Camiguin, an island-province in Northern Mindanao, was once an obscure location but now is among the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. With so many Instagrammable Camiguin tourist spots, the Island Born of Fire becomes an Island on Fire.
From the pristine Camiguin Island tourist spots and jaw-dropping waterfalls to glorious underwater world and historic structures from the Spanish colonial era, Camiguin definitely makes up the ultimate feed goal that every ‘grammer aims for!
Top 15 Camiguin Tourist Spots
Don’t miss out these amazing places in Camiguin for a fun-filled trip:
- White Island Camiguin – Considered as the province’s crown jewel
- Mantigue Island Nature Park – It is a protected marine sanctuary with four hectares of evergreen forest surrounded with white sandy beaches is ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
- Sunken Cemetery – Sunken Cemetery was formed in the 1870s when a Camiguin volcano, Mt. Vulcan erupted causing the cemetery, the capital city and old town of Catarman, to sink.
- Tuasan Falls – This 82 feet high rapid waterfall entails a very scenic hike passing through the quaint Barrio Mainit.
- Katibawasan Falls – It is a beautiful waterfall that feeds a clear rock pool surrounded by orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders.
- Guiob Church Ruins – It is one of the key structures from the Spanish colonial era and among the historic places to visit in Camiguin
- Burias Shoal – It is sprawled across slopes and steep walls where large schools of colorful fish swim all day.
- Sto. Niño Cold Spring – It is a natural cold spring that flows down from Mt. Mambajao, and is filtered by layers of minerals from the mountain, so expect a naturally clean water.
- Soda Water Swimming Pool – According to locals, the water there tastes like soda.
- Mt. Hibok-Hibok – An active stratovolcano in Camiguin that has a summit covered with loose ejecta and four small craters are nearby.
- Ardent Hot Spring – It has numerous pools with fresh and hot sulfuric waters heated by Hibok-Hibok Volcano.
- Camiguin Aviation – This place lets you ride (or co-pilot) at the aerial acrobatics aboard a single-engine Super Decathlon 8KCAB plane.
- Taguines Lagoon – This man-made lagoon was created primarily for fish breeding purposes.
- Treasures Camiguin – An ancestral home-turned shop and gallery that features handmade and bespoke silver and sea glass jewelry and a range of other sea glass inspired products.
- Tungatok Viewdeck – Here you can take pictures of the undisturbed panoramic view of Catarman.
We’ve listed 15 of the most beautiful Camiguin tourist spots you should not miss!
1. White Island Camiguin
Considered as the province’s crown jewel, White Island is one of the most beautiful Camiguin Island tourist spots. The immaculate White Island Camiguin is actually not an island but a sandbar. This most photographed destination in Camiguin is ideal for lazing under the sun or snorkeling in the crystalline azure water.
2. Mantigue Island Nature Park
Another top tourist attraction in Camiguin is Mantigue Island Nature Park. It is a protected marine sanctuary with four hectares of evergreen forest surrounded with white sandy beaches is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. There is a fishing village located on the northern side of the island, while a white sand beach with powdery coral sand and corals offshore on the other. You can rent a paddleboard to explore its pristine waters. Make sure to include this to your list of Camiguin Island tourist spots.
3. Sunken Cemetery
Located in the town of Catarman, Sunken Cemetery marked by a huge concrete cross serves as a commemorative marker for those who lost their lives; and the Walkway to the Old Volcano (Vulcan Daan), a stone staircase with 15 Stations of the Cross.
Sunken Cemetery was formed in the 1870s when a Camiguin volcano, Mt. Vulcan erupted causing the cemetery, the capital city and old town of Catarman, to sink. If you’re looking for a unique Camiguin tourist destination, don’t miss the Sunken Cemetery.
4. Tuasan Falls
Tucked in the midst of an unspoiled jungle, near the Sto. Niño Cold Spring Resort, you can also visit Tuasan Falls, the most popular waterfall Camiguin tourist destination.
As you trek, you’ll see a bed of big boulders and small rocks that you’d have to climb and hobble over to reach the waterfall basin. This 82 feet high rapid waterfall entails a very scenic hike passing through the quaint Barrio Mainit. If you want to make your Camiguin tour fun, don’t miss the Tuasan Falls.
5. Katibawasan Falls
Standing at 250 feet, Katibawasan Falls is a beautiful waterfall that feeds a clear rock pool surrounded by orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders. Its cold water is perfect for a quick dip after a tiring trip.
6. Guiob Church Ruins
Guiob Church Ruins is one of the key structures from the Spanish colonial era and among the historic places to visit in Camiguin. Its moss-covered walls are the only ones left from the church structure that survived the Mt. Vulcan eruption in 1871. The base of the old bell tower and portions of the convent still stand today, making the church complex a popular destination.
