“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
After the long journey to get to this island from Cagayan de Oro, at last we have arrived at Balingoan port, Misamis Oriental , we are half way going to Camiguin now, I said to myself.
Spending your time in the seaport while waiting for the next trip seems boring right? But in Balingoan it isn’t. Interesting sight filled the scene, it’s like an appetizer in a full course as it is said. Feast your eyes with this random shoots .
The scenes were tasteful and tempting. My feet are getting etcher as we cruise and excited to set foot on this Island born of fire , Camiguin. Benoni port from my view deck is just a few minutes away. Gosh, my heart is beating fast and white tiny water are spourting fast. Too excited for this adventure, I bet!
The day is perfect in wandering around this tiny island, the sun is in the mood, the breeze whispers fun and the warm smile of the local seal the deal. So without much word, we started our tour . We trailed all the way up to the mountain and in the sleepy village of Barangay Pandan , Mambajao for our first destination. “Considered as one of the treasured gifts nature has bestowed Camiguin” said our tour guide and driver.
I love the rustic feel the island is giving me, serene coastlines bedecked with coconut trees and the lush vegetation of the back drop of the volcanic mountain was picture perfect.
While we are heading to the waterfalls, we found this kid at the sidewalk. Smiling at us from a far we got intrigue. As we comes close, we decided to check what he is bringing. Thankfully, the group is glad to find he is selling some bananas.
It’s an answered prayer since we are a little hungry also. *giggles Anyway, his bananas are at premium quality and sold in cut-rate price in contrast in the city.
Surpisingly, he is very talkative and bubbly than the other young kids we’ve met in the island. Because his charismatic, the group decided to buy all his bananas. In order for him to rest and went back home early.Happily we bade goodbye to this kiddo!
So, guys if you happen to visit Katigbawasan falls and found this kid above extend my regards to him.Also, you can buy his bananas too. 🙂
After that little chit chat with the kiddo, we failed to realized we have reached our destination and we now just a stone throw away to the stunning Katigbawasan falls of Camiguin.
There it was perfectly nestled at foot of verdant mountain ranges of Mt. Tipoong was an oasias dripping at about 250 feet high of Katibawasan falls, you’ll see drizzling waters glimmering as the sun stroke at the thread-like fineness of the water.
The water is clear in fact you see the rocky bottom of the pool with ice-cold level, giving you a chill with a rich faunas around it was a magnificent scenery.
Staring the falls , I am so glad to see this treasure of the island of Camiguin myself with my own eyes. I appreciate the beauty of God and his creation and how the people of this place , were able to maintain and keep the order of the wonderful little paradise.
If you intend to have a picnic or lunch around the falls. Do not worry there have been some rock picnic tables, seats and cookout facilities are available for use with minimal charges. However, if you want to have snacks and grab a light meal only there are some stalls near the place .
In our case, we have decided to try their local delicacy called “Kiping.” It crepe made from cassava topped with a generous amount of caramelized sugar. It is a popular local snacks but I think it could be a perfect dessert.hehe Note: It’s kinda big like the size of a regular plate. 🙂
Anyway, highway here is our moments.
Solo solo solo.
How to get there
By Air. Take a flight to Cagayan de Oro city from Manila, Ilo-ilo
By Sea. Cebu or by ship from Cebu to CDO or from Jagna, Bohol direct to Camiguin.
From CDO, take a bus from Agora Bus Terminal going to Balingoan approximately 2 hours bus trip.
Then take a barge or ferry to Camiguin island.It is an hour to an hour and a half cruising.
