Camiguin is in everyone’s bucket list. Its charm as an island continues to attract
foreign and local tourists who want to hide from the city and plunge
into the happiness of the beach and underwater adventure. We were blessed
to experience the charm of Camiguin – the Island-born of fire. So
here I am sharing you not just our experiences but my travel notes to
help you build your Camiguin adventure.  

White Island

Camiguin is Paradise Camiguin is not
just an island province in Northern Mindanao. It is a volcano! There are actually seven volcanoes on it. That
helped to shape what Camiguin is right now. No wonder it is called
The Island Born of Fire.   Camiguin comprises of five municipalities that offer a variety of tourist attractions.    Mambajao   Mambajao is the commercial and political capital of Camiguin. Most of the resorts and hotels are located here. Banks, restaurants, and the Airport are also located in Mambajao. Some of the tourist attractions in Mambajao are: White Island, Ardent Hot Spring, Katibawasan Falls, Macao Spring, and Tangub Spring. There are also a lot of Old Houses along the streets of Mambajao.  

White Island early morning
Catarman   Most of the famous attractions in Camiguin are located in Catarman. If you love to swim in cold springs you might spend most of your time here. Some of the attractions here are Sunken Cemetery, Walk Way to the Old Vulcacan (Stations of the Cross), Old Church Ruins, Bura Soda Water Park, Sto. Nino Hot Spring and Tuasan Fall.

Sto. Nino Cold Spring

Old Church RuinsSagay   Due to our limited time we did not have the opportunity to visit Sagay. Some of the attractions in Sagay are Binangawan Falls, Sinablayan Spring, Pamunglo Spring, Langojanan Ki Inggoy Tubod Swimming Pool, and Sagay Church.    Guinsiliban  Guinsiliban is the smallest municipality in the Island Province of Camiguin. According to DOT Camiguin some of the attractions in Guinsiliban are Taguines Lagoon, Katunggan Mangrove Park, Quebec Eco Park, Monte Calvario Station of the Cross, Giant Clam Sanctuary and Moro Watch Tower. MahinogBenoni Port the gateway to Camiguin is located in the Municipality of Mahinog. Aside from Mantigue Island (Magsaysay Island) and Camiguin Zipline the municipality of Mahinog also has the Ostrich Farm and Sabo Dam on its list of attractions.    

Mantigue IslandHow to Get There   Because of recent
infrastructure development in the entire archipelago, there are now two ways
in which you can step foot in Camiguin:   Option 1:
Air-Land-Sea   This route is not
the most convenient but it is more scenic. It would take you a
whole day for this option given the stops and waiting time.

  1. From
    Manila take a plane to Laguindingan Airport (Cagayan de Oro Airport). 
  2. From Laguindingan Airport take a van, taxi, or bus to Agora Market in Cagayan
    de Oro. Travel time is about 45-60 minutes. 
  3. In Agora Market take a
    bus bound to Butuan and tell the conductor to drop you Balingoan
    Port. This would take 1.5 – 2 hours of travel. 
  4. Take a ferry in Balingoan Port Benoni to Port in Camiguin. This would take 1-1.5 hours
    travel time. 
  5. Once in Benoni Port, you may take a Habal-Habal,
    Multicab , or Van to your desired destination. Habal-Habal to Mambajao is
    Php200.00. If you
    arrived early you can take a Van that in my observation is faster than Habal-Habal.
    from Benoni to Mambajao is Ph30.00. The good thing with the Habal-Habal
    is that it will take you straight to your hotel/resort.

The reason we chose this route is that I want the more scenic one. It
relaxes me whenever I am on the road. Plus, we wanted to do a side trip in Bukidnon’s Dahilayan Adventure Park and I wanted to see
the pineapple plantation of Del Monte.
  Option 2: Transfer
Via Cebu   Cebu
Pacific flies to Camiguin via its Cebu Hub 5 times a week. You can
fly to Cebu then transfer to the Cebu-Camiguin route. PAL and Cebu
Pacific flies regularly to Cebu. If you do not have a lot of time to
spare on the road this option is recommended for you. This one might be
more expensive. Just wait for promo fare.   Transportation Around the IslandHabal-Habal or Single Motorcycle   Just say hi to a man with a motorcycle and you’ll have a tour guide! Finding your way in Camiguin is easy as ABC. Habal-Habal or single motorcycles are scattered all over the island for local and tourist needs. It is one of the means of transportation and livelihood for the locals of Camiguin. A tour with the Habal-Habal cost Php800.00 for 8 hours (please treat the driver for lunch and snack). Short distance ride cost Php10.00. If you opt from point to point (i.e. Mambajao to White Island Jumpoff or Mambajao to Ardent Hot Spring), Habal-Habal usually asks for Php50.00 to Php200.00. Of course depending on the distance and your haggling skills.

