What have you heard about the Philippines? Chances are, not yet that much.
Philippines is gaining more and more popularity as a tourist destination within South East Asia, and it is no wonder. With its +7000 island there is an island get-away for everyone!
In a nutshell, Philippines is safe and easy to travel around (solo or together), people are friendly and helpful, it's easy to get by in English and the nature is incredible! Whether you want to get lost for a while and experience a life of a Castaway, roam around jungles and climb volcanoes, lay on white powdery beaches or dive in one of the best dive locations in the world, you will never get bored!
Philippines will make you feel welcome, loved, and you will want to come back, again and again.
The location of our retreats are carefully selected to provide you with tranquility, authentic nature and peace of mind. Our retreats shy away from the touristy areas, and we go out of our way to find you small, quiet places off the beaten track. With us you will not find yourself in a hotel chain, but rather in a locally made beach bungalow with passionate people running the show.
Our current location is the beautiful and pristine island of Camiguin.
Located in the Bohol sea, Camiguin offers the perfect environment for diving, rustic and quiet beach living, yoga, self-discovery and adventure. This small island has 80.000 inhabitants, over 15 official dive sites, volcanic ground (the most volcanoes per square meter in the world), providing the perfect playground for both active and reflective activities.
FLYING TO CAMIGUIN
The easiest way to come to Camiguin is by airplane. Cebu Pacific Airlines flies to Camiguin every day, leaving from Cebu city 6.35am. Cebu city is connected to Manila, and internationally to Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and L.A. to name a few (check also Philippines Airlines for international flights to Cebu).
FLYING TO CAGAYAN DE ORO
Another option is to fly to Cagayan de Oro, which has a bigger airport and more daily flights directly from Manila. From Cagayan de Oro you can take a bus to Balingoan (+/- 3hrs), and a ferry to Camiguin (1hr). Read more detailed instructions below.
If you choose this option, make sure you land to Cagayan de Oro lates around 11am to make it to the last ferry, leaving 4.30pm from Balingoan.
Taking the ferry
FERRY FROM BOHOL TO CAMIGUIN
Currently there is a ferry connection with Jagna, Bohol during Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. The ferry leaves Camiguin 8am, and returns back leaving Jagna 1pm.
FERRY FROM MINDANAO TO CAMIGUIN
Coming from Cagayan de Oro, you will need to go to the Agora bus terminal in Cagayan de Oro city, and take the bus towards Balingoan. There are aircon busses that range from 120-160php/person, and the ride takes approximately 2 hours.
Coming from Surigao, you will need to take a bus to Butuan (+3 hrs), and from Butuan to Balingoan (3hrs).
The ferries between Balingoan, Mindanao and Benoni, Camiguin run daily between 4.30am - 4.30pm. The trip takes about 1hr 15 minutes, and costs 170php (+ terminal fee 15php). NOTE: You have to buy your ferry ticket at the Balingoan Bus Terminal (updated 7th May 2017).
NOTE: We do our best to keep you informed and up-to-date. But since the ferry connections are schedules are subject to change, Reconnect Discover cannot be help responsible for any outdated information.
Coming from Cagayan de Oro or Butuan
Whether you fly to Cagayan de Oro, or take the night ferry, your first step is to go to Agora bus terminal in Cagayan de Oro city. From here you can take an aircon bus to Balingoan port.
The busses leave every 30 minutes, and take approximately 2 hours. Cost is 120php-160php / passanger, and you can buy the ticket at the small booth next to the departing buses.
The bus stops at the bus terminal in Balingoan, and you can just walk to the port in 5 minutes. Go back to the main road, and continue on the road (so not from where the bus came from), and follow the locals. Few hundred meters on your left hand side is a road down to the port (200m).
You'll have to pay small fees for terminal fee 15php. The ferry ticket is 170php. If you are lucky, you can walk straight into the ferry. If not, you'll have to wait at the terminal for the next ferry.