Island

30. Northern Lights Downtown
Balbagon

31. Ochavillo Travelers Home
Yumbing, Mambajao

32. Pabualan’s Cottages
Yumbing, Mambajao

33. Pabua’s Cottages
Yumbing, Mambajao

34. Paguia’s Cottages
Yumbing, Mambajao

35. Patsada Cottages
Agoho, Mambajao

36. Philmany – Home Rentals
Balintawak St., Mambajao

37. RG Happy Home
Yumbing, Mambajao

38. Sabuga Cottages
Yumbing, Mambajao

39. Sacred Nest
Yumbing, Mambajao, Camiguin Island

40. Sagrado Room for Rent
Yumbing, Mambajao

41. Shenah Jhane Cottages
Bonbon, Catarman

42. Tabada’s Homestay
Yumbing, Mambajao, Camiguin Island

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5 Comments

  1. thanks for sharing , sounds like some great getaways.

  2. Hello Do you have idea if they offer Tour packages as well or how can we go around by DIY method?

  3. maybe you should include the prices.

  4. very thorough and informative post about Camiguin Island

  5. You have given complete information about camiguin .. beautiful place would love to go there when its that easy to contact for every thing through your blog

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