Camiguin is a beautiful, laid back island in the Philippines. Aptly known as the island of fire for the cluster of volcanos, Camiguin is one of the country’s less visited destinations. Therefore, finding all the information you need for getting there in one place might be a challenge. That is why we decided to create this guide on how to get from Bohol to Camiguin. And how to get there from other places (that is, from Siargao and Cebu) using different modes of transport.
It is surprising that although Camiguin has yet to catch up with tourism, it is still accessible by air. Like any small island flights are limited. Direct flights are from Manila or more conveniently from Cebu. But the cheapest option is by ferry and may also take the same time as traveling by air. But that depends where you depart from.
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We first set foot on Camiguin after a long journey from Siargao. And later on hopped on the ferry bound to Bohol. Therefore, we have created this guide which will give all the information that you will need for getting to Camiguin.
Bohol to Camiguin
If you’re planning your Philippine’s holiday and considering visiting both Bohol and Camiguin, add Camiguin after Bohol. Or vice versa. This is the best way of getting to Camiguin since it is a 3 or 4 hours ferry ride away. The ferry also carries vehicles which makes it even more convenient if you’ve rented a scooter. As long as you’re considering going back to Bohol that is.
The ferry leaves Jagna port Bohol daily at 13:00. This will give you loads of time to get from Panglao Island or Taglibaran and be at the port in time. Buses bound to Jagna leave from Island City Mall in Taglibaran City. The journey will take around 2 hours. And the ferry Jagna to Camiguin takes between 3 to 4 hours (depending on the boat type). Therefore since the ferry leaves at 13:00, you will arrive in Camiguin just in time for sunset.
➸ Are you planning your trip to Camiguin or even better heading to Camiguin? Then make sure to check these other posts for the best things to do and best places to eat on Camiguin.
From Siargao To Camiguin on a Budget
Getting from Siargao to Camiguin is an interesting journey. You will need to use every mode of transport that exists, beside air. However is doable in a day and is a unique experience. And you will get a chance to see a different side of the Philippines as you travel along the coast of Mindanao island.
The route from Siargao to Camiguin is: Dapa port (Siargao) to Surigao Port (Mindanao) – tricycle to Surigao Bus Terminal and from there bus to Butuan. From Butuan get on the bus to Balingoan. Tell the dispatcher that you are going to Camiguin so that he will stop you close to the port.
To do the journey in 1 day you will need to get an early start. Ferries from Siargao to Surigao start at 4:30 am. There are 2 types of ferries, the fastcraft and RORO, and take between 1 1/2 hours to 4 1/2 hours to arrive.
The ferry we used cost 100 Pesos (€1.83) each and left at 5:20 am and arrived in Surigao at 8:40 am. When you arrive in the port of Surigao you are bound to be swarmed by tricycles which all seem to know that you’re headed to the bus terminal. We paid 150 Pesos (€2.75) for the 4 km ride.
Once at Surigao Bus Terminal ask for the bus headed to Butuan. The ticket costs 226 Pesos (€4.14). From the drop off point in Butuan Bus Terminal, get on the next bus. This time to Balingoan and tell the driver or dispatcher to stop you near the ferry port to Camiguin. Cost of bus ticket is 215 pesos (€3.94).
From the drop off point to the port, it is no longer than 10 minutes walk. Ferry to Camiguin will depart at 5:00 pm. The jouney is 1 hour and costs 205 Pesos (€3.75). We arrived with just minutes to spare before the ferry left for Camiguin. That is why I suggest leaving with the earliest ferry from Siargao.
How to get from Cebu City to Camiguin Island
Unless you’re flying directly from Cebu to Camiguin, the best way is by ferry via Bohol. This is similar to the Bohol to Camiguin section. However, you will first need to get to Bohol from Cebu. Ferries run approximately every hour from Cebu City (Pier 1) to Taglibaran in Bohol and start at 6:00 am. The journey time is 2 hours and costs 225 Peso (€4.12). Therefore, since you will need to travel another 2 hours by bus from Taglibaran to Jagna port and the ferry to Camiguin departs at 13:00, I suggest you get the first from Cebu City. This way I am sure you will arrive in Jagna in time for the ferry.