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Camiguin Travel Guide 2023 – EVERYTHING You Need to Know Before Visiting!
by Manoling Martinez
January 27, 2023
Time is slow in Camiguin.
In a world full of high-rise buildings, bullet trains, and flocks of people rushing from point A to point B – without taking so much as a millisecond to stop and consider what’s around them – Camiguin is the place to escape to it all.
A tropical paradise still untouched by overdevelopment, Camiguin has to be one of my FAVORITE provinces in the country.
And in my Camiguin Travel Guide, I’ll show you the best ways to enjoy the Land Born of Fire.
I’ll go over things like:
- What you need to understand about Camiguin
- How to Get There (including travel requirements)
- A travel map
- Where to stay
- Sample Itineraries (including my not-so-ideal use of time when I was there!)
And a lot more!
Camiguin Travel Facts (Understanding Camiguin)
Here are some of the things that make Camiguin unique!
- Camiguin is a Volcanic Island
Did you know that Camiguin has more volcanoes than towns?
That’s where the name “The Land Born of Fire” came from!
Aside from the fun facts though, this means two things for the traveler:
- You won’t find a lot of white sand beaches on Camiguin Island
- The island is BURSTING with beautiful nature
The beaches of Camiguin are mostly rocky.
And that’s also why two of its most famous tourist spots are islands off the coast of Camiguin – White Island and Mantigue Island .
Both of these islands have powdery white sand.
But what you will find on the mainland is lush vegetation ALL over the place.
They did a great job of building good roads throughout the island, but everywhere you go you’ll still be surrounded by green!
- Camiguin Isn’t Overdeveloped Yet (Hopefully Never!)
You see, there are places like Boracay which are very beautiful – but PACKED with tourists and infrastructure.
Then there are places like, say, Sulu, which are mostly untouched – but also very difficult to get to and potentially dangerous.
Then there’s Camiguin.
The perfect balance between being accommodating enough for tourists, but not so much that it loses its natural charm.
There is a town, there is a mall, there are atms, and there is decent public transportation.
But this mall also closes before sundown, the public transportation is scarce at nighttime, and the town goes to sleep early (there’s very little nightlife here!) .
That’s what makes Camiguin so unique in my books.
- Time is Slow in Camiguin
*chik chik chik*
The sound of a man slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwly chopping away at a small sea urchin.
He was a vendor we met at White Island , and he took a full 5-10 minutes opening 3 small urchins. (not the most efficient for his business, eh?)
But that’s the way it is in Camiguin.
Everything is slower here.
Our motorbike repairman took almost an hour to fix what would be a 10-minute job in Cebu City.
And you can tell who’s not from the island by how fast they drive.
As for the food?
Make sure you don’t come into restaurants starving because that takes a longgggggg time to arrive.
There’s nothing particularly wrong with this attitude of course.
But it might be a bit of a culture shock to you, especially if you’re from a big city!
How to Get to Camiguin
There are two main entry points into Camiguin:
- Camiguin Airport in Mambajao, and
- Benoni Port in Mahinog
There are direct flights to Camiguin Airport from Cebu almost every day (thanks to Cebu Pacific) .
If you’re coming from Manila, there are occasionally direct flights from NAIA. However, these aren’t regular, and I couldn’t find any on schedule as of January 2023.
But don’t fret, there are 3 other ways you can get there.
- Fly to Cebu, then take a connecting flight to Camiguin
- Fly to Cagayan de Oro, take a Butuan-bound bus and stop at Balingoan Port. There a ferry leaves for Benoni Port in Camiguin around every hour.
- Fly to Butuan City, take a Cagayan de Oro-bound bus and stop at Baligoan Port. Same thing as #2
Aside from the ferry to Benoni Port, you can also take a fast craft from Baligoan to Guinsiliban.
You can get an updated list of Baligoan and Benoni Port schedules here .
But you get the point.
If you want to get to Camiguin, you’ll either want to be at Cebu Airport or Baligoan Seaport.
Camiguin Travel Requirements
As of January 2023, Camiguin still has a few travel requirements!
But don’t worry, getting these is super easy! Here’s what you need:
- A Clean Camiguin QR Code (Get yours here !)
- If unnvaccinated, you’ll need a Negative RT-PCR Test Result taken within twenty-four (24) hours of departure
- Confirmed hotel booking from an LGU-accredited accommodation
These are correct as of January 2023. I’ll try to keep this up-to-date, but for the latest information, please check out the Camiguin Tourism Office Facebook page (you can also see the LGU-accredited accommodations here) !
Camiguin Travel Map
Camiguin is quite a small island. The interior of the island is VERY mountainous, thanks to Camiguin’s volcanoes. While the edges are mostly flat.
The roads here are very well built, making it very easy to drive around the whole island and visit the five municipalities of the island.
Each of these places has something unique to offer. So let’s explore each of them one by one!
The town. The “center” of the island if you will.
Mambajao is the place you’ll find most establishments on the island.
It’s where you’ll find the airport.
It’s where you’ll find the only ATMs on the island.
It’s where LOTS of the restaurants are (including the only fast-food, Jollibee) .
Heck, there’s even a Gaisano shopping mall here!
It’s also the place where public transportation is the most accessible. Orange tricycles go West, while green ones go East!
But despite all of this, it’s still a very slow and peaceful place.
And no matter how long you’re staying, this is probably the best place to be.
Despite being the town center, there are still several tourist spots you can see here, including:
- Parola Mambajao and the 1914 Monument
- Katibawasan Falls
- Ardent Hot Spring
- Mt. Hibok-Hibok (after a 3-5 hour hike)
- White Island (outskirts of Mambajao)
- Tongatok Cliff (outskirts)
To the east of Mambajao lies Catarman, which I also like to call the “tourist spot zone” of Camiguin!
