Camiguin features unspoiled beaches, waterfalls, hot and cold springs and picturesque mountains. It’s your perfect escape from the city since air is really fresh and there are no big buildings like malls and fast food chains. There are many things to do like snorkeling, hiking or trekking.
The locals are also friendly and they don’t overcharge nor scam their tourists. Their cooperation in maintaining the beauty and cleanliness of Camiguin is admirable. I’ve also seen several posts stating that Camiguin is rabies free.
Getting A Tour Package
It’s easier and more convenient to get a tour package since public transportation in Camiguin is quite hard. You can save more money from transportation if you get a tour package.
In our case, we booked with Pabualan Cottages. We’ve really saved a lot since the package also includes the accommodation. Cab, fuel, driver, boat for island hopping and all entrance fees are also already included in the package.
You can contact Pabualan Cottages on the below numbers:
The rooms are clean, well-maintained and have TV, air-conditioner and free WiFi. The staff is also accommodating and very helpful. Our driver and tour guide, Kuya Rodel, is always on time. If he says 5:00 AM, he’ll arrive at 4:45 AM.
After picking us up from the airport, we ate breakfast in a small eatery then went to our first destination.We wore clothes that dry easily since they’re more comfortable and so we don’t have to change clothes after every destination.
This is a spot where you can appreciate the view. You can stop here to take pictures and inhale some fresh air.
Walkway To The Old Volcano
The walkway has 1000 steps. We wanted to save energy for the other destinations so we didn’t continue climbing to the top.
The cemetery sank when Mt. Vulcan erupted in 1871. You can hire a boat for 100 Pesos to bring you to the cross. The niches are now covered in corals.
Old Church Ruins
This church was also destroyed by the eruption of of Mt. Vulcan.
Sto. Niño Cold Spring
The water here is really ice cold! The buko vendors put buko in the spring to keep them cool. The spring also has lots of small fish. It’s better to visit the place earlier since lots of tourists flock the place around lunch time.
Tuasan falls has cool and clear water. I love staring at the red stones underneath the clear water.
Soda Water Pool
It’s the only place in the country where you can swim in a soda pool.
Ardent Hot Spring
The hot spring has multi-level pools. The pool at the bottom is the warmest. It’s a nice place to relax but we were a bit disappointed since the water is not really warm. I’ve also heard several guests complain about it. One local told us it’s because they cemented the spring and only left several small holes for the hot water to flow. They also add cool water to the spring.
White Island Sandbar
The sandbar can be reached by riding a boat. It’s really amazing to find a white sandbar just a few minutes away from a black sand beach.
It’s best to visit the place early in the morning so you can catch the sunrise. The sandbar also offers a magnificent view of Mt. Hibok Hibok.
They don’t allow guests to take sand, shells or any sea creature whether dead or alive. They also make the tourists bring their trash with them. Cooking is also a big no no. There were guests who were prevented to bring fish since they were planning to grill it on the sandbar.
If you want to have breakfast in the island, you can bring food that’s already cooked. There are also boiled banana and eggs for sale.
We had a quick stop at the ostrich farm. Upon seeing us, the ostriches came to us because they thought we have food.
Mantigue Island is the best place in Camiguin for snorkeling. They have marine sanctuary where you can see lots of brightly colored fish. Too but I don’t have an underwater camera but I highly recommend this place to everyone.
There are seven species of clams in the sanctuary. Five are native to Camiguin and two are bought somewhere else. There’s an additional fee for snorkeling if you want to see the thousands of clams that they’re taking care of in the sea. The biggest clams are a meter long.
Zipline at Mahinog
We paid 250 per head for two rides.
Water is ice cold and might be cooler than Sto Niño Cold Spring. The lush greenery is beautiful and the view is awesome when floating in a lying position.