Hoping to help those thinking of a budget friendly adventure-filled trip this summer, let me share our trip to Northern Mindanao last year. Would you believe that we only spent P10,000 (more or less) per person for the ENTIRE trip? This includes airfare, lodging, transportation, food, adventure and everything else??? 🙂 I think it’s cheap considering all the things we did. Here it is –
Cagayan De Oro
STAY: We spent the first 2 nights in CDO, stayed in Red Planet (previously Tune Hotels) for P1,200 per head for 2 nights. Yes, for 2 nights! Location is very central and though their rooms are small, it’s clean. For the price, super pwede na! I really wish I have a photo to show but this is just a throwback and i’m just making use of the photos I have 😦 Good thing you can check out their website.
FYI one of the reasons why I chose Red Planet is because Macabalan Pier, which I planned to ride going to Camiguin Island, was supposed to be just a short distance away. However, what I didn’t know was that it’s now closed. We had to travel to Balingoan Port, which is about 2 hours away, and that’s where we took the ferry to Camiguin. It was pretty tiring but worth it.
DO: First up, white water rafting! I loved the rush and I’m telling you there’s nothing to be scared of. I’m saying this because I was so panicky on the way to the river and I had a flashback of a mishap that happened in our Coron trip early 2015. Just to give you a background, our bangka CAPSIZED in the middle of the open ocean. YIKES! (I’ll tell you more about that when I post our Coron trip) Anyway because of that I couldn’t help but think about the worst things that could possibly happen while rafting. Sooo take it from me, white water rafting is harmless and FUN! Go for the advance one if you have the chance. The difference between advance and beginners is that it has more rapids, more time to enjoy! 🙂
DO: Dahilayan Adventure Park was our main agenda for Bukidnon and though you can spend the night there, we decided to just go for the day. They offer A LOT of exciting activities for you to enjoy and opportunities to face your fear of heights. hahaha!
I swear I felt like I was part of Philippine Ninja Warrior (if there’s such) going through this rope challenge course. It didn’t seem as challenging looking at it from the ground but boy, when you’re up there… it’s a different story. So this is how it goes – they put a harness on you then everything else after that is up to you. haha! We had to clip our carabiner on the ropes provided for every challenge, which is supposed to support us in case we slip and fall. That’s the most important thing to save our dear lives. The other half is to strategize how not to fall, balance, and MAJOR body workout. Nothing compared to the feeling you get after finishing all the twelve (12) courses without falling, it’s sooo much fun!!! 🙂 Don’t miss this one!
Stay: Our last night was spent in Camiguin Island where we stayed in Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Resort. Again, it’s a not fancy but still nice. Rooms are of good size and clean. They also have spots where you can relax – hammock and a sun deck, where view is good both day and night. Best spot for star gazing at night.
We also had the chance to experience Balai sa Baibai, thanks to my friend Hani whose tita hooked us up. They have suites with breathtaking views and a 1BR villa with its own private plunge pool.
DO: We rented a motorcycle or what they call ‘habal-habal’ to go around Camiguin Island. My friend, Hani, and I were hesitant at first to have our boyfriends drive us around but hey, it wasn’t that bad. After all, it’s part of the adventure yea? That, and i’m still alive. haha!
Finally, White Island! Unfortunately, water level was pretty high when we went so we weren’t able to see the whole island/ sandbar. We asked the boatman to drop us off the other (tiny) side of the island, away from the crowd. It was the perfect way to end the trip after all the activities that we had! 🙂
Tip: In order to get to Camiguin from CDO, you’d have to ride a 2 hour bus/van ride to Balingoan Port where you will ride a ferry that will bring you to Camiguin Island. Travel can be VERY exhausting especially if you have to go back to CDO for your flight. You may want to consider flying from Camiguin airport. However, chances are this won’t be a direct flight.
Thanks for taking the time! 🙂