Northern Mindanao Trip Part 1: A Day in the Island of Camiguin

Northern Mindanao Trip Part 2: Exploring Cagayan de Oro

This 4-day trip tested our energy levels, patience and flexibility. A flight delay messed up our itinerary big time and the backing out of one of my travel companions at the eleventh hour resulted in bigger expenses. But we nevertheless enjoyed our trip with a few lessons learned, and I think we gracefully adapted to every challenge this trip has thrown our way 🙂

My Companions:

They were the same friends I went to Calaguas with. This became The Best Adventure Ever 2.0. 😀

Best adventure ever! 2.0

Best adventure ever! 2.0

The Flight: Cebu Pacific

Our boarding time was at 9:10 AM for our 9:40 flight. But as usual, our flight was delayed because the aircraft was running late. They gave us a new boarding time which was at 9:40 AM. So we waited… and waited. The boarding gates opened an hour later and I was expecting to be on the air soon. 11 AM has come and gone but we were still sitting on the plane waiting to take off. At this point the pilot explained through the intercom that our flight has been further delayed by aircraft traffic. Pati ba naman sa airport may traffic?!

There was no compensation given to us passengers who were affected by the delay. All we got was an apology I have heard so many times before and the inconvenience of making up for lost time.

The same thing happened for our flight back to Manila. Delayed again.

How we got to Camiguin from Cagayan de Oro:

We arrived in Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro at 1 PM, 2 hours later than our original arrival. The car and driver we hired was already waiting at the airport. We were supposed to go to Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon straight from the airport. But our driver told us that we couldn’t make it in time for Bukidnon. The park closes at 4 PM. It would take us 45 minutes to reach Cagayan de Oro City proper from the airport and another 2-3 hours to Bukidnon from there. Again, thank you Cebu Pacific and NAIA for the flight delay 😥

We decided to go straight to Camiguin. I called up our accommodations in CDO and Camiguin and they thankfully agreed to change the dates of our stay at the last minute. We agreed on a price with our driver to take us to Balingoan Port and the roadtrip started.

We rushed to the port since the last roro to Camiguin leaves at 4 PM. We just asked asked if we can drive through any fast food chain so we can eat lunch.

Fast forward to 4:10 PM and we just arrived in Balingoan Port. We were late but we thankfully found out that another roro was leaving at 5:3o PM.

First time to ride a roro :)

First time to board a roro 🙂

We paid for the fare (Php 170), terminal fee (Php 15) and environmental fee (Php 2). I wish they would just incorporate all these into one payment. We were surprised when we were stopped two more times after paying our fare to be told we had to pay the terminal and environmental fees.

The travel time to Camiguin is 1.5 hours. I killed time by playing CoC, taking pictures and watching the sunset 🙂

Our Accommodation:Paguia’s Cottages

We were picked up at Benoni Port by Paguia Cottages’ multicab. It was a 45-minute drive from the port. I chose Paguia’s because of its affordability and good reputation among those who have stayed with them.

They also offer tour packages but we chose the DIY route for our stay in Camiguin.

Our room at Paguia's Cottages

Our room at Paguia’s Cottages

Be aware though that Paguia’s does not have hot and cold shower. So it was a challenge for us to take a shower early in the morning. LOL.

I am loving the color of Paguia's multicabs :D

I am loving the color of Paguia’s multicabs 😀

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