Last updated on January 16th, 2019 at 02:32 pm
Want to go in a place in the Philippines where it is not crowded yet? There are a lot of famous tourist spots in the Philippines, and Camiguin is one of them. If hiking and visiting waterfalls are your most favorite activities as a traveler, you better get on your feet and start booking a flight to Camiguin!
In Camiguin, you’ll be awed by the views, enjoy, relax and explore. We will give you more information about our top picked and best Camiguin tourist spots and things to do in Camiguin in this full travel guide with daily travel budget in Camiguin for your next trip!
Read here where to sleep in Camiguin!
How to Get to Camiguin
Camiguin is an Island Province in the Philippines, located in the Bohol Sea. It is 10 kilometers off of the Northern coast of Mindanao. There are a lot of ways for you to get on board and explore the Island.
Here are some suggestions on the best ways on how to get to Camiguin:
How to get to go by plane
Camiguin has its own airport in Mambajao. Cebu Pacific offers regular flights to the province. For travelers coming from Manila, its either you make your way to Cagayan de Oro or Butuan City. There are flights coming from Clark in Angeles City to Cagayan de Oro where you can connect by bus and ferry, or by plane to Cagayan de Oro and Camiguin like we did.
We took our flight in Clark to Cagayan de Oro. From there we went by bus to Balingoan Port and finally we got to Camiguin by ferry to Benoni Port. If you are planning to spend a few days in Cagayan de Oro, read our full travel guide to Cagayan de Oro and best restaurants in Cagayan de Oro to make sure you don´t miss any important details for those trips.
How to get to Camiguin From Cagayan De Oro
From the International Airport of CDO, you need to head to Agora Terminal for you to reach Camiguin Island. You can go there by riding a van, bus or even taxi. In the airport, there are Express Vans offering trips going to Agora Market. They are located in front of the Arrival Area and fare costs 200 PHP or $4 USD. Travel time would be 30-45 minutes.
Agora Market Terminal offers van and bus headed to Balingoan Port. Fare would be 150 PHP or $3 USD for a 2.5-hour trip. From Balingoan Port, you’ll be able to ride a ferry going to Benoni Port in Camiguin. Fare would be PHP 205 PHP or more or less $3-4 USD. Travel time would be 1.5 hours. You also have to pay 15 PHP Terminal fee and 5 PHP for enviromental fee before going to Camiguin.
How to get to Camiguin By Ferry
There are 3 main ferry ports going to Camiguin. These are Baligoan Ferry Terminal, Benoni Ferry Terminal and White Island Ferry Terminal.
The main one is Port Benoni, which tourists always choose. Benoni Port is the port close to the main town of Mambajao. There are a lot of ferry companies you can choose from depending on your budget.
There are available ferries from Bohol going to Camiguin and it is Super Shuttle Ferry 21. Super Shuttle Ferry leaves in Jagna (Bohol) and arrives at around 5PM in Balbagon. One-way trip costs PHP425 or $9 USD.
It is one of the 3 operational piers in the Island of Camiguin. It is located in Barangay Balbagon, 3 kms away from the town Center of Mambajao. In the port, there’s available transportation going to place in the Island. Standard minimum fare going to the town center would be 10 PHP.
Currency and ATMs in Camiguin
Camiguin Island is situated in the Philippines, so currency would be Philippine Peso (PHP).$1 USD is equivalent to PHP54.09.
There are a lot of money exchangers in the island. You can exchange your currency from banks and pawnshops as well. There are banks in the Island where you can withdraw with your ATM cards. Common ATM Machines in Mambajao are BPI and Landbank ATMs.
Internet and Wifi Connection in Camiguin
Internet was little bit challenging for us in Camiguin since we couldn’t connect everywhere online. In the area of Yumbing has LTE signal and Tongatoc Cliff has phone signal. Globe and Smart were having signal and we were using when the wifi connection was weak in Camiguin. Read here for a full blog post to know the best Filipino SIM for tourist.
Best Time to Visit Camiguin
The Philippines has only two seasons- wet and dry season. The best time to visit Camiguin is during dry season that falls on the months of February to April. Though it is peak season during this time, you’ll be able to enjoy your Itinerary without having to worry about the rain, since most of your activities will be climbing and going to beaches. Click here to know more about the weather in Camiguin.
