Delve into the pear-shaped island of Camiguin in Northern Mindanao. This dazzling island is an old favorite of tourists due to its glimmering azure waters lapping its coastline. So pack your swimwear, snorkeling gears and sunscreen then rush to Camiguin Island to discover its many treasures!
HOW TO GET TO CAMIGUIN ISLAND FROM MANILA
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.
Manila → CDO Airport →Agora 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.
Commuting from Cagayan de Oro Airport to Agora Market Terminal
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.
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.
|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.
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.
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
|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|
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
rom 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)
|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
Cebu Pacific Air flies to Camiguin. Here’s the schedule:
|Cebu to Camiguin||Mon / Wed/ Fri||6:45 AM||7:25 AM|
|Camiguin to Cebu||Tue/Thurs/Sat||7:45 AM||8:25 AM|
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.
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).
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.
|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|
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
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
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 Katibawasan 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 pretty cheap way to tour Camiguin. See table below for transportation rate details.
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.
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.
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).
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
|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
Sto. Niño Cold Spring
Walkway to Old Volcano
WHERE TO STAY IN CAMIGUIN
Agohoy Villa Forte Beach Resort
Myrna’s Bamboo Cottages
Brgy. Bug-ong, Mambajao
Caves Dive Resort
Camiguin Island Golden Sunset Beach
Camiguin Highland Resort
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) :
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|
|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|
* If you are not in a hurry you can do the White Island Tour the next day.
|Day 2||Mantigue Island||Fees|
|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 :
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|
|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|
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|
|Hotel ( 2 days)||Php 350 x 2 = Php 700|
|Food ( 6 meals)||Php 150 x 6 = Php 900|
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