Travelers say that the journey is more important than the destination and I say, “hell yeah!” Just wanna share a scenic bus trip from Agora (Market City) Cagayan de Oro City to Balingoan, Misamis Oriental then to Benoni, Camiguin.
My travel notebook says,
“I’m passing thru the coastal towns of Villa, Jasaan, Balingasag, Lagonglong, Salay and Binuangan, then the terrain changes when you enter Sugbongcogon. On my left is Misamis Oriental’s sea and on my right majestic mountain ranges. I’m quite surprised Mindanao can this be beautiful. This is my third time to set foot on Mindanao and I’m fascinated every time. I would compare it to an unpolished gem, the beauty is there but its up to the keen traveler to discover. Its rugged beauty will surely captivate the adventurous at heart, I am!”
The 2-hour butt-numbing bus trip is manageable (I took the ordinary bus as most locals board that too) and trip will not bore you because of the sites.
Arriving at Balingoan I went to Talisayan as I learned from Estan of langyaw.com that there are seafood grills by the sea. Problem is, the seafoods are quite expensive for a solo traveler. I cannot eat
and afford the whole Talakitok on my own. 🙂 I was contented to eat near the market, its cheapy too!
Then went back to Balingoan, walked towards the port…
Travel Notebook recounts,
I’m waiting for the ferry to leave for Camiguin Island which can be seen from this port. This is part of the Roll-On/Roll-Off (Ro-Ro) transport project of ex-PGMA.
Everything was fine until some juveniles boarded the ferry asking for pesos from passengers. Their modus, they are hungry. To every reader, please don’t give money to them or to anyone you met along the road anywhere in the Philippines. Doing so just tolerate a culture of begging. If you want to help, give to organizations like World Vision.
Then the worst thing happened- about five kids playing like Tarzans on the side fences of the ferry was talking to an old lady balikbayan. They said, “throw coins, we’ll jump.” The old lady gave some coins. I wanna yell but I kept my cool (watdaeF!). Congratulations! You just encouraged them to beg some more. I feels sorry for these kids, to their parents and to the uninformed tourists.
The trip from Balingoan port (Misamis Orintal, mainland Mindanao) to Benoni port (eastern part of Camiguin) is just 1 hour and 15mins.
From Benoni port, you can take the jeepney or multicab to Mambajao (the provincial capital) where most hotels and guesthouse are. Be sure to visit back for recommended accommodations while in Camiguin Island.
I rode the jeepney topload style so as to see better the island life in Camiguin. Love the strong winds on my face too!
Its getting dark when I arrived, fortunately it was easy to find a cheap guesthouse, P100/night only. Nothing fancy, who needs a spa or an AC room for a 6-hour sleep?
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Fares / Mode of Transportation / Travel Time:
Agora Terminal (Market City), CDO – Balingoan: Php50.00 (ordinary bus); travel time approx 2 1/2 hours (from Balingoan Bus Terminal, the seaport is just walking distance, about 250meters)
Balingoan Bus Terminal – Talisayan: Php7.00 (tricycle); travel time approx 10mins
Talisayan – Balingoan Port (Pantalan): Php7.00 (tricycle)
Balingon port – Benoni port: Php115 (ferry, student fare); terminal fee” Php3.00; travel time 1:15hours
Benoni port – Mambajao, Camiguin: Php23.00 (jeepney); travel time about 40mins.
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NORTHERN MINDANAO ESCAPADE. This post is part of a series born out of my adventures in Region X last January 19-25, 2011. I also challenged myself to live within Php500 or less/day budget (food, transportation, accommodation, etc.) as I am preparing for my “The Cheapest 100 Days of Backpacking around the Philippines.”
CDO- The Ride of my Year / Divisoria & Night Market
Iligan City- Ma.Cristina Falls: A Dream Fulfilled / Tinago Falls: The Best Waterfalls So Far