Last Updated: April 5th, 2019
Considered as the second-smallest province in the Philippines, the island of Camiguin is one of best places to visit for a side trip in Mindanao. Over the years, the island’s tourism industry has steadily grown while maintaining its relatively serene environment compared to other well-known islands in the country.
The places we visited during our visit focused more in the towns of Mambajao and Catarman while aimlessly driving around, eating fresh fruits, before finally catching the ferry back to Balingoan, Misamis Oriental.
Accessible from the town of Mahinog, tourists can rent a boat for around 500 Php to White Island. Generally shaped like a horseshoe, the tide constantly changes its shape depending on the waves and weather.
The perfect time to visit would be around 6 to 7 AM so you can get off before 11 AM when it can get too hot since there are no shelter or trees on the island. Some vendors set up umbrellas for tourists who want to take a quick bite, though.
One thing to look forward to is the perfect view of Hibok-Hibok Volcano and Mt. Vulcan with the backdrop of perfect blue skies and white sand.
Recognized as a National Cultural Treasure, the Sunken Cemetery of Catarman sank during the birth and subsequent eruption of Mt. Vulcan in the late 1800s.
A huge white cross was erected in 1982 to commemorate the location of the old cemetery which has since become an iconic landmark of the island of Camiguin.
Bonbon Church Ruins
Another Spanish-era landmark affected by the formation of Mt. Vulcan in the late 1800s, the church of Bonbon, also known as Gui-ob Church, was destroyed and partly submerged by volcanic debris and eruption.
The archaeological site was declared as a National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines–one of the three located in Camiguin.
Sto. Niño Cold Spring
Have lunch at the Sto. Niño Cold Springs.
If you’re with a group, just order a whole chicken from the lady vendors and have it cooked while you’re taking a dip. They’ll call you when your food is ready.
Ardent Hibok-Hibok Spring Resort
Take a dip at the Ardent Hot Springs located at the foot of Hibok-Hibok Volcano.
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