The Beautiful Island of Camiguin, Philippines

One of the top 25 tourist attractions of the Philippines, Camiguin Island is a ‘natural paradise’, one of the few in the country and perhaps, in Southeast Asia.

Nowhere in my country can you find a single island with so many natural attractions and sights than Camiguin Island. Located in Northern Mindanao (the third island in the Philippines), Camiguin is also called the ‘Land of Fire’. The name came from the fact that there are seven volcanoes within the island itself, and the volcanic eruptions and movements in the past had caused the topography of the island to be what it is today.

Going to the island is an adventure all by itself. From Manila, one will have to take a plane to Cagayan de Oro City or Butuan City. Then it will be a 2-hour (by car) to 2.5-hour (by bus) ride from the airport (both cities are almost of equal distance from the island) to the port of Balingoan, where a ferry is waiting to take passengers to Camiguin Island. These ferries leave the port of Balingoan every hour from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Delicious lanzones (http://www.marketmanila.com/images/alanz1.JPG)
Delicious lanzones (http://www.marketmanila.com/images/alanz1.JPG)

Some Facts About Camiguin Island

Before I go on to the various attractions of this island, here are just some facts about CamiguinIsland:

  • Camiguin Island’s capital is Mambajao.
  • It is the second to the smallest province in the Philippines (both in terms of population and land area). Its land area is only 238 square kilometers.
  • As mentioned above, it has seven major volcanoes (major because, other than these seven, there are also several volcanic domes). The most most famous is Mt. Hibok-Hibok, which is considered active. The last eruption of this volcano was in 1953.
  • Its most popular product is the lanzones fruit and October is the month when we can find this fruit in abundance.
  • Major languages in this island include Cebuano and Hiligaynon. The native language spoken in this island is called Kinamiguin. English is also a language spoken widely in the island, so foreign tourists will not have any trouble communicating with the locals during their visit.

Volcanoes / Waterfalls

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Mt. Hibok-Hibok (http://www.camperspoint.com/IMG/jpg/camiguin_mt._hibokhibok_small.jpg)Old VulcanMt. IlihanKatibawasan FallsTuasan Falls
Mt. Hibok-Hibok (http://www.camperspoint.com/IMG/jpg/camiguin_mt._hibokhibok_small.jpg)
Mt. Hibok-Hibok (http://www.camperspoint.com/IMG/jpg/camiguin_mt._hibokhibok_small.jpg)
Old Vulcan
Old Vulcan
Mt. Ilihan
Mt. Ilihan
Katibawasan Falls
Katibawasan Falls
Tuasan Falls
Tuasan Falls

Hot / Cold Spring

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Ardent Hot SpringTangub Hot SpringMacao Cold SpringSto Nino Cold Spring
Ardent Hot Spring
Ardent Hot Spring
Tangub Hot Spring
Tangub Hot Spring
Macao Cold Spring
Macao Cold Spring
Sto Nino Cold Spring
Sto Nino Cold Spring

Tourist Attractions

Despite the fact that it is only less than 250 square kilometers, Camiguin Island packs quite a punch in terms of tourist attractions. Here are just some of these tourist attractions for you to appreciate:

The Volcanoes

No trip to Camiguin Island is complete without seeing up close and personal its famous volcanoes. The most famous of them all is Mt. Hibok-Hibok. This volcano is notorious for its landscape-changing eruptions. A volcano 1,250 meters high above the sea level, this is a professional climber’s dream as far as its challenges and barriers are concerned. But it will be well worth it because once you reach the top, you will see the entire island plus the nearby Bohol Province in their entire beauty.

There is also the Old Volcano, which drops off into the sea. It has a sheer drop off of 80 meters! Another famous volcano is Mt. Ilihan. If you want to climb this volcano, be prepared for a 3-hour uphill climb. Once you reach the top, you will see the green ridge of mountains. You can even set up camp at the pinnacle and rest peacefully after the climb.

The Waterfalls

There are a few actually. There’s the Katibawasan Falls, which is described as a ‘beautiful, clear stream of water cascading 70 meters into a rock pool surrounded by ground orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders’ (see source below). Then there’s also the Tuasan Falls. To get to these falls, you will have to take a very scenic hike until you reach the falls. With its deep and clear pool and an unspoiled natural scenery, this site is perfect for a quiet and relaxing picnic. The third is the Binangawan Falls, where there are several miniature and gigantic waterfalls gushing through granite rocks and converging in one main pool.

