CAMIGUIN ISLAND TOUR
Another quick recap of my Philippines trip in August. I went to see my family and friends as well as visit some nice places in the country. The first place we visited was the Camiguin island. Camiguin island is located on Mindanao. This island is full of stunning places to visit. The best thing to do while in Camiguin is to have the Camiguin island countryside tour. The tour takes whole day and it’s up to you if you stay over night there or not. We could not figure out how to go there by ourselves, or how to tour the island so we decided to pay the travel agency to book everything.
I paid whole accommodation for seven adults and five children. The package includes one night hotel accommodation, one day tour van and tour guide and all entrance fees. We traveled early morning. Luckily we have our own van to travel from Cagayan de Oro to Balingoan, Misamis Oriental. It was hard to commute with little children. Having your own transportation was a plus. So, we rode the van from Cagayan de Oro city to Balingoan. From there we took a ferry to take us to the island of Camiguin, about an hour or so. It was a very small ferry and quite hot, but we were very excited, so everything just fine. Even the little children enjoyed the ride.
At the Benoni port, our tour guide and van picked up was already there waited for us. We didn’t waste any minute, we then started our Camiguin Island countryside tour.
Camiguin Countryside Tour
Next stop was the Sto. Nino Cold Spring. It was located in Catarman, Camiguin. It has two swimming pool with few cottages. It was lunch time when we arrived there. We didn’t go to swim, but we ordered few foods and had our lunch. It was so nice to eat such yummy Filipino foods that I missed so much! Having lunch at the beautiful spot was perfect. We had so much fun!
Another swimming pool. At first my sister and I complained why we visited mostly swimming pools? But Soda Water pool was not an ordinary swimming pool because the water is a soda. Literally, soda water. None of us interested to even touch the water. We were tired already I guess. But the place was very nice and beautiful.
It was raining when we arrived at the Sunken Cemetery. So we didn’t took such good photos, and were not able to ride a boat and go to the floating cross. We only stayed few minutes, just checking and looking at it, and then we continued to our next stop. Sunken Cemetery is the most well known visited place in Camiguin island. It was also one of my main goal why I visited the island. The history says that as Mt. Vulcan erupted in 1870s the cemetery sank and swept away by the water. The cross serves the memory of the place.
After the whole day tour we then headed to our hotel. We were all very tired. But we enjoyed the day tour so much especially the white island. It was a perfect family getaway, indeed! Everyone was happy and contented. Our hotel was also nice, i just cannot remember the name.