First off: You can almost consider White Island and Tongatok Cliff as part of Catarman.
They’re actually nearer the tourist spots of Catarman than Mambajao town proper itself.
But aside from those, here are the spots you can check out in Catarman!
- The Walkway to the Old Volcano
- Sunken Cemetery
- Guiob Old Church Ruins
- Tuasan Falls
- Bura Soda Water Park
- Sto. Nino Cold Spring
It might not sound like a lot, but these are 6 of the very best tourist spots in Camiguin.
You’ll also notice that there’s plenty of diversity in that list; everything from a quick hike up the old volcano, to cold springs, to waterfalls, to ruins, to a sunken cemetery!
That’s why Catarman is easily one of my favorite parts of Camiguin.
Continuing on our counter-clockwise journey of the island, you’ll get to the most unknown and undeveloped part of the island: Sagay.
There’s literally only one “official” tourist spot here, and that’s the Sto. Rosario church (which, isn’t that impressive either) .
However, I’m almost certain there are hidden gems around here. It takes an epic adventurer to go and look for them though!
For those of us who aren’t exactly hardcore, Sagay is just a quite little town you’ll pass through if you decide to ride a motorbike around the whole island (more on this later) .
On the south-eastern edge of Camiguin is Guinsiliban.
Much like Sagay, this place isn’t really developed for tourism either.
However, the giant clam sanctuary was actually found here!
That is… before it was shut down by the government (you can read more about this and my thoughts on it in my Camiguin Tourist Spots article !) .
As of January 2023, it’s still closed. However, some people have suggested that you can find locals in Guinsiliban who can still show you the giant clams.
But again, since it isn’t an official tourist spot, you’ll have to be a hardcore adventurer to do this!
Aside from that, Guinsiliban also has the also the Moro Watchtower – which is quite difficult to find as its inside school grounds!
Last but not least Mahinog, the town just East of Mambajao.
This is where Benoni Port is found. So if you’re coming by boat, this is most likely where you’ll dock.
There are a couple of interesting things to see in Mahinog.
Most notably is Mantigue Island – one of my favorite places in the whole Camiguin.
The departure area for Mantigue is only 2km from Benoni Port, making it super easy to get to if you’ve just arrived by boat!
Other than that, there’s also the Taguines Lagoon and Katunggan Mangrove Park here.
Where to Stay in Camiguin
There are a number of good places to stay in Camiguin.
However, as of January 2023, you’ll need to stay at an LGU-accredited accommodation in order to get into the island!
You can find the latest list of those here . Camiguin’s tourism office also regularly updates their Facebook page, so make sure you check it out.
That said, here are a few recommendations!
Where to Stay in Camiguin #1: Tongatok Cliff Resort
I didn’t stay here, but part of me wishes I did!
And no, I’m not sponsored to say this or anything.
The reason for this is twofold:
- Tongatok is in a VERY good location
- It looks COZY!
Tongatok Cliff is right in between Mambajao and Catarman. This means that if you need something, the town proper won’t be too far away.
And on the other side, you’ll also be VERY close to the most beautiful Camiguin tourist spots too.
Secondly, the Tongatok Cliff Resort looked really relaxing.
We ate in the resort’s restaurant, so we got to see inside a bit – and boy does it look like a place you wouldn’t want to leave!
Where to Stay in Camiguin #2: Bintana sa Paraiso
“Window to Paradise”.
Again, I didn’t stay here, but all the while I was in Camiguin, this name kept coming up.
Apparently, it’s one of the most popular resorts in the island, and looking at the pictures, I can see why.
For a moderate price range of 3,000 – 6,000php ($60 – $120), you can enjoy a pretty luxurious stay at Camiguin!
And again, I’m not sponsored by these guys, but it certainly looks like a great place to stay! Plus, it’s located quite close to Mambajao town too.
Note: There are 2 branches of Bintana sa Paraiso in Camiguin. Both seem like luxury stays, but the one I’ve heard a lot about was the one along the highway, in between Mambajao and Catarman.
Where to Stay in Camiguin #3: Bungalow House (Where I Stayed!)
Me and my two sisters stayed at Bungalow House, a big, BIG airbnb that could fit up to 20 people on it. Our hostess was shocked that we were just three!
But there were a number of factors why we chose the place, and I can say it did really well!
First, Bungalow House is very close to the town.
Second, despite being a little way off the highway, we rented motorbikes, so going out was not a problem at all.
Third, it had fast internet, which we needed since this was a working trip.
And fourth, it’s a great way to escape.
The thing I like about airbnbs is that you feel like you live in the place, that you’re not just a visitor. And that’s exactly how Bungalow House made us feel.
We even had a cow right outside our window!
Where to Stay in Camiguin #4: Anywhere in Mambajao
Being the center of the island, it’s no surprise that there are LOTS of accommodations in Mambajao.
These range from budget options, all the way to luxury stays.
Again, staying in Mambajao is probably best.
It’s very easy to access the other parts of the island from here. Plus, you’ll have everything you need around here too.
Camiguin Activities (What to do in Camiguin!)
Now for the fun part!
When in Camiguin, you won’t run out of things to do.
Here are some of my favorite ones.
Note: if you want to learn more about these tourist spots including their entrance fees, opening times, etc., check out my Camiguin Tourist Spots post !
What to do in Camiguin #1: Bask in Eternal Sunshine in Camiguin’s White Sand Islands
Camiguin island itself does NOT have white sand beaches (or if they do, it’s very unknown) .
But just a short pump boat ride away are two extraordinary islands: White Island and Mantigue Island .
Both of these have powdery white sand and breathtaking backdrops of Camiguin island.
