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“Remarkable Island Escape...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Camiguin Island

Camiguin Island
Mindanao, Philippines
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Ranked #4 of 19 Attractions in Camiguin
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Owner description: The island-province of Camiguin is a pear-shaped volcanic island in the northern tip of Mindanao. It is approximately 90 kilometers north of the City of Cagayan de Oro. It is bounded to the north by Bohol Sea, to the west by Macajalar Bay, to the southeast by Gingoog Bay and to the east by Butuan Bay.
Caloocan City
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“Remarkable Island Escape...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

Camiguin Island offers a variety of nature's wonderful gift. If you really want to escape from the noise of the city and want to experience seclusion at its best, then this is the island to be. No fast food chains, tall buildings and crowd like seen in the city, this island will make you go back to the basic and appreciate what you have in life. Conversing with a local makes you wonder how they spend their day or night without much source of entertainment. But still, I'm amused.

Camiguin can be toured in a day. Since we're just a couple, we hire a motorbike to tour around the island. Our first stop is the Katibawasan Falls. It is indeed mesmerizing and the water is great for a refreshing swim. Next stop is the Old volcano trail. There is a walkway and station of the cross here in which you can climb to. But since we're short of time, we just climb to the first station. Near the walkway entrance are souvenir shops which you can buy local Camiguin products. Next stop is the Sunken Cemetery. you have to pay 20 per head for a boat ride to the Sunken cemetery where the cross lies. But we just decided to appreciate it from the shore. Our last stop is the Old church ruins. Our hired tour guide/driver told us that this is the result of the volcanic eruption in Camiguin some years ago. But still, you can imagine how the structure lied there. We really want to go to the White Island but we weren't able to since it is high tide that day (poor us!) but we drove back to Katibawasan and enjoyed swimming there. We really enjoyed so much we forgot about the time and missed the last trip of the ferry! But we look at it as an opportunity to witness more of Camiguin. We just decided to spend the night in a cottage owned by a British national for a 500 per night.

Overall, Camiguin is really an ideal island escape. I really hope I could come back here someday.

Visited June 2012
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“Wouldn't go again”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

We headed to Balingoan Port from CDO city and arrived at close to 9am, and we had to wait for the next ferry over 10.45am. So we hung around the port area till it was time for our ferry to depart. when we arrived, we were pestered by drivers who kept offering their multi-cab services (there were 6 of us, and we were there for a day trip, that meant that we only had around 4 hours on the island before leaving to make the last ferry back to CDO). they offered us php1,700 for a island tour but we negotiated it down to php1,200 as we wouldn't have time to make it back for the ferry if we went to all the sightseeing spots they listed in their island tour itinerary.

I agree with the previous review that said that their island tour was actually in fact just a driver thrown into the cost of multi-cab rental. he did not speak a word to us except "ya & ok", and did not even smile throughout the journey. felt like we owed him or something, what a turn-off.

we headed to white island first, the sea was super choppy and though we felt like the tide was rising, the local boatmen kept saying that the tide was dropping. -_- we paid around php540 for the boat and fees, and php75 per snorkel mask. They even tried to sell us life jackets for the boat ride at php50 each, but we declined. white island was really pretty, with fine white sand, but there was nothing else on the island probably due to the timing that we were there (around 12.30pm). we amused ourselves snorkelling for a bit and photo ops, then we headed back. we then went to the Ardent hot springs, all the driver did was to point us to the entrance. entrance was php30 per person, and the springs were totally empty. the water wasn't very hot, and strangely it got colder as u went up pool by pool, only the 2nd from top n the bottommost pool were hotter than the rest. still not that hot! nevertheless we had a soak and headed back to the cab. we tried asking the driver if it was closer to head for lunch first or closer to Katibawasan Falls first, he just kept going "ya, ya, ya" and drove us to a restaurant for lunch. after lunch it was already 3pm+ in the afternoon and we decided to leave the island. the driver wasn't much of good company or helpful or friendly and we just felt it was too much time wasted sitting around in the multicab (from port to white island departure site took around 20-30min by multicab).

this pretty much wrapped up our trip to and from camiguin island. not going back!

TIP: if you are in CDO and you need a driver to bring you around for long journey rides e.g. CDO airport/city to balingoan port, or dahilayan etc, do contact Spencer at 09268836601 / 09168651260. he drives a nice comfy van that fits 7people, and he's realy nice and friendly. speaks english, chinese if you take it slow, and some hokkien (of cos the local language as well).

