Taal Lake

Quick facts about Taal Lake (Global Nature Fund)

  1. Third largest lake in the Philippines
  2. Second largest lake in Luzon
  3. Home to a venomous black and white “sea snake” (Hydrophis semperi)
  4. Home to the only freshwater sardines in the world, Sardinella tawilis
  5. Within the lake, there is a small volcanic island (Taal Volcano) that also has its own lake (Crater Lake)

Of Taal Lake and thoughtful gifts

The view of Taal Lake was taken on the day of Cham’s wedding in Club Balai Isabel in early January. I went with three friends from college and didn’t have enough time to prepare for a gift since the invitation only came a day before. Apparently, the bride was trying to reach me days before but to no avail. Of course I was willing to go out-of-town to join the once-in-a-lifetime celebration but I wouldn’t want to attend without a gift. Good thing that my friends were okay with just contributing for the group gift they have prepared. They diy-ed a honeymoon basket. It contained a pair of wine glass, bottle of wine, popcorn, popcorn bowl, and movie dvds. It was one of the most thoughtful and memorable gifts I have seen. Thanks to Jeffy for that idea.

Since it was just a day trip, I never really get to explore Taal and see the crater lake. Plus I’ve also read about a heritage village, so that’s another must-see on my next visit to Batangas.

Chumz Travelodge

Just so she knows when to expect us, and just so someone knows our whereabouts at that moment, I had informed Mrs. Salcedo that we have already arrived in Camiguin and that first, we were stopping by Katibawasan Falls and will be eating lunch before checking-in at Chumz Travelodge.

We paid Php 1,200 for a room that can fit four people and has ac.

Chumz Travelodge was just a short walk to the small port going to the famed White Island.  It is right across the popular Paras Beach Resort.

My verdict for Chumz Travelodge: “Affordable, clean, and good location”

You can find more information on their facebook account: Camiguin Chumz Travelodge.

Chumz Travel Lodge

Chumz Travelodge

Camiguin Island Map

I love maps.

A map is my security blanket whenever I go to some place new. And part of my trip planning usually involves online map searching. Or on ground searching, which  means that a map is usually the first thing I look for the moment I arrive at the new place. So it really is nice to know that maps  at the airport are usually given for free.


No free map at the Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro. And no free map at the Benoni Port in Camiguin Island either. Guess, they run out of copies? Maybe, run out of print? Either way, no free map kinda sucked.

Finally, a free handy Camiguin Travel Map!

We arrived at Benoni Port in Camiguin Island around 11am. Our first stop — Katibawasan Falls. My travel mates were busy shopping for souvenirs while I went ahead to pay for the Php 20.00 entrance fee. After I paid for four, the nice lady at the entrance booth in Katibawasan Falls handed me a map. Weeeee! Immediately, I asked nice lady for three more and the request was warmly, immediately granted.

Confusingly simple map…

The map did give me an overview of the Camiguin island, but the crowded listing of accommodations in the town of Mambajao {pronounced as Mambahaw} also got me confused. But it’s better to have one slightly confusing map than none at all. Yes?

My other post/s about the CDO-Camiguin trip: