Sunday, April 17, 2011

CAMIGUIN DE MINDANAO 2011 TOUR


















This trip is dated February 11 – 12, 2011 which is my second time to visit Camiguin de Mindanao of which my first time was wayback April 13 – 15, 1997. It started when my group consisted of Alan Valenzuela, Rome Frias (CDO Host), Dr. Cesar Garcia and Benedick Manalang boarded PAL Flight 281 on February 11, 2011 at 6:00 A.M. in Gate 1 of Centennial Airport (Terminal 2). We arrived in Cagayan de Oro (CDO) City at 7:35 A.M. Our CDO Host, Spouses Dodong and Gina Frias (brother and sister-in-law, respectively, of Rome Frias) welcomed us in the airport and drove us straight to the CDO Seaport just timely to catch the 8:30 A.M. Paras Sea Cat trip and arrived in Benoni Port of Camiguin Island de Mindanao at 10:48 A.M. Our chartered vehicle booked by Rome Frias drove us for an hour from Benoni to our reserved beach resort accommodation, Agohay Villa Forte Beach Resort. We rested then and took our lunch there.

The island tour started at 1:00 P.M. and visited the following: (1) Walkway to the Old Volcano and Stations of the Cross; (2) Sunken Cemetery; (3) Catarman Old Church ruins; (4) Sto. Nino Cold Spring, and (5) Ardent Hibok-Hibok Spring Resort. It was too late for us to visit Katibawasan Falls. We decided to stay late in Ardent Hot Spring and refreshed ourselves there. We drove back to our resort at around 8:00 P.M. just timely for our dinner. Since I do not drink alcohol, I decided to sleep early while the rest stayed in the resort’s restaurant for a drink.

The following day, February 12, 2011, our group rented a boat and crossed to the picturesque Sand Bar for a 15-minute motor boat travel just timely to catch for the sunrise and stayed there from 5:30 to 6:30 A.M. In this location, the full length panoramic view of Mount Hibok-Hibok was captured. As we returned to our resort, we took our breakfast and readied ourselves for the Mount Hibok-Hibok Climb. (see The February 12, 2011 Mount Hibok-Hibok Climb album).

This tour is a part of my February 11-14, 2011 CDO-Camiguin-Bukidnon Tour where we enjoyed Camiguin Tour; Mount Hibok-Hibok Climb, Bukidnon Zipline, Bukidnon ATV Experience and CDO White Water Rafting.

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