Cagayan de Oro-Camiguin Misadventures

Through this trip I was able to realize that optimism is really key, and with two positive souls together, no amount of mishaps or bad vibes can put us down.

Our flight to Cagayan de Oro was really early at 4:30 am, I got in 5 minutes late for flight check-in. Tadaaa! That’s 6k slashed out my pocket for flight re-booking so we can go and get the next flight. Boohoo. Fine, anything just to get us going.

We arrived in CDO early am with cab drivers swarming us for a lift to our hotel. They were charging us a lot so being cheapskates that we are, ended up doing the cheapest way possible. Took a jeep from Airport to Carmen, then a multicab to Cogon market and a motorela to Yacapin St. where our hotel is.

The highlight of the trip is the white water rafting which took us the whole afternoon of Day 1. All we had are our adventurous spirits since both of us are no swimmers 🙂 Get the thrill of fighting the 13 rapids in this beginner’s course as you cruise along the Cagayan de Oro River which separates CDO from Bukidnon.

On board with our “new found friends” lol

Try riding solo for a more exhilarating experience

This has been by far the most thrilling adventure I’ve been but voila, the pictures taken by the Rafting Company got corrupted. I had to have some proof that I actually survived rafting! Hahaha! Good thing they were able to retrieve it the following day, or else I would’ve gotten ballistic. 

We were lucky to be in CDO on a Friday since their Divisoria area turns into a big party place and night market on Fridays. Expect “ukay-ukays” (thrifted /vintage finds) lined up on the streets for your shopping fix.

We left sun shiny CDO the following morning only to dock Camiguin in a not so happy low pressure area. Taddaaa! Rain, rain! Imagine, we toured the island with our swimsuits on but carrying an umbrella to protect our dear Nikons.

 

All wet at Old Guiob Church Ruins

Gloomy shot of the famed Sunken Cemetery

We couldn’t go near because it was raining so hard.


We’re supposed to go to White Island the following morning but it was still raining when we woke up. So we decided to sleep some more and when we woke up around 7, the sun was up! Talk about unlucky?! Hehehe! It was time for our driver to pick us up already so we just had to drool over the picturesque view of Camiguin as we move along.

Oh dear, isn’t she lovely!?

By the time we got back in CDO, we were dog tired already, left with just enough energy to buy pasalubong for our friends back home. 

Here’s our itinerary to help you plan your trip:

Day 1

6:30 AM – Departure from Manila

8:30 AM – Hotel Check-in: Wilshire Inn – Aguinaldo corner Yacapin Street / (8822) 72-0762; 72-0531; (0915) 2332734) / (0917)7063800)

8:30-11:00 AM – Rest time 

11 AM – 12 NN – Lunch

1:00 PM  – White-Water Service PIck-up from Hotel 

1:30-3:00 PM – White-Water Rafting Beginner’s Course (1st Rafting Adventure Philippines +639273255544) 

  • Wear/Bring: Beach Attire preferably quick dry clothes
  • Rash guards or Long sleeves
  • Extra Clothes and Toiletries
  • Personal Zip locks for valuables
  • Aqua Shoes, Sandals or Slippers (preferably with straps)
  • Sun blocks or Sun screens
  • SLR or Digital Cameras (dry bag will be provided) 

5:00 PM Back in Hotel

8:00 PM – Dinner/ Shopping at Divisoria

Day 2

7:00-9:00 AM  – Jeep to Agora Bus Terminal, take Yellow Bachelor Bus 

9:00 AM – Balingoan Ferry Port 

10:00 AM – Benoni Pier Camiguin

11:00 AM – Check-in at Secret Cove (e-mail the owner Tom Solski at Tom Solski@fastmail.fm)

1:00PM-8:30 PM – Camiguin Island Tour

  • Walkway to the Old Volcano
  • Sunken Cemetery
  • Old Guiob Church Ruins
  • Soda Water Pool
  • Sto. Nino Cold Spring
  • Katibawasan Falls – I was enthralled! First time to see real-life falls. 
  • Ardent Hot Springs – Winner! I love it. 39 degrees yung water. FYI, they have rooms as well.

Day 3

9:00 AM – Departure from Secret Cove Resort 

10:00 AM – Ferry from Beroni Pier going to CDO

11:00 AM – Ride a Bus from Balingoan Pier to CDO

1:00 PM – Arrival in CDO 

1-3:00 PM – Buy Pasalubong at the public market / Lunch

4:00 PM – Check in at DDD Hotel

Day 4

Go home!

Here’s a rundown of the expenses:

  • Jeep Airport to Carmen – Php 17
  • Multicab from Carmen to Cogon – Php7.50
  • Motorela from Cogon to Yacapin St. – Php 6
  • Overnight stay at Wilshire Inn for 2 pax – Php 695/2 
  • Beginner’s Course White Water Rafting – Php 700 ea
  • White Water Rafting CD Pictures – P250 (you can split if you’re a group)
  • Lunch (Carinderia) – Php45
  • Dinner (Resti in Divisoria) – Php 105
  • Trike to and fro Divisoria – Hotel – Php6 x 2 = Php 12
  • Motorela to Agora Bus Terminal – Php10
  • Regular Bus to Balingoan Bus Terminal – Php60
  • Trike to Port – Php10
  • Ferry to Benoni Camiguin – Php150 x 2 = P300
  • Breakfast/Lunch – Php110
  • Dinner at Secret Cove – Php320
  • Multicab Rent for Island Tour and Port/Hotel Transfer – Php 2200
  • Overnight Stay at Secret Cove for 2 pax – Php1400
  • Ardent Hot Springs – Php30 
  • Katibawasan Falls – Php 20 
  • Sto Nino – Php 20 
  • Soda Cold springs- P20
  • Trike to Balingoan Bus Terminal – Php5
  • Aircon Bus to CDO – Php 130
  • Jeep to Divisoria – Php 10
  • Lunch – Php 85
  • Overnight Stay at DDD Hotel for 2 pax with breakfast – Php 850
  • Dinner – Php50
  • Cab to Airport – Php150

Even though this trip had Murphy’s Law all over, we were still able to pull it off and have a good time 🙂 

Although…

I hope to see Camiguin again. Go to White Island. See the Sunken Cemetery up close.

Take a picture of Katibawasan Falls with crepuscular rays shining through.

Dip in the Soda Water Pool and Ardent Hot Spring for long.

Oh Camiguin, you mesmerized me 🙂

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