7. Burias Shoal
Considered as one of the top Camiguin tourist attractions and among the best diving sites in the world, Burias Shoal is a natural reef paradise. Unlike others that have only one flatbed of coral on the bottom of the ocean floor, Burias Shoal is sprawled across slopes and steep walls where large schools of colorful fish swim all day. You can also see a variety of colorful corals from black and white to red and yellow.
8. Sto. Niño Cold Spring
While Camiguin has a number of hot springs on the east side, there are also cold springs on the other side of the island. Located in the town of Sagay, Sto. Niño Cold Spring is a natural cold spring that flows down from Mt. Mambajao, and is filtered by layers of minerals from the mountain, so expect a naturally clean water. The main pool’s depth ranges from four to eight feet, while a smaller pool beside it is ideal for kids.
9. Soda Water Swimming Pool
The Soda Water Swimming Pool in Camiguin is said to be the first of its kind in the Philippines. It is one of the most popular Camiguin tourist attractions because of its unique feature. According to locals, the water there tastes like soda, hence the name. Yes, the water is not just for swimming but also for drinking, just look for the areas where you can get drinkable water.
10. Mt. Hibok-Hibok
If you already read our previous article about Camiguin, you’d know that the province was said to be formed because of the series of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Actually, volcanoes outnumbered the towns in Camiguin. And one of these is Mt. Hibok-Hibok.
Also known as Catarman Volcano, Mt. Hibok-Hibok is an active stratovolcano in Camiguin that has a summit covered with loose ejecta and four small craters are nearby. Hiking Mt. Hibok-Hibok is quite a challenge but perfect for those seeking an adventure. Reaching the peak takes about 3 to 4 hours depending on your pace.
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11. Ardent Hot Spring
As a volcanic island, there are several hot and cold spring places to visit in Camiguin. One of the most popular is the Ardent Hot Springs that has numerous pools with fresh and hot sulfuric waters heated by Hibok-Hibok Volcano. The 33°C to 40°C water comes right out of the forest and gets mixed with colder water into the separate pools arranged in cascades.
12. Camiguin Aviation
Take your adventure to a new height, quite literally, at the Camiguin Aviation where you can ride (or co-pilot) at the aerial acrobatics aboard a single-engine Super Decathlon 8KCAB plane. You’ll get to see up close and personal the mouth of the Camiguin volcano, aerial views of offshore islands, and uncharted jungles. If you want to have an adventure of a lifetime, make sure to include Camiguin Aviation in your tour itinerary as it is one of the top Camiguin tourist spots.
13. Taguines Lagoon
Taguines Lagoon Aquasports and Recreational Facility, located in the town of Mahinog, is an artificial inland lagoon. This man-made lagoon was created primarily for fish breeding purposes but is now one of the most-visited Camiguin tourist spots because of its recreational activities perfect for family or friends. What makes visiting Taguines Lagoon more fun is the wide variety of sports activities you can try such as ziplining, kayaking, boating, paddleboarding, and more!
14. Treasures Camiguin
Treasures Camiguin is an ancestral home-turned curio shop and gallery that features handmade and bespoke silver and sea glass jewelry and a range of other sea glass inspired products. They also have woven and recycled items like bags and mats. Treasures Camiguin is one of the places to visit in Camiguin to buy pasalubong.
15. Tungatok Viewdeck
Tungatok Viewdeck usually doesn’t make it to some Camiguin tourist spots blogs as this is just usually a stopover. Here you can take pictures of the undisturbed panoramic view of Catarman. There is no entrance fee here so if you’re on a budget, might as well include this in your itinerary to make the most of your Camiguin vacation.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Camiguin Tourist Spots
Q: What is Camiguin known for?
A: Camiguin is known as the “island born of fire” because of its volcanic eruptions that shaped the province. In fact, the number of volcanoes in Camiguin, at seven, exceeds the number of its towns. It is known for its pristine and peaceful beaches.
Q: What outdoor activities are famous in Camiguin?
A: Here are some of the most fun activities that every traveler must experience in Camiguin:
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Beach bumming
- Celebrate with the locals during the Lanzones Festival
- Eat Kiping
- Take a sightseeing tour via helicopter
Q: Where is Camiguin in the Philippines?
A: Camiguin is a small island province in the Philippines located in the Bohol Sea, about 10 kilometers off the northern coast of Mindanao.
Q: How to get to Camiguin?
A: As of writing, there is no direct flight from Manila to Camiguin. Cagayan de Oro City is the gateway to Camiguin. What you can do is book a flight from Manila to CDO. From CDO to Camiguin, the travel time is approximately over two hours including the land and sea travel.
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