Near Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao, a Mango Shaped Island is abound. Camiguin the Island known for its fruit, the Lansones.
Armed with only a Map and instinct, my officemate and I decided to visit this place. If you are in Cebu City, you have two ways to get to this magnificent Island. Embark on an airline or ship bound for Cagayan de Oro then ride a ferry boat towards the Island or if you want to go directly to camiguin then embark on Cebu Shuttle Ferry. This boat will leave Cebu bound for Camiguin friday nights.
There are actually a lot of resorts where you can stay but if you are a local tourist, I suggest that you stay at Camiguin Beach Club. Friendly owner, friendly staff and a little secluded too. Good for lovers out there who wants romantic time together. This is also a good place if you want to trek the famous White Island as it is directly across it, you can just inform the owner to arrange a boat for hire to bring you towards the island for Php300 pesos. The price is reasonable. You can reach the resort by riding a multicab, there are actually people in the terminal who will offer a tour package but if you are like me, I'd prefer to ride a tricycle going towards the market and join the natives in riding a multicab going towards the resort, saves you a lot of dough.
When you are hungry, you can dine out in mini canteens found near the resort, less expensive and the food is sumptous. When going towards the beautiful spots found in this island, you can ride a multicab or a motorbike called "habal-habal". I suggest that you stop by the ruins of Cotta Bato Church, there might be friendly natives who will give you their famous fruit lansones or sell them to you at a minimum price. This usually happens though during which Lansones is abundant, mostly during the times when the Lansones Festival is coming, around October or November or so. You may walk as well for 3km, just like what we did. Ahhh...really satisfying. Afterwards, you can proceed to the Sunken Cemetery before going towards Sto. Nino cold spring, a nice cold bath relaxes your mind before retiring back to the resort.
In the morning, you can then go towards White Island, this island only appears during the morning you see. Better bring sunblock though as there won't be any shade in the island, it is pure white sands.
After indulging in the white island, you can then go to ardent hot spring to relax before going to Katibawasan Waterfalls.
I haven't really visited all the beautiful spots in this Island but you can go around it in just five hours or more. We stayed longer in the spots to relax our minds, we were there to be stress free after all. Free from thinking about the work in the office and free from thinking about the chaos in our personal lives.
After that, Super Shuttle Ferry will leave camiguin on Sunday night going towards Cebu.