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Camiguin: Island on Fire

PHILIPPINES | Monday, 16 March 2009 | Views [1949]

Anticipation

Looking forward to the last few days of my trip, I woke up earlier than planned. I needed to be in the airport at around 430AM. I was up at 3AM. I had to disturb the crew during that shift since I was checking out earlier than I said. And as promised, they packed my breakfast and gave me a ride to the airport where I enjoyed my meal while watching cartoon network.


Together at Last

At the Zonta Cagayan de Oro airport, I was welcomed by Grace and Candice. Candice is a local working in Makati. Grace will be my buddy for the remainder of the trip. We've been friends since grade school but we never got the chance to go out of town together. This was the perfect opportunity.

Grace with the locals

Transportation

The trip to Camiguin was longer than I expected. We took a bus from Cagayan de Oro going to Balinguan where we rode the ferry going to Camiguin. The trip totaled around 2 hours. By the way, the Balinguan bus stations is just a few meters way from the port so if you don't have that much load, you can just walk.

The ferry leaves every hour.

In Camiguin we had a choice to rent a van or a multicab. I was glad to have a travel buddy this time. An 8-hour trip costs PhP 1500. Since we arrived a little late in the day (around 2PM), Grace and I came up with an itinerary that will maximize our payment. Why not? We are paying customers anyway.

A motorela - a covered "cart" pulled by a motorbike

Volcanoes

They were not hard to miss. When we drove around the island, they were either on our left side, our right side, in front of us or behind us. Some of the popular ones are Mt. Vulcan, Mt. Hibok-Hibok, Mt. Mambajao, Mt. Ginsiliban, and Mt. Uhay. If we had the right gears, Grace and I would have taken the trail up to the crater. View photos HERE.

Mt. Hibok-hibok and Mt. Vulcan

Swimming

In Camiguin, you have a lot of choices when it comes to swimming. They have cold springs, hot springs, waterfalls and of course, the sea. The tour takes you to these different places. But do you want to swim in every stop of the tour? Grace and I only swam the sea and dipped in the hot spring.

The Sto. Nino Cold Spring

Katibawasan Falls

Eerie

I requested that we visit the sunken cemetery before sun down to see the sunset. We got there right before the sunset. The view was not as magnificent as I hoped it to be. The clouds diffused the rays from the sun and before we knew it, the sun was gone. We jumped into the sea with our snorkeling gear hoping to see the sea floor and some tombs. It was already dark and the current was already strong. I was still able to see the sea floor and the white cross they were referring to. Grace's underwater camera suddenly would not turn on. That was eerie. Grace got a little disturbed she tried to struggle back to the boat to no avail. We had swim to the rocky shore.

The sunken cemetery is marked by a huge cross to mark the community cemetery that sunk during the 1871 volcanic eruptions. Read some history here.

The Sunken Cemetery

The Market

One of the places to visit when traveling is the local market. We were early for the next ferry so we did some rounds in the wet market looking for anything. We left the market with a bag of bananas and jackfruit.

Grace scours the market

Found some fruits

Pasalubong

Pasalubong is a Filipino tradition. It is a gift given to family and friends when you get back home from the trip. We bought some dried squid and Pastel - buns with filling, a product of Camiguin.

Buying some pasalubong

And Others...

I will be back here next year.

You can view my world nomad Camiguin album HERE.

Tags: camiguin, katibawasan falls, mt. hibok-hibok, mt. vulcan, sunken cemetery, volcano

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