The verdant and isolated island of Camiguin is home to no fewer than four volcanoes. No wonder it is called the Island of Fire. But despite its menacing nickname, Camiguin holds a lot of extraordinarily beautiful destinations, both man-made and natural.
These 10 destinations are located all around the island, situated conveniently near each other. With a carefully planned itinerary, you can visit all of these islands in a single day. These destinations should be a nice package for first-timers in Camiguin.
1. Sto. Niño Cold Spring
The Philippines is a tropical country where the sun showers the land in its intense power all year round. At times, it could get uncomfortably hot. Refresh yourself and take refuge from the heat by dipping in the pools of the Sto. Niño Cold Spring.
The fresh water from the mountains high above the resort is absolutely icy! It is so cold, in fact, that you may have to slowly enter the water to let your body adjust to the near-freezing temperature. Hungry after a swim? Have the locals prepare a fresh, delicious home-cooked lunch for you.
2. White Island
Affectionately and aptly named the gem of Camiguin, White Island is a solitary sandbar a mile off the coast of the charming town of Mambajao.
With its talcum-fine sand and aquamarine water, beach lovers will find this place a stunning paradise. Bask in the sun, frolic in the water, and take selfies against a postcard-perfect backdrop of the magnificent volcanoes that make up Camiguin Island.
3. Katibawasan Falls
Katibawasan Falls, with a 250-foot drop, is the highest waterfall in Camiguin.
It is surrounded by towering cliffs that are covered by thick vegetation. The clear, cool natural pool under the waterfall is a great place to cool off after a hot day. Sans some concrete structures, you would feel as if you are in the middle of a mysterious jungle.
4. Giant Clam Sanctuary
Giant clams are an endangered species, and at this point, man’s intervention is needed to ensure the species survives.
Fortunately, these immobile clams are protected in the giant clam sanctuary. Rather than food, they are now the stars of the place as guests snorkel above them, with snorkelers marveling at their colorful mantles.
5. Walkway to the Old Volcano
Rediscover your spiritual side at Camiguin’s Old Volcano. The quiet, well-established pilgrimage trail cuts across a verdant, quiet forest, offering you the peace and serenity you have been looking for.
Statues that depict the 14 Stations of the Cross are erected along the trail. At the last station, you will be rewarded by breathtaking views of Bohol Sea and the lowlands.
6. Old Church Ruins
As a volcanic island, Camiguin has a violent history of eruptions that severely damaged or even destroyed everything that is man-made.
The terrifying power of Mother Nature can be felt when you see the remnants of old Spanish-era churches, painstakingly preserved by the tourism office. These churches and watchtowers were built by using blocks of coral stone held together by mortar made of egg whites, hay, and mud.
7. Bura Soda Water Park
Bura Soda Water Park seems to be just another unassuming public pool. However, it’s the water in the pool that makes it special.
The water is naturally carbonated thanks to the volcanic activity beneath the bowels of the earth. Sip a little bit of it in the drinking fountain; the water tastes like unsweetened soda! The soda water is said to have healing properties, so dip in!
8. Ardent Hot Spring
As an active volcanic island, it is no surprise that Camiguin has a smattering of hot springs. Ardent Hot Spring is the most popular of them all.
Sitting right at the foot of Mt. Hibok-Hibok, the resort boasts of a series of naturally heated springs that vary in temperature. Sore and tired bodies are instantly rejuvenated when they dip in these pools. Because Ardent Hot Spring is a resort, it has modern conveniences such as cottages, restaurants, accommodations, grills, and more.
9. Sunken Cemetery
The giant white cross that marks the Sunken Cemetery of Bonbon is Camiguin’s icon and most popular attraction. In the late 1800s, the nearby Mt. Vulcan rumbled to life.
The geological activity sank parts of the old town of Bonbon, including its cemetery. The tombs are now home to corals, anemones, barnacles, and other marine organisms, making the Sunken Cemetery a unique snorkeling attraction. Photographers usually flock here late in the afternoon so they could take photos of Camiguin’s fiery sunset.
10. Balbagon Pier
The old Balbagon pier at the end of Camiguin Airport’s runway is a cool afternoon hangout for locals. Why shouldn’t it be? It is a perfect vantage point to watch Camiguin’s famed sunsets of fire.
Some of them might even go down the pier and look for interesting items that the sea leaves behind when the tide recedes. An old lighthouse, which served as the pier’s centerpiece, is surrounded by a manicured garden. Outside the Balbagon Pier is a mishmash of stores that sell Camiguin’s delicious delicacies and local gastronomic delights.
Camiguin Island is the second-smallest island province in the Philippines. But don’t let its size deceive you. It is jam-packed with natural and cultural wonders.
- Getting to Camiguin is easy. There are direct flights and scheduled ferry trips from Cebu to Camiguin. Or you can book a flight to Cagayan de Oro and travel via bus from Agora Bus Terminal to Balingoan Port. From there, you can ride a ferry that will take you to Benoni Port in Camiguin.
- For the tour itself, the best way is to hire a habal-habal driver for a day to take you to the spots. If you are with a group of 10 people or more, you can hire a multicab. If you know how to drive a motorcycle, you can rent one as well; this gives you complete freedom in your tour. It is advisable that you start your tour early—we suggest at 6 AM—so you can cover all 10 attractions in one day.
For assistance, please approach the office of the Camiguin Tourism Association.