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An Island Born of Fire (Part 1)


Hello everyone, time to hit the road again, time to scratch those itchy feet πŸ™‚

Today, we’re going to the island of Camiguin. Camiguin is a small island province created by volcanic eruptions and movements of lands. There are 7 volcanoes in the island, only one of them is active.

Going to Camiguin is easy. If you will be coming from Manila, take a commercial flight to Cagayan de Oro. If you’re from Cebu, Cebu Pacific airlines has Cebu-Cagayan de Oro trips. From the airport in Cagayan de Oro, you can either take a taxi to Balingoan Port or take the bus in the Agora bus terminal located in the city center. If you’re taking a taxi to Balingoan, haggle for a reasonable price. Sometimes the drivers charge an exorbitant rate. Since my friend and I were on a tight budget, we decided to take a taxi to the bus terminal and got on a bus from there. Usually, it takes an hour and a half to two hours to reach Balingoan Port. But the bus we were in was a bit slow so it took us more than 2 hours to get there.

From Balingoan Port, we took a one-hour ferry ride to Benoni Port, the jump off point to Camiguin, which is 17 kilometers from Mambajao, the provincial capital. At the Benoni port, you’ll find jeepneys which could take you to the different towns.

Our destination was the town of Agoho. We arrived at half past 1 and had lunch.

We decided to check out White Island late in the afternoon. There was only a small group of people who were in the island when we arrived. It was quiet. White Island isn’t really an island. I think it’s a sandbar. It’s just 10-miutes away by boat from Agoho. We stayed there for about an hour, just before sunset.

Here is how it looked like that afternoon.

And here is Mt. Hibok-Hibok, the active volcano, as seen from White Island.

Next part of this post, we are going to visit other natural wonders and historical riches which have made the island one of the top tourist destinations in the country.

Posted 6 years, 7 months ago at 9:03 am.

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  1. i love the cloud formations.. parang set up evrything.. πŸ˜€

  2. nortehanon Oct 12th 2010

    Ang bilis mo mag-comment hehehe. Salamat.

    Si God ang nag-set up niyan heheh

  3. wow wow wow!

    nung umalis ba kayo, sinabihan kayo ng “Thank you ma’am, Camiguin” ahihihi πŸ˜›

  4. nortehanon Oct 12th 2010

    hehehe Siguro sinabihan pero masyado ako busy sa pagdaldal kaya di ko narinig πŸ˜€

  5. Nice nice. Nakakatuwa naman to Miss N. Sana sinama mo ako! πŸ˜€

  6. nortehanon Oct 12th 2010

    Hayaan mo, next time, mag-o-organize ako ngrally, este bloggers trip pala hahaha!

  7. Wow. Ayos yan, parang nakakatuwang sumama. πŸ˜€

  8. nortehanon Oct 13th 2010

    Siguro pag handa na akong magpakita ng mukha sa madla, pag di na ako shy hehehe

  9. May ganun? Haha. Bakit naman daw. Pwede kang magpakita, gawin mong maskara yung tuta sa avatar mo. πŸ˜€

  10. nortehanon Oct 14th 2010

    haha! Hayaan mo at gagawin ko yan. Salamat sa suggestion πŸ™‚

  11. Ay, may ticket ako to CDO sa March at super excited na ako, thanks sa post mo πŸ™‚ ang ganda-ganda ng volcano!

    katuwa naman yung comment ni jayvie πŸ™‚

  12. nortehanon Oct 12th 2010

    Wow! Excited ako sa trip mo, Dinah. And it is wise that you got a ticket months before your trip. Magaling! If you have time, diretso ka sa Bukidnon ha? They have an amazing zipline there πŸ˜‰

    At, hintayin mo pala yung sinasabi ni Jayvie, yung baka may magsabi rin sa iyo ng ‘Thank you, Ma’am, Camiguin” πŸ˜€

  13. Liked it!

    Medyo nasa harapan na yan ng probinsya ko. Di ako sure. πŸ˜€

  14. nortehanon Oct 12th 2010

    Wow, talaga? Saan ba probinsya mo, parekoy?

  15. yey! ganda! tuturuan mo ko sa itinerary dito ha? πŸ˜€

  16. nortehanon Oct 12th 2010

    hehehe sa abot ng aking makakaya. yun itinerary ko kasi hindi may mga hindi nasunod eh haha!

  17. kaya pala born of fire.
    salamat naman sa mt. hibok-hibok ms. n. nung hindi pa ako nakakarating sa last part ng entry mo pilit kong nirerecall ang philgeog ko at dahil usapang bulkan ay iniisip kong pilit yung active volcano sa camiguin, yun pala hibok hibok.

    may nice pics na, tour guide, may phil geog subject pa hehehe
    gusto ko yung pic3 pwedeng pang post card greetings. WoW Philippines! WoW Camiguin!

    be blessed po!