The Hot / Cold Springs

There are also several springs in Camiguin Island. One of these is the Ardent Hot Spring. This is known as a hot spa and its source is Mt. Hibok-Hibok. Due to its heat, swimmers are advised not to stay for more than 20 minutes! Then there’s also Tangub Hot Spring. This is actually a volcanic hot spring located below a sea belt. It is undeveloped and is formed by a pool of sea stones and corals. Scuba divers are also welcome to scuba dive in this area.

For the cold springs, Camiguin Island has the Macao Cold Spring. With its crystal blue, cold water, this pool is surrounded by trees, some of which are more than a century old already! There is also the Sto. Nino Cold Spring. This pool measures 25 m. x 40 m. and cold spring water actually sprouts from the sandy bottom.

The White Cross over the Sunken Cemetery (http://www.lakwatsero.com/2008/03/29/camiguin-island/)
The White Cross over the Sunken Cemetery (http://www.lakwatsero.com/2008/03/29/camiguin-island/)
White Island
White Island
Lanzones Festival (http://www.photo.net.ph/albums/userpics/10001/masskara-photos.jpg)
Lanzones Festival (http://www.photo.net.ph/albums/userpics/10001/masskara-photos.jpg)

Ruins, Sunken Cemeteries, Etc.

The churches, cemeteries and other edifice ruined by previous volcanic eruptions are now known tourist attractions. There’s the Catarman Church Ruins, which are composed of the adobe walls, the belfry and the convent. The church was destroyed in an 1871 earthquake and volcanic eruption.

Another tourist attraction is the Sunken Cemetery. The cemetery sank during the 1871 eruption. A large white cross marks the spot and this place is ideal for snorkeling and diving.

Speaking of diving, there are a lot of dive spots in this beautiful island (4 to 5 dive spots, if I’m not mistaken). Camiguin Island also boasts of a lot of beaches, plus the White Island, which is a white uninhabited sandbar located just 10 minutes away from the capital.

Last but not the least, don’t forget to go there when the people of Camiguin Island hold their festivals. The most popular is the Lanzones Festival, which is usually held during the 3rd week of October. This is a 2-day festival celebrating the abundant harvest of sweet, delicious lanzones. Then there’s the San Juan Hibok-Hibok held on June 24 of every year. This is in honor of St. John the Baptist. Lastly, there’s the Panaad, which is the annual trek around the island in observance of the Holy Week. During this time, thousands of visitors flock to Camiguin Island to observe the Lenten Season.

That's it. Hope you enjoy this hub. Thank you very much for reading it.

Note from the Author: Except for those specifically mentioned, the pictures in this hubs were taken from Camiguin Islands' various sites as cited below.

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harrisdy 7 years ago from New York

nice...


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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

Hello, emievil, this is a great hub and nothing but a paradise. Thank you for writing and sharing.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks harris and Hello for visiting my hub.


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lancelonie 7 years ago

Great! I'd love to visit the place soon! :)


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IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

Great info! I'm looking forward to visiting the place when i visit the Philippines.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I loved this hub, Emie! I see myself there already, soaking in the rays and snapping pictures like a madman! Thanks so much for sharing this one.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks lancelonie. You are always welcome to come over here.

IslandVoice, thanks. Are you planning to visit the Philippines soon?

Dohn, thanks. I don't see you as a madman photographer - tourist :). But you're welcome to visit anytime. :)


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GoldiString 7 years ago

howdi Ms. DOT. ha! Awesome, i felt like i have been there already. Wish i visited Camiguin during my trip to CDO. Well it was a business trip not a pleasure trip. Thanks for this and the pics and links.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

LOL, hope the DOT appreciates our efforts of promoting the country for free! Thanks for the comment and the visit. :)


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IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

I'll be spending the holidays in Manila. Where are you located?


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

I'm in Mindanao. Supposed to spend the holidays also in Manila but have to cancel for financial reasons :(


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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

oh emie, this is very nice....You are doing a good job of promoting bits and pieces of our country. I will write the DOT to give you an award, am just being honest here. Padayon and and am proud of you!


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks prettydarkhorse. I'm actually learning more about our country the more I write about it. I'll make padayon, with or without the DOT :).


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shamelabboush 7 years ago

All the Phils is amazing and this island looks even greater! Thanks emievil... Long live Philippines :)


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks Shamel for the wonderful words. You're always welcome to come over here anytime :)


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

Hi Emie,

Camiguin is one place that is on my "to visit" list. I'm visiting one of these days! Thank you for this great hub!


