C.A.M.I.G.U.I.N, an Island Born of Fire
"The perfect escape is defined not only by the exclusivity and luxury of a place but the beauty and relaxation it offers.
|Benoni Port, Camiguin|
EN ROUTE CAMIGUIN
Ma-i -mention ko lang din kasi Cagayan De Oro, dubbed as City of Golden Friendship. Napatunayan ko 'to nung nakapagtanong kami sa isang security guard ng isang pawnshop kung san ang sakayan papuntang Macabalan Port. Hala, ang kuya hindi sumagot at nag abang ng jeep at pumara para samin. Wow manong. Salamat po! Ikaw na ang Mr. Friendship! Thanks for that initiative manong!
|These kids pleaded us to throw coins off the water and then they'll swim to get it, how sad. No need to dive in; it might cause you accident though. Eto na yung coins pero ayusin mo brief mo ha..makitaan ka na eh!|
Honestly, these kiddos are oblivious that their life is on risk in exchange of a single "centavo".
WELCOME CA.M.I.G.U.I.N ISLAND @ 12:30PM
|Ate Diane organized everything :) and part of it was getting the right tour guide for the whole gang. Meet, Teddy Pabualan and friends..|
|Finally, we're here at Camiguin Island. Let us start the tripping!!|
REVEALING THE PARADISE:
Originally, the planned was to check - in first to BBC but due time constraints, we opted to accomplish our itineraries right away.
After 15 mins. drive, we were welcomed by gigantic clams and the Kabila White Beach. Nestled in a cove near Cantaan is a beautiful beach with white sand. This beach facing Mindanao is already a surprise. Its official name is Kabila White Beach. Actually the real surprise is the Giant Clam Nursery.
You have to gone through a lil rough roads, steep slopes and a diverse forest.
Some of us didn't feel to swim, sabi kasi pede tumingin tingin lang but with the urge of excitement to see the real Giant Clams underwater, we definitely change outfit and swam the deep blue sea.... Go!
If for some who does not feel like swimming, you might enjoy seeing the Giant Clam nursery display.
|And if you look closer, you will see them breathing and can see other movements.|
|These giant clams are observed, taking cared of and used as a tourist displayed at their respective shelter.|
Shots with underwater cam.
Five of us tried the snorkeling. We given some instructions before seeing the BIG corals. Sabi ng guide ko, wag daw akong magpa panic pag nakita ko na sila. Hehe, wow ganun ba, bakit nanghahabol pa sila?! lol Pag may shokoy pede pa siguro! At wag ko daw silang aapakan. "ok".
|Alin alin alin ang naiba?|
Si ate! Bakeeeeet, kung saan saan nakatingin at siya lang may aqua shoes. Oh, edi IKAW NA! Meron pa bang iba!
Photo c/o Faith
|Where Nemo finds place...|
Corals have given different names such as Hospital coral, hospital, at hospital corals! Sa totoo lang, ito lang naaalala ko. hahahaha. Nung time kasi na nag i snorkeling ko, di ko masyado na enjoy. Kasi kinakapos ako ng hininga kaya hindi ko na masyado maintindihan mga names ng mga corals na to! Yun lang... next time (kung meron pa) kikilalanin ko ulit sila! Hindi ako nagpanic sa giant corals, mas nag panic ako sa lalim ng tubig at sa layo namin pati oras, medyo matagal.. loser me noh!
Next, KATIBAWASAN FALLS @ 3:45pm
Hahaha, the revenge! Dito ko bumawi. inenjoy ko ang falls na itech.!
Gigantic, Majestic, Nostalgic, lahat na basta mag rhyme, alam na!!
Ngayon pa lang, sasabihin ko na, when you visit Camiguin, don't miss the chance the boast experience of magnificent views, and don't forget to inhale the crisp air brought by the KATIBAWASAN FALLS.....
After spending 2 hours at the Giant Clams, we are now ready to plunge ourselves to this amazing unspoiled gift of nature.
A beautiful, clear stream of water cascading 70 meters into a rock pool surrounded by ground orchids, wild ferns, tress and boulders. Its cold water provides a refreshing summer splash to bathers and picnickers.
|The serenity and the sound of the water falling will make you relax and appreciate nature.|
|The falls is too powerful so be careful and so the stones,it tends to be really slippery.|
|super freezing cold water|
We were lucky coz we owned the place. Kami lang ang tao. Hindi nga lang kami lumangoy dahil it was really really icy cold! The only person who did swim was Trel.
|Photos became more dramatically shot because of this piled up stones.|
|I think, all of the visitors cannot help but have a photo op together with this large cross as a backdrop.|
Tourists can go near the big cross. You can haggle for a boat to rent going to it and go remi nisce and go back to the time when Mt. Vulcan Daan erupted in 1870’s, when many people have buried underneath :( Years after the destructive eruption of Mount Vulcan, the Sunken Cemetery is visible during low tide. But Mount Vulcan erupted again in 1948 until 1953 sinking the whole area deeper. To mark the community cemetery, a large cross was built on the solidified lava in 1982.
|Such an idyllic experienced and proud to finally know its history with loveones|
|It is nice to capture the captivating sunset with a nice silhouette of the Sunken Cemetery|
|So Beautiful, yes indeed!|
|Getting the most memorable mountainous view ever!|
|Oo! Ako ng ang ekseherada! "ANG GANDA TALAGA"!|
|And then the sunset painted the vast sky like a firing beige color, which rather calls for an almost ending of our adventure!|
Quick stop at Walkway to Old Volcano.
Had a snap pose and picture, that's it and we were at the final destination...
Last but not the least, past 6pm, the ARDENT HOT SPRING
I can remember, nagtatalo talo pa kami kung dito nga ang Mt. Hibok Hibok. And we proved....
The water of the Ardent Hot Spring is 40°C warm. It is heated by the volcanic activity of Mount Hibok-Hibok. There are several pools and a large recreation area.
It was evening when we started to dip. There were quite a number of tourists also in the area. The temperature somehow disappointed us esp. to me. Kasi I compared it to what we had in Maquinit Hot Spring in Coron, Palawan.
It would be nicer if the Ardent Hot spring is hotter so for our weary feet to relax..
|Wapak ang mga beauties namin kahit sa gabi!|
Ardent Hot Spring can never be the secret in Camiguin. It is being published to local and international travel books already. This hot spring is getting a fair share of its guests from local to foreign visitors who would like a pampering experience far away from the bustle and hustle city life.
|Hot or warm?|
We were satisfied and basked with full experience. Camiguin is such a laid back island and somehow, I feel safe in Mindanao.
There is one thing that feels me down. Our father didn't come with us due to some errands in his work...
But nevertheless, we all had fun.. AS USUAL!!
Here's the sneak view of my next post: