Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Camiguin Island


karen, ako, william, jaja, floi, ann ug ronan

I was brought there because i have these friends whom they call themselves TRIPPERZ (i don't want to sound like one of 'em but i really am). They are so eager to travel and so am i, so we set a sail.

We first actually went to Cagayan de Oro City (CDO), which was our target spot because of water rafting  and some places nearby like Bukidnon, Iligan City and Lanao del Norte (the latter was not included in our destination but we showed up there for the the very outrageous Tinago Falls, i will posts these places anytime soon).

Nevertheless, i want to brag CAMIGUIN to you because you see i've been there, which was quite hard because you have to have a guide to get there and who knows the place well, you should've a place to stay and of course money. well, unless if you really are an adventurer, an explorer, a traveler or whatever you would like to call that, then you could travel alone and lonely and get lost, haha.

We're not suppose to pursue Camiguin because of the stories i heard that there were some bad experiences about the unnatural creatures or i don't know how to call 'em but despite of all those stories we sailed CDO for one of the reasons: Camiguin Island.

From CDO, we traveled for almost 4 hours to Balingoan, Misamis Oriental, this is the port to get to Mambajao, a destined port in Camiguin. We sailed more or less than an hour to get to the place.

They say that Camiguin is one of the beautiful islands in the Philippines. Yes, quite. A very small island located almost south of the country just above Misamis Oriental, far east of Siquijor and southeast of Bohol.

As i've mentioned, this is a small island, indeed it is. It's quite different from some ports because we almost docked in the mountains which is exceptional because it's my first time; i like its appearance as we were getting closer to the island.

We went to the island's cold and hot springs. Yes, there are 6 hot springs (according to a source), one of which is the Ardent spring (the only hot spring we visited, we took our lunch there) which is some meters away from Hibok-Hibok volcano, one of the active volcanoes in the country. Across the foot of the volcano nearest to the main road is the graveyard under the sea. The volcano erupted in 18th century probably and made the water raised so high and flooded the place long enough to cover the cemetery. You could actually see the large cross in the water which indicates the cemetery (this was included in the movie OUIJIA).

The picture at the top was taken in a very small land which is surrounded by water just across the island. It is called the White Sand. The sand is as fine as sugar, the water is very clear and crystal that once or more splashed on our skin, we swam through its waves, wow!!! You see the mountains right at the back, it's the island's mountains (the island is really surrounded by mountains, you should see it for yourself).

Time had ran so fast as we traveled round the island for a day but we haven't visited all its places yet it's worthy to be there for just a day.

That day was finished and we're all exhausted. The dusk had risen and we slept like we haven't slept in ages, regardless of the discomfort stories we heard. The fun, the adventures and the weariness had erased 'em all. Obliviously then, the dawn was breaking and the sun was showing. It's another day for another adventure as we sailed going back home later that night. The day before was very tiring yet we were delighted to come and see the island's beauty.

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