Camiguin, Philippines is located in the northern tip of the southern island Mindanao. Unfortunately, this island has a bad name and reputation due to many Muslims that reside there. On the other hand, many will find this location as one of the most beautiful in the Philippines. There are lots of beautiful resorts, great food, and friendly people.
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Things to do and where to go in Camiguin
Camiguin is a popular tourist spot because they strive to be an eco-friendly place to visit. They try and preserve as much as they can of their tourist sites, natural habitats, and more. Additionally, you can visit some of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines that are not as filled with tourists compared to other parts of the Philippines like Bohol, Cebu, and Palawan.
Camiguin Tourist Spots
White Island Camiguin
Camiguin is known for its white island. The island is made up of white sand, however, when looking at it, it looks as if it is made of white coral. It is not very soft to walk in, but the view is breathless and the water is clear and refreshing. They even have people who sell food on the beach if you get hungry. Be sure to try some of the fresh sea urchins!
Hike Vulcan Volano and see the stations of the cross
You can easily get a great view of the entire island and the ocean as well. This an uphill hike where you can climb up and stop at each of the stations of the cross. The Philippines is a very religious country with Catholicism being the primary religion in the Philippines. Just don’t do what I did and hike this trail with flip flops on, I regretted it and broke my sandals by the end of it.
Ardent Hot Spring
When you end your day on the white island, this is a great place to relax and let go of all your worries. There used to be hot spring, however, because of the earthquake, there are only cold springs in this location. It is beautifully landscaped with manmade waterfalls and nets to prevent debris from above going into the clear drinkable water. This is very cheap to get in, only costing about 30 pesos which is less than a US dollar.
Katibawasan Falls or Tuasan Falls
This waterfall is beautiful, however, there are so many waterfalls in the Philippines that are breathtaking. If you have time, I would at least check out this waterfall. When I think of the Philippines, I think about all the beautiful waterfalls I will see across the country. There are so many natural waterfalls, oceans, and landscapes to experience in the Philippines. If you come here, you should at least visit one of these gorgeous waterfalls.
Sto Nino Cold Spring
Another place to relax in a cold spring in Camiguin is at the Sto Nino Cold Spring. What I love about these locations is the freshwater. If you are anything like me, you sometimes want to take a break from the salty seawater and just enjoy lounging around in freshwater. It helps me relax and not have to worry about my eyes burning. The good thing about many of these cold springs are they are usually covered and help prevent you from direct sunlight.
Giant Clam Sanctuary
One of the popular Camiguin tourist spots is to visit the Giant Clam Sanctuary. This sanctuary has a collection of over 2,500 which are located right in the ocean. If you decide to visit this area, please avoid wearing sunblock as it could damage these beautiful clams.
Lounge and Swim at Paras Beach Resort
One of Camiguin’s most popular resorts on the Island is the Paras Beach resort. There are many reasons for this from the great accommodation, beautifully designed pools areas, and more. It’s very kid-friendly and close to a lot of popular things within the Camiguin area. If you don’t go to Paras Beach resort you should at least relax at one of the many beach resorts or houses on the island.
Another island to hop from Camiguin is the popular Mantigue Island. This small island located about 3.5 kilometers from the main island. It’s a great place to relax, go snorkeling, and see some crystal clear blue and green waters. You can easily take a boat there in about 20 minutes time. When traveling in the Philippines, we have a tendency to pack a picnic, so be sure to pack your own meals and of course bring your trash with you to preserve these beautiful beaches.
Popular Camiguin Resorts | Where to stay in Camiguin Island
- Paras Beach Resort – This is probably one of the most popular resorts on the island. It’s popular mostly among locals because of its affordability, great location, and fun resort commodities like the pool. I enjoyed staying here my first visit to Camiguin Island. Book your stay here.
- Camiguin Highland Resort – Another resort that is popular is the Camiguin Highland Resort. It’s convenient, however, not my favorite or memorable place to stay in Camiguin. The rooms are spacious and great for large groups of people. Book your stay here.
- Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat & Dive Resort – If you want something more eco-friendly and with tours that provide eco-friendly accommodations, you can easily stay here. You can get a cottage or enjoy a room along the beach. Book your stay here.
- Balai sa Baibai Resort – If you want a honeymoon or just a gorgeous place to stay in Camiguin, I highly suggest you stay here. The facilities are absolutely gorgeous with a beautiful pool and a private beach. Book your stay here.
How to get around Camiguin Island
Trikes are a common form of transportation in the Philippines. Each area has slightly different. If you go to an area that has more hills, the trikes are more angled like a wheelie. Some are larger like this one and others just hold about two people inside (which they often squeeze in more people to make costs cheaper). If you want to travel like a local, be sure to take a Trike like this one or a Jeepney.
In order to get to the white island, you must take a ride in a Banka. There is no other way to get to this wonderful island. Banka rides are fun and enjoyable. There are people on the beach there who sell you the lifejackets, however, Bankas is considered one of the safest boats to travel in.
Hire a driver or rent a motorbike
You can easily hire a driver within the Philippines so if you are driving here from Cagayan de Oro or somewhere else, it will be best to hire a driver in one fo the bigger islands. You may need to pay for their accommodations as well.
If that isn’t something you are interested in doing, you can also hire a trike driver for the day as well or if you feel comfortable, you can rent your own motorbike to tour the island.
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