How to get to Camiguin from Cebu and Cagayan de Oro

Last updated on December 16th, 2018 at 10:40 pm

Known as the Island born of Fire, Camiguin will give you a lot of reason as to why you should go and explore the island. With its natural springs, formidable mountains, dramatic ruins and charming sandbars, you will surely enjoy your time in making memorable moments going around its attractions.

This post will tell you how to get to Camiguin from the airport to other point of entrance around the area. We will also include here the approximate travel time and fares to be able to reach Camiguin from different points of entrance so you’d know which way is easier for you, depending on where you are coming from.

Read here our best Camiguin tourist spots!

Read here where to sleep in Camiguin!

how to get to Camiguin

How to get to Camiguin

Camiguin is an island province in the Philippines located in the Bohol Sea, about 10 kilometers off the northern coast of Mindanao. It is a unique pear shaped island that is also called Island born of Fire because of its volcanic origins. Most of the tourist attractions around the island is actually naturally made by the eruptions of the volcanoes in the island. You can read in this post the guides on how and what to do to go to Camiguin.

How to get to Camiguin 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 and finally we got to Camiguin by ferry. 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 the airport 

From Camiguin’s own airport in Mambajao, there are vans and jeepneys  you can ride to that are available for longer trips or far destinations around the island. Then there are tricycles, habal-habal and multicabs too for more option or for nearer destinations around Camiguin. Usual fare for shared tricycles are 10-20 PHP or so, depending on where is your destination. There aren’t fixed prices from the airport, it’s depending how far you are going!

how to get to Camiguin

How to get to Camiguin from Bohol by Ferry

There are 3 main ferry ports going to Camiguin. These are Balbagon 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.

How to get to Camiguin from Cebu

If you are coming from Cebu, just book a direct flight to Camiguin. It will only be an hour flight and you will be directly landing on Camiguin’s airport in Mambajao. Fare can costs 700 PHP up to 2,000 PHP depending on what season you’ll book. Also, if you can book in advance, you might see promos for cheaper deals.

How to get to Camiguin from Cagayan de Oro

If you are coming from Cagayan de Oro, you have to go to Agora Terminal to ride a bus going to Balingoan Port. Price is 160 PHP per person and can take up to 2-3 hours. If you are going by van expect to pay 120 PHP for around 2 hours trip. From Balingoan Port, you have to buy a ticket for the ferry ride that costs 205 PHP per person for 70-90 minutes to Benoni Port, which is in Camiguin. There is 15 PHP Terminal Fee and 5 PHP enviromental fee before going to Camiguin.

There are jeepneys and multicabs from Benoni Port going to Mambajao and if you shared the ride it will cost only 25 PHP. If you get a private motorella to Mambajao will costs around 300 PHP and a private multicab around 400 PHP to your final destination.

How to get to Camiguin from Butuan

From Butuan, you have to ride a bus going to Balingoan Port via Cagayan de Oro. You can ask to be dropped off at the Balingoan Port to the driver or the person who gives the ticket. Travel time is 3 hours or so and the fare is 202 PHP per person. Once in Balingoan port, buy the ticket for the ferry ride 205 PHP and 90 minutes journey  going to Benoni Port in Camiguin and you’re there.

How to get to Camiguin from Iligan

You have to ride a bus from Iligan going to Cagayan de Oro. Travel time is 2-3 hours and the fare is approximately 200 PHP per person. From Cagayan de Oro, you have to ride another bus in Agora Market to take you to Balingoan port where you’ll have to ride the ferry to be able to reach the Benoni Port in Camiguin.

How to get to Camiguin from Surigao

Ride a bus going to Butuan City. Buses are available as early as 5:30 AM and wait for passenger for 30 minutes only. Vans are also available but it can get pricey, so bus is preferred. Fare is approximately 400 PHP. Once you arrive in Butuan City, ride a bus going to Cagayan de Oro and get off at Balingoan Port. Fare is about 250 PHP to 300 PHP. From Balingoan, ride a ferry to Benoni Port in Camiguin.

How to get to Camiguin from Davao

There is two ways to go to Camiguin if you are going there from Davao. Both includes inland traveling but the other one is faster. You can book a flight from Davao to Cagayan de Oro via Philippine Airlines, or ride a bus (aircon or non-aircon) to Cagayan de Oro’s Agora terminal. The ride will take as long as 7 hours and costs 800 PHP. From Cagayan de Oro, ride a bus going to Balingoan Port where you’ll have to buy ticket for the ferry to take you to Camiguin’s Benoni Port.

Where to sleep in Camiguin

how to get to Camiguin

how to get to Camiguin

Located in Mambajao, where Camiguin’s airport is nestled, Bintana sa Paraiso is one of the luxurious resort in the island. It has its own restaurant and the room has terraces and pool overlooking the sea. Guest rooms come with a TV with satellite channels, fridge, a electric tea pot, a bidet, free toiletries and a closet. Rooms are complete with a private bathroom equipped with a hair dryer, while some rooms here will provide you with a seating area. A room a night can cost up to $120 but it is all worth it!

how to get to Camiguin

how to get to Camiguin

And there is a new brand open in the mountain Binunsaran where you can get 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.

You can click here to check their rates and availability!

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!



Read here for more information how to get to Mantigue Island and White Island in Camiguin.


Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. He believes in travel without money. Recently, he finished a bicycle trip, 9500 km, from Madrid to North Cape.

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