Transportation around Camiguin
There are many available public transportation modes in Camiguin, like multi-cabs and tricycles. Motorela is the local name for tricycle which can be found all over the island. They operate either westbound or eastbound for as low as PHP 10.00 for a short trip depending on the distance.
Another option is to go by Multi-cab. It is a type of jeepney which is smaller and the sides are open so it can accommodate up to six passengers. For private rides in multicab and motorela prices are higher and you have to negotiate them depending on the distance.
From Benoni port to Mambajao a private motorela can cost 300 PHP, a multicab can cost 400 PHP. For a day private tour around the island with a motorela can cost 1200 PHP and 1500 PHP if you do with a multicab.
Daily Travel Budget for Camiguin
The daily expenses for most of the tourists visiting the Island of Camiguin would be a total of $30 USD per day. For food you can spend $5-10 per person. You can rent a motorbike for $7 for two people and you have to add budget for boats and entrance fees in Camiguin. In accommodation rate of $10-15 USD, if you go on a budget. You can get more comfort starting from $20-50 USD and get luxury rooms for $80 USD a night. As always, Airbnb starts from $15-20 USD and you can get a private room or even a small place for yourself. You can get $30 USD off your first booking with Airbnb when you sign up with us!
Food travel budget in Camiguin
There are local carenderias where food can cost $1-3 USD depending on your order. Also, more options of restaurants for local or foreign food start from $3-5 USD in Camiguin where you can find pizzas, burguers, pasta and more foreigner food.
Transportation budget travel in Camiguin
For transportation, if you move around Camiguin with motorela, it can go as cheap as PHP 10-20 per person for short distances. Of course, it will go higher if you go for long distances and private service. You can expect to pay $20 for a day trip around the island from 8 am to 7 pm with a private driver by motorela or multicab.
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You can rent a motorbike to go around the island for 400 PHP and distances aren’t really big so expect to add 100 PHP extra for petrol.
Island hopping tour fees in Camiguin
This budget will always depend on how you want to spend your vacation. There are both cheap and expensive choices that are offered for tourists.
Places like White Island will charge 450 PHP for the boat ride (you can split between 6 people maximum) plus 50 PHP for entrance ticket to White Island. The island closes at 5 pm.
Mantigue Island boat costs 600 PHP (same you can split with 6 people maximum) and the entrance to the island costs 10 PHP plus 50 PHP for snorkeling around Mantigue island. If you overstay 4 hours in Mantigue Island you have to pay 50 PHP extra per hour.
Camiguin Tourist Spots
1. White Island
The Naked Temptress of Camiguin. The stunning White Island or Medan Island is 10 minutes away from the northern coast of Camiguin. There are boat rentals available for only PHP 450 in Yumbing area near the check point. Some resorts also offer their own day tours to visit this pristine, powdery paradise. You have to pay 50 PHP extra for the entrance. It’s popular to visit in the sunrise. Our choice was visiting at lunch time and we were alone in the island for a couple of hours. You can rent umbrellas in White Island for 150 PHP. You can stay until 5 pm when White Island close until next day in the sunrise.
Read here a full blog post how to get to White Island!
2. Giant Clam Sanctuary
If you are a person who love to dive and see the wonders of the sea, this is the best place for you! You’ll be able to experience diving to see giant clams and their colorful seaworld. The entrance fee is 150 PHP.
3. Mantigue Island
The Island of Mantigue is mesmerizing when you get off of the boat. The Island is beyond beauty with its crystal clear waters, where you can also have a close encounter with corals and fish even while riding a boat. There’s a wide variety of fish species that lives in the crystal clear water surrounding the Island.
For visiting Mantigue you have to ride a boat from San Roque close to Benoni Ferry terminal that will cost you 600 PHP maximum 6 people and it will take 15 minutes to get to Mantigue Island. There is an enviromental fee 10 PHP and 50 PHP entrance fee for snorkeling. You can also rent snorkeling gear in case you aren’t bringing your own.
