CAMIGUIN TRAVEL GUIDE

Delve into the pear-shaped island of Camiguin in Northern Mindanao.   This dazzling island is an old favorite of tourists due to its sun-kissed azure waters lapping around its coastline.  So pack your swimwear, snorkeling gears and sunscreen then rush to Camiguin Island to discover its many treasures!

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HOW TO GET TO CAMIGUIN ISLAND FROM MANILA 

By Air:

 

Nearest airport to Camiguin is located in Cagayan de Oro City (CDO) or Butuan.  Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have flights to Cagayan de Oro and Butuan from Manila.  And Cebu Pacific has direct flights from Cebu to Camiguin.

 


By Land:

Option 1

 

Manila  CDO AirportAgora Terminal  Balingoan Port  Camiguin

HOW TO GET TO CAMIGUIN ISLAND FROM CDO (CAGAYAN DE ORO) VIA BALINGOAN 

 

From Laguindingan International Airport (LIA) in the Laguindingan town (often referred to as Cagayan de Oro Airport) you several options to get to Cagayan de Oro City where you need to head to Agora Market Terminal for your transport to Camiguin.

STEP 1

 

Commuting from Cagayan de Oro Airport to Agora Market Terminal

By Van

At Laguindangan Airport (CDO Airport) take an express van to Agora Market terminal in Cagayan de Oro. Their booths are located in front of the Arrival Area.   Travel time is 30-45 minutes. Fare is Php 199.

 At Agora Terminal in Cagayan de Oro City. Transfer to a bus or van bound for Balingoan Port.  Prepare about Php 150 for the bus fare.  Avoid the non-aircon bus as it has many stops and quite uncomfortable. Travel time is 2.5-3 hours.

By Bus

 

From Laguindangan Airport, take an Airport Shuttle (Php 20) or  Super 5 Airport  Van (Php 50) to the National Highway.  At the highway just hail a bus en route to Cagayan de Oro City.  Fare is around Php 85.  Travel time 30- 45 minutes.

Alternatively, you may take a Super 5 Airport Van + Super 5 Bus for Php 100.  The shuttle will drop you off at the National Highway where you need to transfer to a Super 5 Bus.

At Agora Market Terminal in Cagayan de Oro City. Go inside the market and look for the terminal.  Transfer to a bus or van bound for  Balingoan Port.  Prepare about Php 150 for the bus fare.  Avoid the non-aircon bus as it has many stops and quite uncomfortable. Travel time is 2.5-3 hours.

By Taxi

 

CDO Airport to CDO City Flag down Rate Fare
Airport Taxi (Yellow) Php 70 PHp 500-Php 700
Regular Metered Taxi Php 40 Php 400-Php 450

 

At Agora Terminal in Cagayan de Oro City. Go inside the market and look for the terminal. Transfer to a bus bound for Camiguin.  Avoid the non-aircon bus as they are pretty slow.

 

By Car/Van Rental

 

As stated on the table above Cagayan Express, CAGA Transco, Jhalyn Transport Services and Lord’s Transport also has car/van for hire.  Just approach the staff at their respective booth for details.

Usual rate for car rental to Cagayan de Oro City from the airport is Php 1,000 and van rental is Php 1,500.

 


 

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STEP 2

 

Commuting from Agora Terminal (CDO) to Balingoan Port (to Camiguin)

 

Since most vans (see table above) can drop passengers at Agora Market Terminal.  Once you are there,  look for a bus or van bound for  Balingoan Port.  Prepare about Php 150 for the bus fare.  Avoid the non-aircon bus as it has many stops and quite uncomfortable.  Travel time is 2.5-3 hours.


Step 3

 

Ferry from Balingoan Port to Benoni Port in Camiguin

 

At Balingoan Bus Terminal, you can walk to Balingoan Port.  Regular ferry fare to Benoni Port in Camiguin is Php 130- Php 170

Pay the terminal fee worth Php 5 + Environmental Fee of Php 4.   Travel time to Benoni Wharf  in Camiguin is 1.5- 2 hours.