  18. nortehanon Oct 12th 2010

    Sinadya ko talagang hindi ilagay sa unahan yung pangalan ng bulkan para mag-review muna kayo hahaha! Kidding.

    Salamat, Pong. Sige, itatabi ko yang larawan na yan baka someday magtayo ako ng printing press, i-imprenta ko yan as postcard haha!

  19. Feels so peaceful and calm. How I wish may pera ako para makarating ako alone. hehe. Quiet time. Anyway, stay safe Ms. N sa paggala! πŸ˜€

  20. nortehanon Oct 13th 2010

    Hi Pao! No need for lots of money, iho. Basta wais spender ka lang hehehe. Abang ka ng mga promo ng airlines, then itaon mo na off-peak season sa lugar na pupuntahan mo para you can find a cheap but safe place to stay. No need for plush hotels, enough na ang backpacker’s place πŸ˜‰

  21. Thanks for dropping by my site and commenting. Some photos were postprocessed using picasa.

    Ang ganda ng mga photos mo. Please visit my site again. πŸ™‚

  22. nortehanon Oct 13th 2010

    Hi Lito, welcome to my blog. Thanks for the tip, I haven’t tried postprocessing in picasa yet, not even photoshop. Di pa ako marunong eh. But I’ll give myself time to learn. I hope soon πŸ˜‰

  23. Looking at your raw photos, parang you don’t need postprocessing na. Your composition are beautiful. I was browsing your past posts, awesome images you got here.

  24. nortehanon Oct 18th 2010

    Maraming salamat po! Some of them po are not really raw. I applied color changes using the built-in photo retouching facility of my computer. I have yet to learn photo-editing softwares.

  25. ito ang isa sa mga lugar na gusto kong mapuntahan . gusto ko yung idea na me white sand island—tapos dagat tapos imposing yung bulkan sa background>>…….

  26. nortehanon Oct 13th 2010

    Naku, ideal na ideal ngang place ang Camiguin para sa yo kung ganun. Sige, go na sa Camiguin! πŸ™‚

  27. Hello. Long time. πŸ˜€ Ang ganda nya kahit na overcast yung skies. Will be going there too in January. πŸ™‚

  28. nortehanon Oct 13th 2010

    Hello back to you, Cedric! Yes, it’s been a long time haha! Kumusta?
    Late afternoon na kasi nung makapunta kami kaya overcast yung sky. But an hour later, sulit naman, because were given the chance to view a magnificent sunset. Enjoy your Camiguin trip!

  29. Yay, hindi pa ako nakarating dito. Ganda! Its a place I would explore! Enjoy your adventure!

  30. nortehanon Oct 13th 2010

    Mommy Ebie, welcome back! I am loving your photos of the Grand Canyon. Inggit po ako haha!

    Next uwi mo ng Pinas, Mommy Ebie, pasyal ka rin sa Camiguin πŸ˜‰

  31. isa sa mga pangarap ko yong makapunta sa gawi dyan. diko lang alam kong kelan.hehe

    ganda ng photography mo kapatid.

  32. nortehanon Oct 13th 2010

    Maraming salamat, kapatid na tacio. Aba’y wag nang patagalin pa. Gora na sa Camiguin! Hmn, pero ang alam kong gusto mong puntahan ay Bohol, di ba? Sige, unahin muna ang Bohol then Camiguin! πŸ˜‰

  33. twice kung naikot ang camiguin, mas masaya yong first na pagpunta kasi naakyat ko ang mt. Hibok-hibok.

    parang gusto ko ulit bumalik dun ms. N.

  34. nortehanon Oct 13th 2010

    Wow! Twice ka na nakapunta dun? Sarap naman. Medyo malayo lang ang travel from Cagayan de Oro ‘no? Pero oks lang kasi countryside scene naman ang makikita along the way.

    Ang galing naman, Ms. Ani, naakyat mo na ang Mt. Hibok-Hibok. Sana maakyat ko rin yun. Balik ka po uli dun, Ms. Ani!

  35. hehe, mahaba po ba ang byahe?..kase po sanay akong magbyahe ng matagal, dati nung estudyante pa, 15 hours para lang makauwi ng probinsya, tapos ngayon 9 hours nalang kaya ang 2 hours ay parang wala lang..hahaha

    try nyong akyatin if plan nyo pong bumalik, kasi minor climb lang ang mt. hibok-hibok kahit di paghandaan kaya yon, naakyat nga namin in 2 hours.. na-miss ko tuloy mag-climb, sad to say di ako makakasama sa plan naming akyat sa mt. malindang next week, mas gusto ko paring umuwi samin…hehehe, napakwento pa tuloy.