As for differences, White Island is a sandbar.
This means that it’s literally just a pile of sand peeping out of the sea.
During sunrise and sunset, it’s a very cozy place to take a dip or just relax and gaze at the beauty of Camiguin.
When the sun is up and there’s no cover, you can go sunbathing. They also have umbrellas for rent for those of you who’d rather not get sunburnt!
On the other side of Camiguin is Mantigue Island .
Mantigue is bigger and has plenty of trees for cover.
And a few meters off their shore, there’s a sprawling coral reef – one of the best ones I’ve ever seen!
There are all kinds of fish here, and plenty of friendly turtles too!
Mantigue was one of the stand-out spots for me. And I’d say, you really shouldn’t miss it!
What to do in Camiguin #2: Follow The Story of Mt. Vulcan’s Eruption
In 1871, Mt. Vulcan (the old volcano) had a massive eruption.
The church nearby was destroyed, and the earthquake was so great, that the ground beneath the Spanish cemetery collapsed into the ocean.
Today, you can visit all three pieces of this story!
Starting with the Old Volcano.
Mt. Vulcan is now a dormant volcano. There’s also a stairway/walkway that leads up the mountain.
If you’re not short on time, walking up the Walkway to the Old Volcano is well worth it.
It isn’t too tiresome, and you’ll also get very nice views of the Sunken Cemetery below!
Speaking of which…
Sunken Cemetery is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Camiguin.
While the cemetery itself is mostly covered in corals nowadays, you can still see the old cross beneath the surface, and this old gravestone and bust too!
The highlight of visiting Sunken Cemetery though has to be watching the sunset at the giant cross landmark.
Finally, just 500 meters away are the Old Spanish Church Ruins (aka Guiob Church Ruins).
The church didn’t collapse into the sea as the cemetery did, but it certainly took a beating!
If you see the ruins today, you might think it was an old fort. The stone walls along with the beautifully lined up trees might remind of you places like Fort Santiago or Fort San Pedro.
One can only wonder what it looked like when the church was still up!
What to do in Camiguin #3: Take a Dip in Catarman’s Springs and Waterfall
Camiguin is PACKED with cold springs and waterfalls.
And the great thing is, three of these are found pretty close to one another!
Catarman is home to the famous Sto Nino Cold Spring , Tuasan Falls, AND Bura Soda Water Park.
Sto. Nino Cold Spring is my personal favorite. The swimming area is quite large, and the water here is the bluest you’ll ever see.
There are also rocks at the bottom of the spring, making it a great place to get some cool photos.
Tuasan Falls isn’t the tallest waterfall in Camiguin (that’s Katibawasan ) , but it certainly isn’t unimpressive!
The allure of this falls comes from the fact that it’s so isolated.
Not isolated in the sense that it’s hard to get there (the road leading up to it is all paved), but in a sense that there’s almost nobody around (especially on weekdays!) .
Finally, Bura Soda Water Park.
The whole concept of this park is that their water is supposed to taste like soda.
Well… not really!
It just tastes like natural spring water.
It’s a fun gimmick though, as there are pipes of flowing water where you can have a drink anytime.
Aside from that, there’s also a swimming area. But in my book, Sto Nino Cold Spring is a step ahead of this one.
What to do in Camiguin #4: Rent a Motorbike and Circumnavigate Camiguin!
The best way to get around Camiguin is by renting a motorbike.
It only costs php400 – 600 ($8 – $12) a day, and it makes getting around SO much easier and more convenient.
So if you’ve got time, why not explore the WHOLE Camiguin?
A trip around the entire island is only going to take about two hours. Plus, you’ll get to see what life on the island is really like.
You can also use this time to visit some lesser-known spots that are along the way.
For example, if you’re starting in Mambajao and driving clockwise around the island, you can have quick stopovers at:
- Taguines Lagoon
- Katunggan Park
- The Moro Watchtower
- Sto. Rosario Church
There’s also this scenic road that juts out into the sea, somewhere between Mambajao and Mahinog (see photo above).
Most of these spots are quite far from the tourist zones, and can be a little out of the way.
That’s why if you’re visiting one of them, why not visit them all and turn around the whole island???
Of course, you could plot your own spots to go and visit. But all in all, riding around the entire Camiguin is a great activity to go for!
What to do in Camiguin #5: Ponder Life at Tongatok Cliff During Sunset
If you wanna go the Camiguin way and take things slow, then watching the sunset at Tongatok Cliff is something you should do!
No, this isn’t the only place you can see the glorious Camiguin sunset, but it’s one of the best ones.
Tongatok Cliff is placed so perfectly.
On your left and right, you’ll see the hills and mountains of Camiguin. Straight ahead, you’ll see the endless sea. Above you is the vast, purple sky. And beneath you the waves crash upon the rocks of the island.
It’s very peaceful and scenic.
Other great places to watch the sunset are Parola Mambajao – where you can see how locals spend their time.
And Sunken Cemetery – which is just a stone’s throw away from Tongatok, but not exactly as peaceful.
What to do in Camiguin #6: Test Your Fitness and Climb Mt. Hibok-Hibok
This is NOT for casuals!
The Camiguin Tourism Office lists Hibok-Hibok as a tourist spot.
While I get their point (Mt. Hibok-Hibok is a magnificent place to visit) , I can’t help but feel that mayyyyyybe they should put a warning about how difficult climbing it is.
Expect 4-5 hours of walking up steep slopes, sometimes using your hands to climb.
Expect to be covered by thick forests, full of leeches and plenty of thorns.
Our guide told us that many people quit halfway, some even in tears.
But I don’t mean to scare you away!
If you’re up for the challenge, this hike will surely be one of the best things you did in Camiguin.
