The Island of Desire
Camiguin is a pear-shaped volcanic island lying in the Bohol Sea, some 54 kms. southeast of Chocolate Hills and some 90 kms. north of Cagayan de Oro airport; 120 kms. southeast of Mactan International Airport and 10 kms. north of Misamis Oriental. Composed of 5 municipalities namely: Mambajao (Capital town), Catarman, Sagay, Guinsiliban and Mahinog, Camiguin has two other attractive islets better known as White Island and Mantigue Island. Each of these has unique endowments.
Camiguin is about 300 sq.kms. or approximately 29,00 hectares; its length measures 33 kms.; width at widest point is 14 kms. with road circumferential measuring to 64 kms. Cool climate is attributed to vegetation and natural springs. Daytime temperature averages at 26°C. Coldest months are December, January and February. Maximum rainfall had been recorded on months of June to December.
In the heart of the island bubbles the flowing mineral pools of Ardent Hot Springs. Mists rise from the heated waters running down from the vents of Hibok-Hibok Volcano, the only active one among the seven on the island. Revel in the therapeutic waters. Picnic beneath the sheltering trees. Enjoy a game of darts or table tennis, comfortable dormitory - type rooms and duplex cottages are available for overnighters.
Camiguin is an island paradise surrounded by natural wonders like hot springs, waterfalls, and volcanic landscapes. It is also here where you can taste arguably the sweetest lanzones fruit in the country. Exotic varieties of flora and fauna can be found in the island depicting the richness of this small but charming island in the South.
By day, take a side trip to some of Camiguin Island's attractions: the clear pools of Sto. Nino Cold Spring, the slender beauty of Katibawasan Falls, and the isolated white-sand bar called simply White Island. This is also the favorite jump-off point for trekkers and mountaineers in search of adventure in the slopes of Mt. Hibok-Hibok.
There are three ports operating in the province of Camiguin. The main port of entry is in Benoni, with minor ports at Balbagon and Guinsiliban. Balbagon Port links Cagayan de Oro and Cebu, Benoni Port links with Balingoan and Cagayan de Oro, and Guinsiliban Port which also has a roro landing facility links with Balingoan and Cagayan de Oro.
Camiguin can be reached either by ferryboat or small aircraft. The fastest way to get to the island from Manila is to take any of the commercial flights to Cagayan de Oro City. In Cagayan de Oro, one can either hire a taxi right outside the airport terminal or take the bus in the city center to Balingoan Port in Misamis Oriental. The bus terminal is located at Agora, Lapasan. Depending on the weather condition, it takes about one hour and a half to two hours by land to reach Balingoan Port, which is 84 kilometers from Cagayan de Oro. This port is the nearest jump-off point to Camiguin. The ferryboat ride to Benoni Port in the Municipality of Mahinog takes about one hour. This port is 17 kilometers from Mambajao, the capital of Camiguin Province which can be reached by jeepneys. The six photographs portrayed below should give an idea about the Port at Balingoan and one of the ferryboats that regularly plies the Balingoan-Benoni route.
A new terminal building has recently been constructed and when the planned improvements are completed, 737 jet planes will be able to land in Camiguin linking major destinations as Manila, Cebu and Davao. Camiguin is only 35 minutes by airplane from Mactan (Cebu) International Airport. SEAIR is now serving the Cebu-Camiguin-Cebu route every Monday and Saturday.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Old Catarman Church Ruins - Located in Barangay Bonbon, 10 kms. from Catarman Poblacion - Remnants of the 1871 Vulcan Daan Eruption.
Cross Marker and Sunken Cemetery - 15 kms. from Bonbon, Catarman, huge cross was installed in 1982 as marker of a cemetery which sank in 1871 vulcan eruption.
Katibawasan Falls - 5 kms. southeast of Mambajao; the falls measures 250 ft. high.
Tuasan Falls - 6 kms. northeast of Catarman Potential source of mini hydropower.
Ardent Hot Spring - 4 kms. North uphill of Catarman proper. Pool has an area of 25 meters by 40 meters; deep water.
Tangub Hot Spring - 12 kms. west of Mambajao; Diving is good at about 10 to 20 meters temperature is determined by high or low tide.
Mt. Hibok-Hibok - Approached thru base of Barangay Esperanza, Mambajao. The 1,250 meters slope, loose rocks and boulders are among the challenges.
Old Vulcan - 13 kms. west of Mambajao; has a 70 to 80 meters drop-off; Landmark or "Panaad".
White Island - 2 kms. across Agoho or Yumbing beaches; uninhabited sand bar.
Mantigue Island - 3 kms. offshore across Brgy. Hubangon and San Roque, Mahinog, 4 hectares of forest-fringed with white, sand beaches.
Cabua-an Beach - Nearest beach in Mambajao proper; Venue of San Juan Hibok-Hibokan Festival.
Agohay Beach - 7 kms. from Brgy. Agoho, Mambajao Camping area for Hibok-hibok mountaineers.
Capital: Mambajao Area: 229 sq km Municipalities: 5
|Towns of Camiguin Province
The Island of Camiguin is surrounded by seven volcanoes, the most famous of which is Mt. Hibok-Hibok which rises to 1, 250m above sea level.
Photo Credits to : http://www.camiguin.us/camiguin_2002_01.htm
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