From Benoni Port, there are vans, jeeps and multi-cabs to Mambajao  Town Proper.  I took the van to Mambajao, fare is Php 30, travel time is about 1 hour.   If your resort is near Benoni Port, you have the option to ride a habal-habal (motorbike) or motorela (tricycle)

 

Ferry Schedule between Balingoan and Camiguin

ROUTE TIME FARE
Balingoan Port (Misamis Oriental) Hourly from 5:30 AM to 4:30 PM PHP 170 + Php 5 + Php 4 = Php 349
Benoni Port (Camiguin) Hourly from 4:30 AM to 6:00 PM PHP 170 + Php 5 + Php 4 = Php 349

 


 

Option 2

 

IMPORTANT:  LOOKS LIKE THIS ROUTE IS CANCELED. JUST CHECKED WWW.OCEANJET.COM.  UNFORTUNATELY, NO MORE SCHEDULE. PLS USE Balingoan to Benoni route (SEE DETAILS ABOVE).

HOW TO GET TO CAMIGUIN FROM CAGAYAN DE ORO (CDO) VIA MACABALAN PORT 

 

From Laguindingan International Airport (LIA) in Laguindingan town (often referred to as Cagayan de Oro Airport), take a van or taxi to Macabalan Port in CDO.  There is a fastcrat that travels directly to Benoni Port in Camiguin.  Daily trips.

 

Fastcraft Schedule between Macabalan  & Benoni Port (Camiguin)

 

ROUTE Schedule
Macabalan (CDO) to Benoni  Port (Camiguin) 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Benoni Port to Macabalan Port 04:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 


 

HOW TO GET TO CAMIGUIN FROM CEBU

By Air

 

Cebu Pacific Air flies to Camiguin. Here’s the schedule:

 

 

ROUTE DAYS DEPARTURE ARRIVAL
Cebu to Camiguin Mon / Wed/ Fri 6:45 AM 7:25 AM
Camiguin to Cebu Tue/Thurs/Sat 7:45 AM 8:25 AM

 

By Ferry

 

Super Shuttle Roro

Phone#: +63 32 412 7688

 

At Cebu City, take a taxi to Cebu Pier 8. Every Friday, the ferry (Super Shuttle Roro) sails to Balbagon Port in Camiguin at 8:00 PM. Fare is Php 800-Php 1,000.


 

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IMPORTANT:  LOOKS LIKE THIS ROUTE IS SUSPENDED. JUST CHECKED WWW.OCEANJET.COM.  UNFORTUNATELY, NO SCHEDULE YET.

 

HOW TO GET TO CAMIGUIN FROM BOHOL 

 

Alternative Route: Bohol –> CDO –> Camiguin

As per comment below by Moongoose:

There’s no longer ferry trip from Tagbilaran or Jagna, Bohol going to Camiguin, the only route to go to Camiguin is via CDO (by boat). There’s a daily trip to CDO from Jagna, Bohol (10:00 am only) and from CDO to Jagna, Bohol (10:00 pm only) the fare is around 500-900 pesos via Super Lite Ferries (7 hours travel time). From Bilangoan, Misamis Oriental port there’s a daily trip to Benoni port Camiguin the fare is around 130-170 pesos (1-1.5 hour travel time).

 

By Ferry

 

At Tagbilaran, take a tricycle to Dao Bus Terminal where you can take a bus en route to Jagna, Bohol.  he RORO/ferry travels to Camiguin and arrives at Balbagon Port. Here’s the ferry schedule between Bohol and Camiguin.  The ferry travels 3 times a week only as per comment below by World and Wild.

ROUTE DEPARTURE ARRIVAL FARE
Jagna (Bohol) to Balbagon (Camiguin) 1:00 PM 5:00 PM Php 425
Balbagon (Camiguin) to Jagna (Bohol) 8:00 AM 12:00 PM Php 425

 

By Fastcraft

 

Take a bus to Jagna, Bohol at Dao Terminal in Tagbilaran.  The fastcraft leaves every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 1:30 PM. Estimated arrival is 3:30 PM.


