Camiguin: Island of Holiness

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Experience a different kind of way to reflect this Lenten Season through this must-visit place in Camiguin Island, The Walkway to the Old Volcano and Station of the Cross. Its an 8 kilometers hike to reach the peak of the Mount Vulcan also called as The Old Volcano while following the 14 human-sized Stations of the Cross. This famous tourist spot specially during holy week is situated at Barangay Bonbon, Town of Catarman, Camiguin Island.

In every year specially on Holy Thursday and Good Friday all the local devotees of Camiguin and together with the tourist observes the annual festival called “Panaad” or Promise in English. This annual holy activity is serves as an expression of their repentance, penitence and cleansing their souls as they walk the 8 kilometers path to reach the peak and enjoy the scenic view of the Old Volcano.

Travel Notes and Tips:

-This place has an environmental fee of Php 10 per person above 12 years old ( latest rates during our visit, not sure when its Lenten Season )

-Do not forget to bring water to stay hydrated if your are planning to reach the peak.

-There will be a lot of locals and tourist during Lenten Season for sure as it is the pilgrimage site to Roman Catholic devotees.

-Souvenir shops are just across the street.

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For more info and photos of the places that we visited during our trip in Camiguin Island, Click the link below:

https://theadventurousvoyager.wordpress.com/2017/03/04/camiguin-province-2017/

CAMIGUIN PROVINCE 2017

 

  • GIANT CLAM SANCTUARY – BARANGAY CANTAAN IN GUINSILIBAN
  • STO. NINO COLD SPRING RESORT – BARANGAY BONBONON, CATARMAN
  • TUASAN FALLS – BARANGAY MAINIT, CATARMAN
  • BURA SODA WATER SWIMMING POOL – BARANGAY BURA, CATAMARAN
  • OLD GUIB CHURCH RUINS – BARANGAY BONBON, CATARMAN
  • SUNKEN CEMETERY – BARANGAY BONBON, CATARMAN
  • WALKWAY TO THE OLD VOCANO AND STATIONS OF THE CROSS – BARANGAY BONBON, CATARMAN
  • WHITE/MEDAN ISLAND – BARANGAY YUMBING

 

HOW TO GO TO CAMIGUIN ISLAND :

  • From CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY take the shuttle going to Agora Terminal Php 199 then ride a Bus/SUV bound to Balingoan Terminal Php 150. Travel time 2.5-3hrs
  • From BUTUAN CITY ride a Bus/SUV going to Cagayan de Oro City Php 215 and drop off at Balingoan Terminal. Travel time 1.5-2hrs
  • From Balingoan Terminal you may ride a tricycle Php 10 going to Balingoan Pier. (Pwede din nman lakarin bes pag natitipid ka, halos 10 mins. walk lang naman. WAG MAHIHIYANG MAGTANONG!!!)
  • Board a ferry going to Benoni Pier, ferry rates Php 130- 170, terminal fee Php 15. Travel time is 1.5-2hrs

Ferry Schedules :

Balingoan Pier – hourly from 5:30am to 4:30pm

Benoni Port – hourly from 4:30am to 6:00pm

  • From Benoni Port there will be tour guides that will accommodate you and offer their tour rates. (depende yan kung ilan kayo bes, sulit yan sa mga walang dalang car. Php 1700 for 6-8 persons good for 8hrs ang binayaran namin. Yung driver is also your tour guide pero kayo parin ang magdedecide kung saan nyo gusto pumunta.)
  • Bahala na kayo pabalik bes. Joke. Just go back to Benoni Pier same price rates parin. Drop off in Balingoan pier and walk or ride tricycle going to Balingoan Terminal.

 

GIANT CLAM SANCTUARY (Opens 7:30am-5:00pm)

Entrance Fee : Php 25 (includes Area Tour w/ Clams Lab, Information Education Campaign)

Php 10 Educational Tour/Student

Php 150 (Clams Viewing w/ Guide)

Diving Gears Fee : (pag trip mo namang mag snorkling bes kasama ang mga clams)

Php 100 Mask and Snorkel

Php 100 Flippers

Php 50 Goggles

Php 50 Life Vest

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STO. NINO COLD SPRING RESORT

Entrance Fee : Php 30 Regular

Php 15 Below 10 yrs old

Php 24 Senior Citizen

Cottage Fee : Php 75 (additional Php 30 after 3 hrs)

Tables and Chairs : Php 50 (additional Php 20 after 3 hrs)

You can buy foods inside the resort if you decide to have your lunch here and its very delicious home cooked foods, of course its affordable. (pwede din naman mag overnight kayo dito mga bes.)

 

 

TUASAN FALLS

NO ENTRANCE FEE(yes mga bes walang bayad ito kaya isama nyo na sa IT nyo.)

But be extra cautious if you decide to take the risk in going close to the falls because of its strong current. (YOLO mga bes.)

 

BURA SODA SWIMMING POOL (Open till 5-6pm only. Close every Wednesday)

(doesn’t taste like soda believe me mga bes, I tasted it!)

Entrance Fee : Php 20 for adults above 12 yrs old

Php 12 for children

Cottage Fee : Php 50

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OLD GUIB CHURCH RUINS

NO ENTRANCE FEE din mga bes. (depende na sa inyo kung may puso pa kayong mag donate. JOKE! Bili nalang kayo ng kandila sa labas ng simbahan, tulong na din sa mga locals dun bes.)

 

SUNKEN CEMETERY

NO ENTRANCE FEE for viewing,(pero kung gusto nyo mag snorkling pwede din. Php 20 for boat ride going to the cross, Php 50 for snorkling fee. Snorkling gears can also be rented. You can buy souvenirs from there.

 

WALKWAY TO THE OLD VOCANO AND STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Entrance Fee : Php 10 per person

If you still have energy for hiking mga bes try this walkway to the peak of the old volcano while following the 14 stations of the cross (8 kilometers to reach the peak, so don’t forget to bring water to stay hydrated ) Worth it naman daw pag dating sa peak hanggang station 3 lang kasi kami, di kinaya ni modrabels, sorry na Lord.

 

We had a stop over at this point for a photo op. Enjoying the view of the coast.

 

WHITE/MEDAN ISLAND

Service Boat Fee : Php 500 (good for 6 pax. Balikan na yun mga bes)

Php 20 visitors fee

Life jackets and snorkeling gears are also available for rent.

 

PARAS BEACH RESORT :

Php 3000 for 1 night good for 6 persons. Sulit na yun bes sa ganda at ang cozy nang place perfect for a family getaways. They have swimming pool and leisure area like table tennis and billiards for free exclusive for the guest of the resort only. They also have restaurant and a bar inside. For room rates and more info you may check the details below:

Contact: +63 (88) 3879008 or +63 9177152285, or visit http://www.parasbeachresort.com