CDO, Bukidnon, Iligan and Camiguin 5 Days Itinerary (w/ Expenses) | Blushing Geek

CDO, Bukidnon, Iligan and Camiguin 5 Days Itinerary (w/ Expenses)

I am so excited to share with you my sample itinerary for the four places I visited in Northern Mindanao! And it was a solo trip at that! It was a daunting experience, but very fulfilling. This trip has given me lots of unforgettable experiences, which I hope you will too!

I will also be providing links to tours that I used for this trip, which I am very thankful for making my Northern Mindanao trip successful.

CDO, Bukidnon, Iligan and Camiguin 5 Days Itinerary

  • 8:00 AM – Flight to CDO
  • 9:00 AM – Arrival at Laguindingan Airport
  • 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Travel going to Agora Terminal (V-hire ride)
  • 10:30 AM – Bag drop off at Hotel (I stayed at Winmin Transient Inn, which is just beside Agora Terminal)
  • 10:35 AM – Jeep going to Limketkai Mcdonalds for rafting tour meet-up and also for early lunch
  • 10:45 AM – Early Lunch
  • 11:45 AM – 12:00 PM – Waiting for rafting tour meet-up
  • 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Whitewater rafting (lower head section)
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Ride back to hotel
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Shower & freshen up
  • 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Dinner
  • 8:00 PM – Back to hotel
  • 4:45 AM – At Agora Terminal looking for bus bound to Bukidnon (make sure it will pass by Impasug-ong Tourism Center, since that was my meeting place for my habal2x tour)
  • 5:00 AM – 7:00 AM – Bus ride going to Impasug-ong Bukidnon
  • 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Habal2x tour (based on the places I requested
    • Communal Ranch
    • Cowboy Town Resto (for late breakfast)
    • Rotypeaks Ridge Camp
    • Alalum Falls
    • Camp Phillipps
    • Pineapple Plantation (just picture taking)
    • Dahilayan Adventure Park
      • Must try: Razorback Mountain Coaster
  • 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Travel to Manolo Fortich Bus Terminal
  • 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM – Bus ride to CDO
  • 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Rest & freshen up
  • 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Dinner
  • 8:00 PM – Back to hotel
  • 5:30 AM – 5:45 AM – Habal2x ride to Bulua Bus Terminal (you can also ride a jeepney, but it will take time)
  • 6:00 AM – 8:30 AM – Bus ride to Iligan
  • 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM – Habal2x tour (unfortunately I did not look for one online, so it was pretty expensive to have it on the spot)
    • Maria Christina Falls (unfortunately there was a landslide the previous days, so I wasn’t able to go inside)
    • Tinago Falls
      • Went for a dip
    • Mimbalot Falls
    • Cheding’s Peanuts to buy pasalubong (recommended: mix nuts and the toasted nuts)
    • Iligan Bus Terminal (last stop)
  • 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Bus ride to Bulua Bus Terminal
  • 5:00 PM – 5:20 PM – Habal2x ride to hotel (heavy traffic that day, so I opted for a habal2x instead of a jeepney)
  • 5:20 PM – 6:00 PM – Rest and freshen up
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Dinner
  • 7:00 PM – Back to hotel
  • 3:45 AM – At Agora Bus Terminal and looked for bus bound to Butuan
  • 4:00 AM – 6:00 AM – Bus ride to Balingoan Port
  • 6:45 AM – Ferry ride to Benoni Port
  • 8:15 AM – Arrival at Benoni Port
  • 8:15 AM – 8:35 AM – Habal2x tour, went to hotel first for bag drop off
  • 8:35 AM – 4:00 PM – Habal2x tour
    • Katibawasan Falls
    • Tuasan Falls
    • Soda Water Pool
    • Sto. Niño Cold Spring
    • Old Church Ruins
    • Sunken Cemetery (boat ride is 100, but I didn’t get one since it’s too hot that day)
    • Walkway to the old volcano and station of the cross (only at the entrance since it was too hot that day)
    • Tongatoc viewpoint (picture taking)
    • Ardent hibok-hibok spring resort
    • Camiguin sign (picture taking)
  • 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Back to hotel
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM – Shower
  • 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Rest
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Dinner
  • 7:00 PM – Back to hotel
  • 5:00 AM – 5:20 AM – Habal2x tour ride to White Island ticketing station
  • 5:20 AM – 5:25 AM – Booking (writing name for record, payment, etc)
  • 5:25 AM – 5:30 AM – Bangka ride to White Island
  • 5:30 AM – 6:30 AM – Explore White Island
    • Picture taking, swim
  • 6:30 AM – 6:35 AM – Bangka ride going back to White Island ticketing station
  • 6:35 AM – 7:15 AM – Breakfast
  • 7:15 – 7:45 AM – Habal2x tour ride to Mantigue Island ticketing point
  • 7:45 AM – 7:55 AM – Booking (writing name for record, payment, etc)
  • 7:55 AM – 8: 10 AM – Bangka ride to Mantigue Island
  • 8:10 AM – 9:35 AM – Explore Mantigue Island
    • Picture taking, swim, snorkeling
  • 9:35 AM – 9:50 AM – Bangka ride going back to Mantigue Island ticketing station
  • 9:50 AM – 10:10 AM – Back to hotel
  • 10:10 AM – 11:10 AM – Shower, getting ready to check-out
  • 11:10 AM – 11:12 AM – Hotel checkout
  • 11:12 AM – 11:15 AM – Habal2x tour ride to Camiguin Airport
    • My driver/guide made sure to pass by:
      • Vjandep (pastel)
      • Mambajao park
  • 12:30 PM – Flight back to Cebu

