Camiguin: 2500 PHP Budget Travel Guide and Itinerary

CAMIGUIN PHILIPPINES TRAVEL BUDGET AND ITINERARY

So, did you come to this blog to know what is within my expenses? Did you wonder why is it so cheap?

Well, that is basically the expenses for food, travel within the city and accommodation. I intend not to incorporate the air fare or boat fare in going to the city and souvenirs or pasalubong bought within the city for the sole purpose of getting your attention. 

But I will share to you all of my expenses within this blog, where to best buy foods and souvenirs and I will make sure that you get the best out of your money while travelling in Camiguin.

DID YOU KNOW?

Camiguin is known as the “Island born of fire“. Basically, that’s just they believe that the island is made from volcanic eruption and land movements. It has a total of seven volcanoes including Mount Hibok-Hibok, an active one with last recorded eruption in 1953.

It is near between Bohol Province and Cagayan De Oro Province.

CAMIGUIN PHILIPPINES TRAVEL BUDGET AND ITINERARY

PRE-TRAVEL GUIDE

Where to best exchange currency?

It is best to exchange currency in your country way before your trip. Try to plan this too when booking plane tickets. Currency rates are so unpredictable without study.

Buying Pocket WiFi?

Klook also provides this. Without hassle, you can either choose to pick it up at airports.

You can check and book it here. It is best to buy Smart simcard.

HOW TO GET TO CAMIGUIN

  1. ENTRY POINT MANILA (NAIA)

  1. By Airplane (Cebu pacific or Philippine Airlines)
    • Manila to Cebu then to Camiguin. 1 stop at Cebu.
  1. ENTRY POINT CEBU (Mactan Cebu International Airport)

  1. By Airplane (Cebu pacific or Philippine Airlines)
    • Direct flights from Cebu to Camiguin.
  1. ENTRY POINT CAGAYAN DE ORO (Laguindingan Airport)

TIPS
Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have daily regular flights from Manila, Cebu and Davao to Laguindingan Airport of Cagayan de Oro City.

  1. By Van or Bus
    • At Cagayan De Oro Airport (Laguindangan Airport) ride a van to Agora Market terminal. Travel time is 30-45 minutes. Fare is about Php 199 or $4.00.
    • Enter Agora Terminal. Ride a bus or van bound for Balingoan Port. Don’t forget to tell your driver to drop you off at Balingoan Port. Travel time is around 2.5-3 hours. Bus Fare is about Php 150 or $3.00.
    • Ride a ferry from Balingoan Port to Benoni Port,Camiguin. Travel time to Camiguin is 1.5- 2 hoursFerry Fare to Camiguin is Php 170 or $3.4.  Please take note that an additional Php 5 or $0.1 for terminal fee and Php 4 or $0.08 for Environmental fee are collected.
    • From Benoni Port, there are vans, jeeps and multi-cabs to Mambajao Town Proper.

TIPS
 Avoid the non-aircon bus as it has many stops causing delay to your itinerary.

  1. By Taxi
    • At Cagayan De Oro Airport (Laguindangan Airport) hail a taxi to Balingoan Port. If you want to save money, choose the regular metered taxi or don’t choose the YELLOW TAXI.
    • Ride a ferry from Balingoan Port to Benoni Port,Camiguin. Travel time to Camiguin is 1.5- 2 hoursFerry Fare to Camiguin is Php 170 or $3.4.  Please take note that an additional Php 5 or $0.1 for terminal fee and Php 4 or $0.08 for Environmental fee are collected.
    • From Benoni Port, there are vans, jeeps and multi-cabs to Mambajao Town Proper.

TIPS
 Avoid the non-aircon bus as it has many stops causing delay to your itinerary

  1. ENTRY POINT BOHOL

  1. By Ferry/Boat
      • Ride the a ferry (Super Lite Ferries) from Jagna, Bohol to Balingoan Port, Cagayan De Oro. It will costs you around Php 500-900 or $10-18 with a travel time of 7 hours.
      • Ride a ferry from Balingoan Port to Benoni Port,Camiguin. Travel time to   Camiguin is 1.5- 2 hoursFerry Fare to Camiguin is Php 170 or $3.4.  Please take note that an additional Php 5 or $0.1 for terminal fee and Php 4 or $0.08 for Environmental fee are collected.
    • From Benoni Port, there are vans, jeeps and multi-cabs to Mambajao Town Proper.

