CDO-Camiguin Adventure

If you are planning to go to CDO and Camiguin, and if you have the luxury of time, you can maximize your itinerary. You can visit Bukidnon and Iligan also. Unfortunately for us, that is not our priority on this trip, so maybe next time.

The original plan is to visit Camiguin only but since there is no direct flight to Camiguin for AirAsia and Cebu Pacific we opted to buy a promo ticket from Ceb Pac going to CDO.

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Cagayan de Oro City or simply referred to as CDO, is a 1st class highly urbanized city in Northern Mindanao. It is the capital of the province of Misamis Oriental located along the north central coast of Mindanao island facing Macajalar Bay and is bordered by the municipalities of Opol to the west, Tagoloan to the east, and the provinces of Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte to the south of the city.

Camiguin is an island province in the Philippines located in the Bohol Sea off the northern coast of Mindanao. It is the second smallest province in the country in both population and land area after Batanes.

 

Festivals

Higalaay (Kagay-an) Festival – CDO

It is a week-long celebration in honor of Cagayan de Oro’s patron saint St. Augustine held every August.

Lanzones Festival – Camiguin

Each year in the third week of October, a festival is held to celebrate the Lanzones, a small grape-sized tropical fruit grown all over the island. Lanzones grown in Camiguin is considered to be the sweetest.

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HOTELS and ACCOMMODATION

Bridge Hotel (Cagayan De Oro)

We had some hard time searching the entrance of the hotel (hahaha) since it is located on the 3rd floor of the building. Hotel is new but not soundproof, but the best part here is their free coffee and water, and did I tell you it is unlimited. In addition, the hotel is clean, and they have a nice common area. By the way, they have the best toothbrush I could say.

https://www.bridgehotelph.com/

Medano Island Resort (Camiguin)

P1800 per night with basic accommodation. Was able to book directly with the help of our DIY tour guide in Camiguin. If you want a DIY tour in the island, please message Rogever Badilla (0935 555 0655) – a highly recommended tour guide and our newfound friend in the whole island of Camiguin. You can also visit his FB page “hali na sa camiguin island”.

 

Full Itinerary

Day 1 (Cagayan De Oro)

0930 am – at NAIA terminal 3
1150 am – flight departure
0110 pm – at CDO
0130 pm – van (super 5) transfer to bus
0150 pm – bus to cdo arrival
0250 pm – at Bulua terminal
0315 pm – at Bridge hotel
0615 pm – dinner at local BBQ house somewhere in T Chavez
0730 pm – back to hotel

Day 2 (Cagayan De Oro-Camiguin)

0600 am – wakeup call
0630 am – breakfast at Roy’s Bistro
0800 am – hotel checkout
0815 am – at Agora terminal
0900 am – going to Balingoan (special trip)
1115 am – at Balingoan Port
1200 pm – boarding
1230 pm – etd going to Camiguin
0145 pm – at Benoni Port, Camiguin
0230 pm – hotel check-in Medano Island Resort
0630 pm – went out for dinner at Checkpoint (infront of Alex Resto Bar)

Day 3 (Camiguin)

0530 am – hotel pickup going to Mantigue Island
0620 am – at Mantigue Island registration/port
0830 am – still waiting for our pumpboat due to some regulation (but now everything is fast)
0915 am – left port going to Mantigue
1000 am – at Mantigue island
0120 pm – left Mantigue
0200 pm – at San Roque pumpboat terminal
0220 pm – at Katungan park
0300 pm – Quibila White Beach / giant clam sanctuary
0430 pm – Sto Nino Cold Spring
0515 pm – departure back to hotel
0615 pm – at Medano Island Resort
0715 pm – Peninsular art cafe – coffee / burger
0830 pm – Medano bar

Day 4 (Camiguin-CDO)

0530 am – going to White Island
0700 am – left white island
0720 am – breakfast at Checkpoint
0810 am – back to hotel
0900 am – hotel checkout
1030 am – at Benoni port
1100 am – barge left Benoni going to Balingoan
1210 pm – at Balingoan
1220 pm – van departure
0200 pm – at CDO
0210 pm – Kagay-anon restaurant
0245 pm – going to Laguindingan
0330 pm – at Laguindingan Airport

 

Some Expenses for this Travel

Day 1

P520 – breakfast at the airport for 2
P100 – Van transfer (per head)*P160 – taxi from bulua to bridge hotel
P160 – taxi from Bulua to Bridge Hotel
P300 – dinner at local BBQ house for 2

Day 2

P228 – breakfast for 2 at Roy’s Bistro
P110 – taxi from Bridge Hotel to agora
P800 – special trip going to Balingoan
P210 – ticket to Camiguin
P15 – terminal fee at port

Day 3

P100 – breakfast
P600 – Snorkeling at Mantigue (300 – guide / 200 – 2 vest / 100 – 1 goggles)
P50 – entrance at Katungan Park
P1600 – Lunch at Quibila Beach
P50 – entrance Sto Nino cold spring
P340 – Peninsular art cafe – coffee / burger
P200 – Medano bar (beers, water)

Day 4

P160 – buffet breakfast at checkpoint (per head)
P3000 – rented van from Balingoan to Laguindingan Airport
P320 – souvenirs
P330 – pasalubong

THANK YOU!

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