Ever wanted to visit a magical place where you can just relax and have a great time without having to rub elbows with other tourists? Ever wanted to go on a vacation where you don’t have to spend most of your time in a rental car stuck in traffic?
This is your chance to make the most out of your vacation time.
Camiguin is an island situated in the Bohol Sea, from the northern coast of Mindanao. It is the one of the minutest islands in the Philippines, both in land area and population. (The tiniest is Batanes, which is located in the northernmost part of Luzon.)
Although it is a popular tourist destination, the island has managed to retain its majesty and pristine atmosphere, unlike some of the more popular tourist attractions in the country.
But don’t make the mistake of thinking that Camiguin has no beautiful aquatic destinations to offer visitors. On the contrary, the island has lots of those, both fresh and salt water attractions in fact. Want to take dip in hot or cold water? Camiguin has that as well, and then some.
Let’s get to the top 5 tourist destinations in Camiguin, shall we?
Top 5 Must-Visit Tourist Attractions in Camiguin Island
- White Island
Boracay is known for its white sand beaches. Well, Camiguin has a whole island made up of white sand, although it’s technically more of a sandbar rather than an actual island. But still, no tour to Camiguin would be complete without a short visit to the magnificent White Island.
- Mantigue Island
Located about 3.5 kilometers off the coast of the main island of Camiguin, Mantigue Island offers visitors a pristine greenery surrounded by a gleaming white sand beach and calm clear waters. This island is only about four hectares in size, just perfect for a nice relaxing time with family and friends. Mantigue Island also provides a perfect location for snorkeling and scuba diving.
- Ardent Hot Spring
The province of Camiguin is known as “The Island Born of Fire” as it is of volcanic origin. It has four stratovolcanoes; Mount Hibok-Hibok, Mount Timpoong, Mount Butay, and Mount Guinsiliban. And it is these volcanoes that give the island so much beauty and magnificence.
One of the great places born out of these volcanoes is the Ardent Hot Spring, located at the foot of Mount Hibok-Hibok. Here, you can enjoy a nice hot swim with friends and family and revel in amazement as you watch steam rising up from the water.
- Sto. Niño Cold Springs
Located in the town of Catarman, the Sto. Niño Cold Springs is another perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a nice relaxing dip. You can create plenty of wonderful memories here, so make sure to bring your water resistant cameras to capture every moment.
- Katibawasan and Tuasan Falls
Waterfalls are one of the most amazing sights in nature. The island of Camiguin has several. Two of these are Katibawasan Falls and Tuasan Falls. The former is located five kilometers southeast of the capital town Mambajao, while the latter is found just six kilometers northeast of Catarman.
Both of these falls are quite popular among locals and tourists, especially during summer when days are warmer. A short dip in the pool will certainly invigorate any weary traveler.
The Best Place to Stay in Camiguin
When you’re visiting Camiguin, the provincial capital town of Mambajao can serve as your headquarters, as it provides easy access to virtually every tourist attraction in the island. Mambajao is located on the northern portion of the island and is home to one of the most popular brand names in Northern Mindanao—VjANDEP.
VjANDEP is a family-owned business known throughout the Philippines for its pastel, a delicious pastry and popular pasalubong. Unbeknownst to some people, VjANDEP actually offers excellent board and lodging services, delicious home cooked meals, and souvenirs to guests and tourists of the island.
Ba’ay by VjANDEP is a hostel and a bed & breakfast that caters to backpackers and family tourists. The rooms are fully furnished, well-maintained, and reasonably priced.
Located just below the B&B is Samuel by VjANDEP, a restaurant where you can enjoy traditional Filipino home cooked meals, as well as delicious desserts.
And beside the restaurant is Gasa by VjANDEP, a pasalubong store where you can buy their popular pastel, as well as other delicious treats to bring home to your friends and loved ones.