MAP ON HOW TO GET TO CAMIGUIN

NAVIGATING AROUND CAMIGUIN

    1. By Habal-Habal or known as Motorcycle

        1. For short distance ride, it will costs you around Php 10 or $0.2. For long distance ride, like camiguin white island to ardent hot spring, will costs you around Php 200 or $4.
        1. Much better if you can drive it yourself. It will costs around Php 400 or $8 per day.
      1. If you want to rent the motorcycle with a driver then this will costs you around Php 800 or $16 per day.
    2. By Motorela or one of the locals mode of transportation

      Motorela Camiguin
      Inside the Motorela
        1. There is an eastbound tricycle and a westbound tricycle which you can ride at the market or at the highway.
        1. It will costs you around Php 8 or $0.2
      1. It can accommodate up to 8 passengers.
    1. By Van

      1. Most fares costs around Php 30 or $0.6.
      2. It can accommodate up to 10-13 passengers.
      3. If you want to rent tour the island using the van, it will costs you around Php 2000-2500 or $40-50 per day.
    1. By Jeep

      1. Most fares costs around Php 25 or $0.5.
      2. It can accommodate up to 13-15 passengers.
      3. If you want to rent tour the island using the jeep, it will costs you around Php 2000-2500 or $40-50 per day.
    1. By Multi-Cab

      1. Most fares costs around Php 30 or $0.6.
      2. It can accommodate up to 8-10 passengers.
      3. If you want to rent tour the island using the multi-cab, it will costs you around Php 1500-1700 or $30-34 per day.
      4. You can contact our Multi-cab driver thru 0965-235-9892.

PLACES TO VISIT IN CAMIGUIN

  1. Ardent Hot Spring
  2. Walkway to the Old Volcano
  3. Sto. Niño Cold Spring
  4. Tuasan Falls
  5. White Island
  6. Katibawasan Falls
  7. Sunken Cemetery
  8. Tres Marias Mountain
  9. Viewpoint
  10. Old Church Ruins

Other Places to explore : Mt. Hibok Hibok, Dine at Guerrera Restaurant, Dine at Checkpoint, Soda Spring and Swim at Mantigue Islands.

WHERE TO STAY IN CAMIGUIN?

Me and my friends personally stayed at Camiguin White Island Beach Resort. Our room was named Amakan. The room is made of wood.

It costs around Php 2500.00 or $50 good for 5-8pax per day.

Check availability of hotel and room rates here

camiguin white island beach resort

You can contact the owner of the Resort thru 0917-794-7896.

For more info about this place check this guide here.

3D/2N CAMIGUIN ITINERARY

I just took a glance at the articles of places to visit in Camiguin because the brother of my friend happens to be there ahead of us. So, I did just go with the flow. Actually, we do not have any itinerary before we land in the island.

I just made the itinerary just by picking the places near us. So without further ado, presenting you our Itinerary!

Day 1: Camiguin En Route, Ardent Hot Spring and White Sand Bar Sunset (Prepare to get wet!!)

08:00 am  – Meet up with friend and eat breakfast 
09:00 am  – Grab Car to Sm Cebu My Bus
09:30 am  – My Bus to Mactan-Cebu Int. Airport
10:15 am  – Check-in at Mactan-Cebu Int. Airport
11:00 am  – ETD Mactan Cebu Int. Airport to Camiguin – (Philippine Airlines)
11:40 am  – ETA Camiguin Airport
12:15 nn  – Arrived at Camiguin White Island Beach Resort
12:45 nn  – Lunch at Checkpoint
01:30 pm – En route to Ardent Hot Spring via Motorela
03:15 pm – En route to Camiguin White Island (Best to buy ballpen here! and Lansones!)
05:00 pm – En route to resort to wash up and be ready for dinner
06:00 pm – Dinner at Bbq near Checkpoint
08:00 pm – Card games with friends

Day 2: Camiguin Island Tour

07:00 am  – Driver picked us up at Resort
07:15 am  – Breakfast 

07:30 am  – Going to Walkway to Old Volcano (Mt. Vulcan)
09:00 am  – En Route to Catarman Pasil Reef or Sunken Cemetery
11:00 am  – En Route to Old Church Ruins (Best to buy the “PUSIT” pasalubong here!)
12:00 nn  – Going to Soda Spring and Lunch
01:40 pm – Tres Marias Mountain
01:56 pm – Going to Tuason Falls
02:25 pm – Going to Sto. Niño Cold Spring (Best to buy bags and t-shirt here!)
03:20 pm – En route to Sto. Rosario or shrine of the Immaculate Mary (It’s best to go to Katibawasan Spring)
03:40 pm – Viewpoint
04:20 pm – Went to check Guerrera Asian Food House
05:00 pm – En route to resort to wash up and be ready for dinner
07:00 pm – Dinner
08:00 pm – Card games with friends

