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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Camiguin Travel Information

CAMIGUIN FROM LUMBIA AIRPORT, CDO:
Rode a jeep waiting outside the airport (17 pesos) – a much cheaper way than riding a cab. It left after about 10minutes of waiting. The jeepney driver let me off at a point where R2-marked jeeps are waiting. This is the jeepney route going to Agora Bus Terminal (8 pesos/head.

From the Agora Bus Terminal (a kilometer away Limketkai Mall and Ororama Megacenter), ride an aircon bus (those buses bound for Butuan) to Balingoan Terminal. (Approximately 1 hr 20 min-2 hours by bus, Fare :110 pesos); You may also eat your breakfast here if you’re not very choosy. There are tons of eateries in the area, as well as a Mister Donut stall. I ate breakfast at this green-walled eatery and paid 63 pesos for a botted water, fish and rice

Once in Balingoan Bus terminal, walk to the Balingoan port – about 100 meters away. It’s super near! Just cross the highway after exiting the Balingoan Bus terminal, turn to your right, walk and turn left at the first road. The walk is less than 10 minutes. If you’re carrying a heavy load and don’t feel like walking, you can just ride a motorela from the bus terminal and pay 5 pesos each.
Balingoan Port to Benoni Port in Camuiguin costs 135pesos each – via Super Ferry. You also have to pay a very cheap terminal fee of 2.25 pesos; At the Balingoan Port, you can also take an early lunch at the Harbor View Inn restaurant; affordable food – I ate a full meal that consisted of an unfamiliar chicken dish, 1 rice, 1 pansit and a can of Coke Light and it only cost 88 pesos.

Crossing time from Balingoan to Benoni is only about 1hr 30 minutes, may be even less, (maximum of 2 hrs during rough weather).
INFORMATION ON WHERE I STAYED:
GV Pension House – is a nice budget inn for those who do not want to spend a lot on lodging. I got my room for 300 pesos (promo rate, normally at 500 pesos) and it was so nice and clean! I had two single beds all to myself – well one for me and one for my bag, my own bathroom, a ceiling fan, a small dresser, cable t.v. and a small closet. There’s also this tiny mirror where I can see at least half of my face. They do not serve meals but you can buy cup noodles and other toiletries. It’s also walking distance from the decent eateries (about 5 minutes away on foot) as well as the jeepney stations and vans going back to Benoni Pier
Address: Burgos St. Mambajao, Camiguin
Telephone Number : +63 (88)-387-1041
*All rooms come with private t&b, Cable television, and Standy-by Genset
*All rooms with private cr, Cable tv and stand-by Genset
*Normal rates ranges from 500-750 pesos (aircon rooms; good for two)
*Their location is also good. They don’t have a resto though, but you can just walk to the nearest eatery or restaurant. There are a lot of affordable food (as cheap as 50 pesos per meal, comes with a drink) along the area.
*They also have branches in Cebu City, Masbate, Zamboanga, Leyte, Samar, Bohol.

TRANSPORTATION:
1. Flight from (Terminal 3) Manila to Lumbia Airport Cagayan De Oro, Cebu to Manila – Cebu Pacific – www.cebupacificair.com or you may call them at 63 (02) 702-0-888 ; do check their website regularly for amazingly low promo fares.
2. Balingoan, Misamis Oriental to Benoni, Camiguin and vice versa – Superferry
They have a ticket booth at the Balingoan Pier
Fare from Balingoan Pier (Misamis Oriental) to Benoni Port, Camiguin – 135 pesos, one way (you will be paying a minimal amount of 2.25 pesos for the terminal fee; one way only); log on www.superferry.com.ph; better if you give them a call at (02)528-7000 /917-8892421 (mobile number)
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