“An Ancestral Homecoming”

          
   Camiguin is the second smallest island of the Philippines in both area and population. It is just 23 kilometers at its longest and just a bit more than 14 kilometers at its widest. Within this small area lie seven volcanoes. Lovely little Camiguin is the island “born of fire.”Much of the island was formed through earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In the late 1800s, for example, the eruption of Mt. Vulcan submerged the old town of Catarman – pushing it below the sea, leaving behind the ruins of a church and its bell tower.

Many come to this island for diving. But it’s the volcanoes, the therapeutic volcanic black sand and the white-sand beaches that tourists are crazy about. Lonely Planet say’s drop it down next to Hawaii and it wouldn’t look out of place.


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GETTING THERE
By Air
Take a flight to Cagayan de Oro city from from Manila, Ilo-ilo or Cebu.
From CDO, take a bus from Agora Bus Terminal going to Balingoan. Then take a barge or ferry to Camiguin island.

By Sea
Take passenger ferries to Cagayan de Oro city from from Manila, Ilo-ilo or Cebu.
From CDO, take a bus from Agora Bus Terminal going to Balingoan. Then take a barge or ferry to Camiguin island.

 

GETTING AROUND
Ask your hotel/hostel for information about renting motorcycles. Expect an informal process. Usually 300-500pesos/day. There are several gas stations around the island, along the main road.  Take a jeepney around the island. A jeepney within Mambahao, from your hotel to town, costs 8-10P.
RENT multicab to tour around the island. The mulitcab from Mambajao town to Benoni Pier costs 25P.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

  • Quinamiguin
  • Cebuano
  • Bisaya
  • Tagalog
  • English

 

MUST SEES!

  • Catarman Church Ruins
  • Cross Marker and Sunken Cemetery
  • Katibawasan Falls
  • Ardent Hot Spring Resort
  • Mount Hibok-Hibok
  • White Island
  • Old Vulcan

LET’S GO TRY

  • Lanzones
  • Pastel
  • Kiping

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Choose between the two sides of Mantigue Island for swimming or diving. 
  • Choose between the 40-degree waters of Ardent Hot Spring and the 20-degree waters of Santo Niño Cold Springs. 
  • You can see what’s left of the old town (Catarman) above ground, or go on a spooky dive expedition to the Sunken Cemetery.

 

LET’S GO TO FESTIVAL & EVENTS

  • Lanzones Festval (held every 3rd week of October-a two day grand festival of agri-cottage industry product exhibits, barangay beautification, indigenous sports, tableau of local culture, grand parade of the golden fruit found prolific and extra sweet in the entire province.)
  • San Juan Hibok-Hibok (held every June 24-it is annually held to honor St. John the Baptist.)

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • Camiguin province holds the distinction of having the most number of volcanoes per square kilometer than any other island on earth. It is also the only place in the Philippines which has more volcanoes (7) than towns (5).
  • The first major settlement of Camiguin during the Spanish era was Catarman in 1679. 
  • The name “Camiguin “ is derived from the word “Kamagong,” the name of a tree in the ebony family. Original inhabitants of the island were the Manobos from Surigao.

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT
Camiguin is largely spared from typhoons that continually plague the northern part of the Philippines during the wet season. With mostly great year-round weather, probably the best time to visit Camiguin, like any Camiguin local would tell, you is during their yearly Lanzones Festival usually around the third week of October. If you want to skip the rush of tourists however, any day of the year is perfect to visit (it goes without saying that in the Easter Season as well as summer breaks, hordes of tourists come to visit this lovely island).

 

 


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