How to get to Camiguin

Written on

There are four major gateways to Camiguin. Cebu and Bohol for those coming from the Visayas region; Balingoan and Cagayan de Oro City for Mindanao.

Each of these gateways have their pros and cons that you have to consider.

For more detailed guides, check out the following:

In this guide, I'll limit the discussion to direct trips to and from the island. Indirect trips (i.e. with stopovers or connecting flights) will be covered in other guides, which are linked within this article.

Cebu

By plane

The most convenient way to Camiguin is obviously a plane trip from Cebu. Cebu Pacific, one of the Philippines' major carriers, now offers direct flights from Mactan-Cebu International Airport (Mactan, Cebu) to Camiguin Airport (Mambajao, Camiguin).

Pros:

Cons:

By ferry

Every Friday at 8 PM, a Super Shuttle Ferry travels from Pier 8 Cebu to Mambajao, Camiguin. It usually takes about 12-14 hours to reach Balbagon Port in Mambajao, Camiguin.

Pros:

Cons:

Bohol

The port that connects Camiguin and Bohol is in Jagna, which is about 1 hour bus or van (v-hire) ride from Tagbilaran City.

There are only ferry trips eah day from Jagna Port to Camiguin.

  1. Ocean Jet:  This fastcraft leaves at around 1:30 PM. It takes about 2 hours to reach the Benoni Port in Camiguin. While fast, its schedule can be un-reliable. Check Ocean Jet's schedule and be sure to contact them before planning your trip.
  2. Super Shuttle Ferry: This is your typical barge and leaves port at 2:00 PM. The whole trip to Camiguin will take between 4 to 5 hours depending on its cargo and the weather.

Be sure to reach Jagna before 1 PM, and even earlier if you're traveling during peak seasons.

Pros:

Cons:

Cagayan de Oro

To go to Camiguin from Cagayan de Oro, catch the daily 8:00 AM ferry trip from Macabalan Port (CDO) to Benoni Port (Camiguin). It takes about two hours to reach Camiguin from CDO. This fast craft is also provided by Ocean Jet.

Pros:

Cons:

Balingoan

Balingoan is a small town in Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao. It's a 2-hour bus ride from Cagayan de Oro City. From Balingoan, it takes about an hour of ferry trip to reach Benoni Port, Camiguin. There are about 3-5 ferry trips a day in Balingoan so this gateway is the surest way to Camiguin.

Pros:

Cons:

Map

Legend

Camiguin Guide Map
Neil Yamit

Neil Yamit

Born and raised in Sagay, Camiguin and currently working as a product manager in Cebu. You will find me lurking in Reddit, Twitter and . He shares his passion for technology, music, design & development in his blog and his travel stories in Island Trotters.