The crater of Hibok-Hibok is a wonderful place to relax before going for the summit. You can even camp here for the night!
And the summit?
The view from the summit, 1,200 meters above Mambajao, is beautiful.
You can see White Island alllll the way down there. You can also see Bohol to the North, and Surigao to the East.
Unfortunately, when we reached the top, the weather wasn’t cooperating and there was a thick blanket of fog.
Still a wonderful experience though!
Again, if you wanna read more about each of these activities (and more!) and how to get to them, check out my Camiguin tourist spots article !
What and Where to Eat in Camiguin
There’s no shortage of good food in Camiguin!
The only caveat?
Most restaurants take a longgggggggggg time to serve your food.
You’re in Camiguin.
Take it slow!
Here are some of the places we ate when we were there.
Where to Eat in Camiguin #1: Northern Lights – Local Favorite
You know a restaurant is good when you eat there not once, but twice!
Northern Lights has a pretty overwhelming menu. They’ve got everything from pizzas, to everyday Filipino food, and even goat dishes.
If you don’t know where to start, their “ordinary” dishes actually taste great.
We had their fried chicken and their lechon kawali twice because it’s so good.
We didn’t get to try their pizzas, but it does seem to be very popular among locals.
Northern Lights has four branches around the island – two in Mambajao (Balbagon and Agoho), one in Catarman, and on in Mahinog.
The Agoho branch – where we ate – is pretty convenient since it’s in between Mambajao and Catarman.
You can also buy the famous Camiguin ice cream in Northern Lights. Speaking of which:
Where to Eat in Camiguin #2: Moon Flower Garden – Best Ice Cream
Good homemade ice cream is a miles ahead of mass-produced ice cream.
Well then you’ll be SUPER happy to know that there’s a reallllly popular homemade ice cream shop in Camiguin.
Moon Flower Garden is a cozy little restaurant that serves a number of local and international dishes – even Japanese fusion dishes.
We didn’t get to try the sushis they had, because ALL we wanted was their ice cream!
And boy was it good.
They have all kinds of flavors including:
Moon Flower garden is found in Baylao, a few minutes away from the airport.
But you can also order their ice creams in the Northern Lights branches!
Where to Eat in Camiguin #3: I 8 See Food – Seafood
As you’re driving towards Mambajao, one restaurant you’ll surely notice is I 8 See Food.
It’s big, it’s pretty bright, but it’s altogether a very cozy restaurant.
They even have a giant tree growing right in the middle of their store.
As you can guess, I 8 See Food specializes in seafood.
Their shrimp dishes are delicious, and their crabs were good too.
And even their non-seafood dishes were awesome.
Where to Eat in Camiguin #4: La Isla Cocina & Paradiso Restaurant – Italian and Spanish
One interesting thing about Camiguin is that there are plenty of Italian restaurants around.
The one we tried was La Isla Cocina & Paradiso Restaurant, found just along the highway to Mambajao.
It’s in a very old Spanish-style house. The interior is beautiful in a classic type of way.
And the food?
The food is great too!
They serve a mix of Spanish and Italian dishes here.
We tried the pizza of course, and it was really tasty!
Where to Eat in Camiguin #5: Tongatok Cliff Resort – Convenient Location
Another place we ate was at the Tongatok Cliff Resort.
The food over here was good – but nothing too memorable.
One thing that this restaurant has though is that it’s literally right there in Tongatok Cliff – where you might be watching the sunset already.
Considering that food in Camiguin takes a LONG time to cook and arrive, you might just decide to eat here instead of driving back to Mambajao.
That’ll save you if you’re starving!
What to Eat in Camiguin #6: Kiping
Kiping – a flat cassava crisp drizzled with molasses – is popular all over Camiguin.
You’ll find it for sale outside tourist spots like Sto Nino Cold Spring or Katibawasan Falls .
And you’ll find locals eating it here and there too.
While Kiping isn’t only found in Camiguin, if you’re like me and enjoy trying the foods locals enjoy, then you should definitely try this!
What to Eat in Camiguin #7: Lanzones
Come October, Camiguin plunges into one of the most exciting seasons in this little province:
These tasty little fruits are all over the place during this time.
We were even told that during the Lanzones festival, there are boxes of lanzones given away for free!
Sadly, when we visited in June, there were absolutely ZERO lanzones around.
However, there is a pasalubong store along the road where you can get some lanzones flavored delicacies like pastillas, ice cream, and more.
Sample Camiguin Itineraries (+What I Did!)
I made a lot of mistakes with my time in Camiguin.
In hindsight, I could’ve planned much better.
That’s why I’m gonna throw these sample itineraries together for you guys.
Hopefully, you can get more out of your time than I did!
A few notes before we begin: nowadays, all flights arrive at Camiguin at 3pm – meaning your first day is going to be a bit short.
On the same note, all flights leave Camiguin at around 3:30.
If you’re arriving by boat, you can have more (or less!) time then these itineraries suggest!
Sample 3D2N Camiguin Itinerary – All the Best Spots
Day 1: Arrival &Sunken Cemetery
- 3:00pm – Arrive at Camiguin Airport / Check in hotel
- 4:00pm – Snorkel Around Sunken Cemetery
- 5:00pm – Watch sunset at Sunken Cemetery monument
- 6:00pm – Head back to town, eat dinner, go to bead
Day 2: Islands + Springs
- 5:00am – Visit White Island
- 6:00am – Eat breakfast
- 7:00am – Visit Mantigue Island!
- 11:00am – Check out Katibawasan Falls
- 12:00pm – Lunch / Chill (make sure to try Moon Flower ice cream!)
- 2:00pm – Bura Soda Water Park (drink the soda water!)
