Okay, I know you had enough of my list of places to visit on a weekend (worse, this is all I had to post here), but of course I hope this will be of good use for you once you need to plan on where to go or what to see on your 2-day rest. Here comes the “Hawaii of Southeast Asia”, never had I encounter one who have been to Camiguin will speak ill of this beautiful island. And just like my other blog articles, you should definitely list this one down!
Booked at almost 600 pesos airfare roundtrip ticket and was really persuaded by a foreign friend who had come to this place before me, Camiguin Island is more than just an island (I feel like I already said this before). Located at the northern part of Mindanao, Camiguin is the second smallest island in the Philippines surrounded by seven volcanoes and friendly local people. I thought I was going there by myself but luckily Independent Irina took the chance to come with me to this place. Falls, white beaches, historical spots and a swarm of lanzones – Camiguin is full of surprises.
Going to Camiguin
Direct flights from Cebu to Camiguin via Cebu Pacific Air every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
How to get around
Rent a motorbike with driver for approximately 300pesos if you’re going there solo or with a friend. Local motorbike drivers know much about the spots to go first near to your destination. Never book in advance as there are plenty of rented vehicles whether motorbike or van rentals, learn the art of haggling. Your hotel knows much about transportation in Camiguin, always ask for assistance.
We stayed at Patsada Cottages. They are renting two cottages at the moment so imagine the privacy you get plus the tropical vibe overlooking Camiguin in their sea panorama veranda. Owners were really accommodating when my friend was injured on our minor accident upon reaching the gate going up. They gave her first aid kits plus tea and cookies at that time.
Other place to stay you might want to consider: Balay sa Baibai, Somewhere Else Boutique Resort and Nypa Style Resort Camiguin.
Sadly, I don’t remember much about eating decently in Camiguin. The place is surrounded by Italian restaurants so we haven’t had many options whilst wanting to eat seafood and less meat. Never try J&A Fishpen, almost everything is priced per gram, food is ordinary with zombie waiters hanging their jaws down while watching television. We drove 30minutes from Mambajao going there for nothing.
Camiguin: What to see and do
This is the flow of our trip from the starting point in Patsada Cottages:
Ardent Hot Springs
Guiob Church Ruins
Giant Clam Sanctuary
Enigmata Treehouse Eco Lodge