February 04, 2014

Camiguin Island

Camiguin Island is the smallest province in Northern Mindanao. This place offers a lot of things to  travelers . Those who love to travel will surely love this place. And what I like the most in Camiguin is the hospitality and honesty of the people there. They are so nice and humble. When you go to Camiguin, you will feel like you are in the other country because of the presence of foreigners freely roaming around the place. However, it's not that easy to get there. Our point of origin is in Davao city. From Davao, we took a bus for Cagayan de Oro. It is a 8-9 hour travel. From CDO, we took another shuttle bus for Misamis Oriental to reach Balinguan. It is a 2 hour travel. Then finally, a  Ro-Ro vessel brought us to Benoni port. 

Our first stop was the Katibawasan Falls.

Then, the walkway to the old volcano and station of the cross.

Of course, No. 1 on our list is the sunken cemetery. It is the main tourist attraction in the area. Good thing, the local tourist guides know how to capture picture creatively.

We also got the chance to visit some ruins of old churches.

The highlight of our travel is perhaps, the White Island (I made a separate blog on this). I so love it here!

And finally, a hot spring in Ardent is the best place to go to release tension, aches and pain from a long travel.

Nothing beats a native place like this where we stayed overnight!

February 03, 2014

White Island, Camiguin

White Island is uninhabited huge sandbar which is about 1km off the shore. This vast sand bar associates that of a horse shoe or any shapes depending on the season. There are no shades such as tents, trees or anything that can protect you from the heat of the sun. Many tourists usually go around 5 A.M. and go back at 8:00 A.M. But we went there when the sun was about to set. You can hire a boat from any of the beachfront resorts facing the island.The fare is about 400 per boat.

My first impression when i got to this place was a dumbfounded "wow". I haven't seen such a huge sandbar before. Plus the sight of tourists who are like partying and goofing around is just exciting. I just love it there! The current at White Island can be strong, thus the tourists are allowed until 5:30 P.M. only. I simply love the backdrop of Mt. Hibok-hibok and Mt. Vulcan from the White Island. We love to capture photos of this calm, serene and tranquil place that really blew us away. I fell in love with the place the moment I laid my eyes on this sandbar.It is the perfect getaway from the crowded, hectic and messy city life.