- 3:00pm – Tuasan Falls
- 4:00pm – Sto. Nino Cold Spring
- 5:30pm – Tongatok Cliff Sunset
- 7:00pm – Dinner, sleep
Day 3: Old Church Ruins + Head Home
- 7:30am – Climb the Walkway to the Old Volcano
- 9:00am – Visit the Old Church Ruins
- 10:00am – Ardent Hot Spring
- 12:00pm – Lunch and Check out
- 3:30pm – Fly Back Home
Sample 4D3N Camiguin Itinerary – Best Spots + Mt. Hibok-Hibok + Motorbike Tour
Day 1: Arrival & Sunken Cemetery
Day 2: Climb Hibok-Hibok + Katibawasan Falls
- 5:00am – Start Climbing Ht. Hibok-Hibok!
- 8:00am – Reach crater area – eat breakfast
- 9:00am – Mt. Hibok-Hibok Summit!
- 10:00am – Start descent
- 1:00pm – End hike, eat lunch, rest
- 3:00pm – Katibawasan Falls
Day 3: Islands + Roadtrip Around the Whole Camiguin!
- 10:30am – Katunggan Park
- 11:30am – Lunch in Mahinog
- 12:30pm – Continue roadtrip!
- 1:00pm – Moro Watchtower
- 1:30pm – Sto Rosario Church
- 2:30pm – Sto Nino Cold Spring
- 4:00pm – Tuasan Falls
- 4:30pm – Bura Soda Water Park
What I Did – 7D6N Camiguin Itinerary
Before I begin, keep in mind that this was a work trip!
Me and my sisters spent the mornings and early afternoon working – we didn’t have all day to expore.
Also, there are a LOT of mistakes made in this trip.
We didn’t know almost all the spots close at 5pm, and we were also unaware that the Giant Clam Sanctuary was closed.
But alright, alright. Here’s exactly how I spent my 7 days and 6 nights in Camiguin!
- 4:00pm – “lunch” at Northern Lights Agoho
- 5:00pm – Snorkel Around Sunken Cemetery (note, we were able to get a guide just as he was going home. To avoid this, please visit Sunken Cemetery earlier than we did!)
- 6:00pm – Head back to town, dinner at I 8 See Food
Day 2: Old Church Ruins + Tuasan Falls + Closed Springs
- Morning – Work
- 3:30pm – Tongatok Cliff
- 4:00pm – Old Church Ruins
- 4:45pm – Tuasan Falls
- 5:15pm – Bura Soda Water Park (but it was CLOSED!)
- 6:00pm – Head back to Mambajao defeated
- 7:00pm – Dinner at Tongatok Cliff Resort
Day 3: Roadtrip Around the Whole Camiguin
- 1:00pm – Start roadtrip!
- 2:00pm – Arrive at Giant Clam Sanctuary entrance (but it was CLOSED)
- 2:30pm – Arrive at where Moro Watchtower is supposed to be (but we couldn’t find it!)
- 2:45pm – Stopover at Sto Rosario Church
- 3:00pm – Sto Nino Cold Spring!
- 5:30pm – Sunset at Tongatok Cliff
- 6:30pm – Dinner at La Isla Cocina & Paradiso Restaurant
Day 4: Island Hopping + Old Volcano
- 6:00am – White Island (to avoid crowds, you should go at 5am)
- 8:00am – Mantigue Island
- 11:00am – Our bike got a flat tire on the way back to Mambajao
- 12:00pm – Lunch at Northern Lights
- Early afternoon – Work
- 4:30pm – Walkway to the Old Volcano
- 6:00pm – Buy Jollibee for hike tomorrow
Day 5: Mount Hibok-Hibok + Katibawasan Falls
- 5:00am – Start climbing Mt. Hibok-Hibok
- 8:00am – Arrive at crater area, rest / eat breakfast
- 10:00am – Hibok-Hibok summit!
- 11:00am – Start descent
- 2:00pm – End Hike
- 4:00pm – Katibawasan Falls
Day 6: Rest + Visit Parks
- Morning and early afternoon – Rest
- 4:00pm – Katunggan Park
- 5:30pm – Parola Mambajao
Day 7: Go Home
- 2:00pm – Go home!
Frequently Asked Questions About Traveling Camiguin
Last but not least, let’s answer some of the frequently asked questions about Camiguin!
When is the Best Time to Visit Camiguin?
The best time to visit Camiguin is October, during lanzones season!
I didn’t get to visit Camiguin at this time, but I was told that there are lanzones EVERYWHERE.
Someone even told me that they give away boxes of lanzones for free.
That’s how exciting this time of the year is for the province!
If you can’t make it in October, the other best time would probably be from December to May.
Camiguin is Type IV in the Philippine climate zones, so there’s no pronounced dry season here. Rainfall is evenly distributed all throughout the months.
However, December to May is when the least amount of rainfall usually falls (although, again, this isn’t a pronounced dry season.)
How Many Volcanoes are in Camiguin?
There are 7 volcanoes in Camiguin, namely Mt. Timpoong, Mt. Hibok-Hibok, Mt. Vulcan, Mt. Mambajao, Mt. Tres Marias, Mt. Butay, and Mt. Guinisiliban
Since there are only five towns in Camiguin, that means there are famously more volcanoes than towns in this island!
Of the seven volcanoes, Mt. Vulcan is the easiest and most accessible to climb thanks to the Walkway to the Old Volcano.
Mt. Timpoong is the tallest peak in Camiguin. It’s quite difficult to climb, but it is doable! If you’re interested to climb, you can message Mt. Timpoong and Hibok Hibok’s Facebook page for inquiries (although I’m not sure if Mt. Timpoong is open for tourist activities yet).
