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Camiguin, the Volcanic Island

April 26, 2013 Michelle Towns to visit

map of camiguin island

map of camiguin island

Thinking of big islands for your travel itinerary to the Philippines? Why not try the smaller island of Camiguin which offers bigger packages.

About

Camiguin is tagged as the Volcanic Island of the Philippines. As the volcano-land area ratio is the highest among the islands in the country. It has seven volcanoes which Mt. Tempong being the highest with a summit of 1,580 meters while Mt. Mambajao ranks the second at 1,420 meters. The most popular is the Mt. Hibok-Hibok which is third in the list.

The province has a very rich fertile soil and abundant natural springs which are believed attributed to the result of the volcanic eruptions. Apart from the volcanic rock found in the coastline, alternating black and white sand beaches creates the picturesque view of the island. If you look at Camiguin island map you will find that the island is pear-shaped.

Where to stay

If you are staying more than a day in Camiguin, hotel accommodation will never be a problem. But before completing your travel itinerary, check the top three hotels and resorts that will match your needs.

If you are into high end accommodation, Camiguin Highland Resort is the best to book your stay. Complete with different amenities including refrigerator, cabled TV set, air conditioner and intercom, you will find comfort in this hotel. Its interior is Mediterranean-inspired providing an elegant ambiance. Native-inspired design rooms with the high-end hotel amenities are offered at Paras Beach Resort. If you are travelling in large group, the beach resort has dormitory-type accommodations. But if you want the real Filipino accommodation, Bahay Bakasyunan is the perfect place to stay. The area is surrounded by native cottages with heated swimming pool and an outdoor restaurant and bar.

What to do in Camiguin Island

Your travel itinerary must begin by exploring its dive sites. Cabu-an Point, Jicdup Shoal, Burias Shoal and Old Volcano are among the dive sites that offers an underwater world with clear visibility where you will swim with different schools of tuna, jacks, barracudas and mackerel.

Camiguin Sunken Cemetery

Sunken Cemetery

More than the underwater sanctuary, the diving site Camiguin Sunken Cemetery offers another unique view. You will see in the water surface the large white cross of the cemetery while underneath it is the tombstone encrusted by corals.

The island has two hot springs such as the Ardent Hot Spring and Tangub Hot Spring as well as cold spring such as Macao Cold Spring and Sto. Niño Cold Spring. It also boasts the 70 meters Katibawasan Falls which is surrounded by trees, boulders, wild ferns and orchids. Tuasan Falls and Binangawan Falls are the other falls that you will also enjoy.

Several Camiguin islands to explore in your travel itinerary are the Mantigue Island and White Island.

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Manila to Camiguin by air

The only direct flight nearer to Camiguin is to the Cagayan de Oro airport. From there, you can take a cab which will bring you to the bus terminal at the Agora Market. Ride the bus bound to Balingoan because this will bring you to a ferry bound to Camiguin.

Manila to Camiguin by sea

If you want a longer trip, shipping lines bound to Cagayan de Oro City is also available. Just make sure that you are ready to take up to 36 hours of travel.

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