Central Visayas - Day 7 - Camiguin Island Circuit
- Distance 73km
- Max Elevation 115m
Central Visayas - Camiguin Island Circuit Ride Profile
Strictly speaking, Camiguin isnot part of the Central Visayas, being actually part of Mindanao province, but we had heard how lovely it was and were determined to visit it.
There are two ferries from Jagna to Benoni on Camiguin island, a slow
ro-ro and a faster passenger one. We decided to use the ro-ro as it
would be easier to get the bikes on and cheaper. On the way past the
port on Sunday we enquired at the ticket office to make sure that it
operated on a Monday. Yes, was the answer, departing at 1.00 pm. But 24
hours later there was a notice to say that it was cancelled because of
So there was no choice but to go on the passenger ferry. This reduced the
journey time to two hours. Compared to the other ferries we have
traveled on here, this was a relatively well organised operation with a
comfortable waiting room and a wide easy gangplank onto the boat so the
bikes went on with the panniers on the racks. Departure was delayed by
15 mins and the journey time was nearer to 2hrs 45 mins so it was 4.30
pm before we got on the road in Camiguin with about 24km to the main
resort area of the island, just beyond Mambajao.
It was an enjoyable ride, along the east coast, with the volcanoes
disappearing into the clouds on our left and the ocean to the right. As
usual there were hoards of children walking home from school but their
greetings were very polite and respectful, with no demands for money.
The road here is cement, in very good condition and flat all the way so
our progress was rapid and we arrived at Mambajao in under an hour, but
it was already getting dark so we needed to find somewhere fast.
The first resort we passed was full but they directed us to another
place a few hundred meters along the beach called Seascape. They had a
simple hut on the beach for 600 peso as well as a bar/restaurant and the
sun was just setting, time to have that beer.
A short distance down the hill is the 'sunken graveyard' which is under
the sea following a volcanic eruption in the 18th century.
Then there's the ruins of the church, another victim of the eruption.
Taking a left turn we climbed up into the hills to swim at the 'Soda
Pool'. By now it was well past midday and still another 50km to go.
So we had to forgo the pretty waterfalls, the hot and cold springs and
the giant clams to make sure we got back to our resort before dark.
Central Visayas (actually Mindanao) - Camiguin circuit
With a circumference of just 65km Camiguin is a great island for a day's
ride. It has a lot of things to see but a day is not enough time to do
the ride as well as visit them all. We set off with a will and arrived
at the old volcano, where you can climb up the steps and footpath to a
viewpoint, passing the 15 sculptures depicting the Crucifiction.
Central Visayas - Mambajao - Day Off
We hired a motorbike for the day and rode back to the north to see the
giant clam sanctuary. It was a lot further from the national road than
we expected and there were a couple of steep hills to climb and descend
on a rough track.
We hired snorkeling gear and went with a guide to see the huge, twenty
five year old clams and spent a long time chatting to the sanctuary
manager and her staff while we had lunch.
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