Day 3: White Island and Iligan

*This post is from my old blog seekandwander.

Day 3 – November 15, 2011

 

sunrise
sunrise

 

White Island
White Island

 

White Island
White Island

 

White Island
White Island

 

footprints in the sand
footprints in the sand

 

ferry ride going back to CDO, bawi muna ng tulog lol
ferry ride going back to CDO, bawi muna ng tulog lol

 

group pic!
group pic!

 

Ma. Cristina Falls, Iligan
Ma. Cristina Falls, Iligan

 

at Ma. Cristina Falls, Iligan
at Ma. Cristina Falls, Iligan

 

at Tinago Falls, Iligan
at Tinago Falls, Iligan

 

Tinago Falls, Iligan
Tinago Falls, Iligan

 

CDO Divisoria at night
CDO Divisoria at night

 

Angus Beef Belly at Butcher's Best Barbecue Php80
Angus Beef Belly at Butcher’s Best Barbecue Php80

Highlights:

1.If you ever go to Camiguin, don’t ever pass on White Island. It is just actually a sandbar 7 mins away from the Island via a pump boat. Sunrise or sunset are the best times to go. It doesn’t have any shade to protect you from the heat but some locals have big umbrellas for rent. We went there around 545am and and for like 15-20 minutes we have the whole sandbar to ourselves. Went back just a little before 7 as the sun starts to settle.

2. After breakfast, we headed to Benoni port to catch the 9am schedule going back to Balingoan Port.
Timeline: from the resort 45 mins going to Benoni port,
ferry ride to Balingoan port is 1.5,
from Balingoan port to CDO is 2 hrs,
from CDO to Iligan its 2 hrs roadtrip..

3. Iligan! AS we are pressed for time we only got to see Ma. Cristina Falls and Tinago Falls. We were only allowed to view Ma. Cristina Falls up to a certain point. Our group were talking about how this particular falls were a part of our Sibika (Social Studies) subject during elementary. Memories. Before we only saw this in books and postcards, now we have pictures by it. Awesome!

4. We were told to bring swimwear and change of clothes for Tinago Falls. You have to descend 415 steps to reach it. As you go down you will hear the sound of raging waterfall. A swimming vest is a must because the water is too deep, even the guides doesn’t know how deep it is. We rented a raft to take us to the waterfall. Standing up on the raft, we all push and tug the rope attached from the tree bank to a tree branch very near the waterfall. Until we reach the point where we are just below the raging waters. The current is so strong that I have to hold on to the rope at all times. If you don’t want to swim or get wet you can opt not to do this. Do not believe the guides saying that you will not get wet because you will be drenched! We are glad that we did as it is an awesome experience. The water is exhilarating!

5. Dinner was at Butcher’s Best Barbeque along Divisoria. Who can beat their Grilled Angus Beef Belly for only Php80? Oh and it’s good for 2! The best.

 

 

CDO-Bukidnon-Camiguin-Iligan Itinerary

CDO-Bukidnon-Camiguin-Iligan Expenses

Day 1 CDO-Bukidnon

Day 2 Camiguin Island Day Tour

Day 4 Mapawa River Trek

Day 5 CDO White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting Video

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Day 2: Camiguin Island Day Tour

*this post is from my old blog seekandwander.

Day 2 – November 14, 2011

view of CDO from the ferry ride to Camiguin
view of CDO from the ferry ride to Camiguin

 

Lanzones! Php80 per kilo.
Lanzones! Php80 per kilo.

 

Katibawasan Falls, Camiguin
Katibawasan Falls, Camiguin
Katibawasan Falls, Camiguin
Katibawasan Falls, Camiguin

 

 

Old Volcano
Old Volcano

 

We climbed this walkway for 30 mins and going down took another 30 mins.
We climbed this walkway for 30 mins and going down took another 30 mins.

 

view of Sunken Cemetery at the 15th station of the cross
view of Sunken Cemetery at the 15th station of the cross

 

Sunken cemetery
Sunken cemetery

 

Old Church Ruins
Old Church Ruins

 

Sto. Nino Cold Spring
Sto. Nino Cold Spring

 

Ardent Hot Spring
Ardent Hot Spring

 

Highlights:

1. Our call time was at 3am to go to Balingoan port to Camiguin. Our driver Gammy said we should be at the port before 5am. He drove like crazy for us to get there. I didn’t even get a chance to close my eyes inside the van. Too bumpy for my taste. Its 2 hrs drive from CDO to Balingoan port and another 2 hrs ferry ride to Benoni port in Camiguin.

2. 9 hour day tour in Camiguin in a multicab: Katibawasan Falls, check in at July’s Haven, Old Volcano viewpoint, Walkway to the Old Volcano and stations of the cross, Sunken Cemetery, Old Church Ruins, Sto. Nino Cold Spring (where we also had our lunch) and Ardent Hot Spring.

3. If you’re not going to swim, you could skip the cold springs but make sure to take a dip at Ardent Hot Spring. Too good for tired muscles. Perfect to end the day tour.