One volcano that is surely open for tourists though is Mt. Hibok-Hibok. Rising 1,200 meters into the sky, it’s quite a challenging climb. But as I said above, it’s SUPER worth it!
The rest of the volcanoes aren’t really “tourist spots”.
But hey, if you’re an adventurer, why not ask the locals and give climbing them a shot?
What is Camiguin Known For?
Camiguin is well known for 3 things:
- The Lanzones festival
- For time being slower here, and
- Its absolutely beautiful natural spots
I didn’t get to see the lanzones festival, but I’m told that it is crazzzzzzy. Hopefully, I can go and see it for myself someday!
As for time being slow, it’s something that you’ll feel the moment you arrive in Camiguin.
The cars move so much slower than what I’m used to in cities.
On such a small island with such small communities, who needs to rush?
How Big is Camiguin Island?
Camiguin is 229.8 square kilometers. It’s around 60 kilometers in circumference. And driving around the entire island will take you about 2 hours.
It is the second smallest province (after Batanes), and the second least populated too (again, after Batanes) .
All of this really adds to its charm though.
If you take things slow, you’ll really get to appreciate the smallness of this province.
Is Camiguin Safe?
Yes! If you’re from outside the Philippines, don’t let the fact that Camiguin is in Mindanao scare you. This is one of the safest places in the Philippines for tourists.
In fact, I felt a LOT safer here than when I was traveling to other parts of the country.
It’s one of the places where you can leave your helmet on your motorbike – and be sure that even after a couple of hours, no one will take it (in places like Cebu City, you HAVE to lock your helmet or you can say goodbye to it).
One of the reasons for this is that Camiguin is a small island with small communities. People know each other here, which is always a crime deterrent.
There’s also a visible police force, which almost felt unnecessary. But hey, they’re there if you need them!
Of course, there are always a few bad eggs, even in places like this. So don’t be irresponsible.
But if you had any doubts about coming here for safety reasons, throw those away!
Camiguin is a VERY safe place to visit!
Ready to Visit Camiguin???
That’s everything you need to know before visiting Camiguin!
I really hope my Camiguin travel guide has helped you, or, at the very least, made you even MORE excited to go and visit!
Camiguin is EASILY one of my favorite provinces in the country.
I still have a lot more to visit, but I already know that even after seeing all 81, Camiguin is still going to be up there with the very best ones.
Plan your Camiguin trip.
And enjoy the Land Born of FIRE!
(Have any comments or questions? Leave them down below and I’ll get back to you! And don’t forget to read my 18 Favorite Camiguin Tourist Spots !)
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Camiguin lifts travel restrictions, enforces QR use
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- by Recthie Paculba
- Jul. 31, 2023 12:56 pm in News
CAMIGUIN (PIA)--Following the proclamation of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. lifting the State of the Public Health Emergency in the Philippines, the provincial government here issued Executive Order No. 41, lifting the remaining rules and regulations on health protocols but still requiring the use of the CleanCamiguin QR system for visitors and locals. "We have also lifted our remaining COVID-19 regulation: the requirement for unvaccinated visitors to present a negative antigen test result before entry to the province," Gov. Xavier Jesus Romualdo said, adding that the EO takes effect on July 25, 2023.
Visitors will no longer need to go to the visitor's entry form on the CleanCamiguinQR website to schedule a visit to the province.
The governor added that they have retained their QR system as they retool and transition it for the implementation of Smart Tourism in Camiguin and for the issuance of digital Camiguin resident identification cards.
Provincial Planning Officer Nykolsha Rayos said the QR system will no longer cause inconvenience to travelers since only necessary data for tourism will be collected from them. Personnel from the provincial government will also be assigned to seaports and airport to assist travelers in creating their QR codes.
In addition to meeting the Department of Tourism (DOT)-10's requirements for submitting a monthly report on tourist arrivals, including their nationalities and relevant data, she mentioned that the QR system enables the province to monitor its carrying capacity.
"Gihimuan pud na siya og ordinansa nga kailangan siya ipatuman sa province nga mao ra gyud ni ang number sa mga tao nga pwede musulod sa Camiguin in a given time [An ordinance was made about the maximum number of people who can enter Camiguin in a given time, and such should be implemented in the province]," Rayos said, citing that doing so will help the province in protecting the environment and maintaining cleanliness.
Sharing her delight upon hearing the news, Michelle Seroy, a tourist from Iloilo City, said it is now easy to enter and leave the island.
"Actually, naging mas madali siya kasi unlike before, na syempre magpapakita ka pa ng kung anu-anong mga requirements and at the same time, kailangan mo pa siyang i-process so natatagalan ka bago makalabas at the same time makabalik [Actually, it became easier because, unlike before, you have to present some requirements and, at the same time, you still have to process them, so it takes a long time before you can go out and come back to the province]," Seroy said.
Oshin Dutosme, an unvaccinated tourist from Cagayan de Oro City, expressed her joy about the province lifting travel protocols. She considers it an answered prayer, as they have been eager to visit the island since last July but were unable to do so due to financial constraints, as they couldn't afford the antigen tests.
“Para sa ako, hasol kaayo siya and istrikto kaayo siya, and aside sa mahal siya kay kailangan pa og kanang magpa-test ka, so dako kaayo siya og help para sa ako na naubos ang inyong restrictions diha sa pag-travel paingon sa Camiguin [For me, the travel restriction is very troublesome and very strict, aside from the fact that it is expensive because you still need to take a test. So, the lifting of travel restrictions to Camiguin is really helpful for me],” Dutosme said.
