Nindot Kaayo: Camiguin
Calming in Camiguin
There’s this one place in Mindanao that’s so exquisite, it adds the word raw to the definition of beauty – Camiguin. This place is six hours away from Manila – one and a half hours flight to Cagayan De Oro City, three and a half hours by taxi and bus, and another hour by ferry boat.
The thing with Camiguin is that it has long been a favourite tourist destination, and yet it has managed to preserve its immaculate beauty. For travellers on a tight budget, tourist spots are accessible by habal-habal which is the primary modes of transportation in the area.
The majestic 250-foot of cold water drop of the Katibawasan Falls, offers rich scenery of blossoming forest of ferns, trees, and huge rocks amidst the resonating sound of birds in the vicinity. Just 20 minutes away lies the unusual beauty of the White Island which is literally just giant curve of sandbar surrounded by extraordinary clear waters, a favourite sight among tourists. And then another few minutes afar is the Mantigue Island Nature Park which tourists walk around at, boasting with rich vegetation of trees and peaceful and friendly Camiguinon natives. There are also the very relaxing Ardent Hot Springs, the breath-taking view of the blue skies enveloping the Sunken Cemetery, and the farm of extraordinary 2-meter clams at the Kabila White Beach.
Camiguin has an incomparable rare beauty that backpackers will surely appreciate. And like any other beautiful destinations in the country, it gives us great pride that the Philippines cradles thousands of them just waiting to be conquered by the travelling nomad.
Tip: Habal-habal is the primary transportation in Camiguin but drivers would usually price double when they find out that you’re not from around there. Contact 0916-891-7294 and haggle for a cheaper ride. Habal-habals can carry up to three persons, one driver and two passengers and the whole island can be toured one day.