Monday, December 21, 2015


Hey guys! it's me again, I just wanted to share the itinerary I made for our CDO-BUKIDNON-CAMIGUIN TRIP. Please take note that our actual itinerary had change due to some unforeseen circumstances but below is still doable.
By the way I wanted to apologize if it took me forever to create this blog post. 

Flight details:
Manila to Cagayan de Oro
Flight No: 5J 389
11 December 2015, Friday, 1420 H (02:20 PM)
Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3
11 December 2015, Friday, 1600 H (04:00 PM)
Laguindingan International Airport
Cagayan de Oro to Manila
Flight No: 5J 398
16 December 2015, Wednesday, 0850 H (08:50 AM)
Laguindingan International Airport
16 December 2015, Wednesday, 1025 H (10:25 AM)
Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3

Manila >>Cagayan De Oro (Laguindingan) >>2-3 hours>> Balingoan Port >>1 hr>>Camiguin (Benoni port)

How to Commute from Cagayan de Oro to Camiguin
Option 1 (More expensive, Fastest)
Via Macabalan port to Benoni

The fastest way to reach Camiguin from Cagayan de Oro City is through the Ocean Jet fast craft.
Travel time: Less than 2 hours

Monday to Sunday
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM : CDO Macabalan Port to Benoni Port (Camiguin)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM : Benoni Port (Camiguin) to CDO Macabalan Port
Kindly visit their website for more information

Option 2 (Cheaper, Longer)
Via Balingoan Port to Benoni

From the Agora Bus Terminal in Cagayan de Oro, take any bus bound for Butuan and buy ticket for Balingoan bus terminal. Ask the conductor to drop you off to Balingoan Bus terminal.
From the terminal, the port is about 10-minute walk. You may also ride a trycycle to the port for only PHP 8.00.
Travel time: 3-4 hours(includes bus travel time from CDO to Balingoan)

Ferry schedules
From Balingoan, Misamis Oriental to Benoni, Camiguin
Departure Time                Vessel
5:45 am                Yuhum
6:00 am                Doña Pepita
6:45 am                Kalinaw
7:15 am                Super Shuttle Ferry 6
8:00 am                Royal Princess
9:00 am                Super Shuttle Ferry 1
9:45 am                Royal Princess
10:15 am              Super Shuttle Ferry 6
12:00 nn               Kalinaw
4:15 pm                Super Shuttle Ferry 1
5:00 pm                Doña Pepita
Fare: PHP 170.00 + PHP 20.00 environmental fee

From Benoni, Mahinog, Camiguin to Balingoan, Misamis Oriental
Departure Time                Vessel
4:00 am                Doña Pepita
4:30 am                Super Shuttle Ferry 6
5:00 am                Royal Princess
5:30 am                Kalinaw
6:15 am                Hijos
7:00 am                Super Shuttle Ferry 1
7:45 am                Doña Pepita
9:30 am                Super Shuttle Ferry 6
10:15 am              Kalinaw
11:00 am              Royal Princess
11:30 am              Super Shuttle Ferry 6
12:00 nn               Yuhom
1:00 pm                Kalinaw
Fare: PHP 170.00 + PHP 20.00 environmental fee

 PS: According to the locals the last trip from Camiguin to Balingoan is 4:00 PM

First journey to northern Mindanao
DAY 1:
December 11 FRIDAY – Chill day
(04:00 PM) – ETA to CDO
Check in to any cheap lodge near the Agora bus terminal

DAY 2:
White water rafting via Great White Water Tours

Makahambus Cave and Adventure Park is an underground cave with a 130 foot (40 m) circular gorge. The ravine is thick with various species of plants and huge trees. It is the site of the historic Battle of Makahambus Hill between Kagay-anons and American soldiers during the Philippine-American War circa 1900's [clarification needed].[30]

Dahilayan Adventure Park - Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich, 8703 Bukidnon
Del Monte Plantation - Camp Phillips, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon

DAY 3:
·      Agora bus terminal as early as 1AM-2AM, hop bus bound for Butuan and ask the bus driver to drop you off to Balingoan port
·     Catch first ferry (5:45 AM) to Camuguin


Mantigue Island 15-20mins from Benoni port
White Island Tour 10-15mins from Mambajao

+Check-in to any affordable hotel in Mambajao

Walk Way to the Old Volcano/Stations of the Cross
Sunken Cemetery (5 min. away from the walk way)
Old Church Ruins (5 min. away from the sunken)
Bura/Soda Water Swimming Pool (15 to 20 min. away from the old church)
Sto. Niño Cold Spring (10 to 15 min. away from soda)
Tuasan Falls
Katibawasan Falls (25-30 min. away from the Ostrich )
Ardent Hot Spring (15-20 min away from the falls)

+Back to hotel
DAY 4:
December 13 Monday – CAMIGUIN/CDO DAY
Moro-Moro watch tower
Kibila white beach giant clam sanctuary
J & A Fish Pen (30 min. away from the Sto. Nino)
Ostrich Farm (5 to 10 min away from the Fish pen)
++++Other spots to visit in CAMIGUIN++++
Camiguin nightscapes - by schedule
Binangawan Falls
Sagay church
Volcano Observatory
Macao springs

