Camiguin may be known as the island born of fire, but for adventure-junkies, it’s the water-based attractions that make it special. This tiny island province hides numerous springs, waterfalls, unspoiled beaches and diving spots. So come on in, the water’s fine!
1. Bask in the sun on White Island’s beautiful sandbar
White Island is a stunningly scenic white sandbar located about 1.4 km off the northern shore of Mambajao that offers a peaceful spot for swimming and picnics. To get here, you can hire small boats from any of the beachfront resorts that face the island. The best time to enjoy the beach here is in the morning — there are no trees or shelter of any kind on the island, it can get very hot at noon and early afternoon.
2. Go snorkeling or diving in the Sunken Cemetery
Camiguin’s most famous landmark is the Sunken Cemetery, marked by a large cross in the sea. Most tourists are content to admire the cross from afar at the viewing deck or take a boat ride to the actual cross. For those who want a unique experience, you can also go snorkeling and diving to see the real cemetery which was driven underwater when Mt. Vulcan Daan erupted in the 1870s. According to locals, tombstones encrusted by corals beneath the cross can still be seen by snorkelers and divers.
3. Try stand-up paddleboarding at Mantigue Island Nature Park
Another top tourist draw in Camiguin is Mantigue Island Nature Park, a protected marine sanctuary with four hectares of evergreen forest fringed with white sandy beaches ideal for swimming and snorkeling. For a unique experience, rent a stand-up paddle board and paddle around the island’s pristine waters near the shores.
4. Soak in Ardent Hibok-Hibok Hot Spring
As a volcanic island, Camiguin has lots of volcanic springs — both hot and cold. One of the most popular is Ardent Hot Springs, which has several pools with fresh and hot sulfuric waters heated by Hibok-Hibok Volcano ranging from 33°C to 40°C. The water comes right out of the forest and gets mixed with colder water into the separate pools arranged in cascades.