 

HOW TO GET TO CAMIGUIN FROM BUTUAN

By Air

There are daily flights to Butuan from Manila and from Cebu to Camiguin.

From Butuan Airport, you can walk to the parking lot and ride a multi-cab with an R4 sign.  This will take you to the city’s commercial center and will stop at the Butuan City Integrated Bus Terminal in Brgy. Langihan.  Travel time is 20 minutes, fare is Php 20.  Alternatively, you can also charter a motorcycle.

At Butuan Bus Terminal, there are several buses bound for Cagayan de Oro (CDO).  Tell the conductor to drop you off at Balingoan Bus Terminal/ Port for Camiguin.  Travel time is about 1.5 – 2 hours.


 

GETTING AROUND IN CAMIGUIN

 


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BY HABAL-HABAL (MOTORCYCLE)

 

Short distance ride in Camiguin by backriding on a habal-habal (motorcycle) is Php 10.  However, if you go by long distance (i.e Mambajao proper to White Island or Mambajao Proper to Kawasan Falls) it will cost around Php 50-Php 200 depending on the destination.

Alternatively, you may charter a habal-habal for Php 800 (day tour) to tour top destinations in Camiguin.   This is a pretSty cheap way to tour Camiguin.  See table below for transportation rate details.

BY MOTORELA

 

Motorela is Camiguin’s version of tricycle which can accommodate up to 10 passengers.  There is an eastbound tricycle and a westbound tricycle which you can ride at the market or at the highway. Fare is Php 8.

 

 

BY MULTI-CAB

 

Multicabs abound in Camiguin, especially at Mambajao town proper.   You can ride at the terminal near the market but they only live once full.  Fare from Mambajao to Benoni Port and vice versa is Php 25.

If you are traveling by group, you can rent a multi-cab for Php 1,700 (good for 8 persons)  and Php 2,000 (good for 10-12 persons) to tour around Camiguin.  Kindly treat the driver for lunch and snacks.

 

BY JEEP

 

For long distance trips, you can look for the jeep terminal near the market.  Fare from Mambajao to Benoni Port is around Php 25.

Standard rate for jeep rental for day tour around Camiguin is Php 2,500 (good for 16-18 persons).

BY VAN

 

Taking a van for long distance travel is also a good option.  From Benoni Port to Mambajao and vice versa, van fare is Php 30. However they may charge higher (I remember being charged Php 100) at night especially if there are no other public vehicles available.

Standard rate for van rental; in Camiguin is Php 2,500, good for 10-12 persons.

Here’s a list of the standard rate for transportation in Camiguin:

TYPE OF VEHICLE RATE
Habal-habal (motorcycle) with driver/guide Php 800 per day
Habal-habal/motorcycle (without  driver) Php 500 per day
Habal-habal/ motorcycle (without the driver for 3-7 days) Php 400 per day
Multi-cab Php 1,700 (good for 8 persons)
Van Php 2,500 (good for 10-1 pax)
Jeep Php 2,500 (good for 16-18 pax)

 

  • Rates will cover an island tour or maximum use of 8 hours.
  • A rate of Php 150 per hour will be collected for every hour in excess.
  • Kindly treat the driver for lunch and snacks.

 

 

TRANSFER TO BENONI FROM RESORT AND VICE VERSA

 

 

VEHICLE RENTAL DESTINATION
VAN PHP 500 Mambajao area, Poblacion, Villa Paraiso Resort, Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin
VAN PHP 600 Camiguin Highland Resort, Paras Beach Resort, Secret Cove Camiguin Golden Sunset, Caves Dive Resort and West Side Area
VAN PHP 700 Ardent Spring Resort, Camiguin Highland Resort
MULTICAB PHP 350 Mambajao area, Poblacion, Villa Paraiso Resort, Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin
MULTICAB PHP 450 Camiguin Highland Resort, Paras Beach Resort, Secret Cove Camiguin Golden Sunset, Caves Dive Resort and West Side Area
MULTICAB PHP 550 Ardent Spring Resort, Camiguin Highland Resort
JEEP PHP 500 Mambajao area, Poblacion, Villa Paraiso Resort, Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin
JEEP PHP 500 Camiguin Highland Resort, Paras Beach Resort, Secret Cove Camiguin Golden Sunset, Caves Dive Resort and West Side Area
JEEP PHP 700 Ardent Spring Resort, Camiguin Highland Resort

 

 

For a hassle-free trip, you can also avail of   affordable/ cheap Camiguin tour packages 2016.

