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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Cagayan De Oro To Camiguin: Transportation Options - Getting There

Cagayan De Oro to Camiguin is a more popular route than its vice versa, mainly because there are more plane flights going to Cagayan De Oro than Camiguin. CDO is considered as the business district and central hub of the Northern Mindanao region thus the creation of their recently operated Laguindingan Airport.

RORO Boat to Benoni Port, Camiguin
RORO Ferry to Benoni Port, Camiguin

There are few plane flight schedules going directly to Camiguin Island, usually from Cebu City through Cebu Pacific Air, but as what I've known, it is more expensive. The facilities of CDO's Laguindingan Airport on the other hand are at par to other main airports in The Philippines, and those definitely are plus factors both for local and international travelers.

TRAVEL TIP: Laguindingan Airport of Cagayan De Oro is located quite far from the city center so be sure considering this in your travel itineraries to eliminate time constraints. It took us roughly 2 hours from the airport to the city proper, through a van service we rented. There are also available vans found outside the airport for commuters going to Iligan. Fare going to CDO  is roughly PHP 200.

Laguindingan International Airport, Cagayan De Oro
Shuttle Services Outside Laguindingan Airport

As what I initially know, there are two ports in CDO that has ferry routes going to Camiguin, one is in Macabalan Port near the city center, and the other one is in Balingoan Port which is a two-hour drive Butuan-bound. However, most people that we've asked in CDO are only familiar with the Balingoan port and not with Macabalan Port. Based on my prior research though, there is an Ocean Jet Fastcraft in Macabalan Port which has a 2-hour boat trip to Camiguin.

Roro going to Camiguin Island
Cargo & Passenger Vessel going to Camiguin
Roro going to Camiguin

Nevertheless, we followed most of the locals' suggestions, and off we departed to Balingoan Port. Balingoan Port can be reached through two main modes of transportation. The slightly cheaper way is through a provincial bus in Agora Terminal beside Agora Public Market. From there, you may ride an air-conditioned bus going to Butuan and the fare is around PHP 148, and an approximate travel time of 2.5 hours. Advice the bus driver / fare collector to drop you near Balingoan Port.

Agora Bus Terminal, Cagayan De Oro
Agora Bus Terminal, Cagayan De Oro

Second option, and a more convenient one, is through a van service going to Balingoan. There are few people going to Balingoan Port and Butuan that prefers riding a van, so you need to wait for the van to be filled with roughly 13-14 passengers. If you are traveling with a group however, 7 in a group in our case, it is advisable to rent a van for faster travel time. We rented it for PHP 150 each going to Balingoan Port, with a travel time of 2 hours. Of course, we tested to the limits our "pangbabarat" and "panghinging-tawad" techniques in haggling down the price - if I'm not mistaken, from PHP 180 per head.

Alighting Balingoan Port, there are several fees to be paid for the ferry boat. PHP 170 for the ferry boat, M/V Hijos, PHP 2 for the environmental fee and protection, and PHP 2.50 Terminal Fee. It was quite funny because we did not stay much inside the terminal, thus the PHP 2.50 price suited well. The ferry boat is a cargo vessel, or "RORO", so don't expect much air-conditioned, and enclosed areas. Arriving Camiguin, tourists are welcomed with their semi-operational new Benoni Port.

MV Hijos Ticket Booth, Balingoan
M/V Hijos Ticket Booth, Balingoan Port
Balingoan Port Terminal, Cagayan De Oro
Balingoan Port Terminal

The view of Camiguin is awesome so you won't get bored with the 1.5 hours trip. Pray for a good weather perhaps for you to best enjoy the scenery. Camiguin is just a small island, but rich in natural resources. A proof to it is that the island itself was created from volcanic remains of Mt. Hibok-Hibok.

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20 comments:

  1. Hi! Where can I find the van that will take me from the airport to the Balingoan port? :) I'll be going to Camiguin in August so I'm researching :) thanks!

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    1. Hi Anne! Vans are available at Agora Bus Terminal :)

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    2. HI! Do you know what is the first trip of vans going to Balingoan port? thanks!

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    3. Hi Mico! I am just not quite sure of the exact schedules now of the RORO at Balingoan port,, however, I remember clearly that they have trips all day until 5pm.

      Keep traveling! ^^,

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  2. Hi, until what time are the trips from Balingoan port to Benoni? We are arriving in CDO at around 11am. With the travel time in mind, we might arrive in Balingoan at around 3pm, right? Are there still roro trips going to Camiguin by that time? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Kristine! To my knowledge, RORO trips going to Benoni from Balingoan is until 5PM. Not sure though if until now, it is still offering the same schedules. Better be early at Balingoan Port, if that's the case. Travel time from CDO proper to Balingoan is roughly 2 hours.

      Keep traveling! ^^,

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  3. Hi meron bang afforfable hotel/room/lodge near balingoan port?

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    1. Hi Jamie! I'm not quite sure if there are any as Balingoan is more like a rural scene. Mostly, travelers opt finding a place to stay in CDO city instead.

      Keep traveling! ^^,

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  4. Hi Danilo, May I know if the van rate from CDO airport going to Balingoan ferry port is roughly 200 or 150php per head? :)
    Many Thanks

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    1. Hi! Sorry I don't know exactly how much is the fare from CDO Airport to Balingoan port. Though as a reference, we paid roughly PHP 130 per person for a van transpo from Agora Bus Terminal in CDO proper to Balingoan.

      Keep traveling! ^^,

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  5. Hi. Just an update. There are no more boat trips from Macabalan Port to Camiguin. 2014 pa daw nagclose according to locals of CDO. It appears that Balingoan port is now the only take off point to Camiguin.

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    1. Thanks for the update MonPierr! Keep traveling! ^^,

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  6. Hi. Just an update. There are no more boat trips from Macabalan Port to Camiguin. 2014 pa daw nagclose according to locals of CDO. It appears that Balingoan port is now the only take off point to Camiguin.

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  7. The barges bound for Camiguin are really old but they're still somehow reliable. I hope more barges can operate to get to the island. But they way try to visit Dahilayan.

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  8. Hi!! Im also going to cdo for 4 days on sept 27-30 and im so excited but also scared cause this is my first time to travel to that place and we do diy cause its to expensive if tour package. And this post was so helpful for us! Thanks! By the way do you have any contact number to refer?

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  9. Hi . How much is the fare of the roro going to camiguin?

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    1. Hi Marlou! Please read my blog post above. Keep traveling "",

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