  36. nortehanon Oct 14th 2010

    Sanay din po akong magbyahe ng probinsya. Katulad mo, haba rin ng byahe ko nung estudyante pa pag ummuwi ako tuwing summer, 17-20 hours kasi ang Manila-Samar by bus. Pero siguro, akala ko mga isang oras lang ako magbibyahe from CDO to Balingoan Port hehehe.

    Sana nga ay magkaroon ako chance umakyat ng Mt. Hibok-Hibok. That would surely be fun. Medyo matagal na rin akong hindi nakakaakyat ng bundok. Mt. Pinatubo pa yata huli kong inakyat. Pero hindi ako harcore mountain climber ha, yung mga keri-keri lang na climb, yung parang trek lang hehehe. Sa totoo lang kasi, afraid ako sa heights. Kaya yung tipong mga halos nasa edge na ng bangin yung nilalakaran, hihimatayin na ako nun πŸ™

    Mt. Malindang? sa Misamis? Wow! Pero sabi mo nga mas gusto mo umuwi sa family mo. Okay lang yun, marami pa namang chance na akyatin ang Malindang, di ba? Next time na lang. Malay mo, kasama na ako sa next time haha!

  37. natuwa ako dito ms. N, last time sinabi kong gusto kung bumalik ng Camiguin, at next week pupunta kami, though trabaho ang reason at yon pa ang dahilan na di ako makakauwi next week, ok parin..i-eenjoy ko nalang..hahaha

  38. nortehanon Oct 18th 2010

    Tama, Ms. Ani, i-enjoy na lang. Wala ka naman sigurong choice eh. Bawi ka na lang sa family mo next weekend πŸ™‚ Picture-picture sa Camiguin, okay? πŸ™‚

  39. hi miss N! was able to go to camiguin during a CDO trip once. ang ganda doon! πŸ™‚

    itchy feet ka na din ha miss N! kung saan saan ka nagpupunta. sama mo naman ako.

  40. nortehanon Oct 14th 2010

    haha! Matagal na po akong itchy feet, Ms. Grace. Sige, minsan mag-photowalk po tayo hehehe. Kasi po ang layo mo eh πŸ™‚ Wala pa akong visa papunta dyan hehehe

  41. para sayo miss n, wala nang visa. alam mo naman na pngarap ko na makita ka ng personal! he he! artista! πŸ™‚

  42. nortehanon Oct 18th 2010

    Haha! Ms. Grace, parang pakiramdam ko ang haba-haba talaga ng hair ko πŸ™‚ Artista ha. Hayaan mo, magiging totoo din siguro yang pangarap na yan haha! Pero baka ma-shock ka kapag nagkatotoo na lolz!

  43. ang ganda naman. minsan naman isama mo ko astrip niyo.

    ang ganda ng view..
    ang sarap magpicture picture!

  44. nortehanon Oct 14th 2010

    Hi Eloiski! Welcome back ultraelectronicblackninja hahaha!

    Yes po, sarap-magpicture-picture dyan πŸ™‚ Hayaan mo at pag malakas na loob ko at hndi na ako shy at makikipag-EB ako sa inyong lahat na gustong magbyahe at magbyahe tayong lahat hehehe

  45. Gusto ko ang Mt. Hibok-hibok as background doon sa 3rd pic.

    Alam mo, you remind me of a blogger friend by the way you took pictures and narate your story. : )

  46. nortehanon Oct 14th 2010

    Hello po uli, salamat sa muling pagbisita.

    Maaari po bang malaman ang URL ng blog ng friend ninyo? Para naman mabisita ko ang blog niya at sabi mo nga po ay pareho kami. Para naman makilala ko po. He or she must be a kindred soul πŸ™‚

  47. Just go to my blog and pick Dong Ho’s Eskapo in my Pasyalan list. Binata pa yun! ; )

  48. nortehanon Oct 18th 2010

    Haha! Natawa po ako dun sa description mo sa kanya, “Binata pa.” Sige po, pasyalan ko minsan ang blog niya. Salamat sa rekomendasyon.

  49. These a beautiful views of life at the beach. Thanks for sharing them.

  50. nortehanon Oct 14th 2010

    Thank you for appreciating them, Pam.
    Be blessed.

  51. sayang hindi ako natuloy sumama sa mga friends ko puntang camiguin dati.

    the place looks so beautiful.