Tours

  • White Water Rafting
    • Kagay Whitewater Rafting
      • Contact them through messenger or mobile
      • They usually have two schedule, morning and afternoon
  • Habal2x tour
    • You can contact kuya Junelo on messenger
    • Or you can find some habal2x divers on Bukidnon facebook group. I found mine here.
  • Habal2x tour
    • You can contact sir Jeoffrey on messenger. He offers both habal2x tours and tours via car.
    • You can also find some habal2x drivers on Camiguin facebook group. I found mine here.

Other Destinations Worth Visiting

  • Gaston Park
  • St. Augustine Cathedral
  • Vicente de Lara Park
  • Plaza Divisoria (Golden Friendship Park)
  • City Museum
  • Museum of Three Cultures
  • Museo de Oro in Ateneo de Cagayan Xavier Center for Culture and Arts
  • Monastery of Transfiguration
  • Lake Apo
  • Panimahawa Ridge
  • Limunsudan Falls
  • Balisbisan Falls
  • Cedar Park
  • Mount Capistrano
  • Blue Water Cave
  • Lover’s Lane
  • Clip Side
  • Pine Ridge
  • Catihan Eco Park
  • Lawis Spring
  • Limunsudan Falls
  • Paseo De Santiago
  • St. Michael’s Cathedral
  • Hindang Cave
  • Dodiongan Falls
  • NPC Nature’s Park
  • Kalubihon Falls
  • Dalipuga Centennial Park
  • Pampam Falls
  • Sapang Blue Falls
  • Mt. Hibok-hibok
  • Katunggan Park
  • Giant Clam Sanctuary
  • Parola Mambajao + 1914 Monument
  • Taguines Lagoon
  • Sto. Rosario Church
  • Burias Shoal
  • Binangawan Falls

Travel Tips & Recommendations

  • Lots of bus rides in CDO, so make sure to have nausea/dizziness medicine with you.
  • Just like other major cities, CDO has heavy traffic once in a while, but angkas are available there. There’s also a lot of habal2x drivers in the city, just make sure to negotiate the price first before getting one.
  • If you are traveling a lot by bus, I recommend checking in at Winmin Transient Inn. This is just beside the Agora Terminal, so it’s very convenient.
  • Take note that aside from jeeps/multicabs and habal2x, motorela is also available in CDO. It’s like a bigger version of a tricycle that almost looks like a small jeepney.
  • If you are traveling CDO and is also planning to visit Camiguin, I recommend that you get a return ticket via Camiguin airport to really save time.
  • I recommend getting a habal2x or 4×4 tour online. You can get one on FB, links provided above.
  • You can’t predict the weather, so I recommend bringing extra clothes with you.
  • Also bring raincoats, since you will never know when it will rain
  • There’s a lot of rough roads in Bukidnon, and most of them are very steep, so ready your butts, lol.
  • When visiting communal ranch, I recommend going there early in the morning so it wouldn’t be too hot.
  • I think it’s cheaper if you book a habal2x tour online, than getting one on the spot when you arrive in Iligan.
  • I recommend staying more than a day in Iligan, since there’s so many places to visit, especially if you love falls.
  • Tinago Falls have almost 400+ steps, so get your feets ready, lol.
  • Before visiting Camiguin, make sure to get individual QR codes online. You will need it to enter and exit the island.
  • I recommend riding a bus rather than v-hire going to Balingoan Port.
  • You can ride a bus bound to Butuan and drop off at Balingoan.
  • You need to scan your QR code first before you can book a ferry ticket to Camiguin.
  • You can commute in Camiguin, but to save time, I recommend hiring a habal2x driver/guide especially if you are traveling solo. For groups, there are also van tours available or van for hires.
  • You need to try snorkeling, especially on Mantigue Island, so to save money, I recommend bringing your own snorkeling gear.
  • Just like in CDO, motorela is also available in Camiguin.

Expenses

Please note that I didn’t add foods, souvenirs and other personal expenses in my computation below. For food, I allocated 150 per meal. Please also note that this computation is good for 1 person.

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