Camiguin is a relatively small province which you can pretty much explore in two days. If you are running out of leave days, Camiguin is an ideal place to spend your weekend. [Check out our list of 5 Best Beach Resorts in Camiguin]
We recently visited Camiguin on a two days, two nights holiday and we’re able to experience and feel Camiguin’s beauty. Here’s our itinerary that will give you an idea how to maximize your time in the island province. We went there during the Lanzones Festival so there are places and events that we experienced that you will not see during regular days. We indicated alternative places to visit / things to do in lieu of those Lanzones Festival related event we attended to make sure you will have a fun-filled adventure in Camiguin.
Two days, two nights Camiguin Itinerary
Day 0: Arrival in Cagayan de Oro City. I highly suggest you spend a night in CdO so you can leave early morning going to Balingoan Port, the jump-off point to Camiguin. Alternatively, you can take a plane direct to Camiguin from Cebu via Cebu Pacific. By December, Philippine Airlines will also start flying to Camiguin from Cebu. You may also take a boat from Jagna in Bohol to Camiguin.
Day 1 in Camiguin
7:00am : Depart CdO to Balingoan Port. You can either rent a van if you are traveling with a large group or take a Surigao-bound bus. Make sure to inform the driver to drop you at Balingoan Bus Terminal. From there, the port is just a walking distance or you can also take a trike if you don’t fancy walking. (Read: Balingoan Port to Benoni Port Ferry Schedule)
9:30am : Arrival in Balingoan Port
10:45 : Departure from Balingoan Port to Benoni Port in Camiguin. We arrived early at the port but the next ferry schedule is at 10:45am.
10:50am : Arrival in Benoni Port. Welcome to Camiguin!
10:55am : Travel from Benoni Port to Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin.
11:20 : Arrival at Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin, Check-in and photo ops. (Check rates and availability)
12:nn : Lunch at Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin Restaurant (must-try is the local dish called Surol, free-range chicken cooker in coconut milk.
1:30pm : Visit the PHILVOCS Station. The best way to start exploring the island province is to visit the PHILVOCS Station so you will have a better understanding why Camiguin is dubbed as the Island Born of Fire.
2pm : Travel to Lanzones Farm in Municipality of Mahinog. You can only do this if you visit Camiguin in October (fruit season). If you go there on any other month, you can skip this and go directly to Katibawasan Falls from PHILVOCS.
2:45 : Visit Balai sa Baybay and buy a souvenir accessories made from sea glass
3:30 : Experience the Walkway to Old Volcano and Camiguin’s Station of the Cross
4pm : Visit the Old Gui-ob Church Ruins
5pm : Visit the Sunken Cemetery and enjoy the sunset in Camiguin
6:30pm : Dinner at La Isla Cocina. Must-try is their bulalo and grilled tangigue. Nice ambiance and good food.
7:30pm : Explore a little bit of Mambajao, the capital of Camiguin Province.
10pm : Go back to the resort and rest.
Day 2 in Camiguin
5:45am : Leave the resort to White Island.
6am : Arrival in the jump-off point to White Island. Rent a boat,P450 roundtrip,pay environmental fee of P40.
6:20am : Arrival in White Island. Breakfas and photo ops. You can swim, too.
8am : Depart White Island to Tuasan Falls
9am : Arrival in Tuasan Falls. No need to trek, it’s pretty much accessible.
9:45am : Depart Tuasan Falls to the municipality of Mahinog, the jump-off point to Mantigue Island.
11am : Travel to Mantigue Island. Pay environmental fee of P20, boat fee of P550 for 4 hours and add P50 for every excess hours.
11:15 : Arrival at Mantigue Island, Lunch, Swimming, Photo ops.
1:30pm : Travel back to Bahay Bakasyunan, Chill, and enjoy the swimming pool.
3:30pm : Witnessed the Camiguin Lanzones Festival. It’s celebrated on the 3rd or 4th week of October.
7pm : Dinner at Guerrera Restaurant. The resto is situated in the middle of the ricefield so have an early dinner if you can so you can enjoy the scenery.
9pm : Back to the hotel.
Day 3 in Camiguin
6am : Go to the airport and fly back to Davao via Cebu. This blog post is part of our absolutely free CAMIGUIN TRAVEL GUIDE. You no longer need to spend a lot of time researching, we already did it for you. All you need is just a click away!