Ferry schedule as of July , 2015
5:15 AM Asian Marine Tranport Corp
5:45 AM Philstone Shipping Corp
6:15 AM Davemyr Shipping
6:45 AM Philstone Shipping Corp
7:15 AM Asian Marine Transport Corp
8:00 AM Hijos de Corrales Shipping
8:30 AM Philstone Shipping Corp
9:00 AM Asian Marine Transport Corp
9: 45 AM Philstone Shipping Corp
10:45 AM Asian Marine Transport Corp
11:15 AM Davemyr Shipping
12:00 Noon Hijos de Corrales Shipping
1:15 PM Asian Marine Transport Corp
1:45 PM Asian Marine Transport Corp
2: 15 PM Philstone Shipping Corp
2:45 PM Asian Marine Transport Corp
3:30 PM Philstone Shipping Corp
4:15 PM Asian Marine Transport Corp
5:30 PM Davemyr Shipping
However, there 2 other ports that you access Camiguin Guinsiliban, and Balbagon. For more info check here.
From Benoni Port in Camiguin you have a variety of transportation choices for your tour around the island.
Cebu to Laguindian Airport : Php 1, 300.oo or USD 28
Laguindingan Airport to Cagayan de Oro : Php 100.00 or USD 3
From accommodation to Agora Bus Station: by taxi Php 60.00
Agora Bus station to Balingonan bus station:
Aircon Php 150.00 or USD 13.9 Non aircon: Php 70 or USD 1.49
Balingonan bus station to sea port:
by motorcycle: Php 10.00 or USD 0. 21
Balingonan seaport to Camiguin : Php 200.00 or USD 4.25
Tour around the island:
by multicab : Php 2,000.oo or USD 42.51 good 8 -10 pax
Camiguin to Balingonan seaport: Php 200.00 or USD 4.25
Balingonan seaport to Agora Bus station :
Aircon Php 150.00 or USD 13.9 Non aircon: Php 70 or USD 1.49
Angora Bus station to Limketkai Mall : by motorella Php 10.oo or USD 0.15
Limkitkai to Airport: by van Magnum Express Php 249.00 or USD 5.32
Pabualan cottages (1-6 people) : Family vacation house Php 200.00 or USD 4.25
- Room description:
- Fully air-conditioned rooms
- 32″ LED Cable TV
- spacious dining and living room
- High speed wi-fi internet
- Private bathroom
- Complete kitchen utensils
- Gas range for cooking, rice cooker etc.
- DOUBLE DOOR refrigerator
Foods in Camiguin came in cheap dirt prices. A complete meal would cost you Php 100 or USD 2.13 or less than.
I can hardly remember the fees I paid but I am pretty sure that it will not be more than Php 150 or USD 3.19
- For the independent backpack traveler, the falls can be reached by a quick multicab ride from the port.
- It’s a wise choice to haggle first before acquiring someones services.
- Transportation estimated rate: Motorcycle: Php 400-500 a day, Motorela (tricycle): P800-1000 a day and Multicab: P2000-2500 a day in USD 8.51 – 10.63 , 17.02 – 21.27 and 42.57 – 53.17, respectively.
- Try their local snack Kipping for only 10.oo
- Prepare enough cash as it is hard to find ATM in vicinity especially if you are going the mountain side.
- There are affordable tour packages in the island however DIY tour are highly encouraged for budget traveller
- The airport is quite far from the city proper approximately an hour drive away by taxi , allocate enough time for this.
- Remind the driver or conductor of your destination especially going to Balingonan seaport
- Airport is 44km away if you go by taxi from CDO city center price rage is Php 1000 – 1,500 or USD 21.27- 31.9. For more transportation option check here (www.cdodev.com/travel-guide)
- Accommodation in the island is cheap also. You have a room for PHP 500 a night or you can a luxurious one. Here is a list of choices to your accommodation. (http://www.camiguin-island.com/hotel-resort-camiguin.shtml)
- Take note of the trip schedules from the first trip down to the last trip. To add also, give time allowance.
In this trip, I availed a tour pakage of Kuya Teddy. He offers a very competitive and budget friendly tour with a smile.
Read him at 0939-2440521 (Smart) OR 0917-5219391 (Globe) or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please extend my regards to him. 😉
Also check :
Camiguin Island: 7 volcanoes, 6 destinations ,Triple Birthday bash, 1 happy year ahead!
Katigbawasan falls: Nature bestowed gift to Camiguin
*Prices quoted are subject to change without prior price notice
*USD is based on current forex rate may vary