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IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

I have a niece who lives in Davao. She too, will be in Manila for the holidays. I know flights are very expensive there. Best to you!


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

You're welcome jill. Enjoy your visit!

Thanks IslandVoice. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends!


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Tien Nam 7 years ago

Hi Emievil! Your hub is very nice.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks Tien Nam.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

You know if I had more money I really would see more of these types of places. Perhaps someday I can go there. All I can say is truly beautiful, and I definitely enjoy a tropical setting more than a snowy location. I grew up in the mountains and I think snow is pretty, but I have never been one of those people that wanted to live up north and shovel snow all day. Actually, I truly want to live in Hawaii if I get a chance lol.


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keira7 7 years ago

I think that will be my next destination actually:) love it, thanks Emievil. See you soon my friend:)


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi SweetiePie, Hawaii sounds beautiful. I think that's why there are lots of Filipinos in California, it is one of the few places there that have almost no snow and the weather is just right for us. Come over here anytime, I'll make sure to welcome you during your visit. :)

Hey keira, that's great to know! Drop me a note okay?


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Emievil,

Okay I played the lottery today and if I win I would definitely love to visit you in your pretty country :). Yes California is one of the best states here in the US because we have a diversity of climates, and a larger land mass than the other states, besides Texas and Alaska. I have met quite a few nice Filipino people when I went to college, and my sister used to work with a really nice woman from the Philippines.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hey good luck with the lottery :). Thanks for your compliments for my countrymen (and women).


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

This is very interesting, well written, with excellent photographs. Thank you for illuminating my mind about this wonderful place.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

You're welcome James. Thanks for visiting and reading my hub.


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Enjoyed this immensely! Looks like Camiguin is a paradise for hikers, beach lovers, scuba divers, etc. The photos and videos added much to your excellent writing. Thanks!


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GeneralHowitzer 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Great Hub I will get your concept here in making a hub about my province and I am reserving it hehehe joke... Great job emie... BTW I have an email for you feel free to see it iif you have time...


apugan 6 years ago

thanks for patronizing camiguin island as one of the beautiful place to visit


karen 6 years ago

how beautiful is ur place;;i like it....


melissa 6 years ago

wow! Camiguin is beautiful hope i can visit it someday. :) please try to visit more place... and it is in my project to look for places.. and this website gave me some ideas..thanks.. :)


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GGtimeshares 6 years ago from Torrance, CA

This place is very beautiful. Thank you for sharing.


monbles 6 years ago

love it !!


neilyamit 5 years ago

Wow. It's great to read an article about my home Island.

And to add to your list: Camiguin is home to four endemic species.

http://www.camiguinguide.com/blog/endemic-species-...


Cagayan de Oro news 5 years ago

Nice info about Camiguin. Love it! http://www.cdokay.com/


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

You said it right emievil. Camiguin is really a beautiful place to visit. I have been there twice and I am planning to visit the place for the third time. Have you been there in the most beautiful treehouse in Camiguin? It´s great!


Voldemort 5 years ago

nice report


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Prisana 5 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

It was so wonderful "revisiting" Camiquin again via your beautiful hub! I was last there in the mid 1990s and have always wanted to return. Bravo on an excellent hub! Extremely well constructed and conceived with great pictures and information. A truly wonderful resource.


Ryan 5 years ago

camiguin full of history :-)...one of the place that i can never forget


whelienz gancena 4 years ago

nice place


Mittu 4 years ago

Great...its called heaven of earth....very nice nd natueal beauty is there.....bes...i like this place nd hope visit here once in my life...thanks for showing this beauty....


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paansabri 4 years ago from kuala lumpur

i will visit this island whenever im on vacation to Philippines. i cant wait.


gain 4 years ago

im glad to visit this little paradise of camiguin to see the wonder and beauty

together with my special someone,on the month of october...


freespiritedvixen 2 years ago

Hi, I would like to share our enjoyable experience in Camiguin at http://freespiritedvixen.blogspot.com/2014/06/cami...

We visited the ffg tourist spots during our first day:

1. Mt Vulcan

2. Walkway to the Old Volcano Choir

3. Cross Marker and Sunken Cemetery

4. Old Catarman Church Ruins '

5. Bura Soda Water Pool

6. Sto Nino Cold Spring

7. Tangub Hot Spring

8. Katibawasan Falls

9. Ardent Hot Spring

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