 


 

PLACES TO SEE IN CAMIGUIN

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White Island

Mantigue Island

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Katibawasan Falls

Tuasan Falls

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Tongatoc Cove

Sto. Niño Cold Spring

Ardent Hotspring

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Old Church Ruins

Walkway to Old Volcano

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Sunken Cemetery


WHERE TO STAY IN CAMIGUIN

 

BUDGET

 

Agohoy Villa Forte Beach Resort

Agojo, Mambajao

Click here to check rates and book a room

 

GV Hotel

Burgos Street

Mambajao, Camiguin

Click here to check rates and book a room

 

Myrna’s Bamboo Cottages

Brgy. Bug-ong, Mambajao

Click here to check rates and book a room

 

Caves Dive Resort

Agoho, Mambajao

Click here to check rates and book a room

Mid-range

 

 

Camiguin Island Golden Sunset Beach

Yumbing, Mambajao

Click here to check rates and book a room

 

 

Camiguin Highland Resort

Lakas, Soro-Soro

Mambajao

Click here to check room rates and book a room

 

 

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CAMIGUIN TRIP ITINERARY

 

DAY 1 MAINLAND TOUR + WHITE ISLAND FEES
06:00 AM Early Breakfast
06:30 AM Head to White Island Registration

Environmental Fee : Php 40

Boat (roundtrip) :

Php 450

 

Table + Umbrella (optional but you’ll most likely need this) : Php 150

09:30 AM Katibawasan Falls PHP 30
10:30 AM Tuasan Falls Php 30
11:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM Sto. Nino Cold Spring Php 30
01:30 PM Tongatoc Cove Free
02:00 PM Old Gui-ob Church Ruins Free
02:30 PM Walkway to Old Volcano Free
03:00 PM Sunken Cemetery Boat: Php 100 + Tip
05:00 PM Back to hotel
06:00 PM Dinner

 

* If you are not in a hurry you can do the White Island Tour the next day.

Day 2  Mantigue Island Fees
06:30 AM Breakfast
07:30 AM Travel to Brgy. Mahinog (jumping off point to Mantigue Island) Php 30 by van
08:30 AM Arrival at Brgy.Mahinog and Registration Boat : Php 550 for 4 hours max + Php 50 per hour thereafter

Snorkel Rental (optional): Php 150

Fins Rental (Optional): Php 150

Snorkeling fee: Php 50

Swimming with Goggles at sanctuary: Php 20

Environmental Fee :

Php 20

Table: Php 50 (short)/Php100 (long)

Boat to Marine Sanctuary Php 200

 

9:00 AM Travel to Mantigue Island
12:00 PM  Head back to Brgy. Mahinog and take a shower
01:00 PM Proceed to Camiguin Zipline via Benoni
O1:30 PM Zipline
02:30 PM Return to Mambajao  Php 30 by van
04:00 PM Walking tour ofMambajao Proper (check out the old houses)  

 

O5:00 PM Back to hotel
07:00 PM Dinner

 


 

CAMIGUIN TOUR BUDGET/ EXPENSES

 

 

Transportation + Tour  EXPENSES
Van from Airport to Agora Terminal (roundtrip) Php 199 x 2 = Php 398
Bus to Balingoan Port (roundtrip) Php 150 x 2 = Php 300
Ferry to Benoni Port (Camiguin) + Terminal Fee + Environmental Fee Php 179 x 2 = Php 358
Benoni Port to Mambajao  by van (roundtrip) Php 150 x 2 = Php 300
Habal-habal Tour Php 800
Boat to WhiteIsland Php 450
Katibawasan Falls entrance fee Php 30
Tuasan Falls entrance fee Php 30
Sto.Nino Cold Spring Php 30
Sunken Cemetery Boat Php 100
Van to Brgy. Mahinog  (roundtrip) Php 30 x 2 = Php 60
Boat to Mantigue + Envirnmental Fee Php 550 + Php 20 = Php 570
Snorkeling Gear + Snorkeling Fee Php 150 + Php 50
TOTAL Php 3,626