  52. nortehanon Oct 14th 2010

    Di bale, eds, marami pa namang susunod, for sure πŸ˜‰ Camiguin is just waiting for you πŸ™‚

  53. Such wonderful beaches on the White Island! Very beautiful! And I like that boat! πŸ™‚

  54. nortehanon Oct 14th 2010

    Thanks, Viola!
    We have lots of boats here in my country, boats like that πŸ™‚

  55. Waaaaw! Nice escapades…This post is very helpful for those who plans to visit Camiguin…Actually nakatungtong na ako sa Camiguin pero hanggang sa pier lang. Mga 10 mins. lang kami dun tas sumakay na uli kami papuntang Butuan City. Hindi na kami nag saunter sa place kasi black out noon at gabi na din hindi din kami nakapagpa reserve sa mga resorts dun kasi wala sa plano namin tlga pumunta doon hehehe…kya next time babalik ako dun hehehe…tnx for sharing the pics…

  56. nortehanon Oct 14th 2010

    Ganun ba? Sayang naman pala ano? Pero talagang nasa Camiguin na ba kayo or sa Balingoan Port ng Misamis? Di bale, hihitayin ka lang ng Camiguin, Jag πŸ˜‰

  57. Miss N.

    Kahinaan ko ang tabing dagat, ang buhangin, ang talangka, ang maalat na tubig, ang pagaspas ng dahon sa mga puno.

    Kaya kong matulog sa buhanginan.

    Napakagaganda ng mga larawan. Talagang maganda ang Pilipinas.

  58. nortehanon Oct 18th 2010

    Pareho po pala tayo ng hilig, Ginoong Kulisapβ€”ang magtampisaw sa kagandahan ng kapaligiran. Nakakatuwa πŸ™‚

  59. Hey NOrtehanon,

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. I hope you have a good time reading my blogs and posts, nice pictures you got here, and I’d love to come back for more of your adventures.

  60. nortehanon Oct 18th 2010

    Hi Sheng! Salamat din. Balik ka lang po πŸ˜‰ Sana nga ay marami pa akong maisulat na adventure πŸ™‚

  61. hmmmm…ung isa kong friend nagpost ng kanyang tour sa camiguin. then ikaw din camiguin ang blog post.

    di ko pa napupuntahan ang bahaging ito ng mindanao. someday i will…

  62. nortehanon Oct 18th 2010

    Father Felmar, dahil dalawa na po kami ng isang blogger friend mo na nag-post tungkol sa Camiguin, baka po sign na ito na dalawin mo na rin ang Camiguin πŸ˜€

  63. ang dami nang nararating ng iyong lente,miss N.

    maraming salamat kase parang kasama na rin ako sa adventure sa mga pictures at kwentong binabahagi mo.

    isang araw, i’ll visit camiguin next time na magkaroon ako ng duty sa cagayan de oro plant ng company namin.

    magandang araw!

  64. nortehanon Oct 18th 2010

    Magandang araw din, talentadong Duking!
    Wow, may plant pala ang company ninyo sa Camiguin. Nice naman. Sana ay magkaroon ka na ng duty doon soon! Para ma-share mo rin sa amin ang iyong experiences sa lupain ng mga lanzones πŸ˜‰

  65. Another Wow na naman ito Miss N. Camiguin…lista sa bucket list…hehe. May nagyaya na sa akin dito nung andyan pa ako pero sana maging reality din. Salamat sa pag-share…ganda. God Bless!

  66. nortehanon Oct 18th 2010

    Lolo Jem! Na-miss ko po kayo dito πŸ˜‰
    Hehe sige, Lolo Jem, lista lang po ng lista. Para pagbalik mo ng Pinas, byahe na lang byahe πŸ™‚
    Salamat po. God bless din po!

  67. Ong gondo gondo gondo nomon dotooooo!!! TT_____TT

  68. nortehanon Oct 18th 2010

    Opo, gondo-gondo ngo pooooo! πŸ˜€

  69. i love Camiguin. It’s my adopted home. the last time i was here was in 1995. that was quite a long time. this was my mission area. I have distant relatives in Mambajao where I stay everytime I visit the place before. I also have college friends and classmates who are coming from this place.
    I used to roam around the island on a rented motorcycle. I am planning to visit this place again one of these days. Gusto kung ikutin ang buong isla using my bicycle naman. Holy week is a perfect time to visit here (at least for me).
    **sigh** na-miss ko tuloy ang Camiguin because of this post…

  70. nortehanon Oct 18th 2010

    Ah, yes po! While I was there, naisip ko nga po na masarap sigurong mag-bike doon kasi po napansin kong hindi masyadong maraming sasakyan kaya hindi delikado sa mga biker. Maganda nga po kapag Holy Week or any day during summer kasi hindi siguro uulan.

    At dahil miss niyo na po ang Camiguin, go na po uli doon! πŸ™‚

  71. beautiful photos, I have a friend from Camiguin and know it is a very beautiful island from her pictures, hopefully, will get to see that someday too

  72. nortehanon Oct 18th 2010

    Thank you po, Ms. Betchai! Yes, perhaps on your next trip to Pinas πŸ˜‰

  73. this is a great post.. i am planning to go to camiguin too one of these days πŸ™‚

  74. nortehanon Oct 26th 2010

    Go, go, go na! πŸ™‚


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