HIghlights July 2014, 3Nites stay
15.07.2014 - 18.07.2014 32 °C
Just got back from Camiguin, using old research data I have done many years ago I missed out that there is now a Cebu Pacific flight from Cebu to Camiguin. That would have been the most convenient way to get to Camiguin island. We took the Manila to Cagayan de Oro, plus 3 hours by land transport to the port and one (1) hour ferry ride to Camiguin island , and a 25minute ride to the seaside Paras Resort. The resort does not have a beach , it has a some kind of little cove where the outriggers ( bangkas) picks up guest enroute to the white island/ sand bar for a quick 10-15minute ride. (450.00 pesos trip ($10), you just advice the boatman what time you want to be picked up. July being low season rooms were on promotion , about P3000.00 about $70.00, not exactly cheap. but you have a pool to use, Filipino breakfast is available for P200.00 ($5) - choice of corn beef , tocino or tapa with garlic rice, eggs and a cup of coffee or tea.
Main highlight of our island tour would be the waterfalls and the sandbar, We did see another resort called Bahay Bakasyunan and would stay here next time. If you want to travel cheap- there is Paguas Hometels, just outside Paras resort for about P1000.00 a nite ($22.00) being low season, they would deasily upgrade you to a bigger room. The Camiguin island is popular for the lansones fruit. The local folks are gentle and warm. You can rent a van or just hire the trycycles- like a Tuk-Tuks of Thailand-- cheap and air-cooled. The ferry cost P170.00 per adult. one way, from Cagayan de Oro and Camiguin island.
Cagayan de Oron, the main capital city this parts of the region is a mini Manila, with all the amenities you need, there is a new deluxe hotel called Luxe Hotel in downtown, the breakfast buffet is overpriced @P500.00 , just take the filipino breakfast from P165.00 in a very nice ambiance. CDO is bustling with activity, being the port town used to ship the produce of the Davao province , food is inexpensive, and the claim to fame of CDO is white water rafting and zip line adventure (Bukidnon).