It took us 10 minutes to reach white island from our cottage. We arrived early morning to witness the sunrise and of course enjoy the waters without the sun burning our skin. There’s nothing much on the sandbar. But it’s relaxing lying on it’s white sand and dippin on it’s clear crystal water. On the side are the view of the Mt. Vulcan and Mt. Hibok Hibok which I think is truly magnificent.
Paras Beach Resort
During our Camiguin trip, we had our dinner at Paras Beach resort. It’s a known resort locally. You still have to pay an entrance fee of like P150 even if you’re just going to dine in. The foods were great and affordable as well. The place is cozy and calm. Very convenient for couples who are having their vacation there. This is where most of the foreign guests stay.
This 250 feet waterfall is one of the few beautiful waterfalls I’ve seen. With it’s clear cold water that is so relaxing to dip in. I truly felt amazed and relaxed during my short stay here. I wanted to stay longer but we still have one more place to go. Besides, twilight’s coming so we have to hurry and head to our next destination. Really this place is truly wonderful.
During Holy Week, this place is popular to devotees. People gathered here to repent and to make sacrifices by completing the stations of the cross. Statues are placed in every station signifying each mystery of the Holy Rosary. The place is also conducive for meditation and reflection. Locals say that when you reach the end of the station you could get a good view of the old Mt. Vulcan’s crater. But we chose not to finish the station of the cross due to lack of time. Maybe next time we’ll complete it by then.
Heading to our next stop, we kept on thinking why it was named to be the “Soda Water Swimming Pool”. Must taste like soda. This confusion lead us to be excited reaching our next destination.
Arriving at the said destination, there were a number of people in the pool. People from different walks of life and different ages. Seemed like they were there to unwind and to relax. The place was indeed relaxing and calm as it lies at the foot of Mt. Hibok Hibok. Without further adieu, we hopped in the pool and literally took a taste of the water. With disappointment, the name of the place kept on bugging us, since we cannot taste the soda in it. But some people do attested that it tasted sweeter like a soda, hence the name derived from it. The taste must have changed as with age.
The Old Church Ruins
The Old Church Ruins comprises of the old huge wall surrounding this little chapel. The said church in Catarman, also known as the “Gui-ob Church” was destroyed and partly submerged with debris when Mt. Volcan erupted in the 1870′s.
The Sunken Cemetery
Locals said the real sunken cemetery was destroyed by a calamity and so they made a replica of it. Going to the said cemetery, we had to ride a boat. There wasn’t much on it, just the beautiful beach with it’s crystal waters and mountains surrounding it. Viewing the old Mt. Volcan and Mt. Hibok Hibok on the other side was magnificent! What made our experience at sunken cemetery fun was the pictorials! Our guide was the photographer and he choreographed all our photo takings. The outcome was excellent! If you wanted to see the real sunken cemetery, you have to go diving underneath.
Sto. Niño Cold Spring
Our first stop during our Camiguin Trip was at Sto. Niño Cold Spring. The resort was developed into a pool with it’s water flowing. Outside the resort you can see stores for “pasalubong” and mini restaurants. We had our lunch there so we took an order from one of the stores and while waiting for our food to be served, we took a dip in their cold spring. Indeed it was cold and surprisingly very relaxing especially coming from a tiring trip. I had goosebumps in it. I even saw small fishes underneath. The entrance fee was P20 per head while the cottage was P50. The food was okay and it’s not that expensive there.
Camiguin – our weekend getaway destination! This small island in the Visayas Region, a volcanic origin, has captured my love for nature. It’s gifted with many wonders of Mother Earth like the cold and hot springs, waterfalls and beautiful beaches. I can’t help but felt relaxed touring around the island during our first day. Normally, I get headaches on day tours but with this trip, it was just so relaxing viewing it’s beautiful beaches with crystal waters along the way and magnificent mountains on the other side. It was a typical province were everything’s so laid back. I just adore the place a lot and got to enjoy the heat of the sun without burning my skin.
Jumped off from Davao to Cagayan de Oro via plane. Stayed at Cagayan for the night at Grand City Hotel and walked along the streets of the city where night markets were located.
Morning came and we then headed to Balingoan Pier and took the fast craft, Paras Sea Cat, going to Camiguin. It’a two hour trip from Balingoan Pier (Cagayan) to Benoni Pier in Camiguin. From Benoni, we were met by our tour guide Teddy and Roland. We availed of their package which includes our accommodation and day tour. We had a good experience with their service too. So if you are going to Camiguin with a tight budget like us, we highly recommend Teddy’s service.
A one and a half day was spent in the island. Heading home we took the longer trip since the fast craft only have twice a day schedule from Camiguin. We can’t reach our flight back home if we’ll wait for it. And so we headed to Benoni Pier and took a regular ferry which took us a 1 hour trip going to Balingoan Terminal in Misamis Oriental. From there we took a bus going to Cagayan which lasted for 2 hours. It was a tiring trip. We had our late lunch at Limketkai mall then off we went to the airport for our flight back to Davao.