THE BEST SPOTS OF CAMIGUIN

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This will be my first time to explore the Island and try to visit their famous places. I arrived at Cagayan De Oro City at around 5:00 am from Tagbilaran City port by Ferry (Trans Asia). Supposedly, from Jagna Port to Camiguin but since there were no available ferries scheduled that day so I decided to take a route via Cagayan de Oro City.  From Agora Terminal in Cagayan de Oro City. Transfer to a bus bound for Balingoan Port and then I arrived in Camiguin at around 9:00 am.

Camiguin is known as the "Island Born of Fire", and Lansones. There are 7 volcanoes on the island, , from rocky mountains, hot and cold springs to the beautiful volcanic and white sand beaches.
THE WHITE SANDBAR
First destination, The White Sandbar is the most famous stop in Camiguin. It is a  white sandbar and dazzling crystal-clear blue water and eye catching which changes shapes depending on the ocean tides. There are no cottages in this beach. Local salesmen offering different trades such as big umbrellas, food, souvenirs, and sea urchins to eat who would like to dine in. 
We stayed for almost 2 hours in the Island and left around 12:00 noon headed to our next destination to Old Catarman Church Ruins.

OLD CATARMAN (GUI-OB) CHURCH RUINS 
We traveled around 15 minutes and we reached at Barangay Bonbon, you will find the church of the Old Catarman town. It was wiped out from the eruption of Mt. Vulcan sometime in 1871 to 1875. Only the church ruins and bell tower were left from the town. There are no entrance fees but donations are greatly appreciated. 
I noticed an oversize-enchanting tree that serves as a picture perfect for every traveler. However, we just stayed for a while and strolled around the place for just about 15 minutes. After which, we went to Sunken Cemetery.

SUNKEN CEMETERY
The next stop was where we can find the huge cross which serves as the town's people, the historic of the island. This place is where we can see the giant-sized cross that had been driven underwater because of the Mt. Vulcan eruption last 1870's.
We just stayed the place for just about 10 minutes and decided to go to the next destination to Walkway to the Old Volcano.

WALKWAY TO THE OLD VOLCANO AND STATION OF THE CROSS
A photo of me here at the Walkway to the Old Volcano. We skipped climbing up the grotto and seeing the Stations of the Cross so we could maximize our time.

TUASAN FALLS
We were supposed to go to Katibawasan Falls next but our driver/guide, suggested we go to Tuasan Falls instead, yes, the water falling from it was beautiful and flows calmly from the mountain.  You can take a bath on the foot of the falls, and have a picnic in one of the tables provided.
It is located 6 kilometers northeast of Barangay Mainit, Catarman.  Entrance fee is Php 30.

STO. NINO COLD SPRING RESORT
After having visited all the famous historical landmarks of Camiguin, it’s time to have fun with water. Here we are enjoying the cold water at the Sto. Nino Cold Spring Resort and yes, it’s cold, you can't help but scream on your first try. The Sto Nino Cold Spring has a large pool filled with appealing natural spring water.
They offer to cook a dish you like. Fresh seafoods is a popular choice who would like to dine in.

It is situated at Brgy. Bonbonon, Catarman, Camiguin just 2.4 km from the highway. Entrance Fee: Regular (Php. 30.00), below 10 years old (Php. 15.00) Senior Citizen (Php.24.00). Picnic shed: P75.00, additional P30.00 after 3hour. Table and Chairs: P50.00, additional P20.00 after 3 hours


HOW TO GET TO CAMIGUIN
From Cagayan de Oro City port  take an tricycle to Agora Market Terminal in Cagayan de Oro City. Travel time is around 10 minutes. Fare is Php 30.

At Agora Terminal in Cagayan de Oro City. Transfer to a bus bound for Balingoan Port. Travel time is around 3 hours. Fare is Php 160.

At Balingoan Bus Terminal, you can walk to Balingoan Port. Regular ferry fare to Camiguin Port is Php 170. Pay the terminal fee worth Php 15. Travel time is around 2 hours.

From Camiguin Port, there are vans, jeeps or habal-habal (motorbike) for hire. We decided a motorbike o habal-habal cost Php 900 for 1 day.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
If you are looking for cheap accommodations, you can try at hotels, pension houses and resorts in nearby areas. There also listings available on TravelBook.

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