The island of Camiguin is so small that the whole province can be explored in a day. But once you step foot on its shores, you’ll quickly discover that a day is hardly enough to fully savor all the fun and feisty attractions that the “island born of fire” has to offer. The nearly perfectly round island got its moniker because of its seven volcanoes, which shaped the province’s landscape and seascape. Here’s a list of 12 destinations to cross off your bucket list when in Camiguin.
The Sunken Cemetery. This National Cultural Treasure in Catarman is one of Camiguin’s most eerily stunning snorkeling and diving destinations. Marked by a huge stone cross erected not too far from where the original church was, it is an underwater cemetery that contains visible relics of the old church and graveyard which sank after a series of eruptions from Mt. Vulcan in the 1870s.
Guiob Church Ruins. Located almost just beside the jumpoff point to the Sunken Cemetery lies another set of rustically beautiful ruins also known as Old Catarman Church Ruins. Remnants of the original Spanish colonial structure remain intact but blend into its natural surroundings, with sea or mountain in the backdrop.
Mantigue Island. This pristine island in Mahinog is one of Camiguin’s well known island-hopping, snorkeling, and/or diving destinations. The island features fine white sand all along its circular perimeter with a small patch of trees in the middle which can be explored via short trails.
White Island. Locally known as Medano Islet or Medan Island, White Island is a small, bare island composed of a fine, white, sandbar. It is located off the northern shore of Mambajao, Camiguin and can be reached via a short boat ride. It is best to visit right before the sun rises and anytime during low tide while the sandbar remains above the surface. Make sure to try the fresh sea urchin sold by vendors in the island, which they crack open and serve with spiced vinegar straight from the shell.
Ardent Hot Springs in Mambajao let guests soak in the natural hot springs surrounded by greenery. Feel the island’s volcanic origins in this natural spa with an almost surreal jungle feel. It is located near the popular Agoho and Yumbing beaches, so head on over to soak your muscles after a long day of swimming and island hopping.
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