It has been a forgotten-number of years from the first time I stepped on its sandy beaches, swam in the waters of the Sunken Cemetery, laid quadrants on its land areas, strategically placed mist nest to catch fruit bats and some innovative ways to catch insects and some sorts, and dry pressed some leaves and other plant parts from Camiguin. Yes. Camiguin Island used to be my playground — the open laboratory of experience and learning long before I became a travel blogger sharing with you this Camiguin Island travel guide.

Helpful Camiguin Island Travel Guide

It is one island I could never get too much of. So I set off to visit and check out Camiguin, this time not with knowledge-hungry-but-chaotic-Bio-studes packed bus — but all by myself. My trip to Camiguin was a weekend warrior thing pushed by stress that I accepted a long standing invite to pack my bags and head off to the Island Born of Fire.

Tourists Attractions & Places To See 

Because I had to see more of the churches than just the Old Church Ruins. Churches are one of the old structures any place would have. Visiting parishes is like taking bits of glimpses of the locals’ life.
  • Sto. Rosario Church
  • Catholic Church of Catarman
  • Old Catarman (Gui-ob) Church Ruins
I had to see familiar places. The ones I only get to see on postcards and travel brochures for some time now. The ones that held memories, laughter, hopes, and dreams. I had to travel back in time and partly relive those moments.
  • Cross Marker and Sunken Cemetery
  • Walkway
For the love of water, I had to check them out. I may not have taken a swim at the cold spring resorts but I was rooting it all out for the hot spring.
  • Sto. Niño  Cold Spring Resort
  • Soda Cold Spring Resort
  • Ardent Hot Spring
I only get to visit Katibawasan Falls, the few more I reserve for my next visit. I wanted to stay longer and trek the mountains that I just marvel at the grounds. Duty called and I had to answer. I will have a date with Mt.Hibok-Hibok one of these days.
  • Katibawasan Falls
  • Tuasan Falls
  • Banangawan Falls
  • Tres Marias
  • Hibok-Hibok
Proudly standing beside the highway. I could not get enough shots of them. Nothing beats the old but still standing structures that were witnesses of time.
  • White Island
  • Mantigue Island
And because I refused to leave Camiguin without getting to know more of it. I went off the familiar road and trusted the local guides to take me somewhere else. The result was priceless! Yes, I may be easy to please and entertain but, then again, the locals had already won my heart.
Listed above are but a few to go around and get to see at Camiguin. The best way to tour the island is have a great big “round” around it, as the locals would say. It would be best to get a map with locations of the destination spots you want to visit.[sam_pro id=0_1 codes=”true”]

How To Get Around Camiguin

Multicab (Driver : Tour Guide)        2,000 – 2, 500Php/day
Motorcycle (Driver : Tour Guide)                  1000Php/day
Motorcycle for Rent                                    500-800Php/day
These are the suggested rates for transport tour fees. Multicab seats 6-8 people and all rates are good for 8 hours rental.

Where To Stay in Camiguin  

I stayed over at a friends house during my stay, but here’s a list of accommodations in Camiguin Island with room rates that may help you in your planning.
Bahay Bakasyunan Resort  – 2,000 PHP/night – Highly recommended
Balbagon, Mambajao (Camiguin), Camiguin

Bintana Sa Paraiso Binunsaran  – 2,000 PHP/night – Highly recommended
1 Binunsaran, Poblacion, Mambajao (Camiguin), Camiguin

TheView Hotel and Restaurant – 2,000 PHP
20 TheView Street Abu, Mambajao, Mambajao, Camiguin

Agohay Villa Forte Beach Resort – 2,000 PHP for Family Room
Agoho, Mambajao, Camiguin

Camiguin Highland Resort – 2,000 PHP
Lakas, Soro-soro, Mambajao, Camiguin

Algen’s Dive Resort – 1,300 PHP
Catohugan, Mahinog, Camiguin

Dreamland Beach Resort – 2,000 PHP for Family Room
Barangay Yumbing, Mambajao, Camiguin

Taylor’s Country Home – 2,800 PHP for Entire House
Catarman, Camiguin 

D & A Seaside Cottages – 1,300 PHP
Lawigan, Catarman, Camiguin

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Cellular & Internet Connectivity + Banks  

Camiguin Island has fairly good internet speed. The best place to stay is at Mambajao where you can find spots with 4G if you are lucky. Some resorts offer internet connection but do not expect top high speed connectivity. It will be just enough to check your emails and open social media apps.
There are but limited in number of local banks in the island. You can ask any local for the nearest ATM should you run out of cash. It is best however to bring just enough cash with you to  cover for your entire travel duration.

How To Get There

Camiguin is accessible by different points. There is however an airport that you can directly fly to the island. If come from any point of Mindanao, you can access Camiguin from Cagayan De Oro or Butuan directions.

Best Time to Visit Camiguin Island

The best time to travel is to Siargao Island is during the summer season. You would want to beach bum and enjoy the beach and the sun, it would be wise to visit Siargao during April to June.

Pasalubong To Buy & Bring Home

Camiguin is best known for its sweet buns called pastel. Pastel are sweet breats with custard filling. Vjandep, a Camiguin homegrown bakeshop turn pasalubong center that offers the high sought pastel. Today, you will find Vjandep branches and their products sold outside Camiguin.
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Travel Notes  

  • A visit and stay at Camiguin should not be less than 2 days. There’s so much of Camiguin to check out that you might not have enough time.
  • Bring your sunblock lotions and bathing suits
  • There are great diving spots there too. Bring your snorkelling gears and pack other diving essentials.
  • Your dry packs will come in handy. It will be nice to confidently island hop knowing your gadgets are safely dry.
  • Cameras with extra batteries is a must. It will be a whole day of frolicking under the sun. Better be equipped with extra camera life or be sorry.
  • Should you be traveling solo, don’t forget to bring your tripod. I had funny epic fail shots when I asked the driver to take it. LOL.
  • Trust your hired driver. They usually are the ones who, not only knows the place better, but can make you have the grandest time you’ll ever have. Tell them your itinerary and ask them if there’s anything else you need to add and must not miss.

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