Day 3: Going Home

06:30 am  – Wake up Call
07:00 am  – Breakfast 

09:45 am  – En Route to Mambajao Market to Buy Pasalubong (ex. Pastel)
10:15 am  – Arrived at Airport and Checked-in at Airport
12:10 nn  – ETD Camiguin Airport to Mactan Cebu Int. Airport (Philippine Airlines)
01:00 pm – ETA at Mactan Cebu International Airport

Take note that during our 3rd day, we intend to buy Lansones and Pastel at the Mambajao Town Proper. We did not expect that the market there was a bit expensive compared to the Terminal in White Island. In the end it was okay because we bought Pastel at an affordable price.

My friends also wants to tour Mantigue Island but did not have the chance because of time constraint! Well, I have booked the airplane ticket first before setting up the itinerary! Just sooooo me! 🙂

3D/2N CAMIGUIN BUDGET EXPENSES  (for 7 people)

Expenses for 7 people. I did divide the whole sum for 7.

 200  php – Pick up(Airport to Camiguin White Island Beach Resort)
5000 php – Camiguin White Island Beach Resort (AMAKAN) for 3D/2N
1850 php – Lunch at Checkpoint Day 1
  200 php – Motorela fare from Checkpoint to Ardent Hot Sprint (Be sure to ask the driver to wait for you because it is hard to get some transportation and the motorcycle is expensive)
  200  php – Motorela fare from Ardent Hot Spring to Camiguin White Island Terminal
1350  php – Camiguin White Island (Note: We have no choice but to rent 2 boats because we were 7)
1500 php – Dinner Day 1
  308 php – Breakfast Day 2
10 php – Entrance to Walkway to the Volcano
1350 php – Snorkel at Sunken Cemetery or Catarman Pasil Reef
    70 php – Entrance to Old Church Ruins
  350 php – Entrance to Soda Spring
1360 php – Lunch Day 2
  350 php – Entrance to Tuason Falls
  350 php  – Entrance to Sto. Niño Cold Spring
  990 php – Dinner (Bought at the market and let the caretaker cook the food for us)
  210 php – Breakfast Day 3
1700 php – Island Tour
  200 php – Drop-Off Airpot                                                                          
(17538 php or $351 )/7 pax = 2516 php or $51 per person

Other fees:

1300 php –  Philippine Airlines Fare (Cebu-Camiguin and vice versa) (199 peso sale)
   40 php – lansones ice cream
 400 php – souvenirs (ballpens and ref magnet bought at White Island Terminal)
 200 php – for food pasalubong (Uncooked Chicharon Pusit bought at Old Church Ruins)
 656 php – souvenirs (Bag, t-shirt and ref magnet bought at Sto.Niño old Spring)
 300 php – food pasalubong (pastels bought at mambajao town proper)
 465 php – food pasalubong (Cheese sticks bought at Pasalubong sa Camiguin) 
3361 php or $68 

Further Breakdown of Expenses for:

Camiguin White Island Resort

450.00 php – Pumboat 1 fee
450.00 php – Pumboat 2 fee
150.00 php – Umbrella
  50.00 php – Entrance fee per person (multiplied by 6)
  1350 php or $27

Snorkeling at Catarman Pasil Reef/ Sunken Cemetery

100.00 php – Environmental fee per head (multiplied by 7)
150.00 php – Guide 1 fee
150.00 php – Guide 2 fee
 50.00 php – snorkel gears per head (multiplied by 7)
  1350 php or $27

So my total expenses were Php 5877 or $118. 

FESTIVALS

They have Lanzones Festivals. It occurs every October. They harvest Lanzones on this month.

For me, I wanna avoid this month if I intend on visiting the place only because it gets so crowded on that month. Trust me!

For people who loves festival and want to experience their culture firsthand then fly in October!  😆 

 

MAP TO HELP YOU GET AROUND CAMIGUIN

CAMIGUIN MAP by shellwanders

Did you visit any Island? How was it? Try Camiguin Island too!

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XOXO,shellwanders

Comments

  1. Thanks for all of the great information! I never knew about this island before…now I’d love to plan a visit:)

    1. You’re welcome. I hope you get to visit it someday! 🙂

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