Hello everyone, time to hit the road again, time to scratch those itchy feet 🙂
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.