If you know how to drive a single motorcycle you may rent it for Php500.00 per day excluding the gas. You can get it for a lower price if you rent it for more than one day.      Motorela Motorela is a customized single motorcycle that could fit 10 people. Talk about ingenuity πŸ˜‰ It is their jeep in Camiguin. Motorela is available on the highway and you can hail them for short-distance travel (i.e. resort to Mambajao, resort to a certain restaurant located on the highway). Basically you cannot rent it for a day tour. It could not go uphill for sure. 

The minimum fare is Php8.00 (2014)

Vans, Multicab and Jeep

Vans, Multi cabs and Jeeps are both used for public transportation from one point to another point. Vans, Multicabs and Jeeps are usually located in Ports and the city center. From Mambajao to Benoni Port Van cost Php30.00 while Multicab cost Php22.00 – Php25.00. 

Like the Habal-Habal you may rent a Van, Multicab and Jeep for a tour. This is recommended if you are in a large group of six and up.   

Van Rental – Php2,500.00 good 10 – 12
Multicab Rental – Php1,500 – Php1,700.00 good for 8; Php2,000.00 good for 10-12
 Jeep Rental – Php2,000.00 good for 16-18 

Resorts/Hotels usually has their own tour or they cab recommend one for you. 

Accommodation in Camiguin 

We stayed in Seascape Resort in Mambajao. It is located 20 minutes away from the city center. Our room is big, seafront, and with veranda and hammock. It cost me Php800.oo per night. WiFi is available only in the lobby. 

Contact – 0908-3332439

Other Accommodation

Catarman Coral Drive Resort – 0910-6938255; 0906-5319698
D&A Cottages – 0946-8281438
Casa Roca Inn – 0918-3887185
Creekside Paradise Resort – 0999-7644110; 0921-7316542
Tabada’s Homestay – 0918-6306672
Chumz Travelodge – 0917-3037305; 0939-9062110
Enigmata Treehouse – 0919-9999877; 0917-3264474
Paras Beach Resort – 0917-7152285
Jje Pension House – (088) 387-2094
Somewhere Boutique Resort –  0999-6767-583
July Haven Seaside Lodge – 0917-7075466  

Travel Itinerary 

Here I share to you our actual itinerary and expenses including the Dahilayan Adventure Park side trip. DAY 1 – DAHILAYAN ADVENTURE PARK   6:00 – Arrival at Laguindingan
Airport (Cagayan de Oro Airport) 6:30 – 7:30 – Travel to Agora market in Cagayan de Oro  

  • Van – Php400.00

7:30 – 8:00 – Breakfast in Agora
Market – Php120.00 9:00 – 10:00 – Travel to Camp
Phillips, Bukidnon  

  • Van – Php120.00

10:00 – 10:30 – Camp Phillips to
Dahilayan Adventure Park  

  • Habal-Habal – Php500.00
    (Back and Forth)

    10:30 – 12:00 – Dahilayan Adveture

  • Zipall Packange – Php1,200.00
    (Php600.00 each)
  • Picture – Php300.00
  • Snack – Php205.00

  12:00 – 12:30 – Dahilayan Adventure
Park to Camp Phillips 12:30 – 1:00 – Camp Phillips (Photo

    1:00 – 2:00 – Camp Phillips to
Puerto, Cagayan de Oro  

  • Van – Php120.00

2:00 – 3:30 – Puerto, Cagayan de Oro
to Balingoan Port  

  • Bus – Php300

4:30 – 6:00 – Balingoan Port to
Benoni Port, Camiguin  

  • Ferry – Php340.00
  • Terminal Fee – Php5.00
  • Envorinmental Fee – Php4.00

6:00 – 7:00 – Benoni Port, Camiguin
to Seascape Resort, Mambajao  

  • Habal-Habal – Php200.00
  • Dinner –

  5:30 – 5:40 – Seascape Resort to
White Island jumpoff  

  • Habal-Habal for 8 hours Island Tour –
    Php800.00 (good for 2)

