Camiguin Transportation Fall-Winter 2017-2018 (first update)

PALexpress - Camiguin Transportation Fall-Winter 2017-2018

Camiguin Transportation – the transportation from and to the small island changes very frequently.

I know the Island born of Fire now for ten years. Many things have changed since my first visit. Many things have been improved. Some things became worse. When it comes to Camiguin Transportation, they change all the time. What is permanently lacking, is timely information about schedules.

Just now I got the information from our reader Chris that PAL already has changed the schedule of their flights. Please see below in RED!
And yes, I am angry now!

Lanzones Festival

The Lanzones Festival, Camiguin’s well known week long celebration of the Lanzones harvest will start in two weeks. It will last from Tuesday, October 24 to Monday, October 30. The daily flights will be fully booked. The ferries from Balinoan (Mindanao) and Jagna (Bohol) will be crowded. It seems that the ferry from/to Bohol will not change its Mon,Wed, Fri schedule. At least nothing had been publicly announced.

By begin of December many things will change!

Air Transportation

It is incredible but true! From begin of December we will have 2 or 3 flights per day. All these flights can now be booked. Just click on the links below.
Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) has announced that they will restart their second flights on Mon, We and Fri. The new schedules look as this:

CEB-CGM
DG6690 05:20 – 06:10 (every day)
DG6693 14:00 – 14:50 (Mon, Wed and Fri)
CGM-CEB
DG6691 06:30 – 07:20 (every day)
DG6694 15:10 – 16:00 (Mon, Wed and Fri)

Philippine Airlines (PAL) will also fly to Camiguin with their daughter PALexpress. Their schedule did fit in between the two CEB flights.  The new schedule is now almost as early as CEB.

CEB-CGM 11:20 – 12:10 PR2929
Changed on October 13:
CEB-CGM 07:30 – 08:40 PR2929

CGM-CEB 12:30 – 13:20 PR2930
Changed on October 13:
CGM-CEB 09:10 – 09:55 PR2930

You do not believe? Here is the updated schedule:

PAL schedule change

There are differences in fares and in allowed checked luggage.
Yesterday we checked fares from Manila to Camiguin on December 11, 2017. PAL fares start at PHP 3,882 in Budget Economy class and go to PHP 9,145 in Premium Economy class. CEB fares go from PHP 3,105 (fly only) to PHP 3,889 (fly, baggage and meal).
IMPORTANT: Maximum allowed luggage is 20kg with CEB and only 10kg with PAL.

Rumors went all over the island that the PAL flights would be direct flights from Manila to Camiguin. This is not true. With both airlines you have to change the plane in Cebu-Mactan.

Sea Transportation

Camiguin Transportation by ferries isn’t that exciting. But there is a rumor getting denser every day. Soon we should have again a direct ferry connection with Cagayan de Oro. Combining all whispers and rumors, it could be a FastCat ferry. But the route Cagayan to Camiguin only does not match these vessels capabilities. They can carry 7 buses or trucks and up to 34 cars. Passenger capacity is 275 heads in 3 classes.
But with a route from Cagayan de Oro to Camiguin to Cebu such a real RoRo ferry would mix up the shipping market in the southern Bohol sea. With their average speed of about 25 km/h they cannot do the Cebu extension under 8 hours.

I’ll call Ferrari for faster engines 🙄

Here are the current routes of the cool FastCat Roro ferries:

FastCat RoRo ferries

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2 Responses

  1. Chris McCulloch says:

    Was always too good to be true, a late morning flight to Camiguin would have been great, far better than Cebu Pacific’s ungodly hour flight but nope, PAL has now changed the schedule from 11:20 leaving Cebu to 07:30 leaving Cebu, which is still too early in my opinion.

    • waebi says:

      Thank you very much Chris.
      I checked the PAL schedules and got confirmed.
      The only confirmed thing here in the Philippines is that nothing is confirmed.
      Will change the schedule in my post.
      Thanks and cheers, waebi

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