White Island, Camiguin

It’s 3AM and we are all ready for our first adventure! Manong Van fetched us at exactly 3AM (he’s kinda strict about call time) and drove us all the way to Balingoan Port. It was 2-3 hours drive from Victoria Suites. From Balingoan Port, we rode a ferry going to Benoni Port in Camiguin. Fare is around P100-120. It was an hour ferry ride to Benoni Port. From Benoni port, a van with a lady tour guide fetched us and took us at J&A Fishpen for our breakfast. Camiguin is encircled by a national road with a total length of 64 KM and subdivided to 5 municipalities only. Our first stop was Clam Sanctuary. They have the biggest clam on records We were hesitant at first to take the dive tour but the winner was “Minsan lang tayo makakapunta dito, sagarin na natin!”  Diving and swimming is my first love. Those big clams are so adorable, they look scary at first but on the later part of the tour, I’d bet you’ll love them.
Next stop was Sunken Cemetery, Katibawasan Falls, Soda Pool, Old Church Ruins, Ardent Hot Springs, and Sto.Nino Cold Spring. The rest of the day was spent at Paras Beach Resort to visit White Island. It is one of the most beautiful and pristine island I have ever seen. The island is generally horseshoe shaped, although the tides constantly re-size and re-shape it’s exact form. There were no trees on that island, just mainly pure white sand.

White IslandSunken CemeterySoda Swimming PoolFor dinner, we decided to eat on a local barbecue house near Paras Beach Resort. It’s real cheap but the food was tasty. It was my first time to experience “puso” or hanging rice, originated from Cebu. Everyone was really exhausted after that very tiring day, but I must say that we had so much at Camiguin.

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Jelene, 26, is a frustrated traveler and a travel junkie wannabe. If not from a far away place, Jelene can be found browsing through Google Maps with a cup of coffee on one hand.

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