Read here full blog post how to get to Mantigue Island!
4. Hibok Hibok Ardent Hotspring
Nights in Camiguin can sometimes be cold and one way to chase it off is by having a quick dip in a warm running water. This place is usually the best place to meet locals and other tourists. It’s only 3 kilometers far from the highway on the way to Yumbing and the entrance fee is 50 PHP. It’s a perfect place for relaxing and we recommend as last stop during the day as we did.
5. Sto. Niño Cold Spring
In Camiguin, not only hot springs are available but cold springs too! Sto. Niño Cold Spring is a place where you can swim for hours and enjoy the cool running water. The entrance fee costs 50 PHP.
More Camiguin tourist spots
6. Stations of The Cross and The Walkway to The Old Volcano
If you want to experience Station of the Cross in a brand new way or you simply want to trek up the mountain, visit here! The trek is approximately 1 hour long before you can reach the top where the last station can be found.
7. Saay Cold Spring
Saay is a beautiful and well-maintained cold spring. It is located at the foot of Mt. Hibok-Hibok in Quipasa Mambajao, Camiguin. The cold spring has one small and one medium pool. You can enjoy the spring without paying because entrance fee is free. But, they accept donation for the improvement and maintenance of the place.
8. Sunken Cemetery
This place also made Camiguin famous. The sunken cemetery is represented by a huge cross of what had been an old chapel. There, tourists can dive and explore what’s beneath it. The boat costs 150 PHP.
9. Tongatoc Cove
You’ll be able to stop by at this place while on the way to Sunken Cemetery. It is cliff with a stunning secluded cove. It is worthy for a visit where you’ll be able to notice its deep blue waters, inviting you to swim. You can also take pictures while standing on the cliff. There is no entrance fee for visiting Tongatoc Cove.
10. Tuasan Falls
It was once a hidden gem of the Island. It is about 2km from the main Camiguin highway and now accessible to most travelers because of the newly built cement road. The entrance fee costs 50 PHP.
11. Katibawasan Falls
It is located at the foot of Mt. Timpoong, Barang Upper Pandan, approximately five kilometers southeast of the Municipality of Mambajao. The waterfall measures 250 ft high. There are a lot souvenir shops around the area and you will be welcomed with a big smile by the locals once you enter the premises. The entrance fee costs 50 PHP.
12. The Old Spanish Church
The Old Spanish Church is located in Bonbon Catarman in Camiguin Island. The church also known as Gui-ob Church, and it was destroyed and partly submerged by volcanic debris. Upon arriving at the location, you will find vendors selling religious stuff. You’ll be able to see the remains of once beautifully structured Spanish-era building.
13. Soda Water Pool
The Soda Swimming Pool in Camiguin is the first of its kind in the entire Philippines. It is located in the town of Camiguin and the name is inspired by old folks who used to taste the water and according to them, it tastes like soda. The place is surrounded by lush greenery of plants, bushes and trees. The entrance fee costs 30 PHP.
14. Zipline At Mahinog
The first zipline in the Island. The Zipline’s distance is more than 700m from Station 1 to Station 2. Fee of the Zipline would be PHP400 or $8 USD.
15. Secret Spot in Camiguin
If you love watching sunsets, you’ll love most of the places in Camiguin that are worth-visiting because of the view of the sunset. One is what the locals call the Secret Spot. However, you can watch the sunset everywhere in the island it would still be stunning.
Things to Do In Camiguin
Embrace The Sun At White Island
The White Island is an uninhabited Island, so it is naked and doesn’t have any man-made structure. The shape of the island changes depending on the tide. It is a 10-minute travel time from the coast of Mambajao.
Enjoy the Beach Life
The island has many beach resorts and a rich marine protected area. You’ll be able to enjoy beaches and simple life in the island. From black sand beaches to white sand beaches you will have the opportunity to swim in clear waters in Camiguin.
Hike to The Old Volcano
Holy week is the peak season in the slope of Mount Vulcan. Devotees and tourists climb series of steps. Along the way to the top, you will see statues of the 14 stations of the cross.
