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Camiguin Island…

31 Jan

Camiguin Island: The Island of your Imagination

Located in the Northeastern part of Mindanao is a hidden gem, dubbed as the Paradise Island by tourist and locals alike. Bask in the sea and sun and nestled with luscious bounty of flora and fauna teeming with beauty yet to be discovered is the island born of fire, getting its nickname for its 7 volcanoes outnumbering its five towns. More than that, the island itself takes pride in its world-class tourist destinations that would definitely be described as the island’s way of saying: Come Again!

How to get there

From the city of Cagayan de Oro you can take a bus at the Agora Terminal bound for Butuan City and stop at the Port of Balingoan and ride a ferry for Camiguin Island. A fast craft is also available for Camiguin via Cagayan de Oro City. You could also reach Camiguin from Cebu City via Bohol or a RORO ferry every weekend bound for the Port of Balbagon. Direct Flights are now available from Manila 5x a week via Skyjet Airlines. Direct Flights from Cebu daily via Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines.

The Stay

The island has a number of resorts that could accomodate tourist depending on their preference. If you would like to have the front view of the beach for your stay then stay at Bahay Bakasyunan, Paras Beach Resort, Coral Dive Resort or Tia’s Cottages.If you are nature lover and would like to enjoy a 180 degree view of the island you could stay at Camiguin Higland Resort. Cottages are also available for large group or for families that would like to have the homey feel while on vacation, cottages are offered by Pabua’s Cottages just across Paras Beach Resort.

Let the adventure begin:

Island Hopping

The island itself has two smaller islands for its pride, the seemingly green and white Mantigue Island that could be reach through the town of Mahinog, offering white sand, crystal clear wates and a natural shade by trees in the island and offers a great deal of marine life in its waters that snorlers would definitely enjoy. The shape-shifting (due to water current) white sandbar knowns as White Island is ever magnificent as it is with the Hibok-Hibok Volcano on the background one could leisurely lounge in the sun, and depending on the tide you might chance upon the sandbar completely submerge underwater during high-tide. Pump boat rates are fixed at Php 600 for 4 persons round trips. There aren’t any food stalls on either islands a couple fishermen hwoever may sell their freshly caught sea urchins locally known as ” Tuyom and Swaki” that paured coconut vinegar, beats any sushi you’ve ever had. You may also bring packed food or lunch, make sure to claygo, to keep the island’s cleanliness.

Hot and Cold

Cold Springs like Sto Niño, Soda Pool and Macao are the sure way to beat the tropical heat. Come night time you may then take a dip at Ardent Hot Spring for a relaxing cap to your adventure filled day. Both Springs have in-house restaurants offering native Filipino delicacies , their must try at Sto Niño would be the Native Tinolang Chicken.

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