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Camiguin is a small island province of the Philippines.

Regions[edit]

Camiguin Island is divided into 5 regions:

- Mambajao: the most populated area and home to the majority of tourist accommodations.

- Catarman: the second most populated region of Camiguin. Catarman shares the west coast with Mambajao.

- Sagay: home to springs and waterfalls.

- Guinsiliban: at the southern tip of the island, Guinsiliban has some beautiful views of fields and mountains.

- Mahinog: seafood capital of the island.

Cities[edit]

Mambajao is the capital of Camiguin, and Catarman is the second largest town on the island.

Other destinations[edit]

The island of Bohol is just a small ferry ride away.

Understand[edit]

This island is definitely off the beaten track for travelers. It is a real gem and feels extremely safe compared to its neighboring islands.

Talk[edit]

English, Visayan languages (or Bisayan languages) of the Philippines, along with Tagalog.

Get in[edit]

The ports in Camiguin are located in Guinsiliban, Benoni and Balbagon. There is also an airport located west of Mambajao. There are ferries from Cagayan de Oro, Balingoan (15 daily, 75 min), Misamis Oriental, Cebu City and from Jagna in Bohol. Slow ferries from Jagna to Camiguin leave at 1330 everyday during peak season and at 1330 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday during low season. There are 5 weekly flights to Cebu or Tagbilaran.

Get around[edit]

Ask your hotel/hostel for information about renting motorcycles. Expect an informal process. Usually 300-500pesos/day. There are several gas stations around the island, along the main road.

Take a jeepney around the island. A jeepney within Mambahao, from your hotel to town, costs 8-10P.

RENT multicab to tour around the island ( www.camiguintransport.blogspot.com). The mulitcab from Mambajao town to Benoni Pier costs 25P.

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Itineraries[edit]

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Ardent Hot Springs. Make a nighttime visit to these hot springs. It is the perfect time for a warm soak or swim. Drinks are served at the resort. 30 peso.  edit
  • Katibawasan Falls. A waterfall at 50m. There are a few picnic benches and the water is cold and refreshing. A must see!  edit
  • Mantigue Island, [1]. An islet with beautiful white sand and crystal clear waters off the coast of Maninog.  edit
  • Sunken Cemetery. Sunken by a volcano, this cemetery makes a good spot for snorkeling or diving.  edit
  • Fiesta. Talk to the locals and see if there is a fiesta happening on the island. It is a must do!  edit

Volcanoes[edit]

The island of Camiguin is part of the Northern Mindanao earthquake epicenter. It is basically volcanic in origin and is entirely made up of deposits attributed to its volcanoes.

  1. Mt. Hibok-Hibok
  2. Mt. Vulcan
  3. Mt. Guinsiliban
  4. Mt. Mambajao
  5. Mt. Timpoong
  6. Mt. Tres Marias
  7. Mt. Uhay

Eat[edit][add listing]

There is a good fire oven pizza place around the Agohay beach.

  • Camiguin Northern Lights, Yumbing, Mambajao, Camiguin.  edit
  • J & A Fishpen & restaurant, Benoni, Mahinog, Camiguin. They have fresh sea foods.  edit


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Stay[edit]

  • Treehouse by the Sea. A relaxing treehouse with electricity that borders the ocean. It includes a double bed and attached bathroom. Ask locals for directions - it is near the airport. It has a great view and friendly staff. For a reasonable price they will make meals for you. It costs anywhere from 500-700peso/night depending on the season and is a great place to relax and reflect.  edit
  • Enigmata Treehouse. Another set of treehouses nestled away on the northern side of the island  edit
  • PABUALAN COTTAGES. Located in the town of mambajao, accessible to any transportations. They offer the lowest rate  edit
  • Catarman Coral Dive Resort, [2]. The Catarman Coral Dive Resort is located in town of Catarman and has three (3) acres of live coral reefs under a crystal clear deep blue sea, located just twenty (20) meters away from its beach front.  edit
  • Catarman Inn. The Catarman Inn is located in town of Catarman, the Inn is located across from the elementary school. Room rates are 1,000.00 PHP per 24 hour stay.  edit
  • Caves Dive Resort, Agoho, Mambajao, 9100 Camiguin Island, (63)88-387-0077, [3]. Caves Dive Resort is located in the northern part of the island, west of Mambajao. In addition to accomodation, they arrange diving.  edit
  • Camiguin Action Geckos, Agoho, Mambajao, 9100 Camiguin Island, +63(0)88-387-9146, [4]. Camiguin Action Geckos is located right east of Caves Dive Resort. Geckos arranges daily diving and trekking trips.  edit
  • Pabua's Cottages, Rocky Village, Yumbing, Mambajao, 9100 Camiguin Island, +63(0)88-387-9033, [5]. Pabua's Cottages offers clean and affordable accomodation. Cottages are fully equipped with aircon, cable tv and free wifi internet  edit
  • Seascape, Bug-ong, Mambajao, 9100 Camiguin Island, +63(0)910-920-6152. Seascape is next door to Jasmine by the Sea and 5 minutes walk along the beach from Camiguin Action Geckos. It offers budget rooms set within a well maintained garden and with great views of the sea. The restaurant serves good food at cheap prices. There is also a good deal on renting a motorbike if you stay there. Room rates are around 500 PHP in low season for a large room with it's own bathroom (cold water only though). The staff are very friendly although not always easy to find.  edit
  • Jasmin By The Sea, 9100 Mambajao, Camiguin Island, +63 88 3879015; +63 9106732784, [6]. Free wifi. Spotless rooms with private bathroom. The hotel is right on the beach and room #4 is particularly nice. The restaurant has excellent breakfasts with home-made bread. The staff is very friendly, helpful, and informative; motorcycles are available for 350P. Single with fan: 500P; Double with fan: 800P.  edit

Get out[edit]

The main pier serving ferries leaving Camiguin is Benoni Pier. A multicap from Mambajao city to Benoni costs 25P.

To/from Mindanao: Benoni Pier has excellent ferry connections to Balingoan on Mindanao. From Benoni Pier, ferries depart from 4am to 6pm, leaving every 30-45 minutes. There are a total of 21 ferries, alternating fast/slow boats. Ferries from Balingoan on Mindanao travel to Benoni from 5:15am until 5pm. The slow ferry costs 170P. The ferries run every day, including Sunday.

To/from Bohol: Goldenbridge Shipping Inc (032-420-5467, 032-420-5468) and Ocean Jet (032-255-7560; 032-255-0115) operate a few ferries per week from Benoni Pier to Jagna on Bohol at 10:30am, the journey takes 2.5 hours. From Jagna to Camiguin, there is a ferry at 1:30pm, several times per week. The cost is 350P and the journey takes 2 hours. It is best to call and confirm what days the ferries are going. Note that ferries from Bohol arrive into Mambajao, not Benoni. As of May 2013, there is no longer a fast ferry service to/from Bohol.



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