Dive Under the Sunken Cemetery
The cemetery is now 20 ft. below the surface. When diving, you’ll be able to see corals that have grown on and around the tombstones. There are marine animals roaming around the cemetery too that makes it an extraordinary diving destination.
Camiguin has a number of waterfalls that tourists enjoy. The most popular one is the Katibawasan Falls at the base of Mt. Timpong. It stands 250-feet above from the ground. Binangawan and Tuasan Falls are also available waterfalls for the tourist.
More things to do in Camiguin
Go Hot/Cold Spring Hopping
Powered by volcanic activities, the island offers a lot of spring resorts that is perfect for tourists who want to have a peace and quiet experience. The most famous springs are the Ardent Hibok-Hibok Spring and the Sto. Niño Cold Spring.
Go See the Guiob Church Ruins
The Guiob Church Ruins was what was left from the old church and convent of the island’s Spanish era. Only the walls of the old church, bell tower, and convent remain standing now.
Conquer Mt. Hibok Hibok
If you are up for an adventure, Mt. Hibok Hibok is the island’s most prominent feature. You can trek the mountain while getting to see its spectacular views and be blown away by the view of the crater lake.
Food to Try in Camiguin
It’s the most popular fruit in Camiguin. The color is yellow and you have to peel to taste. Prices are around 40 PHP per kilo and you can find them everywhere when it’s the season.
It is available in carenderias around the area. It is a local chicken soup made with coconut milk. It’s so delicious and prices are so affordable for half a dollar. Rachel’s favorite apart from mango!
The typical merienda in the island which looks like a crepe that is crunchy. It is made of ground cassava, quickly fried and drizzled with latik. They sell kiping in the most touristic areas like waterfalls and hot springs.
One of the popular local treats in the Island. It’s like a Spanish dessert which is a custard bun. There are many available fillings such as pineapple, strawberry, cheese and ube.
Turrones De Mani
It is an authentic and original delicacy of Camiguin, which is handed down from generation to generation.
Peanuts roasted syrups and honey called Piniato is a tasty dessert to be taken after having a heavy meal.
Where to sleep in Camiguin
YSLA Beach Camp and Eco Resort
With pool views, YSLA Beach Camp and Eco Resort is located in Mambajao and has a restaurant, a tour desk, bar and garden. Free WiFi is offered. Some units feature a seating area and/or a patio. A continental breakfast is served each morning at the property. The campground has an outdoor pool. A grill is available for guests to use at YSLA Beach Camp and Eco Resort. Room starts at $80 a night.
There is a beach area with black sand very beautiful where you can see the sunset and sunrise with views to White Island.
Bintana Sa Paraiso
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Located in Mambajao, Bintana Sa Paraiso has an outdoor swimming pool. Offering a restaurant, the property also features a terrace. A tour desk can provide information on the area. At the resort, each room comes with a balcony. Complete with a private bathroom, guest rooms at Bintana Sa Paraiso come with air conditioning, and some rooms here will provide you with a seating area. The area is popular for cycling and hiking, and bike rental is available at this 5-star resort. Room rate starts at $110 a night.
There is a new brand open in the mountain Binunsaran where you can get amazing views to White Island. The cottages are so beautiful and the place is so peaceful. It’s located 6 kilometers far from Mambajao in the mountains.
There are palm trees, small gardens and a pool to enjoy your staying! Click here to check their rates and availability!
Festivals In Camiguin
The festival is held every third week of October. Lanzones Festival is a four-day grand festival, where the product of the island is exhibited. It is a grand celebration of the fruit Lanzones. A lot of tourists go here to witness the joyous celebration of the Island.
The festival is celebrated with street dancing competition and parties, cultural shows, pageant and many more.
San Juan Hibok Hibokan
It is held to honor St. John the Baptist every June 24. Venues of the celebration are usually near the sea. Water sports like boat racing, and the coronation of Miss Hibok Hibokan is conducted. Most of the locals celebrate the festival by going to beaches while having the time to relax and enjoy.
It falls on the month of May where Holy week is celebrated. It is a yearly trek for local and visitors for the observance of the Lenten Season.
It is a month-long festive celebration of the barangays and town of Camiguin. Santa Cruzan is the main highlights of the Celebration.
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