Visited June 2012
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Quezon City, Philippines
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“Great way to explore the different bodies of water”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

Our travel to Camiguin was CRAZY but it was all worth it in the end. We only had limited time there so we only visited 4 places.

1. Katibawasan Falls - the water is FREEZING cold but it was fresh and worth it. I wish I stayed longer. Php 15 entrance fee.
2. Soda Pool - Useless place. Maybe because we thought it would be "soda" but even without expectations? I was really just a pool. They claimed that if you drink from the hose, it taste like actual soda water. NOTE: Please don't drink from the pool. It smells like pee everywhere :( Php20 fee.
3. Ardent Spring - The water wasn't that hot. We went to the 39 degrees one. BUT it was a good experience nonetheless. It was a good activity to wind up our day. It was warm, not hot. Php30 fee.
4.White Sand Bar - best to go early morning because the sun isn't that hot and you can't go in the day. it only appears during low tide and disappears during high tide. amazing really. beautiful view. clear water. just a good place to start your day. we paid 500 total for 4 people including the boat and fees. you could buy chips, rent umbrellas and other stuff on the island but we didn't.

It's a gorgeous place to relax.

Visited April 2012
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Cagayan de Oro City
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“Mantigue Island in Camiguin, waiting for the world to discover.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Mantigue has white sand and good for day tour. An international resort with modern amenities must be put up in the island to give comfort and ambiance to Scuba Divers and Holiday seekers. But developers must take care of the lush greenery of nature.

Visited March 2012
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“Nice views on unique this unique island”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

Been at camiguin early this month. Travel with friends and our 1st time on the island they call "born with fire". Sounds interesting indeed. We had been on island with 7 volcanoes. To take note, one is active and monitored by philvocs. Island has g

It's true that's going here bit difficult. We were booked an ocean jet from CDO to port then to yumbing and tried land trip going back enroute balinguan port to CDO takes time at least 4hrs and max of 6 hrs. Travel from CDO is bit tiring. there are options going to camiguin from Bohol, jagna or Cebu. Going to Cebu is another port. Not Benoni. Cebu-camiguin boat travel only once a week. CDO to benoni via ocean jet once a day. But roro boat from Benoni to balinguan has multiple trips during the day.

Life is simple at camiguin. Laid back place. Don't expect till morning party. Theres no night life here to compare to bora.

Food are really basic here. You could try Luna restorante if you prepare pizza and pasta. You can also dine at Paras resort if you stay at yumbing. 1st time for me to try Kipling and grilled banana.

To take note, I only see two banks, PNB and land bank. Better to prepare cash before going to camiguin.

During the day island tour, I like the most are the following cold spring, waterfalls, church ruins, sunken cementary and ardent spring resort. Ardent resto is also recommended. Entrance also is so cheap from P5 to 30.

White island is a must & has a unique characteristic. This is not an island but a sandbar. Sand is not that white and fine. When going to the waters, bit rocky. Mountain Views and winds are amazing. Water is clear. In general, around the camiguin, the water is crystal clear. Very clean island. Staying to white island is only up to 5pm only. So if you want to stay longer, better book in the morning.

What I like the most during my stay is the people. They are really friendly, welcoming and helpful if you are new in the island. The locals were warm and hospitable.

For pasalubong, i love pastel. I bought many boxes. All time favorites for me is still yema flavor. It's good to know that I can buy freshly baked pastel at mambajao, near van terminal. Baked siopao taste so good also.

Locals and our guide there more for us to explore the island with trekking to the tip of mount hibok hibok and diving. Unfortunately we were able able to do.

On transport within the island, if you want to stay longer at camiguin, at least 3 days, borrow a motorcycle. more days you will rent, the less it will cost on daily basis. For a day cost as high as 700 and for a week at 350 per day. But if you are going there in group better rent a multicab. 1700/day. Resort can arrange it for you. But if you are a budget traveller like us, we commute via van from Benoni to mambajao at P30 and Take a trike to yumbing at only P10. Beware, there are many fixers that will offer transport at Benoni.. Like I said, you can take van or jeep to mambajao. Or you can arrange transport with your resort.

Overall I like my stay at camiguin and will recommend going there.

Visited April 2012
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