Last week, I was able to sneak away from work to go on a 3 day trip to Cagayan De Oro & Camiguin. It was one of the most amazing experiences in my life. Cagayan De Oro & Camiguin are both incredibly beautiful places with lots of exciting things to do and see! The DOT (Department Of Tourism) should really help these places out with better infrastructure and marketing support.
We tried to cram as many activities as we could in Camiguin into one day so that we could spend more time & do more things in Cagayan De Oro. Taking the 4:20AM flight going to Cagayan De Oro via Cebu Pacific. Immediately after we landed, we headed to
Tagbilaran Macabalan Port which was only less than 20 minutes away from the airport to catch our ferry, the Paras Sea Cat.
The Paras Sea Cat only goes to Camiguin once per day. It leaves Cagayan De Oro at 8:30AM and back at 4:00PM. Tickets are priced at Php 500.00 for regular seating, which is air-conditioned and quite comfy, while business class is priced at Php 700.00. In my opinion, the business class seats aren’t worth the difference. The regular seats are good enough for the short ride. The Paras Sea Cat runs daily except for Thursday.
It takes around 2 hours from Tagbilaran Port to Camiguin. Immediately after we arrive in Camiguin, we meet up with our driver/guide Frank (Frank Pojas 9205405582. Php 1,500.00 for 8 hours) and he took us to our bangka/boat which brought us to Mantigue Island. It only took 10-15 minutes from the port to the beach where the bangka/boat was waiting for us.
Mantigue Island is a small island with a powdery white beach front. It’s a great spot for snorkeling as the island is surrounded by corals and small fishes.
We had a quick lunch on Matigue Island before leaving. Feasting on some fresh catch of that day, we had grilled fish which kinda tasted like tuna, seaweed salad and some variety of shellfish which was unfamiliar to us.
Next up was Katibawasan Falls. I’ve always been a fan of waterfalls and it was amazing to see one this high. The total height of the waterfall is supposedly around 260 feet!
After the falls, we made our way to what we considered the highlight of our Camiguin trip, which was White Island or Medan Island. It’s not really an island but rather a sandbar.
From what we were told, the ‘island’ is only visible when the tide is low. We were really lucky to have a chance to visit this sandbar. The sand was so white, soft and powdery. We just wanted to sit back and just stay there forever.
After lazing a bit in White Island, we forced ourselves to get moving so that we could catch the sunset by the Sunken Cemetery. The Sunken Cemetery is probably one of the most photographed places in Camiguin. It really used to be a cemetery and part of the island, but the land surrounding the cemetery collapsed after a volcanic eruption.
We finished topped off the trip with a visit to Ardent Hot Springs, where they have 6 hot spring pools with varying temperatures. The coldest pool’s temperature is at around 29-degrees celsius while the hottest is at 39-degrees. It was a great way to end the day and soak our tired bodies.
Our final destination for the day was the Paras Beach Resort. I think the owners of the resort is same as the ones who own the Sea Cat. I vaguely recall our guide saying that the family of some Congressman or Governor are the owners. Definitely a decent place to stay at with great service. And a plus is that it’s only about 10 minutes away from White Island, so if there’s extra time to kill, you could still head back out the next day.