Make Camiguin Island Your Top Pick for an Awesome Family Summer Vacation
Are you looking for a fun and exciting summer getaway? Maybe spend some quality time with your family and a few of your closest friends?
Summer is here once again and it’s time to dust off the old aqua shoes, ready that GoPro camera, and reserve a few gigabytes of storage space on your camera phone. Let’s create new memories and enjoy the beauty Mother Nature has to offer.
Summer is the time when people from all over the country—not to mention the eager foreigners arriving in droves—flock to the many popular tourist destinations the Philippines has to offer. One of the well-liked summer destinations that people just can’t get enough of is the beautiful island of Camiguin.
Why is Camiguin preferred by many international and local tourists? Why should you visit the island this summer?
Five Awesome Reasons Why Camiguin Should Be Your Summer Getaway for This Year
- The Breathtaking Volcanoes
There is a reason why Camiguin is referred to as the Island Born of Fire. Camiguin owes its existence to its volcanic origins. Its seven volcanoes are among the most popular tourist attractions in the island: Mt. Guinsiliban, Mt. Hibok-Hibok, Mt. Mambajao, Mt. Timpoong, Mt. Tres Marias, Mt. Uhay, and Mt. Vulcan. Of the seven volcanoes, Mt. Hibok-Hibok is the only one believed to be the most recently active.
Many tourists enjoy trekking around these locations and taking in the beauty and wonder these majestic volcanoes and the grand vistas have to offer.
- The Two Beautiful Islands of Camiguin (White Island and Mantigue Island)
The Philippines is sprinkled with a myriad of beautiful white sand beaches with crystal clear blue waters, and Camiguin is not without its share of these natural aquatic wonders. Camiguin has two island beaches: Mantigue Island and White Island, although the latter is technically a sandbar that changes its shape and size in relation to the tides.
Mantigue Island is located about 14 kilometers south of Mambajao, the town capital of Camiguin. White Island, on the other hand, can be accessed from Agoho, just a short five kilometers west of Mambajao.
- Ardent and Tangub Hot Springs
We have the volcanoes to thank for the abundance of natural hot springs in Camiguin. And among them are two popular tourist destinations that you should definitely include in your itinerary; Ardent Hot Springs in Catarman and Tangub Hot Spring, which is located just a short distance from another popular tourist attraction, the Sunken Cemetery.
Ardent Hot Springs is located at the foot of Mt. Hibok-Hibok, and is comprised of bubbling mineral pools and wisps of steam rising above the running waters. It’s a great place to recharge and rejuvenate your body after a day of exploration.
Tangub Hot Spring, on the other hand, is great for scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. This is the perfect spot for exploring the underwater wildlife and the Sunken Cemetery.
- The Amazing Waterfalls
The Island of Camiguin has two breathtaking waterfalls worth visiting; Katibawasan Falls and Tuasan Falls.
Katibawasan Falls is located just five kilometers southeast of Mambajao. It has a height of around 250 feet. A dip in the pool will rejuvenate any traveler looking for a nice refreshing swim, especially during the hot days of summer. This is why Katibawasan Falls is a popular destination for both the locals and visitors of the island.
Tuasan Falls, on the other hand, is situated about 6 kilometers northeast of Catarman. Access to the waterfalls has become fairly easy due to the recent development in the area. It’s the perfect place if you’re looking to spend some quality time with family and friends.
- The Famous Pasalubong Pastry
You might be asking yourself, since when has pastry become reason enough to visit any location, or an island for that matter?
Let me ask you this, didn’t you ever want to go to Hershey, Pennsylvania and visit the headquarters of one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world? It’s only the home of Hershey’s Chocolate World, right?
Well, Camiguin is the home of one of the most popular and widely recommended pasalubong (souvenir) in the country, the VjANDEP pastel. Pastel is a pastry with sweet custard filling that, many agree, is more delicious than any western chocolate bar.
If there’s anything you should bring home from your amazing trip, VjANDEP pasalubong in Camiguin should definitely be it.