After I went to the office of Kagay Whitewater Rafting to pickup the copy of our group photos, I headed to Centrio Mall to withdraw some cash. From there, I rode a jeepney that will pass the Agora Bus Terminal which is located in the Market City. I was shocked to learn that they collect terminal fee before you can enter the terminal. I just hope that they do not charge bus operators to pickup passengers here and they do not charge passengers to use their comfort room.
I was not able to record the route of the bus that I rode but it will definitely pass the Balingoan Integrated Bus Terminal. The travel time is about 2 hours and 10 minutes from Agora Bus Terminal to the Balingoan Integrated Bus Terminal. As shown in Google maps, I know that the Balingoan Port is just a walking distance from the bus terminal. I used Google maps to navigate my way to the port.
I reached the ticketing booths and bought myself a ticket. Although published departure from Balingoan Port is at 5:30PM, the last ferry that I rode was the last trip for that day. The ferry left the port at 4:45PM and we arrived in Benoni Port in Camiguin Island at around 6:00PM. Public utility vehicle like jeepneys or vans are quite a challenge around that time. I ended up riding a habal-habal (motorbike) and stayed at Camiguin White Island Beach Resort.
I initially planned to stay in Mambajao, the capital of Camiguin Island but my plan was changed because I learned that the ferry leaving Camiguin Island for Bohol is every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:00AM. This has compromised my plan of touring the island.
When I reached Camiguin White Island Beach Resort, which is not really a resort but just an accommodation, I talked to the owner and asked if I can be at the White Island at around 6:00AM. He said he can arrange it for me. I went to bed and woke up at 5:00AM to prepare for White Island experience.
Kuya, the owner of the accommodation was still asleep by the time I was ready so I called him on his cellphone and immediately arrange the boat for me. I paid the entrance fee and the fee for the boat at the docking area. The White Island is just a 5-minute motor boat ride. I took some photos in the island and went for a swimming. I was stayed there for just 30 minutes. I wanted to experience it because it was one of the prides of Camiguin Island.
I went back to my accommodation and prepared for Bohol. I took the advice of the habal-habal driver in commuting on my way to Balbagon Port. I took two motorela (tricycle) rides from the main road. I told the driver to drop me off at the Mercado and from there I took another motorela to Balbagon Port. The port is about 300 meters away from the main road so if you are carrying some luggage and do not want to walk, you can ask the motorela driver to drop you at the port. But at the Mercado, I could not resist myself of buying Lanzones. The price per kilo is just 1/4 of the price in Manila. It just costs Php25.00 per kilo so I bought myself two kilos.
Since I did not take my breakfast yet, I bought myself empanadas, which are fried stuffed breads with egg and potato, and a cup of coffee in the ferry. The ferry has a mini store where you can buy snacks. The empanadas were sold by a local vendor who is not connected with the ferry’s operator. I also ate almost a kilo of lanzones. I must say, Camiguin Island’s lanzones are the sweetest that I have tasted so far.
This basically concluded my stay at the Camiguin Islad. It was really a very short visit but I have enjoyed my stay there especially the back ride experience in a motorbike. The cold air surrounds the island and that really made my visit truly worthwhile. I will definitely go back to Camiguin Island and when that time comes, I will make sure that I will get the most out of it.
Here is a quick look of the White Island. It was high tide when I went there that is why the island was divided into two by water.