Then go back to CDO
CDO Country side tour (if still possible)
·         Duaw Park is a riverside park along the Cagayan River, under the Ysalina Bridge and near St. Augustine Cathedral. It was created in August 1987 by former City Mayor Ambing Magtajas, together with 120 Kagay-anons who returned (Du-aw meaning visit) to the city from the USA and Canada after years of self-exile during the Marcos regime.[24][25]
·         Gaston Park is located across from St. Augustine Cathedral. This park eventually became an execution ground for Spanish criminals turned later into a training ground for the local revolutionaries during the American occupation. It has been redeveloped in recent years, with the worn grass being replaced by red tiles.[26]
·         St. Augustine Cathedral Located along Barangay 1, Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental
·         City Archives Museum is a museum located inside the Old Water Tower built around 1922, near St. Augustine Cathedral and across from Gaston Park. Recently, it was upgraded into a museum that houses antiquities, memorabilia of well-known families in the city and a gallery parade of Cagayan de Oro history.
·         Plaza de Los Heroes is a memorial park dedicated to the heroes of the Three Battles of Cagayan de Oro during the Philippine-American War located along Mastersons Avenue in upper Carmen.
·         Vicente de Lara Park (McArthur Park) Formerly called MacArthur Park named after American soldier Douglas MacArthur, now Vicente de Lara Park honoring the former governor of the province, is situated in front of the Provincial Capitol of Misamis Oriental building with age-old mahogany trees that provide a therapeutic canopy for the promenades. Because of this, the park is a popular jogging area in the mornings. A Press Freedom Monument and the Heritage Monument of Misamis Oriental designed by renowned Filipino sculptor Eduardo Castrillo can also be found in this redeveloped park.[27][28]
·         Plaza Divisoria (Golden Friendship Park) is located in the downtown area. It was built around 1900's as a town divider after a great fire that almost burned down the entire city. The park is dedicated to local and national heroes like former President Ramon Magsaysay, Andrés Bonifacio, Dr. José Rizal, and former Mayor Justiniano R. Borja. Most of the Kagay-anons soldiers who died during the Philippine-American War are buried beneath the monument and has survived the ravages of time including World War II.[7]

DAY 5:
December 15 TUESDAY – CDO DAY
Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village is located in a reforested area on Malasag Hill, Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental. This 7 hectare village has replicas of tribal houses in the region and a panoramic view of Macajalar Bay. The tourism village is owned and managed by the Philippine Tourism Authority.[29]
Mapawa Nature Park is for horseback riding, biking, zip line and nature trekking adventures. Located at Malasag Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Malasag Road, Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental
Migtugsok Falls is located at barangay Cugman and it is composed of five beautiful cascading waters, where the beauty of nature could be experienced, unexploited by the carelessness of human search for progress and development.

DAY 6:

++++Other spots to visit in CDO++++
Kagay-an Resort (Lawndale Spring Resort) is located in Barangay Taguanao, and is usually packed with families and groups on weekends lounging in the cold springs.
Huluga Caves is an archaeological site in Sitio Taguanao, barangay Indahag. It is composed of an open site and two caves where skeletal remains of a child and woman were found. A fragment of the woman's skull was 377 A.D. by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, United States. The open site is the venue of a prehistoric settlement.

Monigue Cave is located in barangay Mambuaya this city; the cave entrance is flowing water from underground stream. The cave has a small opening that seems too narrow to be passable, it has a six inches airspace between ceiling and water that you have submerge yourselves one by one, equipped with a helmet and a waterproof cap lamp. It contains a beautiful sparkling formation, which is called the Calcium Carbonates (CaCO3) or Calcites. These stalactites and stalagmites, white and brown, are sign of oxidized materials that take 50 to 60 years to form an inch the cave is definitely spellbinding. There were formations of flowstone, gurpool-resembling, rice terraces, transparent crystals and picturesque speleothems, such as cathedral drapes and icons.

Catanico Falls is concealed by huge boulders, rapids, cascading falls and natural pool of Barangay F.S. Catanico.

Palalan Falls is surrounded by boulders and stones dubbed by the city as "Oro" stone similar in characteristics with the Mangima stone.

Gen. McArthur Memorial Marker is a historical marker located near the Port of Cagayan de Oro; the monument commemorates two historical events.

Museo de Oro is a museum located within the main campus of Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan. The museum exhibits artifacts dug from Huluga Caves and repertoire of Bukidnon, and the Maranao cultures that have survived the ravages of time.[7]

Museum of Three Cultures is a museum of Capitol University. It houses a gallery of Maranao antiquities from Tugaya, Lanao del Sur; a gallery of ethno history which shall display Cagayan de Oro history, Butuan archaeological artifacts, lumad arts and crafts from the Higaonon and Manobo cultures, and a treasure of Christians lowland artifacts of Northern Mindanao region; and finally an art gallery and coffee shop that promotes the local visual arts of Mindanao. It also has a research archives that will house Spanish era written documents, photographs, memorabilia of well-known personalities in Mindanao, which is open to all researchers and students of culture.

La Castilla is a museum of the Philippine household heirlooms and antiques. This is the Peláez family memorabilia administered by the Liceo de Cagayan University.

DXCC Museum is a museum of a well-known radio broadcasting station in the Philippines called RMN-DXCC located at Don Apolinar Velez street.

Executive Building (Old City Hall) used to be known as Casa Real de Cagayán, it was a former Spanish Governors' residence and seat of present-day local government officials.

MOGCHS Administration Building was part of the 1907 Gabaldon initiatives to established and build public schools all over the Philippines under the Americans regime.

Casa del Chino Ygua (Balay na Bato) was built in 1882 by the Sia family; they were the first Chinese migrants in Cagayan de Oro. Most of the revolutionaries died and buried behind the house during the Philippine-American War.

TARGET BUDGET/person: PHP 8000
CDO Spots and descriptions were from Google

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  1. Hey nice photos and travel tips! Thanks for sharing :-)

  2. Are there package tours provided by the hotel


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