You are probably the new tourists in the province if you don’t know what and where Camiguin is. You, maybe, frown thinking where it is and which part of the Philippines it resides. Well, if you keep on coming back to Camiguin, you surely have background knowledge of where and what the province is telling to you. Well, Camiguin is an island province in the Philippines. Tourists from different walks of life come to the place because of its famous white beaches and sands. Located in the Bohol Sea and about 10 kilometers off the northern shoreline of Mindanao, this island symbolizes greatness and splendor in isolation. Technically, this island is geographically part of Region X, the Northern Mindanao, and formerly a part of Misamis Oriental province. However, Camiguin is now a province. Some tourists know it in terms of population and land area as the second-smallest province in the country after Batanes. And yes, you surely love to visit it once in a while.
What to see in Camiguin Island
My friends usually visit Camiguin for escapades. They surely don’t want to miss the revels of the province where tourist spots, such as White Island, Mantigue Island, and Mount Hibok-Hibok offer them an exciting plunge in the cerulean waters beyond the white sands. Some of them can visit the acknowledged-National Heritage Sites, such as the Bonbon Church Ruins and the Sunken Cemetery where they surely see and witness the local view of the province. What’s more, Camiguin Island becomes the burgeoning tourist market in the country due to its marvelous site.
Why Visit Camiguin Island
You may be thinking a lot. Or perhaps, there a lot of things going on in your head, right now. The very reason why you need to visit Camiguin Island is that you need to unwind. I tell you this. Camiguin Island does not only have the white-sand island and its natural wonder, but it also does have very hospitable locals. I think I am right when I said it.
As well, Camiguin Island does not only have the White Island as its core lure, but it does also have the pear-shaped landmass consecrated with countless cascades of water and active volcanoes. If you imagine about this, Camiguin Island seems to be world’s enchantment due to its awe-stricken paradise. Well, you can visit Camiguin because you can. In other words, you can visit Camiguin because it radiates like a Robinson Crusoe Vibe. Camiguin turns out to be the nature’s giant Jacuzzi, the home of the breathtaking waterfalls, and the paradise for island-hopping. Moreover, you can also dive with giant clams and swim directly to the sunken cemetery. It isn’t only that. You can also join in the celebration like the Lanzones Carnival to enjoy.
How to Get to the Island
If you are from other countries, you can begin your journey in Manila – the NAIA Terminals to Laguindingan Airport. From the Airport, take a taxi to Cagayan de Oro City. From Cagayan de Oro City, you can take a bus going to Balingoan. From Balingoan, you take a ferry to Camiguin Port. Please double check the map from the Department of Tourism to avoid giving wrong information. Well, some people may charge me of misinformation, but please double-check some other information from other sources from time to time.
On the other hand, you need to check the exact location of Camiguin. Please visit the local tourism department and check the fastest means to reach Camiguin to avoid misinformation. Perhaps, you can book a direct flight to Camiguin airport. If you take a bus, you only have a 2-hour bus ride from Cagayan de Oro to Balingoan. And from Balingoan Port, you need to take a ferry to get to the island at Benoni Port, Camiguin. However, if you are from Bohol, you can easily get to your destination via ferry at a quick pace. In the end, you only need to have a travel time to Camiguin for 1.5- 2 hours. Again, please double-check the data since schedules vary due to time constraints.
Now, you’ll know it is fairly cheap to go to Camiguin. You only need to pay around $4 or ₱200 for the Ferry Fare. Also, you need to prepare $0.08 or ₱4 for the environmental fee plus another $0.1 or ₱5 for the terminal fee. It is cheap, isn’t it? However, for further expenses, prices vary depending on food shops and hotel reservations.