Top Tourist Spots in Camiguin [And How To Get There]

The Island Born of Fire, or most commonly known as Camiguin Island, will be the next destination you would want to go to in Mindanao. It offers a complete package of cultural and natural heritage. As the province establishes itself as the forefront must-go-to destination in Northern Mindanao, the tourist spots in Camiguin become more and more tourist friendly without losing its identity. As you plan your trip here, make sure to include these places on your schedule:

Top Tourist Spots in Camiguin
Top Tourist Spots in Camiguin

Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Camiguin

White Island

Who knew that even a long patch of sand can be so beautiful? Only a few minutes away from Mambajao, Camiguin, is White Island; a bare island that provides such a scenic sight of the sea, the sky while having the backdrop of Mt. Vulcan and Mt. Hibok. The blue water that surrounds it glistens as the sunlight hits the waves. [Check out our list of 5 Best Beach Resorts in Camiguin]

White Island, Camiguin
White Island, Camiguin

Mantigue Island

Like White Island, Mantigue Island is also breathtaking. But the difference is that it has a lot of mangroves on it. It adds color to the seemingly non-ending view of the sea and its turquoise colored waters. Snorkeling and scuba diving is a great activity to do here because of the various species of fish present.

Katibawasan Falls

Towering at a height of 250 feet, Katibawasan falls has clear water that drops to a beautiful and cool pool of water that is very inviting for a swim. The cool water is perfect for counteracting the hot weather. Around the pool are thriving lush ferns, orchids, and trees. The boulders around it also have a unique formation.

Katibawasan Falls
Katibawasan Falls | Photo by Yojrel under creative commons

Tuasan Falls

Another treasured tourist spot in Camiguin is the Tuasan Falls. It is also similar to Katibawasan, a good place to go to if you haven’t had your fill of seeing majestic waterfalls. The vegetation is also very rich, you’ll hear birds chirping here and the waters are gleaming coral which is why many say that Tuasan falls seems fairylike.

Tuasan Falls
Tuasan Falls

Mt. Hibok Hibok

If you feel like going on a hike, Mt. Hibok-Hibok has a spectacular summit. You get the view of White Island and even other provinces like Bohol. You will also see the crater of the volcano which has been surrounded by moss. It is quite a challenging climb; however, the sight isn’t one you should miss out on.

Mt. Hibok Hibok

Sunken Cemetery

Would you believe that one of the best diving spots you can go to in Mindanao is actually a cemetery, a sunken cemetery to be exact. By its name, this was a graveyard but due to the Mt. Vulcan eruption, the graveyard was wrecked and the remains of it ended up at sea. Underwater, you will see thriving corals and colorful fishes.

Sunken Cemetery
Sunken Cemetery

Gui-ob Church Ruins

Just because something is old does not mean it can’t be astonishing. The Gui-ob Church Ruins, a very famous tourist spot in Camiguin, brings a whole new meaning and look to medieval. The walls, structure, and buildings look old fashioned but it does have a certain charm to it. This is a great place for taking photos!

Gui-ob Church Ruins
Gui-ob Church Ruins

How to get to Camiguin?

Going to Camiguin is quite easy. The most convenient way to go to Camiguin Island is via Cebu as there is a direct daily via Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. The travel time is less than 30 minutes. 

If you want to travel by land from Cagayan de Oro City, you can take a Surigao-bound bus from CdO’s Agora Bus Terminal. The travel time from Agora Bus Terminal to Balingoan Port is around 2.5 to 3 hours. 

From Balingoan Port, you will need to take a ferry to Camiguin’s Benoni port. Travel time is only an hour.

Alternatively, you can also take a boat from Jagna, Bohol to Camiguin.

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