We Will Definitely Come Again, Camiguin

Trip Start May 15, 2010
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Where I stayed
Bahay Bakasyunan Sa Camiguin Mambajao
Read my review - 4/5 stars
What I did
Snorkelling
Viewed Giant Clams
Swam with lots and lots of awesome marine life
Ate Pastel
Went to Soda spring, Hot spring, Cold spring
Went to see Ostriches

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Me and three other girlfriends stayed at BBC during our trip to Camiguin May of this year. We made reservations a month or two ahead of time and I believe my friend had no trouble. We were supposed to stay at Paras Beach Resort but when my friend discovered BBC, we just fell in love with the design and architecture of the place.

-The person my friend spoke with at the Reservation desk was very informative and we were able to make good arrangements. Staying at BBC is a bit more expensive compared to the other resorts in Camiguin but we were just so enamored by the unique designs of the huts (hotel rooms) that we decided we just had to stay here.

-Our stay was for 3 days and 2 nights. We used BBC mainly for the hotel and we decided against availing of their tour packages which were considerably more expensive than the other tours offered by locals not working for the resort. The tour packages offered by BBC are also not that flexible so I recommend that you look for another tourist guide within Camiguin. Our guide was recommended by another friend and the local took us around the island in his own multicab to visit all the famous spots for P1500/day (whole day, 8am-5pm). He was very patient and kind and made no fuss about our requests. Compared to BBC packages : P4000 ++, ours was very reasonable.
-OK so going back to BBC. Upon arrival at the Benoni port in Camiguin, a van from BBC picked us up and took us to the hotel. We found it funny and surprising that the van driver had a local porter carry a welcome sign with our name on it to lead us to the van. We felt like celebrities. haha.

-At the reception hall of BBC one will marvel at the interior design of the ceiling (filled with dried coconut husks) and the walls. Wood cannisters serve as keyholders for each room. There are posters displaying the pictures of celebrities who have stayed at the resort. There's a quaint little shop where you can buy personal items like slippers, lotions, perfumes, bathing suits, shorts and island souvenirs. Most of the items are imported brands so they're very pricey.

-Next, there's a nice-looking recreation room with table-tennis tables. There's also a good-sized gym with some fierce-looking machinery. I think this was pretty interesting that someone would go to the gym on an island where you can go diving, snorkeling, swimming, trekking, etc. Just a thought.

-Anyway, I highly recommend the room we stayed at:Cluster A room 120. the room closest to the Mini Day Spa. The room has a very charming appeal and the lighting is good. the aircon works well too...and what me and my friends loved was the shower. there's a good hot and cold shower fixture. The facilities are generally clean although one gripe can be the ants in the bathroom. I really hope they can find a way to fix this. Another major gripe was the occasional frog in the swimming pool!

-The pool was lovely. I think it's even heated. it's perfect for different people:kids to adults. there's a shallow end and a deep, deep end. but like i said, there's an occasional frog lolling in the swimming pool. Talk about a REAL SOSYALERANG PALAKA! We saw that there was a regular pool cleaner but they should really do something about this. Frogs bring warts you know.

-The restaurant was great. The staff were very accomodating and helpful. The restaurant staff even approached us at the pool to ask for our dinner and breakfast orders in advance so they can prepare well. The food was great too. We had welcome drinks upon arrival, and also a big fruit plate. They have good sized servings for breakfast as well. Breakfast offers a choice of traditional Filipino, American and modern selections. For lunch, we sampled the seafood and they were all very tasty. Desserts or snacks like sandwiches and ice cream sundaes are just way too expensive for me. P100++ for a dish of ice cream. Don't get surprised if you see your bill. They charge an extra 10-15% for service charge on top of the food price and tax, if I'm not mistaken. If you dont want to spend too much on food in BBC, try J&A seafood place.

-Little touches of TLC: when they fix up the room, the staff make an artwork out of the new towels by forming flower shapes on the bed. They also provide separate towels for the bathroom and for the beach/pool. The staff would readily take the wet beach towel from you and give you a clean one.

-In BBC we saw mostly foreigners with their Filipina spouse/girlfriends. This gave us an impression that it was a hotel more suited for honeymooners. But before we checked out, that's when we saw family groups and business men check in.

-We didnt get to try the Mini Day Spa because the masseuse was on a day-off. =(

-Overall, BBC is a nice play to stay at after a long day of touring around Camiguin. It's very relaxing, the service is awesome and the jacuzzi is to die for.


-One more suggestion for improvement: More pillows per customer please. One or two small pillows just wont do it for me.

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rruiter
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I was reading your blog with interest. I come to Camiguin almost 15 years now as i am married with a local girl. You're right, it's certainly a place to come back again and again.

For me, the natural wonders and the unspoilt surrounding (it's very clean compared to other place in the Philippines) combined with the great locals make me feel at home each time i come there.

We usually stay at my parents resort, Pabua's Cottages in barrio Yumbing. Compared to your resort it's more budget friendly but still clean and all their cottages have aircon, cable tv and free wifi internet. If you're interested for your next visit, you can visit their website: www.pabuascottages.com

It's good you did the island tour with a local. The price you paid is what the domestic tourists also would pay for. I don't know if you have visited Mantique Island this time but that's also a place to recommend besides the wonderful hot and cold springs. I see you have visited the Clams also. It was a great experience snorkelling over the clams. The good thing about this place is that the locals set this up themselves. Now they can earn a living themselves and also protect the clams.

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