From Manila, you can take direct flights of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, or Air Philippines to Cagayan de Oro City. If you are a budget traveler like me, Cebu Pacific is a good choice for promo seats. Flying time approximately takes one hour and 20 minutes. If you will be coming form rom Cebu, Cagayan de Oro City is even nearer -- a mere 30 minutes away. One can also take the longer but infinitely more exciting ferry trips from the North Harbor aboard the ships of WG&A, Negros Navigation, and Sulpicio Lines. Depending on the routes (sometimes they stop over at certain ports such as that of Cebu City, Iloilo City or Bacolod City), a ferry trip to Cagayan de Oro City usually takes 28 to 36 hours.
From the Cagayan de Oro City airport, you can take a cab to the bus terminal located at the Agora Market and get on a bus for Balingoan, a town 88 kilometers outside the city. At Balingoan, take a ferry bound for Camiguin Island approaching Camiguin by sea. The trip usually takes an hour before you reach Benoni Wharf of Mahinog, which is 17 kilometers from the capital town of Mambajao.
You can also take a three-hour ferry ride from the Cagayan de Oro Ferry Terminal to Guinsiliban, also in Camiguin on board M/V Yuhum.
Going to Camiguin Island from CDO, take a jeep or taxi going to Agora Bus Terminal. Take the bus going to Butuan where it will go to Balingoan Port as well. Fare from Agora Bus Terminal to Balingoan port is Php 143. From the Balingoan Bus Terminal, you can either walk going to the port or take a tricycle that costs Php 7 each passenger. If you carry heavy luggage, it would be better to take the tricycle. As you arrive to the port, there are different ferry schedules that you can take. The earliest schedule is 6am (not sure about the last schedule). The fare for ferry is Php 170 and terminal fee of Php 2.25. Take note: terminal fee is 2.25 but they will ask for 2.50 from you. I am not sure where the other .25 cents go. I just noticed it when I checked the ticket given to me when I was on the ferry already. It will take around 1.5 hours going to Benoni Port.
Once you are there, I recommend Teddy's multicabs. He is highly recommended if you want to see the beauty of Camiguin. He also has been featured in Living Asia Channel.
Getting around the island normally is through jeepneys, multicabs and motorela (motorcycle attached to a carriage which can carry at least 8 persons.
Transportation rental costs (island tour for 8 hours):
Van = P2500 good for 10-12 pax
Multicab = P1500 good for 8 pax
= P1800 good for 10 -12 pax
Jeepney = P2000 good for 16-18 pax
hotel/resort transfers (r/t) = P300 to 700 depending on location
There are two ways to go to Camiguin via boat from Cagayan de Oro. First, you can take a fastcraft in CDO. However, when we were there, the fastcraft was under repair.
So, we had to take the one in Balingoan Pier, the jump off point to Camiguin.
In Cagayan de Oro, take a cab to the Agora Bus Terminal where you can take a bus going to Balingoan Pier. Take the bus bound for Butuan. The bus stops at the bus terminal in Balingoan. Bus fare from CDO to Balingoan costsP140. From the termianl you can either walk to the terminal or take a tricycle to the Pier (P8)
From Balingoan pier in Misamis Oriental you can take a barge going to Camiguin Island. Its a 1 hour and half journey...for more info you can log in my blog http://bojomacaraig.blogspot.com
In Camiguin Island you can hire a motorcycle or motorela (like tuktuk in bangkok and cambodia) in getting around the Island. The fare ranges from 150 pesos to 400 pesos depending how far can you go.
From the pier to Mambajao Camiguin (the Island Capital town) fare costs 150 pesos by motorcycle.
Camiguin Island is certainly one of the best place you'll ever visit...Getting around the island would be pretty hard, but you can rent a multicab for only Php1,700 to Php2,000 (suggested rate nowadays) that's for the whole day. You can contact Manong Rael Cagisa 09105570854, he is really nice and let's you go around on your own, and he will even suggest an itinerary for the day. The rent can include pick-up from pier to the hotel and to the pier from the hotel...
It is best to rent a multicab (a jeepney-like vehicle) to get around Camiguin island. One can hire them from PHP 1000 to 1500 (depending on how good you can haggle with the driver) for one whole day. You may directly approach multicab drivers from the port (the ones who are sitting in the driver's seat only), however, be careful not to talk to people who offers to get you a ride, they tend to rip you off for commission. 6 to 8 people can comfortably fit in the multicab. The driver will take you to all the famous spots in the area. My contact was Roger, a nice fellow who drove us around and pointed us to the right places to eat. You can ring him and book his multicab at +639202306407.
When you're going for a day tour at Camiguin Island, better to just rent a multi-cab around the area. Cost for an 8-hour tour is P1500. However, if you're just going to one place only and is near, just take a jeepney for P6.
to help you get around camiguin island, you can rent a multicab or a van. i find Manong Chris reliable, you can rent his multicab for 1500k 8hours tour around camiguin. He'l gladly assist on the places you want to go, where to dine, and assist find that cheapest yet great cottages if your in a budget but yet not compromise the joy touring this fabolus island of camiguin....
If you want the independence and autonomy of getting around Camiguin on your own or with a friend then you should rent a scooter or a mo-ped. I find it is so much fun to ride around and my cousins own two (that's me in the rear end of the red mo-ped). I am not sure how much is the rent but this beats the mini-jeepneys that they have in the island. Once we were coming from Ardent Hot springs and on the way home we got rained down. That was another experience to get soaked without a helmet!
Do not worry of getting lost in Camiguin. The locals are very friendly and will not lead you astray. These are honest-to-goodness people. Once we got lost within a "barrio" and the locals are too nice to point out the 2 exits out. Also, we were stopping for directions at the "soda-swimming pool" (Yep, believe it) and the attendant was nice enough to spalsh us a hose of soda water for we are just burning up with sweat.
In going to Camiguin Island, you can either take a plane or a boat to Cagayan de Oro City. From there, take a ferry boat to Camiguin Island. You can also take a bus to Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, then from there, take a ferry boat to Camiguin Island.
From the Balingoan Pier, you take a ro-ro or small boat to Camiguin. The trip takes about an hour and costs about P170 with a terminal fee of P2.25 .