Day 3: White Island and Iligan

*This post is from my old blog seekandwander.

Day 3 – November 15, 2011




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


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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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. NiΓ±o 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*
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.

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 πŸ˜‰

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

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CDO-Bukidnon-Camiguin-Iligan Budget Breakdown

So here it is, the total cost I spent on that fulfilling, nerve wracking 5 day adventure. Take note that this is my and mine only budget and expenses. We are a group of 6 and every nitty gritty was divided equally among us. Read on…..
Budget 15,000.00

Roundtrip Cebu Pac Airfare 1,192.90
Tour Package/person for 5 days – All inclusions and details are here. 7,900.00

Day 1

Airport Terminal Fee 200.00
Breakfast-Jollibee Longganisa Meal 96.00
Pacquiao with lunch 195.00
Motorela ride to Limketkai mall 14.00
Bottled water and mango 75.00
Lotto tickets 100.00
Dinner-Pinutos Restaurant-Roastbeef and coke 100.00
Day 1 Total 780.00
Day 2

Breakfast at Benoni Port-Rice+Humba 35.00
Lunch at Sto. Nino Cold Spring 200.00
Entrance fees 50.00
3 kilos of Lanzones 235.00
Dinner at Terrazas, Camiguin 80.00
Misc 17.00
Day 2 Total 617.00


Day 3

Lunch-Burger Mcdo Meal 65.00
Entrance Fees 90.00
Dinner at Butcher’s Best BBQ 100.00
Misc 58.00
Watsons 150.00
Day 3 TotalΒ 463.00
Day 4

Various Pasalubong (Vjandep pastel, Sler’s chicha, etc) 365.00
Gelato-Missy Bon Bon 115.00
Dinner-Dear Manok-Grilled Paa with rice+coke and
Buco halo halo 162.00
Bigby’s 149.00
Lotto tickets 100.00
Day 4 Total 891.00
Day 5

Rafting video 100.00
Terminal fee 30.00
Baggage 150.00
Chips 200.00
Misc 50.00
Day 5 Total 530

SubTotal 3,281.00

MY TOTAL Expenses 12,373.90

SAVED Php2626.10

And I was within my budget! Woohoo! It was the best and sulit trip ever! We felt that we actually got more than what we paid for. So go, go, go! Life is short, plan your trip now and make your own adventure!


CDO-Bukidnon-Camiguin-Iligan Itinerary

Day 1 CDO-Bukidnon

Day 2 Camiguin Island Day Tour

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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