Camiguin is a gorgeous island featuring pristine beaches, hot/cold springs, and stunning waterfalls. It is one of the smallest islands in the Philippines, but has the most number of volcanoes per square kilometer in the world. It’s interesting how volcanic activity still continues to re-shape this island, which is definitely worth 2 to 3 days of your itinerary.
You have 2 options if you’re planning to travel the 240km distance from Cebu to Camiguin. You can either hop on a 1-hour flight, or you can take an adventurous 8-hour trip which involves two ferries and a bus. Fares start at 1,260 PHP ($25).
The flight is the fastest option as it only takes 1 hour. Airfares normally cost 1,500 PHP ($30), but it can be more expensive if you book late or if you’re travelling on peak season.
With the combined bus and ferry option, you have to pass through Bohol island on your way to Camiguin. The journey takes at least 8 hours. Note that the ferry from Bohol to Camiguin departs at 13:00 daily, so you have to make a really early start from Cebu if you want to complete this route in 1 day. Total costs start at 1,260 PHP ($25).
Flying from Cebu to Camiguin is the fastest option. However, you may have to spend more, as flights aren’t always that cheap. Airfares start from 1,500 PHP ($30) if you book your ticket early. Note though that rates are higher on busy season.
Cebgo and Philippine Airlines (PAL) operate 1 daily flight each from Cebu to Camiguin. CebGo flights depart at 11:45, while PAL flights depart at 10:40. Planes disembark from Mactan-Cebu International Airport and arrive at Camiguin Airport. Flight time is 1 hour.
Tip: Cebu Pacific, which operates Cebgo, has multiple “piso fare promotions” annually. Keep an eye out for these promotions so you can book a cheaper flight for this route!
Cebu to Camiguin by Ferry
Duration: 8 hours Cost: 1,260 PHP ($25)
Travelling via ferry from Cebu to Camiguin requires you to pass through Bohol. It can get a bit tricky as the final leg to Camiguin only has 1 daily trip, which departs at 13:00. It’s a good idea to explore Tagbilaran and Panglao for a day and then venture on to Camiguin.
Oceanjet, 2Go Supercat and Lite Shipping are the three ferry companies operating daily from Cebu City to Tagbilaran. Travel time is 2 to 4.5 hrs, depending on which company you’re travelling with. You may have to pay additional charges such as port fees, but they’re minimal.
If you want to make it to the ferry to Camiguin within the same day, you have to take an early morning ferry from Cebu, which departs no later than 7:30. See all ferry schedules below.
These ferries depart from Cebu Pier 1 and arrive at Tagbilaran City Pier. From here, hop on a jeepney or tricycle and head to Dao Integrated Bus Terminal near the Island City Mall. This is about 4km away from the port and should take you about 10-15 mins to reach. Jeepney fare is about 10 PHP ($0.20) and tricycle fare starts at 50 PHP ($1).
There are also ferries operating from Cebu to Bohol’s Tubigon Pier. However, this is much farther from Jagna Port and your land transfer can be more expensive.
Step 2: Tagbilaran to Jagna Port by Bus
Duration: 2 hours Cost: 100 PHP ($2)
The signboards for buses heading to Jagna are easy to spot. Ceres Bus and Dory Transit operate most of the trips. The bus takes about 2 hours, and the fare is around 100 PHP ($2). Inform the driver that you want to be dropped off at Jagna Port, as these buses have onward destinations.
The first trip departs at 4:00, and the last trip departs at 21:00. The buses are usually not air-conditioned, but the route isn’t very polluted and it has a beautiful coastal view.
Step 3: Jagna Port to Camiguin by Ferry
Duration: 4 hours Cost: 430 PHP ($8.50)
Super Shuttle Ferry operates the only ferry from Jagna to Camiguin. This departs at 13:00 daily. Map out your trip accordingly so you don’t end up missing the ferry to Camiguin.
The journey takes about 4 hours, and you can expect to pay 430 PHP ($8.50) for the ferry if you buy your ticket at the terminal. You can also book online beforehand through BookAway for a few dollars more. Just click the link below.