4. Dinner was at Terrazas Restaurat just walking distance from July’s Haven. They offer Filipino and International dishes. Our order came after 1 1/2 hrs! And it was wiped out in less than 30 minutes. Food was good though but the service is real slooooooooow.

 

CDO-Bukidnon-Camiguin-Iligan Itinerary

CDO-Bukidnon-Camiguin-Iligan Expenses

Day 1 CDO-Bukidnon

Day 3 White Island and Iligan

Day 4 Mapawa River Trek

Day 5 CDO White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting Video

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CDO-Bukidnon-Camiguin-Iligan Trip Itinerary

Nov 13 Sunday
5:40am- arrival 1st batch, pick-up mass at St. Francis Xavier Chaplaincy
7:30am- pick-up 2nd batch
Leave things at Victoria Suites
Breakfast- your account
Watch Paquiao-Marquez fight in divisoria & lunch- tour own account
2:30pm-arrival 1pax, pick-up at the airport, proceed to Dahilayan Adventure Park
Zip all rides with snacks
5:00pm- early dinner at Del Monte clubhouse
6:30pm- drop-off at the Victoria Suites. Double sharing

Nov 14 Monday
Early start in Camiguin para di mabitin
3:00am- pick-up for Balingoan port, buy breakfast take out at nearby fastfood
5:15am- ferry ride to Camiguin
6:40am- start of the 9-hour Camiguin tour
Katibawasan Falls
Sunken Cemetery
Old Vulcan walkway
Old church ruins
Soda water Pool water
Sto. Niño Cold Spring
Giant Clam Sanctuary
Ardent Hot Spring
4:00pm- drop-off at July’s Haven. Quadruple/double sharing with breakfast
Excess 9hr multicab use – your own account @ P150/hour

Nov 15 Tuesday
5:30am- wake-up call
6:00am- off to the White Island with round trip pump boat ride
7:30am- back to resort, breakfast
8:30am- check-out resort, drop-off at Benoni
10:00am- pick-up at Balingoan port for Iligan.
11:30am- quick stop-over at CDO before proceeding to Iligan City
Tinago Falls, Ma. Cristina Falls, Divine Mercy, Panagatan Restaurant
7:00pm- drop-off at Victoria Suites. Double sharing with breakfast

Nov 16 Wednesday
7:00- breakfast
7:30- pick-up for Mapawa River Trekking & Canyoneering
12:00pm- Lunch
Drop-off at the Victoria Suites

Nov 17 Thursday
7:30am- breakfast
8:00- pick-up for advance rafting with lunch & photo
2:00pm- drop-off at the airport
4:55pm- ETD

P8,000/head x 6pax*
Inclusions:
1.) Airport pick-up for the 3 batches of arrival
2.) Round trip CDO- Balingoan transfer in an aircon van
3.) Round trip Ferry transfer to Camiguin
4.) Overnight accommodation at July’s Haven. Double sharing aircon room with breakfast.
5.) Round trip pump boat transfer to the White Island
6.) 9-hour multicab tour in Camiguin
7.) Benoni port pick-up & drop-off
8.) 3 days accommodation at Victoria Suites. Double room sharing with breakfast
9.) Bukidnon tour: Del Monte plantation, Del Monte clubhouse, Dahilayan Park, Malaybalay Monastery of Transfiguration, Pinutos sa Kanto in Manolo Fortich
10.) Side trip to Malasag Eco- Gardens on your way home from Bukidnon tour if still not yet dark.
11.) Iligan tour: Ma. Cristina Falls, Tinago Falls, PGMA ancestral home
12.) Mapawa River trekking, rapelling & canyoneering with lunch & transfer
13.) Side trip: Divine Mercy Shrine, Vjandep Pastel, Panagatan Restaurant
14.) Advance water rafting with photo & lunch
15.) Airport drop-off.

Exclusions:
1.) Meals where not specified as included
2.) Entrance fees to tourists spots
3.) Zorbit, ATV, Drop zone, Forest Park entrance fee in Dahilayan
* We only paid Php7900.00 for the tour package because we didn’t made it for the zip all you can at Dahilayan Adventure Park. They only allowed us to ride the 840 meters zipline as all the others were closed already. Since we got there a bit late (515pm-the park closes at 5) we also didn’t get to explore the park and all their other activities. Now we have a reason to come back 😉

For tour packages info, contact Ms. Brenda Catarman 09175490866. Two thumbs up!

 

http://wandering-muse.com/day-1-cdo-bukidnon/

http://wandering-muse.com/day-2-camiguin-island-day-tour/

http://wandering-muse.com/day-3-white-island-and-iligan/

http://wandering-muse.com/day-4-mapawa-river-trek/

http://wandering-muse.com/day-5-cdo-white-water-rafting/

http://wandering-muse.com/white-water-rafting-video/

http://wandering-muse.com/cdo-bukidnon-camiguin-iligan-budget-breakdown/

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