Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Camiguin: My first Mindanao exploration on the Island Born of Fire

[TRIP from November 2010]

Rubel works for an airline company and filing a vacation leave for the month of December is an impossible thing to do (peak month for work). And since our anniversary lies on the 12th month of the year, we decided to book a domestic trip on November instead. We were set to celebrate my post-birthday and our pre-anniversary somewhere far --- thus our first Mindanao adventure.

Anyway, I booked our group a 5D/4N trip. I had the first 2 nights booked in Camiguin, and the last 2 nights in Cagayan De Oro. I also suggested that the first 2 nights be spent in Camiguin so that we wouldn't have to go back-and-forth with all the traveling. So as soon as we landed in Cagayan De Oro's Lumbia Airport, we went straight to Camiguin.


6 AM ARRIVAL IN MINDANAO

We arrived in CDO by 6 AM. So right after getting our stuff, we immediately looked for our airport pick-up. We left the airport 15 minutes after. Here's our time breakdown:

1:25 hours - MNL to CDO via Cebu Pacific
2 hours - Road trip to CDO to Balingoan Port
1:15 hours - Balingoan Port to Benoni Port
20 minutes - Benoni Port to Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin

As soon as we docked, there were already porters scrambling to help carry our bags --- but for an added fee. But of course, we only had our stuff carried by the ones who had a signage of my name. Anyway, for our first destination, we traveled non-stop for a total of 5 hours (from MNL-CDO-Camiguin). But the travel pains all went away when we finally arrived in Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin. The resort was to die for! 



DELISH FOOD AT BBC'S OCEANSIDE RESTAURANT

After settling in our room (which was also beautiful by the way), we proceeded to BBC's Oceanside Bar & Grill Restaurant  The food, presentation and service were certainly noteworthy. BBC's chef literally made our first step into the island of Camiguin one to really talk about (full of praises that is). And so after lunch, we immediately took some photos and went for a quick dip in the pool.


FOOD TRIP OUTSIDE THE RESORT

We also used some of our free time in the afternoon to wander around the Mambajao area, from which we rode a 7-seater tricycle (another first for me)! We rode the trike and looked for an ATM in the city proper. Unfortunately, PNB was the only bank around, which was 10 minutes away from the resort via trike.


After withdrawing money, we walked around and ended up buying 2 boxes of Camiguin's famous Pastel for our afternoon snack --- VJANDEP! It was our first time to taste these sweet-filled buns, so we bought 2 half-dozen boxes right away. We later on settled in this small eatery called 'Camiguin Manok' (much like a carenderia), which was selling Chicken Lomi Soup. And as soon as we finished our 'merienda', we rode the trike back to BBC.


DOWN TIME AT THE RESORT

We literally had the whole place to ourselves after coming back from our short afternoon trip. Rubel and I were able to use the Jacuzzi and the Pool, as well as the other facilities. It was only when the stars and the moon started to show when we decided to go back to our room to take a bath and to prepare for dinner. 


Anyway, this is just Day 1 of our CDO-Camiguin adventure. There's 4 more days worth of stories to tell! Keep tuned in. :)

Explore & Be Free!
Mai

49 comments:

aiMee Bunbun said...

super like! i want to visit the place, i need to see some beautiful scenery soon haysss

btw love this blog followed u via GFC and liked ur fb page ;)

gagay said...

ang haba haba ng nagawa kong comment..hahaha..and i just realize, last year pa pala to.. am so LOL!

Franc Ramon said...

Been wanting to visit Camiguin.  I've already visited Cagayan de Oro but was not able to go to Camguin.  Hopefully, I can squeeze some time for Camguin in the future.

Dems said...

Wow, that's definitely a beautiful place to stay. Nakakaengganyo ^_^

Cai said...

Sosyal, may welcoming committee pa! ;p
looks like you had a grand time a, how's the food?

Leira Bhagwani Pagaspas said...

this is very interesting thanks for sharing 

nik_rielo said...

this article helps! il be in camuguin this july! thanks for sharin

©juanderfulpinoy.com|Chino said...

I like this post . Bookmarked . Camiguin is to die for. I ll take note of this itinerary so when I get there next year we know exactly what to do. I am looking forward to read the rest of the stories. This is just part one I know. 

Joseph Ian Onyot said...

I haven't been there in Camiguin although I am here in Mindanao, (how ironic). But nice to know that people still appreciate the beauty of Camiguin.

Philip Roman said...

all day relax! cool

Philip Roman said...

all day relax! cool!

tauyanm said...

aww!! congratulations!! i can see you guys enjoyed a lot! the photos looks awesome! xx

Renz Bulseco said...

I really miss Camiguin! It's one of my favorite Philippine destinations! And life there is so simple! :D

docbien said...

very typical beach life there in your pics. just calm and relaxing.

baterya said...

never been here.. i am really curious of the place camiguin and cdo.. they say there is so much to see.. 

Kalabasa K. Kamote said...

This is the perfect vacation for city dwellers! What can beat staying in native huts while enjoying the coolness of the sea breeze. How serene it would be! 

Rizza Javier said...

I love the photos. It looks like a very relaxing place.

Rizza (beingwell)

Brenna said...

OMG. gorgeous! i totally love the pool! hopefully i get to visit camiguin soon too!

Jonathan Diesta said...

One of my dream places that I wanted to visit, Camiguin because of the tropical paradise and its history

mark pogi said...

Based on the pictures, it is really recommended to take a visit. ^_^

Tess Chancellor said...

i enjoyed reading this post  and love it by just reading it.

Lakwatserong Unggoy said...

nice for the post! i'm getting more excited for my post-anniv celeb on august for our CDO-CMGN trip! :)

Francis Balgos said...

Ive visited Camiguin and toured it for a day..
certainly it wasnt enough, hopefully I could visit again and stay longer!
Camiguin is worth it!

Patricia Tan said...

I like the place, the Nipa house and everything. Oh wait and your bathing suit! Yay ♥

Mai_Flores said...

Where are you located aiMee? :)

Mai_Flores said...

Sayang, sana pinost mo na Gagay! heheh!

Mai_Flores said...

Camiguin's a very beautiful place -- I'm sure you'll enjoy your future trip there, Franc. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Visit Camiguin soon, Dems. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Hahaha.. didn't expect the banner! :P And the food was excellent, as mentioned in this post. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Surely! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Surely! :) Enjoy your trip there nik! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Thanks Chino! :) Try niyo din magbook sa BBC -- promise, you'll enjoy their world class amenities, bait pa ng staff! :)

Mai_Flores said...

I sure did! Loved Camiguin. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Yep! :)

Mai_Flores said...

We sure did! :)

Mai_Flores said...

I know! And the people there were all so friendly too! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Sure was! :)

Mai_Flores said...

You heard it right, Baterya.. there's plenty for you to do in both provinces. :)

Mai_Flores said...

It truly was a perfect place for us! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Sure was! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Plan a trip there soon, Brenna! You'll love it there, promise. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Cool! Plan a trip there soon, Jonathan! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Definitely sir Mark!! :) Take your wife and kid there some time. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Aww.. thanks Ms. Tess! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Awesome! Well wishes your way, especially for your post-anniv getaway! :)

Mai_Flores said...

I know, right? Even I got 'bitin'.. wish I booked a longer stay though. :/ Well, there's always a next time. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Heheh... thanks Patricia! :)

aiMee Bunbun said...

i live somewhere in rizal ^^

Mai_Flores said...

I see.. I'm from QC, and the airport's like 45 minutes away from us lang.. book a trip to mindanao soon, and arrange a trip to camiguin. Super worth it ang travel, promise. :)

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