We did a 1 day trek to Mount Pinatubo, dipped in the crater lake and ended the session with a relaxing mud spa! A 4×4 jeep dropped off us off at the start of our trekking point where we had to trek approximately another 1.5hours to the crater lake. (there is a shorter option actually, where they will drop you further in and you’ll only have to walk 30mins to the lake).
When everything fails, God makes its presence felt. Ermita hill is a testament of that fact. Baler has been God’s favourite child. He loves to dismantle Baler every now and then. On December 27, 1735, a great Tsunami had swept away Baler. At that time, people had taken refuge at Ermita Hill. That incidence had carved Ermeta Hill’s place in history books forever. After climbing the 250+ steps hike under shady trees I reached the top of the hill. The view wasn’t as great as at the start of the stairs. I was drinking in the magnificent view of the bay below, including the Baler fish port from the Baler view deck at the hill. There were hardly any tourists at that time. I spoke to a group of locals about the recent typhoon. They said, “Natural disasters are a part of our life. You really can’t control them. But you can control how you respond to them. Whining about them will not do any good. Best is to move on with a smile.” Isn’t that gem of an advice?
After the climbing the limestone and seeing the green lagoon in Matukad Island, we went to the next island - the Lahos Island. The island derived its name from a visayan word "Lahus" which means able to pass through-and-through. The short stretch of white sand is located between two huge limestone rocks so tourists can pass through either side of the island. There were a number of tourist in the island when I get there. I saw some props that were used by Survivor India in the island and some tourist were taking pictures to Indian cameraman. Unlike in Matukad Island, there are no trees can protect you from getting exposed to the sun but there is a portion in the island where there are small clusters of trees.
Oslob lies in the southern part of the island and a fourth class municipality of the Province. Cebu was dubbed as a tourism hub of Philippines due to its vast one of a kind tourist attractions be it in southern or northern part. During December on the Feast of their patron saint, Oslob is celebrating their well known annual festival "Toslob Festival" from where the town gets its name. This municipality offers a variety attractions. Tumalog Waterfalls in Oslob is a 10 - 15 minutes ride away from the National Highway and a 2-3 Hours Bus ride from Cebu City South Bus Terminal. How to get there: Just take a Bus from South Bus Terminal bound to Oslob and take a habal - habal (Motorcycle) going to the waterfalls. Expenses: Bus Fare - P168.00 (One Way) Waterfall Entrance - Children - P10.00 and Adult - P20.00 Habal Habal (Single Motorcycle) - P60 (two way)
Matukad Island is the first island that we visited. Its water and powdery white sand is really inviting but I was more interested in climbing towering limestone. My guide Tope did not inform that there is a hidden lagoon in this island but to be able to see the lagoon, one need to climb the sharp-edged limestones. This must be the reason why he did not inform me about this lagoon - scared that I might get hurt or worst fell off from the cliff. I learned about the lagoon after seeing some tourist coming down from the cliff. Then they told me about the lone milkfish living in the hidden lagoon. Because of curiosity, I climbed the rock and indeed there is a huge milkfish in the lagoon. A tourist told me about the legend of the 2 giant milkfish that used to live in the hidden lagoon. These fishes were considered sacred by the locals. Legend says that a fisherman caught one fish and bring it to his family. And then everyone who eats the fish died. Apart from seeing the milkfish in the lagoon, the panoramic view from the top of the lifestone is breath taking. The neighboring islets including Lahus island is visible from the top. I can say that this place a good site for camping. This island has the longest shore and there are plenty of trees that can provide tourists shade from heat of the sun and rain. I should have camp here if only I know that it is allowed.
The Hunongan Cove is just located besides the famous Gota beach. This is run by the government of Camarines Sur and tourist who were not checking in in this resort is not allowed to step in. However, my tour guide Tope who happens to be a good friend of the manager already asked a permission to bring me to the island just for a while. So we landed on the island and surprisingly we were greeted by the security guard. Then after explaining, we were permitted to observe the place. I can tell that nobody was checking in at that time. Thedre were drie leaves scattered all over the place, but this added the natural beauty look of the island.
The next day at 1:00 PM we departed Bohol and boarded RORO going to Camiguin. It was a three-hour sea travel so we did nothing but sleep. We arrived in Camiguin at 4:00 PM. It was because we rested so much in the RORO, we did not directly go to our cottage instead we climbed the Katibawasan Falls. But we didn’t stay long because the closing time is 5:00PM only. This is the story of our Camiguin Tour. We were not anymore three wanderlust girls in exploring Camiguin but five super wild wanderlust girls. Leah and Grace followed us in Camiguin.