2D1N Camiguin Island Itinerary: Top Places to Visit

diy travel guide to camiguin for two days

Camiguin Island is a hidden gem in Northern Mindanao, Philippines, known for its stunning landscapes, tranquil beaches, and unique attractions. My last visit to Camiguin was last 2019, during the Lanzones Festival of the island. This time, it was going to be my third time visiting the island after the pandemic. 

In this blog post, this travel guide to Camiguin for two days will help you make the most of your visit to this beautiful island paradise. Discover the must-visit places, where to stay, and where to eat in Camiguin. 

Understanding Camiguin Island

Located in Northern Mindanao, Camiguin Island is a mesmerizing jewel of natural beauty and cultural intrigue. Known as the “Island Born of Fire”, this enchanting island boasts a harmonious blend of lush landscapes, inviting beaches, and captivating historical sites. 

In addition, the island is famous for its sweet lanzones fruits. In fact, the island celebrates the Lanzones Festival every third weekend of October. With its towering volcanoes, crystal-clear springs, and warm hospitality, Camiguin offers its diverse wonders to every local and foreign tourist! 

How to Go to Camiguin?

via Manila 

Book a flight from Manila to CDO or Butuan via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines as your entry point. Either way, you may also book a direct flight bound for Camiguin via Skyjet and Sunlight Air. 

via Cebu

Fly with Cebgo or Philippine Airlines from Cebu bound for Camiguin. Travel time is around 1 hour. 

via Cagayan De Oro

Take a shuttle van bound for the Agora market from the Laguindingan International Airport. From the Agora market, you can take a bus or van to take you to Balingoan port. From the port, take a ferry heading to Camiguin Island. It takes about 2 hours to get to Benoni port in Camiguin from Balingoan port.

via Butuan City

From Butuan International Airport, take a shuttle that will take you to Butuan City Integrated Bus Terminal. Then, ride a bus bound for Cagayan De Oro. Alight at the Balingoan port. From Balingoan Port, take a ferry departing to Camiguin Island.

2D1N Camiguin Itinerary

Day 1

  • The Sunken Cemetery: This is one of the most popular places to visit in Camiguin, a poignant reminder of the island’s volcanic history. The cross marks the location of a cemetery that was submerged during a volcanic eruption. The viewpoint offers breathtaking vistas of the ocean and the towering cross. The best time to visit is during the sunrise or sunset.
  • Old Church Ruins: The ruins were partially destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vulcan in the 1870s. These ruins provide an eerie yet captivating atmosphere and are set against a backdrop of lush greenery. This is definitely one of my favorite spots to visit in Camiguin. It’s my third time visiting the island, but I still get mesmerized by its beauty. It may be as ironic as it sounds but, I’d like to describe it as a “beautiful disaster”.
  • Sto. Niño Cold Spring: Take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of this natural cold spring. The water is known for its invigorating chilliness and is surrounded by picnic huts and lush vegetation.
  • Ardent Hot Spring: This is a place where you can relax in naturally heated pools. The warm waters are soothing and offer a great way to end your day of exploration.

Day 2

  • White Island: The most popular tourist spot in Camiguin, this island is accessible by a short boat ride. This pristine sandbar offers panoramic views of the sea and the surrounding mountains. Remember to bring sunscreen and essentials as there are no amenities on the island. Also, it’s better to visit White Island early in the morning.
  • Katibawasan Falls: Known as the tallest waterfall on the island. The cool mist and lush greenery surrounding the falls create a serene atmosphere, perfect for relaxation and photography.
  • Tuasan Falls: The farthest tourist spot in Camiguin that I drove to via motorbike. Yet I must say that this is one of the most beautiful spots to visit in Camiguin Island. Definitely worth visiting!
  • Soda Swimming Pool: This soda spring resort has a natural pool filled with carbonated water.

Essential Travel Guide & Tips

  • Rent a motorbike or hire a local guide for easy transportation around the island.
  • Pack lightweight clothing, swimwear, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
  • While there are ATMs on the island, it’s a good idea to carry enough cash for small expenses.
  • Be a responsible tourist. Leave no trash.

Where to eat in Camiguin? 

No idea where to eat in Camiguin? If you are on a tight budget, there are a lot of eateries around the island, and there’s also Jollibee in the town! I couldn’t believe how time flies! To be honest, I got quite a bit sad when I found out that there was already Jolibee on the island. Nevertheless, here are some of the most recommended places to eat in Camiguin. 

  • J & A Fishpen
  • La Isla Cocina
  • Northern Lights Restaurant
  • La Dolce Vita
  • Guerrera Restaurant
  • Hayahay Cafe

Where to stay in Camiguin?

You can find a lot of good and cheap accommodations on Agoda. But here are some of my best personal picks and recommendations.

  • Camiguin Highland Resort
  • Nouveau Resort
  • YSLA Beach Camp and Eco Resort
  • Bintana Sa Paraiso
  • Paguia’s Cottages

Snaps from Our Camiguin Trip

Frequently Asked Questions

How many days do you need in Camiguin?

2 days. You can explore Camiguin’s best tourist spots and attractions. But you can go around the whole island in one day if you have enough time. You can also stay in Camiguin for 4 days and 3 nights to fully enjoy what Camiguin has to offer.

Is Camiguin worth visiting?

Yes. Definitely worth the visit. Camiguin is one of the best places and cheapest places to visit in the Philippines. Whether you’re traveling solo or by group, you’ll surely fall in love with Camiguin’s wonders. 

Is Camiguin safe for solo travelers?

Camiguin Island is generally considered safe for solo travel. In fact, many solo travelers visit the island without encountering major safety concerns. However, like any travel destination, it’s important to take some precautions to ensure your safety and well-being. 

Two days might not be enough to fully explore all that Camiguin Island has to offer, but this itinerary will give you a taste of its stunning landscapes, rich history, and inviting culture.

About the Author

Ara Patria

A travel blogger in the Philippines and a K-pop enthusiast, Ara Patria (The Adventuress) pursues her passion and love for traveling. She’s been blogging for years, where she writes about her own travel experiences and promotes the wonders of the Philippines. Not only does she promote the beauty of her country, but she also focuses on promoting sustainable tourism. She dreams of traveling the world and inspiring other people through her own written works and captured moments with her camera.

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