5:40 – 6:00 – Registration and

  • Environmental Fee – Php40.00
  • Boat 2 way good for 6 – Php450.00
  • Breakfast – Php90.00
  • Snorkel – Php150.00

  6:00 – 6:10 – Travel to White
6:10 – 9:30 – White Island  

  • Table and Umbrella – Php150.00
  • Snack in white Island – Php190.00

  9:30 – 9:40 – Travel back to
jumpoff 9:40 – 6:00 – Camiguin Island Tour  

  • Swimming at Katibawasan Falls –
  • Meryenda Kiping
    – Php30.00
  • Swimming at
    Ardent Hot Spring – Php60.00
  • Lunch –
  • Sto. Nino Cold
    Spring – Php60.00
  • Tuasan Fall –
  • Bura Soda Water
    Park – Php60.00
  • Snack –
  • Old Church Ruins
    – Free
  • Sunken Cemetery
  • Boat –
  • Guide Tip –

Katibawasan Falls


Tuasan Falls

Tres Marias on my back  

Sunken Cemetery

  6:00 – 7:00 –
Dinner – Php200.00   DAY 3 –
  6:00 – 6:30 –
Seascape to Mambajao  

  • Motorela
  • Breakfast –

7:30 – 8:30 –
Travel to Brgy. Mahinog (Jumpoff to Mantigue Island)  

  • Van – Php60.00

8:30 – 9:00 – Travel to Mantigue

  • Boat – Php550.00 (Maximum of 4
    hours in the Island, plus Php50.00 per hour in excess)
  • Environmental Fee – Php40.00
  • Rent Snorkle – Php300.00

9:00 – 12:00 – Mantigue Island
(Snorkling, Beach Bumming and Forest)  

  • Table – Php50.00
  • Snorkling Fee – Php100.00
  • Boat to Marine Sanctuary Php200.00
  • Lunch – Php290.00

  12:00 – 12:30 – Travel back to jumpoff 12:30 – 1:00 – Shower at jumpoff – Php20.00 1:00 – 1:30 – Travel to Camiguin Zipline in Benoni  

  • Motorela to Benoni – Php16.00
  • Benoni to Camiguin Zipline – Php50.00 (back and forth)

1:30 – 2:00 – Camiguin Zipline – Php500.00 (Php250.00 each) 2:00 – 3:00 – Travel to Seascape, Mambajao  

  • Van – Php60.00
  • Motorela – Php16.00

5:00 – 7:00 Walking Tour in Mambajao, Pasalubong and Dinne  

  • Motorela – Php16.00 (to)
  • Motorela – Php16.00 (from)
  • Pasalubong – Php600.00
  • Dinner – Php200.00

DAY 4 – CAMIGUIN TO MANILA   7:00 – 7:30 – Seascape to Mambajao
town proper  

  • Motorela – Php16.00

8:30 – 9:30 – Mambajao to Benoni  

  • Van – Php60.00
  • Breakfast – Php50.00

10:00 – 11:00 – Benoni to Balingoan  

  • Ferry – Php340.00

11:00 – 1:00 – Balingoan to Agora
Market, CDO  

  • Bus – Php300.00
  • Lunch – Php300.00

2:00 – 3:00 – Agora Market to
Laguindingan Airport  

  • Van – Php400.00

5:00 – 6:00 – Laguindingan Airport to

  • Terminal Fee – Php400.00

Note that all figures except for the
Island Tour (Php800.00), Boat ride to White Island and Mantigue are
for two person.   

Total – Php10,772.00
Accommodation – Php2,400.00
AirfareΒ – Php5,100.00 (Manila – CDO vv for two)
TOTAL COST – Php18,272.00 (for 2 person)

Important Numbers
Department of Tourism – (088) 387-1097 loc 120
Philippine National Police – (088) 387-0038
Philippine PortsΒ AuthorityΒ – (088) 387-4001
Super Shuttle Ferry – (088) 387-4034
Ocean Jet – 0926-4492255