A common problem for summer is choosing where to go for a vacation. For many of us, choosing a place that’s not too commercialized—but still beautiful—is the perfect option. This is what Camiguin is all about.
We at Vjandep Bakeshop can’t be more proud to call this beautiful island our first home!
The Island Born of Fire
Located off Mindanao’s northern coast, in the Bohol Sea, Camiguin is known as the Island Born of Fire. It is surrounded by seven volcanoes and was formed by land movements and volcanic eruptions, like the one that happened in 1871, when Mt. Vulcan erupted.
Camiguin has a lot of natural wonders to offer. White sand beaches, cold and hot springs, a soda pool, and majestic waterfalls—these are just some of the reasons why the Department of Tourism has named the island as one of the country’s top tourist destinations. Additionally, Camiguin is one of the 10 favorite dive spots in the world.
But, this is not all that Camiguin has to offer. The whole island reverberates with simplicity. There are no big buses in the island. You can ride the motorela or multicab to wherever your destination is. You can walk in the streets at night without worrying about your safety.
Camiguin stands out because of these. And because its people are always ready to give you a welcoming smile.
How to Get to Camiguin
They say that the more beautiful a place is, the more difficult it is to get there. This is partly true for Camiguin because there are no ships or airplanes that can take you directly to the island. But, you can choose from two options to get there:
If you’re coming from Cagayan de Oro, you can take a bus at the Agora Bus Terminal to Balingoan Port. The Pabama Bus Company is a popular choice. It’s affordable, too, at less than PHP 150 only.
Once you reach Balingoan, hop on any of the barges that will take you to Benoni Port in Camiguin. Fare will be a little over PHP 100 and travel time is 1 ½ to 2 hours.
Your second option is to fly to Cebu where flights to Camiguin are available at Mactan International Airport. The tickets can quite pricey, though.
If you want an adventure like no other, go for the barge. It’s an experience you won’t forget!
Places to Visit
There are a lot of places to visit in Camiguin, so staying only a day or two won’t be enough. You can go around the island in one day and hire a multicab if you want to, though.
Here are the places you need to check out:
- Ardent Hot Spring – Four or five pools of lukewarm to hot spring water coming from the volcano.
- Katibawasan Falls – A 250-foot waterfall that goes all the way down to a rock pool surrounded by ferns and orchids. The water is refreshingly (sometimes freezing) cool.
- Mantigue Island – This is a marine sanctuary with some good corals and a white sand beach. A favorite destination for diving and snorkeling.
- White Island – This is a strip of white sand bar that is said to change shapes at certain times of the year. Located offshore, you’ll need to ride a motorized banca to reach it. One of the most popular destinations in the island. Go there just after the sun has risen.
- Other springs and waterfalls – The Sto. Niño Cold Spring, the Soda Pool, Binangawan Falls, and Tuwasan Falls.
- The Old Vulcan, where you trek uphill to experience the Stations of the Cross. A popular Holy Week destination for the Panaad sa Camiguin.
- The Sunken Cemetery – You’ll see the huge white cross from the road and some of the sunken tombs. A popular diving and snorkeling spot, the Sunken Cemetery was a result of the 1871 earthquake and volcanic eruption.
- The Cantaan Giant Clams Nursery – If you love marine life, especially clams, this is the best place to go. You can also swim in the white beach and see the giant clams up close.
- Old Catarman/Guiob Church Ruins – Perfect for those who love old structures. The church was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vulcan.
These are just some of the fun and exciting things to do when you explore the Island Born of Fire. You can do more than just swim at the beach or jump in cool pool waters. The moment you step foot in Camiguin, you’ll understand why it’s easy to say, “Come again to Camiguin!”