Camiguin and CDO
Beautiful waterfalls! Zip Lines! white beaches AND… an ostrich farm? Welcome to Camiguin, a hidden, under rated paradise. We visited this paradise on a three day trip by way of Cagayan de oro City.
As soon as we arrived at Camiguin I didn’t miss the chance to swim in the pool and explore the beautiful sea that surrounds the island. The next day I made arrangements to see all the tourist spots of Camiguin.
One the first stop the boatmen took us to White island. White island is a sandbar located about 1 ½ kilometers off the northern shore of Mambajao, Camiguin.
Next destination was the Katibawasan falls. Tucked away among tall trees is a breathtaking view of a waterfall unlike any other you have seen.
Part of the tour included the Ostrich Farm which is located in Camiguin’s Provincial Animal Breeding and Ostrich Production Center a few kilometers from Benoni port. Entrance into the Ostrich farm in Camiguin is only Php 5.00/person. You can get to there via rented motorcycle for P500/day or take a tour like we did in a multicab. Its educational and great for kids.
The last place we went was the zipline ride located at J&A fishPen restaurant.
J&A Fishpen Camiguin restaurant serves fresh seafood that you pick from their ponds. J&A also have hotel accomodations:
AIRCON ROOMS from 1000 to 1.300 php ( good for 2 people)
AIRCON DORMITORY from 1.500 (5 people max) to 3.600 php (18 people max)
DORMITORY CELING FAN from 1.000 ( 10 people max ) to 1.200 php (12 people max)
After 2 days of exploring Camiguin, it was time to go back to Cagayan de Oro City. While walking around, I found out that they have lots of souvenirs to buy at their night market. The next day, I went to the newly built Cagayan Ayala mall.
Although the nightclub is simple, its very peaceful surrounded by very polite people. Its a great change from the rowdy, crowded night life of the big city. Cagayan de Oro City also has strip clubs. The one I went to was not so spacious and did not have many customers, but the girls were fully nude and dancing very good. Cagayan de Oro City is not big but its packed. Even though its crowded the people are very kind and hospitable. I had a great time on my 3 days trip to both Camiguin and Cagayan de oro City.
How to get to Cagayan de Oro City:
From Mactan International Airport in Cebu, you can get to Cagayan de Oro City in 50 minutes and 1 ½ hours from Manila.
From the Cagayan de Oro International airport, go to Cagayan de Oro City. This will take about 30 minutes by taxi and a little longer by bus.
From Cagayan de Oro City to Camiguin
From Cagayan de Oro City you can go to three ports of entry in Camiguin: Benoni, Guinsilban and Balbagon. Balingoan and Benoni port are the best choices if you want a short ride to Mambajao, the main town of Camiguin. A fast boat will leave 8:30 in the morning and Arrived Benoni 11:30 am, travel time is around 3 hours but if climate changes (rainy season) travel may take longer.
Mindanao has had a lot of bad press lately. But it should not be confused with the peaceful tourist spot of Northern Mindanao which includes Cagayan de oro and Camiguin.