 

  EXPENSES
Hotel ( 2 days)  Php 350 x 2  = Php 700
Food ( 6 meals)  Php  150 x 6 = Php  900
TOTAL  Php 1,600

 

 

 


 

FESTIVALS

Lanzones Festival – October


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Comments

  1. galing mo talaga gail sa composition…sa dulo na ng white island yon ah.:-)….

  2. hangganda talaga ng Camiguin! planning to go there next week- tnx for posting this

  3. Saan kaya puedeng komontrata ng multi-cab in advance? May makukuha ba kami agad ba dun na kami mgahahanap?

    Salamat!

    1. yep. madame dun, sa my market banda yung station nila.

  4. Do not ride oceanshet I mean oceanjet..its not a fastcrap…I mean fastcraft…its a sauna inside…no airconditioning…make sure you have a seat number before you buy…

  5. Hi,

    at the moment, there are also direct flights from Cebu to Camiguin; the ferries are not going daily from Jagna, Bohol, to Camiguin – Oceanjet was not serving that route for about two months. I went there two weeks ago and had to go back to Tagbilaran and change my schedule, because there was no option to get to Camiguin; i opted to go to Siquijor instead…

    1. thanks for the heads up John. 🙂

  6. Happy to report that the Ocean Jet ferry between Bohol and Camiguin is back up and running. I’ll be taking it tomorrow 🙂 (was full today! Eek. Holidays I guess)

  7. planning to go there soon with my family.

  8. there is also a 2Gotravel ferry from Iloilo to CDO leaving every saturday at 3am.
    I will be trying that route soon and also checking your Guide out Gael 🙂

  9. no dear but you can easily fins one there. just hail a motorbike or they will normally stop and askyou if you will ride.

  10. Do you have contact info for the van rentals? Thank you!

  11. Love your site,it’s very helpful. I just need to choose from the list of beautiful places you introduced here. Planning to concentrate visiting lots of places in our own country first, before the outside world. End just like you,I used to go places alone during my holiday.
    Keep up the good work! We support you!

  12. Hi Gael,

    Just to update lang, I recently went to bohol last weekend my plan was to go to camiguin via bohol but unfortunately there’s no longer ferry trip from Tagbilaran or Jagna, Bohol going to Camiguin, the only route to go to Camiguin is via CDO (by boat). There’s a daily trip to CDO from Jagna, Bohol (10:00 am only) and from CDO to Jagna, Bohol (10:00 pm only) the fare is around 500-900 pesos via Super Lite Ferries (7 hours travel time). From Bilangoan, Misamis Oriental port there’s a daily trip to Benoni port Camiguin the fare is around 130-170 pesos (1-1.5 hour travel time). I hope this could be help

    Thanks,

    1. Awesome! thank you so much for that. Will update this. The link you provided is an old post. I’m checking the ferry’s website now.

  13. Hi. Just an update. There are no more boat trips from Macabalan Port to Camiguin. 2014 pa daw nagclose according to locals of CDO. It appears that Balingoan port is now the only take off point to Camiguin.

    1. Thanks for the update. 🙂

  14. Hello! You’re blog is very helpful! I love it! May i ask if where can i ask for any contact number for habal-habal rentals in camiguin? Your response is highly appreciated. Thank you. 🙂

    1. I don’t have one, as much as possible I avpid posting contact numbers na ng drivers kase nagkakainggitan sila. Nagiging cause pa ng away. So para mabigyan ng chance lahat, Anyway, it’s pretty easy to find a habal-habal there. Just hail one lang or ask from your hotel, they can recommend one.

