Camiguin Island

Camiguin Island is one of the premier tourist destinations in the world. The tropical island is famed for its naturally palm-fringed coast, powdery sugar-white sands, crystal clear azure waters coupled with stunning sunsets which are unmatched anywhere else in the world. This island is locally known as Mother Nature’s secret haven blessed with rich marine biodiversity, picturesque hills, rolling mountains, sprawling greens and lush tropical rainforest.

The province consists primarily of Camiguin Island, as well as a few other surrounding minor islets including White Island and Mantigue Island. Famous for its week-long Lanzones Festival, Sunken Cemetery, centuries-old Spanish Colonial and 20th century churches, hot springs, water falls and its four stratovolcanoes.

Camiguin is really a magnificent place that can delight your senses. If you have plans to visit Camiguin, then book your accommodation now and choose the best Camiguin beach resort. Once you are settled in your accommodations, do not ever miss to visit the following spectacular destinations.

White Island. This is an inhabited white sand island that has a picturesque view of the Mt. Hibok-hibok and Old Vulcan. This breathtaking and great island is ideal for swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling. This is also a perfect paradise where you can see the best sunrise and sunset view that you will not find in any other place.

Mt. Hibok- Hibok Volcano. This is the only active volcano among the 6 others that you can see on the island. If you are a mountain climbing enthusiast, then this volcano is just right for you. It will be a challenging experience because as you climb, the trek will require skillful maneuvers as there are a number of loose rocks and boulders. No matter how difficult the trek is, when you arrive at the peak of the mountain, you will be rewarded with a stunning view of the crater-like-lake and steam outlets. You will definitely be amazed with the scenery.

Scuba Diving Activities in Burias Shoal and Mantigue Island. Marine life is very abundant in all dive sites on Camiguin Island. Your scuba diving adventure on the island will be truly fun because you will see intricate lava formations, vibrant coral gardens, colorful reefs, amazing school of fish, shells and other sea creatures. Moreover, there are island beach resorts in Camiguin that offer scuba diving lessons and adventures if you are interested in diving and see all the beautiful marine life.

Sunken Cemetery. This is one of the spots that Camiguin Island is popularly known of. The cemetery collapsed and sank under the sea during a volcanic eruption that happened years ago. The only thing that you can see during high tide is the big cross, if it is low tide, you can see the beautiful formation of corals, marine life and the few remains of the cemetery.

Visit Camiguin Island and discover the beauty of the island. There are an excellent Camiguin Island resort that offers great accommodation and many great experiences that will surely make your Camiguin tour unforgettable.

Mt. Hibok-Hibok

In the volcanic island of Camiguin in Northern Mindanao stands its most famous volcano, Mt. Hibok-Hibok. Not many people know that Camiguin is a literally a hot plate with no less than seven volcanoes in the small island. Mt. Timpoong, at 1450 MASL is actually higher than Hibok-Hibok, but the latter has risen to fame because of its explosive history. Five eruptions have been recorded since the 1827. The latest, in the early 1950s, killed 600 people.

Mt. Hibok-Hibok is a popular hiking destination in Camiguin island. A permit from the DENR office in Mambajao is required. It normally takes 3–5 hours to reach the summit; the usual jump-off is Ardent Hot Springs in Mambajao. Views from the summit include the nearby White Island, Bohol to the north, Eastern Mindanao to the east and the island of Siquijor to the west. The mossy crater of Camiguin’s past eruption can also be seen.

Climbing Hibok-Hibok is quite challenging for a daytrip. It takes 3-4 hours to reach the peak depending on your pace. The altitude gain is quite rapid and sun cover is minimal.Yet the views are unique and spectacular. At the peak, on a clear day, you can see the mossy crater of the volcano. To your north is Bohol, and you can even see Surigao at the east, and Siquijor on the opposite side. Flanking the island of Camiguin is White island, which truly looks white from atop the mountain. Even more unique to Hibok-Hibok is the blade-sharp rocks at the peak area. The pitcher plants that grow on these rocks make the landscape a little bit eerie. All these elements make Hibok-Hibok a must-stop for hikers who are visiting Camiguin.

Volcanologists classify Hibok-Hibok as a stratovolcano and dome complex with an elevation of 1,332 metres (4,370 ft) and a base diameter of 10 kilometres (6.2 mi). It has six hot springs (Ardent Spring, Tangob, Bugong, Tagdo, Naasag and Kiyab), three craters (Kanangkaan Crater, site of the 1948 eruption; Itum Crater, site of 1949 eruption, and Ilihan Crater, site of 1950 eruption). Its adjacent volcanic edifices are Mt. Vulcan, 580 metres (1,900 ft) high, NW of Hibok-Hibok; Mt. Mambajao, 1,552 metres (5,092 ft) center of Camiguin; Mt. Guinsiliban 581 metres (1,906 ft) high, southernmost Camiguin; Mt. Butay 679 metres (2,228 ft); and Mt. Uhay, N of Mount Ginsiliban. There are also domes and cones at Campana Hill, Minokol Hill, Tres Marias Hill, Mt. Carling, Mt. Tibane, and Piyakong Hill.

Today, although Hibok-Hibok remains an active volcano, it has no signs of activity. In fact, the only signs of volcanism are the hot springs that count among Camiguin’s tourist destinations. One of them, Ardent Hot Springs, is actually the jump-off point for a Hibok-Hibok climb. A rewarding dip at the 37 C pools is a great post-climb treat.