Camiguin is an island province located in the northern part of Mindanao. It is dubbed as Isla del Fuego or Island of Fire as this island was born through the series of volcanic activities of Mt. Hibok-Hibok long time ago.
It was after my Mt. Guiting-Guiting climb when I was invited with my friends to go to the beautiful island of Camiguin for a four day trip, though we toured around the island province for only 2 days but still we stayed there for 4 days since our tickets that we booked were on promo so we have to adjust lol.
We took a direct flight from Cebu to Camiguin courtesy of Cebu Pacific. When we were already arrived at the airport, we were approached by one of the drivers and offered us to be our driver and at the same time to be our guide and his multicab of course to be our service. We agreed at a reasonable price and then proceeded to Pabua’s Cottage where we checked in and put our bags and other things.
We first took our late breakfast at a nearby restaurant which offered unlimited food for only P100. After our delightful meal, we then started our tour around the island.
Mt. Vulcan Viewpoint
It is located just beside the circumferential road in Catarman town. It offers you a stunning view of Mt. Vulcan
Walkway to the Old Volcano
It is an 8 kilometer path along the 14 stations of the cross going to the summit of Mt. Vulcan which is 580 masl. It is usually flocked during holyweek as people do their Panaad or Panata in tagalog.
It is an underwater cemetery and is best for snorkeling and diving. It is used to be a graveyard above the sea not until it was destroyed during the eruption of Mt. Vulcan in 1980.
Old Spanish Church Ruins
It is also called as Guiob Church Ruins and is located in the town of Catarman just meters away from the sunken cemetery. It is constructed around 1600 but it was destroyed during the first eruption of Mt. Vulcan around 1871 to 1875 leaving only its walls and columns standing.
Bura Soda Spring Pool
It is a pool of pure soda water which comes from volcanic spring situated at the middle of the pool. It is the only soda water pool in the country which is filled with soda water.
It is located in the northeast part of the Catarman town and is just a 15 to 20 minutes away from the Soda pool. It was used to be a hidden falls not until the local government made a new concrete road makingbit accessible to the visitors.
It is a fine white sand bar located approximately one kilometer off shore from Brgy. Yumbkng in Mambajao town. It is a C shape or L shaped islet has no trees nor structures to shade on. It is one of my favorite place in Camiguin as it offers a breath taking view of Mt. Hibok-Hibok and Mt. Vulcan. Sunset viewing is also one of the best thing to wait here.
After visiting White Island we headed back to our homestay to wash up and change clothes. We took our dinner on a nearby cheap barbeque stall and ended our fun long day.
We woke up early and prepared for our second day of adventure. We chartered the same multicab and same driver as our guide. Our destination was on the eastern part of Camiguin which was contrary to tha first day that covered mostly on the eastern part of the island.
It is a 250 feet high water falls rushing down to a man made rock pool. Though the local government already developed the area, the falls is still surrounded by a thick vegetations of trees and orchids. One thing that excites every visitors about this falls is that there are still monkeys that would frequently play along the top of the trees that surrounds the falls.
Mahinog Ostrich Breeding Farm
This is the only ostrich breeding farm in the country.
It is a small island which only covers for about 4.4 hectares of fine powdery sands in the town of Mahinog. It has a mini man made forest park and is also best for snorkeling as the island is also a fish sanctuary.
Giant Clam Sanctuary
It is located in Guinsiliban town and is the home of more than 2,600 clams as said by the little girl who guided us. The sanctuary is managed by an NGO with the help of Silliman University researchers in order to maintain and preserve the different clam species.
Ardent Hot Spring
The hot spring is located at the foot of Mt. Hibok-Hibok and guess everyone knows already the reason why this is a hot spring.
We spent our third day relaxing and then roamed around the capital town of Mambajao buying pasalubongs and special delicacies. We also bought foods for our dinner since we are allowed to use their kitchen.
If there was one thing that I regreted about Camiguin, it was that I was not able to climb Mt. Hibok-Hibok. I was about to climbed it on third day but preffered to stay home since I’m the only one interested on it. Anyway atleast I have another reason why I should go back on this island.
Checkout Camiguin Tourism Office promotional video entitled No Words
Below is a sample two day itinerary. I did not include our third and fourth day itinerary since we did not do so much activities on it.
0700 Mactan Cebu Airport
0800 ETA Camiguin Airport
0830 Check in Pabua’s Cottage
1000 Officially Start the tour
1030 Mt. Vulcan Viewpoint
1045 Walkway to the Old Volcano
1115 The Sunken Cemetery
1200 Old Church Ruins
1320 Bura Soda Spring Pool
1445 Katibawasan Falls
1545 White Island
1730 Head back to home stay
0600 Wake up call
0800 Start of our 2nd day of tour
0900 Katibawasan Falls
1030 Ostrich Farm
1100 Mantigue Island
1430 Giant Clam Shell Sanctuary
1700 Ardent Hot Spring