To further ensure ease of travel and avoid delays, locals and tourists are urged to truthfully provide needed information in the QR system, especially the traveler's address. (RTP/PIA-10/Camiguin)
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The Ultimate Camiguin Island Travel Guide 2023
Ah, The Philippines. This country has many natural wonders, impressive landscapes and a wide range of activities for anyone to experience. Whether you have considered visiting the Philippines or are currently there and looking for the next adventure to add to your bucket list, there is one place that must be on your itinerary: Camiguin Island.
An island known as one “Born of Fire,” it is the home of seven volcanoes as well as many more volcanic domes. Do not be intimidated by this – while volcanoes may appear scary or somewhat volatile if they are close-by, those found in Camiguin are safe. Whether you have been around the Philippines once or twice or are currently planning your very first trip to the country , this ultimate guide to Camiguin will break down all you need to know about Camiguin Island, help you plan the perfect Camiguin Island itinerary, and make it easier for you to find an ideal hotel to consider when planning your trip. Let's Get Started!
How to Get to Camiguin island
Getting to Camiguin Island can be a bit challenging depending where you are travelling from, in or out of the Philippines. However with a challenge you are rewarded with an abundance of experiences, exciting activities and a life-time of memories to create. Below we have listed a few travel alternatives to help you get to Camiguin Island.
Route A - By Air
The easiest way to get to Camiguin Island is by catching a direct flight straight into Camiguin Airport (CGM) from Cebu City , which is one of the top 10 most populated cities in the Philippines. The only airline that currently operate flights into Camiguin Island is Cebu Pacific, with only one flight a day from Cebu.
Route B - A m ix of Air, Land and Sea
An alternative route, is to catch a ferry from Balingoan Seaport to Benoni Seaport located on Camiguin Island. I f you are coming from Mindanao or South of Philippines, travelling to Cagayan de Oro City is likely to be your best option. Cagayan de Oro does have an airport of its own, Laguindingan Airport (CGY). Once you reach Cagayan de Oro you will want to head over to Balingoan Seaport. This is the main ferry port which visitors catch a ferry from, mainly because it is the closest port to Camiguin Island and there are ferries every hour, with the last one departing at 5:15pm.
We took a flight to Butuan City from Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Then we headed from Butuan City to Balingoan Seaport by private transport which cost us PHP 4000 (Approx $80) for a 4 hour journey. If you are travelling from Cagayan de Oro, it should cost around PHP 2000 ($40) for a private transfer which takes approximately . Private car/van transfers can usually be found at the bus terminal stations from both cities. The ferry from Balingoan Seaport to Benoni Seaport costs PHP 315 (Approx $6) and the journey takes around 1 hour 15 minutes.
Must have before entering Camiguin Island
We all know Covid-19 has effected the way we travel, and there are a few regulations required before entering Camiguin Island. Having the below documents ready will save you so much time and hassle before you reach the ferry port/airport.
〰️ Apply for a Clean Camiguin QR Code
〰️ Download the Traze Contact tracing app
〰️ Confirmed Hotel Booking
〰️ Covid-19 Vaccination document
〰️ Valid Passport
Getting Around Camiguin Island
You’ve made it! Now, how can you get around Camiguin Island? As is the case in most parts of the Philippines, your best bet is to rent a scooter. Getting around the island is difficult without one – although not impossible. You can try to rely mainly on public transport, such as jeepneys (local buses) which cost around PHP 50 ($1.00) for a ride or taking tuk tuks, but it can be limiting.
It is best to have a scooter so you can ride around the island freely, without being restricted to where tuk tuks and jeepneys can reach. Aside from this, you can also rent a multicab which comes with a driver. Usually, you can rent this for the whole day, but check with the company of your choice to make sure you have access to exactly what you need.
Renting a scooter costs around PHP 300 (Approx $6) per day. We rented our scooter from Rob Island Camiguin Tour and Rentals .
Where to Stay on Camiguin Island
Now that you are ready to tour around the island and take part in many activities, you also need a place to lay down and relax at the end of an eventful day. So, where can you stay on Camiguin Island? As part of the range of Camiguin Island hotels, you have many options: budget-friendly hotels, mid-range priced hotels, and luxury stays . The majority of hotels are based close by White Island Ferry Port. This area is a great spot to stay, as there is a variety of places to eat, it is close to Mambajao Town Centre and is a great location to branch out and explore Camiguin Island's main tourist attractions. Check out the list below for recommended places based on your budget:
Budget friendly hotels
July's Haven Seaside Pension - Relaxing stay, affordable, spacious, good breakfast
SJ Pabua Travellers Inn - Established place, great value for money, Air-con
Mid-range priced hotels
Mabini Lodge - Welcoming staff, value for money, close to downtown, great WiFi
Balai sa Baibai Resort - Clean, cozy facilities, friendly staff, good breakfast
Nouveau Resort - Amazing breakfast, great staff, newly built modern facility
Where to Eat on Camiguin Island
The island is the home of many kinds of cuisines that are bound to satisfy everyone’s cravings. The majority of the time when we travel, we opt for street food, or where the locals eat. You'll find the renown slow roasted chicken also known as "L echon manok" in many places across the island. A great spot to try it out is Ricos, located close by W hite Island Ferry Terminal. A whole chicken with rice only costs around PHP 220 (Approx $4.50).
If you are a fan of freshly cooked seafood, you need to try I 8 See Food . This place honestly serve the best grilled seafood in town. If you do visit, try out the spicy/garlic marinated prawns for starters, followed by freshly grilled Pampano fish. If you're a fan of dessert, end with something sweet, they serve a delicious banana split with chocolate/vanilla ice cream. This place won't disappoint! A 3 course meal with a drink will set you back around PHP 500-750 (Approx $10-$15).
