How to get to Camiguin
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.
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).
- Fast and convenient: It takes an hour or less to reach Camiguin from Cebu, however, including check-in and boarding time, 3 hours would be the approximate time needed. This estimated travel time is still faster than the swiftest ferry trips to Camiguin.
- Unreliable schedule & service: Since its launch, Cebu Pacific aircraft departing to and from Camiguin has had setbacks such as delayed and overbooked flights. The schedule of flights used to be 3-4 times a week but starting March 2014, Cebu Pacific has a scheduled daily flights.
- Tickets can be quite expensive during peak seasons such as Holy Week, Lanzones Festival, Christmas and New Year. For instance, try to book a flight in December and notice that upon check-out, the final amount will still be more than Php 2,500.
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.
- Fixed schedule: Weather permitting, every Friday, a boat operated by Super Shuttle Ferry takes Cebu passengers to Camiguin from 8PM every Friday.
- Cheap: Fares range from 800-1000 Php/way. Ferry's ticket prices do not increase dramatically as do plane tickets.
- Slow, really slow. I only recommend taking this trip if you have plenty of time to kill and plan to stay in Camiguin for, at least, 3 days. Otherwise, find alternative routes...like via 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cheap: A one-way ticket costs PHP 500 – even during peak or busy seasons.
- Limited daily trips. If you don't catch any of the two trips, you're stuck in Bohol for another day.
- Slow: Missing the first trip means doubling the sea travel time. Missing both trips means spending the night in Jagna to wait for the next day's ferry trip.
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.
- Relatively fast: Ocean Jet has one of the fastest commercial ferries so sea travel is shortened and surprisingly, convenient.
- Cheap: Traveling by sea is way cheaper than traveling by air. If this is ever an option, many frugal passengers will still prefer a ferry over a plane ride.
- Only 1 trip everyday: Once the ferry leaves, the next one will be available the day after.
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.
- Reliable schedule: More ferry trips scheduled for the day means more chances of catching a ferry ride.
- Cheap: It costs only 150 Php to get to Camiguin from Balingoan –now, that's a bargain.
- Rather hard to get to Balingoan: The trip from Cagayan de Oro City to Balingoan can be exhausting – but this is really a matter of preference.
- Red - Camiguin
- Green - Jagna, Bohol
- Pink - Balingoan
- Orange - Cagayan de Oro
- Unmarked - Cebu