Camiguin is a wonderful paradise filled with an assortment of natural tourist spots that would bring hours of fun throughout your trip. You can make the most of each vacation to this beautiful island by exploring every nook and cranny, searching for that perfect spot for taking a stunning selfie or a fun-filled groupie.
Aside from its wonderful white sand beaches, unique attractions such as the Sunken Cemetery, and majestic volcanoes, Camiguin is also known for its beautiful springs and waterfalls. Some of these have already been developed as tourist spots to allow us all to enjoy these beautiful works of nature.
The more popular tourist destination in Camiguin Island, the White Island Sandbar, is situated just minutes away from Paras Beach Resort, via pumpboat. From Paras, one can actually see the view of the island, just an ordinary sandbar from afar, but such a picturesque scene when you are already in the island.
White Island Sandbar is always included in every traveler’s and tour company’s bucket list because of the serenity and calmness the island offers. Views of the sunrise and sunset are best captured in the White Island because of the addition of the Mt. Hibok-Hibok on the background; making one realize how rich The Philippines has been blessed with natural resources.
The waters are very clear – the first thought that came into my mind. The island is not quite big, and no solid structures are found, only umbrella hats and small tents, but it is very clean. To preserve the richness and freshness of the island, no structures were allowed to be built.
The focal point of Sto. Nino Cold Spring is one large pool filled with natural water from thespring. The refreshing waters are cold, around 20 °C so that this attraction is a favorite on hot summer days. Weekends, especially during peak season, can be very crowded – especially considering that this beautiful spot has very cheap entrance fees! Anyone would want to visit the spring.
The clear waters are so inviting – plus you actually get to swim with the fishes. If you have time, you can also enjoy an overnight stay there.
Nature has been very generous to Camiguin and its people, giving them a spring of soda so delicious that you’d wish you can take gallons of it back home with you. You can really sample the soda-flavored water from a small pool especially created for those brave enough to try a sip of the naturally flavored water.
Want to hear another good news? Entrance fees and cottage rentals are also quite cheap.
Cottage Rental: P50.00
One of the structures built in the 16th century and continues to amaze the tourist of its tough and sturdy built is the Guiob Church Ruins made from coral stones. It is specifically located in Barangay Bonbon, Catarman, Camiguin and is one of the highly respected ancient structure in the Philippines. It was damaged due to the volcanic eruption on May 13, 1871.
Guiob Church Ruins is maintained by the Local Government Unit of Camiguin. Locals continue to beautify the surroundings to preserve its image and make it more attractive to tourists. Trees and fences surrounding the historical spot have been built to make it more secured. Presently, a small chapel stands inside the Guiob Church Ruins which serves as the prayer area for locals who are living nearby. Masses are held on specific times.
On the back area of Guiob Church Ruins one can see the old bell tower, old convent and old tree which are already there during the time the church was not yet damaged by the eruption of Mount Vulcan. There is also a beautiful leisure area with wonderful bermuda grass and trees which provides shades to those who stay there.
The small and unspoiled island province of Camiguin in Northern Mindanao boasts white beaches, diving spots, mountain trekking, volcano tours and a few waterfalls. Camiguin is a paradise for both tourists looking for tranquility or thrill-seekers hungry for adventure. One of the spots the we highly recommend: the 250-meter tall Katibawasan Falls just 5 minutes from the island’s capital, Mambajao.
Touching down on the Sunken Cemetery gives about an overwhelming feeling of excitement and curiosity. This is somewhat a popular enchanted spot per local folklore. Being a location reminiscent of the deceased, it is no wonder that the sunken cemetery is dramatic to imagination.
The terrace and the cross are aged structure, and the reserved and mystifying air of the Sunken Cemetery only adds to its appeal especially for nature lovers. A Camiguin trip is not complete without experiencing the peculiar feeling of the place.
From a distance, one can see how lonely and solemn the place is. Entombed below the Cross are the lives lost to the history the people had been through, and place in itself already gave birth to the residents’ culture, history and tourism.
The stretch of the cross from the bottom of it doesn’t offer much of a view and safety measures but it suggests a few steps’ distance of seeing the island from another angle. It is, by the way, erected in 1980’s to mark the graveyard of ancient inhabitants, before it was sunken to the waters in the eruption of Mt. Vulcan Daan in 1871, as revealed by talking to the residents.
After taking pictures and breathing in some fresh air, tourists can go back to the shore via the same boat that took them to the cemetery.
If the timing permits, it is also captivating to take a view at the waters below where one can put his imagination at work. There live some fishes and reefs that share the same abode to the tombs of the Sunken Cemetery
When the sun dips low to the waters, loading off to the shore becomes an immediate task that needs to be done. The gates close in early nighttime as a practice of safety for the people going there.