10 Things To Do In Camiguin Island
No less than four volcanoes dot Camiguin Island, the second smallest province in the Philippines. It is aptly named the Island of Fire because of the presence of these volcanoes. But there’s more to Camiguin than just magnificent volcanoes. Check out these top 10 things to do in Camiguin Island, which you can actually fit into one day’s itinerary! Best of all, these attractions are conveniently situated near each other.
1Giant Clam Sanctuary
All over the world, giant clams are endangered species. It is, therefore, heartening to know that Camiguin has a protected sanctuary where they can live their lives happily. Snorkel above them and marvel at the colorful mantles of these magnificent ancient marine animals.
With fresh river water plunging 250 feet down, Katibawasan Falls is the highest waterfall in Camiguin. Surrounded by moss-covered cliffs and hidden in a dense virgin jungle, Katibawasan Falls is truly a natural spectacle worth visiting. You can also take a dip at the clear natural pool beneath the waterfalls for a refreshing early morning swim.
A postcard-perfect, pearly white sandbar off the coast of Mambajao, White Island is considered the gem of Camiguin. Don your bikinis, rashies, or trunks, and swim in the cool aquamarine waters that surround the sandbar, which is totally devoid of vegetation. Bask in the sun against a backdrop of the verdant island of Camiguin.
4Walkway to the Old Volcano
Reconnect with your spiritual side as you ascend a quiet, forest-covered pilgrimage trail up Camiguin’s Old Volcano. Along the way, stop and reflect on the images that depict the 14 Stations of the Cross, and as you approach the 14th station up the Old Vulcan’s rocky slope, you will be rewarded with encompassing views of the sea and the lowlands.
5Sto. Niño Cold Spring
Feeling hot after all that road trip around Camiguin Island? Then, head off to Sto. Niño Cold Spring where locals go to stave off the summer heat. The fresh spring water that feeds the pool is truly icy that you will feel your heart skip a beat if you dive directly into the cold water. Oh, before you dip in the pool, have locals prepare a home-cooked lunch for you so that you’ll have a delicious meal right after.
6Bura Soda Water Park
At first glance, the Bura Soda Water Park is just a small, ordinary-looking resort with a public pool as its centerpiece. But as you dip into the water, you will notice something different about it. It is the naturally carbonated water, which means water infused with carbon dioxide under pressure—thanks to the volcanic nature of the island! And if you try tasting it, it’s just like tonic water or unsweetened Sprite!
7Old Church Ruins
Camiguin has its share of violent eruptions. Remnants of these natural catastrophes litter the island including the painstakingly preserved ruins of old Spanish-era churches. You can’t help but marvel at the ingenuity of our ancestors who created these churches and watchtowers, block by block, with carefully carved coral stones.
Mt. Vulcan’s birth in 1871 to 1875 gave rise to geological movements that eventually sank parts of the town of Bonbon including the local cemetery. Today, the cemetery is underwater. The silent graves are now encrusted with corals and barnacles, providing a great home for thriving marine life. It is a great place for snorkeling, and the large memorial cross is a favorite backdrop for those who want to photograph the fiery sunset.
9Ardent Hot Spring
This is actually a mountain resort with rooms, cottages, restaurants, gardens, and grilles. Located right at the base of Mt. Hibok-Hibok, which is an active volcano, it has a series of natural hot springs that never fail to relax and rejuvenate weary travelers. Each spring has varying degrees of warmth because of the cold mountain spring water.
Just right at the end of Camiguin Airport’s runway is the old Balbagon pier where locals gather to watch the sunset. An old lighthouse and garden give a rustic feel and a lovely view of Bohol Sea. Before leaving the pier, don’t forget to buy some of their roasted chicken; they have the best in town!
Camiguin Island may be small, but it packs a punch when it comes to historical, cultural, and natural attractions. These ten things to do in Camiguin Island are the best attractions and are all close to each other, which is a real advantage to tourists who want to make the most of their holiday or travel time. Visit Camiguin now!
How To Get To Camiguin Island
There are many ways to get to Camiguin. The fastest way is to book a flight directly to Camiguin Airport via Cebu Pacific, but you can also ride a ferry from Balingoan Port in Misamis Oriental to Benoni Port in Camiguin.
If you’re coming from Cebu, there are scheduled ferry trips from Cebu Pier 8 to Balbagon Port in Camiguin.
This presumes that you are already in Benoni Port.
5:00 a.m. – Prepare for adventure
6:00 a.m. – Snorkeling at the Giant Clam Sanctuary
7:15 a.m. – Katibawasan Falls, swimming
7:45 a.m. – Depart Katibawasan Falls
8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – Arrive at Yumbing Pier, pay permits, cruise to White Island
9:00 a.m. – White Island, swimming, and snorkeling
10:30 a.m. – Depart White Island, cruise back to Yumbing Pier and the mainland
11:15 a.m. – Walkway to the Old Volcano, trekking
12:00 p.m. – Sto. Niño Cold Spring, swimming, lunch
2:00 p.m. – Bura Soda Water Park, swimming
2:45 p.m. – Old Church Ruins, relax, take photos
3:15 p.m. – Sunken Cemetery
4:00 p.m. – Ardent Hot Spring, swimming
6:00 p.m. – Balbagon Pier, watch sunset, buy dinner
7:05 p.m. – Arrival at your hotel or resort
Check out these important fees to consider while in Camiguin.
PHP 800-1,000 – guide fee with habal-habal and driver
PHP 500 – habal-habal rental without driver (motorcycle rental)
PHP 40 – Katibawasan Falls entrance fee
PHP 480 per boat – pump boat rate to White Island (back and forth)
PHP 5 – Walkway to Old Vulcan environmental fee
PHP 20 – Sto. Niño Cold Spring entrance fee
PHP 50 – Sto. Niño Cold Spring cottage rental rate
PHP 20 – Bura Soda Water Park entrance fee
PHP 30 – Ardent Hot Spring entrance fee
PHP 8-12 – Standard motorela (similar to tricycle but can accommodate up to 10 pax) fare in Camiguin