If you plan on visiting White island located in Agoho, the round trip fare is only P400. I think the best drop-off point is at Paras beach resort. Make sure to check weather updates on TV before you embark on an island hopping adventure in Camiguin.
Mantigue Island, on the other hand, has a fixed price of P550 good for one day. Fees on the island are usually below P100. You can access the island via San Roque.
It was most unfortunate that the weather did not cooperate with us during our stay there. No boat trips to the White and Mantigue islands were available. Due to the lack of that option, we tried our luck with the land tour in Camiguin. To accomplish our land tour in Camiguin, we haggled with the motorcycle-for-hire owners at Paras beach resort. From P500 for the whole day, we got it for only P400. That’s a good enough price considering that we’d be motorbiking in no time around Camiguin!
A few moments later, we were on a road trip.
We stumbled into a number of springs (both hot and cold) on the island, but they usually are within the confines of a resort, complete with entrance fees. So we didn’t last long in them because we prefer the natural bounties of Camiguin. Tuasan falls is still unspoiled so we gravitated towards that direction.
Flora and fauna abound in this part of Camiguin. The giant ferns were looking pre-historic and untouched. It seems as though our land tour in Camiguin was really paying off.
Since there was no trail, we were forced to follow the path by the river. It was a challenging trek, but here’s our first visual of Tuasan Falls!
We consumed lunch in plain view of the falls and the beautiful scenery around us. Just the two of us. It was so amazing! It replenished our bodies to survive yet another exhausting trek back.
Next, as we were speeding by the highway, we read a sign at the Cantaan junction saying “fish sanctuary and giant clam” in the sign board. So we asked around and was able to reach their venue by the sea. The entrance for adults is P25. We found out that we could snorkel over the giant clam sanctuary at sea. It would cost us 150 per head. We were unable to do it though because the waves were pretty big and visibility was poor.
The tour guide who happened to be a kid, led us to the giant clam sanctuary on dry land instead. We were warned not to touch them or else our fingers will get crushed.
We asked out tour guide to take a picture of us. It’s forbidden to take home any of the clam shells there.
A menagerie of clams. I even cracked a joke at their friendly staff asking if we could have them cooked.
They do have an assortment of seafoods available there for cooking. They have fish, squid and prawns. Fish and squid are at P45/100 grams and prawns at P60/100 grams. We ordered 800 grams worth of grilled squid and it was the best we’ve had!
The smell was so mouth-watering, but the taste was off the charts!
Our last destination was Katibawasan Falls in Mambajao. One of the easiest falls we’d been to. The road is well-paved leading to it. The entrance fee there is P30. They have souvenir shops lining the entrance. However, what caught our attention was their “kiping” cracker.
Here’s the 70 plus meters high Katibawasan falls. It was only me who bathed in its near-freezing waters. Leny, my wife, could not stand the cold. That concluded our land tour in Camiguin, but we shall return!