  15. Thanks for this. Very helpful!

  16. Hi! 🙂 magkano po ferry boat from camiguin to cagayan de oro? Every hour po ba yung biyahe to cagayan?thanks..

    1. Hi, Please read above. The info you’re asking po is already there. Thanks! 🙂

  17. Hi. Is there any information on the schedules for ferries from Camiguin to CDO? We want to know the last possible trip back to CDO so we can plan our itinerary accordingly.

    Thanks in advance!

    1. I was told there’s no ore ferry from Camiguin. You can check the schedule of ferry above to Balingoan.

      1. Sorry, did you mean Hayangabon in Surigao?
        I was asking for ferry schedules for Camiguin (Benoni Port) to Misamis Oriental (Balingoan Port). Some of the other blogs stated that the last trip is at 4pm while others say 6pm.

        Thanks!

  18. hi there! grateful for your help. planning to travel Manila/CDO/Camiguin with a group of 15 people. is there a way to contact a van in advance to bring us from cdo airport straight to the port to take the ferry to camiguin?
    what is the travel time involved? thanks very much.

    1. I’m sorry, I don’t have a contact number.

  19. Where did you Check in? What hotel? Thank You!

  20. hello po.. meron po bang bya yung mga ferry from Balingoan to Camiguin during Holy Thursday and Good Friday?

  21. hello po.. meron po bang byahe ang mga ferry from Balingoan to Camiguin on Holy Thursday and Good Friday??

    1. Not so sure, dear. But I’m guessing yes, since they know that lots of tourists will head there during the holidays.

  22. Hi! May I know kung asa ka nagstay during the trip? Super barat ra kaayo mao among ginapangita karon

  23. Hi, I found your blog very insightful. May ask lang po regarding sa habal-habal rental without driver, what do they ask po for verification? Like do they need some IDs? I want to like tour myself out on the island instead of having a driver so I can enjoy more of the place. Thanks! 🙂

    1. Hi Nap, haven’t tried that, but usually you need a valid ID like driver’s license.

      1. I’ve got a driver’s license.

        1. awesome! that will work, I guess. 🙂 Safe trip!

  24. Hi po… ask lang po how much is the fare per person camiguin (benoni) – jagna, bohol? Tsaka may vehicle (4 wheels) po kaming dalhin, mag kano fare for the vehicle?

  25. Hi! Who was your contact for the Habal Habal tour? Thank you!

    1. I don;t have his number. Just hail one once you are there. There’s a lot of habal-habal naman doon. Enjoy!

  26. Hi thepinaysolobackpacker,

    Thank you for this blog, very helpful. I want to ask you though if there is a roro trip from Camiguin to Siargao Island in Surigao? Thanks in advance.

    1. I don’t think so. Have fun!

  27. Hello. Did you travel alone in camiguin? 🙂 Yung iterinart budget mo is for solo traveller or not? 🙂

    1. I traveled alone. For solo travelers.

  28. Hello.. I will go there in November 18. Its my first time to travel solo..actually Im scared.. Can you give me some tips… like how to find place to stay? tnx a lot! 🙂

  29. I’m very much confuse with your computation of the fare for the ferry as well as the mentioned PHP300 for bus to balingoan port. It says 150 on the first part then turns to 300 on step 2. i don’t know which is which. im sorry

    1. Sorry about that. The Php 300 is round trip fare.

  30. Hi,

    Good am, yung habal habal po ba pwede two persons for 800? and also the 450 pesos going to White Island per person din ba yun? Thank you

    1. Yep. can be good for two. The 450 is for one boat.

  31. going solo on dec24 from cebu to cdo to camiguin. would you know if buses and ferry has trips on the 24th or 25th?

  32. The ferry from Jagna, Bohol to Balbagon, Camiguin is still in occurence and prettily operational. From Jagna, it’s 3 times a week with the departure time at 1pm same thing from Balbagon with departure time of 8am.

    1. thanks for the heads up! safe travels!

  33. Hi! Do ya’ll have any suggestions for ways of transpo from Davao City? We are planning on taking a van with us for the whole trip. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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