Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Camiguin Island

Camiguin is a small island province of the Philippines off the northern coast of Mindanao. It belongs to the Northern Mindanao region. Its capital is Mambajao and it is the second-smallest province both in population and land area. Only Batanes is smaller. The island of Camiguin is in the Bohol Sea about ten kilometers north of Misamis Oriental.

Camiguin is accessible by air and sea from Cebu City however flights into the province's only airport is only seasonal. Most fly in to Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental Province, the gateway to Northern Mindanao. One would then take 2 more or less hours bus or hired van from Cagayan de Oro City to the port of Balingoan. Ferries leave Balingoan to Camiguin Island every hour from 6:00 am until 5:00 pm.

I remember the first time I went there, I saw some flying fishes and dolphins while the ferry was transporting passengers from Balingoan to Camiguin. When I went there last week, I decided to take the land trip in the hope of seeing some dolphins. Bad luck ... or perhaps there are no more dolphins anymore as I never saw a single one jump out of the water.

If you check the pic of the island, there are some lines on the side. Those are roads. You can actually circle around the island within a day. If you wish to go to its hotspots, you would have to pass through the side of the road before heading straight to the tourist attraction.


kenwooi said...

one day i must visit the Philippines. =)

disneyusa said...

you should. there are a lot of great beaches there

cagayan de oro resorts said...

One of my favorite island destinations for some good R&R with my family. One thing I like about the island is the people are really friendly and accommodating.

disneyusa said...

@cagayan de oro resorts: right on!


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