Visited three Philippine provinces for the weekend and this is just one. Can you believe it was my first domestic flight? Well, not really the first, but the first that I can fully remember. The last time I flew to a domestic destination I might have been in my elementary years. And to top it off, this is also my first in Mindanao 🙂
Went back to taking pictures of clouds.
To get to Camiguin, we had a 3 hour land travel from CDO to the port and then a two hour roro ride to Camiguin. There is actually a 1 hour roro ride so if you’re going to this island, make sure you ride the blue one.
We stayed at Villa Paraiso Resort with a dorm type room. It has 12 solo beds, a shower, a toilet, tv and a shelf. We were greeted with complimentary iced tea as soon as we arrived. Took us about 20 minutes to get here from the port.
Our first stop when we arrived was Ardent hot springs, which was too bad because I couldn’t get a decent as it’s already night time. They have a small restaurant there where we ate dinner. There isn’t any specialty though as the meals are standard. We spent about an hour there and went back to the resort.
The next day, we went to the beach. Camiguin has this White Island that only contains sand dunes in the middle of the sea. It doesn’t have fine sand, some parts of the island has pebbles that can actually scrape your skin. You can also snorkel, I suggest to bring your own gear. Even for mats, they charge it P10 per person in a group. We went out as early as we could. Funny how the sunrise looks like sunset.
Meet my cousins! 🙂 Some shots grabbed!
Look at how clear the water is!
You can walk a long perimeter of White Island. We were already far from the shore but the water is just until our waist. The sun shone fully around 8 or 9 am I think. Since Camiguin is actually an island/mountain, clouds stick to the mountain peak hiding the sun. In the morning, it looks like it’s going to rain but of course it didn’t.
After the White Island, we went around Camiguin for some of it’s tourist spots.
Our first stop was the old church ruins. The church itself is restored through cement but thee walls are still intact. They are made of corals.
Next is the Sunken Cemetery. The story says that before, Camiguin Island is lower and that the sea that covers the cemetery was long before land. But then, the volcano in the island erupted that resulted to sinking parts of Camiguin. Today, only the cemetery’s cross is visible. This place is a diving spot and most of the corals are already on top of the tombs.
We left Camiguin at 2PM and was back in CDO some time around 3PM.
So there! That was our Camiguin tour overnight. Hope I was able to take you there with my pictures. Say goodbye Camiguin Island. 🙂