Things to do in Camiguin

Camiguin is one of the famed tourist destinations in the Philippines. Dubbed as the Island born of fire, Camiguin offers not just a volcanic terrain but also with astounding white sand beaches, lush vegetation, and various water forms.

One of these days, you may set foot in Camiguin to see the wonder yourself. This list might be helpful for you.

10 Things to do in Camiguin

1. Fish for Your Lunch

At J&A Fishpen, you can go fishing and catch something for your lunch. They will provide you the fishing equipment depending on the way you would like to fish. Floating cottages are available for the guests as dining area.

If you do not have the luxury of time, you can choose from their menu and they will prepare it for you.

J&A Fishpen
Though hungry, we couldn’t skip the groupie at J&A Fishpen

2. Beach Bum in the White Island

White Island is pure white sand island that floats 1.4 km (0.87 mi) off the northern coast of Mambajao, Camiguin’s capital. The tide constantly re-size and re-shape the island and sometimes divide it into even smaller islands. The island is bare so it is better to spend your beach bumming early in the morning. 

White Island, Camiguin (Panorama credits to a friend, Teddy)

3. Resist the Chill at Katibawasan Falls

If you can’t do it slowly, jump into the quickly – that way, you’ll be able resist the cold shortly.

Katibawasan Falls is located 5 kilometers away from the town center of Mambajao and sits at the foot of Mount Timpoong, the highest peak in Camiguin Island. It measures 250 ft. (76 meters) and plummets to a pool surrounded with lush greeneries.

Dipping in the cold waters of Katibawasan Falls

4. Try the Sweet Caramelly Cruch of Kiping

You’ll be curious when you see it. Kiping is not only sold outside the Katibawasan Falls compound but also in market and schools canteens around Camiguin. This thin snack is made from cassava and is topped with latik (caramelized coconut cream). You can taste a plate-sized Kiping for only ₱10. You should try this one.

Selfie with the Kiping

5. Be Thrilled at Sunken Cemetery

 The Sunken Cemetery‘s most notable landmark is the big cross which was erected few meters from the shore. The cross wasn’t part of the remnants of the submerged cemetery caused by the eruption of Mount Vulcan in 1871, but was built (in 1982) as a marker of the graveyard.

If you are brave enough, you can snorkel around the sea and witness how the seascape down under changed – with corals invading the graves.

The sunset is really spectacular to witness so be here before the sunset.

Boating to the Sunken Cemetery, Camiguin

6. Return back in Time at Gui-ob Church Ruins

The Ruins of Gui-ob Church is located in Barangay Bonbon, Catarman, Camguin Island. You can still see the old belfry, the convent, and the church walls standing – the remnants of the 1871 Vulcan Daan eruption.

Around the old Gui-ob Church ruins

7. Release the Sweats at Walkway to the Old Volcano and Stations of the Cross

You don’t need t wait for the Lenten Season to do the Stations of the Cross. In Camiguin, you can do it as you see fit. Fourteen stations are spread in a 4-kilometer trail and offers a scenic bird’s eye view of the island especially on the later part of the trail. Stairs are only available up to the second or third station and the rest will be an uphill trek.

You don’t need to wait for a Holy Week to do this

8. Chillax at Santo Niño Cold Spring

The waters at Santo Niño Cold Spring is the perfect reliever of the summer’s heat. You may be reluctant at first but once you get used to its cold, you will eventually enjoy it. Think for best water game with your friends.

At Sto Niño Cold Spring

9. Get Pampered at Ardent Hot Spring

After the all-day tour, visit Ardent Hot Spring, which is open 24 hours, and vent out the superfluous. The water is specially pampering and relaxing. The management requires a minimal fee for an unlimited access to the pool area.

Ardent Hot Spring Relaxation

10. Get Amazed at Mantigue Island

A green backdrop, some coarse white sand, a vast corals beneath, and a blue sky – with all that, vacation is perfect at Mantigue Island. The island is 3.5 kilometers away from the nearest point (community) in Camiguin. You can access the island via Barangay San Roque through a 30-minute boat ride.

Mantigue Island (Photo Credits: ebtionko, on Flickr)