For those craving a good pizza, La Dolce Vista is a must-have. They have vegetarian-friendly and vegan options as well, and the prices range from around PHP 150 ($3) to PHP 500 ($10). Casa Roca Inn is also well-known in the area and serves a mix of dishes that cover international, fusion and Filipino options. For those looking for a healthier alternative, the Hayahay Cafe offers international food options, bistro-style meals and Israeli delicacies. For an even cheaper kind of meal, including your typical burger and fries, head over to Kurma Kitche n .
Things to Do on Camiguin Island
The island has all kinds of activities for you to experience. For example, you can head over to White Island for a relaxing day by the beach, take a dip in Katibawasan Waterfalls , snorkel or free dive at the Sunken Cemetery, hike Mount Hibok Hibok, visit the Nino Cold Springs and much more. To find out more about this, head over to our article that focuses specifically on this! This article gives you all kinds of information so you can figure out exactly what to do on Camiguin Island, namely giving you a great itinerary to plan out.
Staying Fit on Camiguin Island
Now, we all know that traveling is all about trying out new kinds of experiences, and some of this includes going out to all kinds of restaurants to try out new foods. That being said, when we try out all kinds of foods, including very sugary and fatty meals, we tend to also feel like running around and spending some of the extra energy we are consuming. Aside from this, if training and being fit are part of your lifestyle, you may be worried about having to put your gym sessions on hold for the duration of your trip.
On Camiguin Island that does not have to be the case – head over to the Island Gym! Found at Purok 4, Mambajao, 9100 Camiguin, Philippines, the gym has everything you need to stay on track with your fitness. Of course, you can also go on various hikes if you prefer having nice views to look at while getting your cardio done. If you are looking for other kinds of gyms in the area, feel free to have a look at the Top Ten gyms near Camiguin Island here . At Island Gym, the cost for one session is only 50 PHP ($1.00), and don't worry about protein or water, the gym supplies these at similar costs of the entrance fee.
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Camiguin Travel Requirements & Guidelines for Tourists
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Camiguin is now open to domestic tourists! Yes, you read it right. The island province of Camiguin is now accepting domestic tourists with minimal travel requirements.
- taken within 72 hours prior to arrival if from Luzon
- taken within 48 hours prior to arrival if from Visayas or Mindanao
- Hotel Booking
- Vaccination Card / Vaxx Cert
- Clean Camiguin QR
- Health Declaration
Travel Procedure and Guidelines
You must be fully vaccinated to enter Camiguin. Fully vaccination is 14 days after your second dose (or first dose if you receive Janssen’s Johnson & Johnson)
The test must be t aken within 72 hours prior to arrival if from Luzon and 48 hours if from Visayas or Mindanao.
The booking must be from an LGU-accredited accommodation establishment. Please see below the list of hotels and resorts with Clean Camiguin Clearance.
Download the QR code in your phone or print a hard copy. You will need this upon entry.
If you stay on the island for more than 5 days, you will have to take an antigen test on your 5th day.
LGU-Accredited Establishments with Clean Camiguin Clearance
These LGU-Accredited hotels , resorts , and homestays have been checked and cleared according to the Clean Camiguin standards and are now ready to accept guests. This list is as of 24 November 2021 .
- Balai sa Baibai | check rates, reviews and photos
- Bintana sa Paraiso Binunsaran – check rates, reviews and photos
- Bintana sa Paraiso Naasag | check rates, reviews and photos
- Camiguin Lanzones Resort
- C-Side Inn | check rates, reviews and photos
- GV Hotel – check rates, reviews and photos
- Havendwell Garden – check rates, reviews and photos
- Havendwell Resort | check rates, reviews and photos
- Hidden Suites
- Hostel Lion | check rates, reviews and photos
- Janca’s Travellers Inn
- Kinghorn Garden House Resort | check rates, reviews and photos
- Kurma Freedive Camiguin – check rates, reviews and photos
- Nouveau Resort Camiguin – check rates, reviews and photos
- Nypa Style Resort Camiguin | check rates, reviews and photos
- Pabua’s Cottages – check rates, reviews and photos
- Pabualan Travellers Inn | check rates, reviews and photos
- Paguia’s Cottages – check rates, reviews and photos
- Paras Beach Resort – check rates, reviews and photos
- Roldan’s Cottages | check rates, reviews and photos
- Sabuga Seaside Cottages | check rates, reviews and photos
- Seascape Pension House & Commercial Space
- SheenahJhane Travellers Inn
- SJ Pabua Traveller’s Inn – check rates, reviews and photos
- Tabada Travellers Inn | check rates, reviews and photos
- Terrasse Beach Resort | check rates, reviews and photos
- Tongatok Cliff Resort – check rates, reviews and photos
- Veance Traveller’s Inn – check rates, reviews and photos
- Villa Corrales – check rates, reviews and photos
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Camiguin Island Travel Guide: The Island Born of Fire
- Things to See and Do in Camiguin
- Visit the Sunken Cemetery
- Bask on White Island’s Beautiful Sandbar
- Visit Mantigue Island Nature Park
- Take a Dip in Ardent Hibok-Hibok Hot Spring
- Chill in Sto. Nino Cold Springs
- Fizz out in a Soda Water Park
- Visit Waterfalls
- What to Eat in Camiguin
- Where to Stay in Camiguin
- Suggested Itinerary in Camiguin
Day 1: Arrival + Mainland Tour + Waterfalls
Day 2: white island tour + shopping, day 3: departure.
Travel to the small island of Camiguin and find out why it's one of the top destinations in Mindanao and in the Philippines. Read on to find out what you need to know when traveling to the Island Born of Fire.
Camiguin is a small and peaceful island province in the Philippines located in the Bohol Sea off the northern coast of Mindanao. It may be the smallest island in Mindanao and the second smallest province in the Philippines, but it has surprisingly a lot of tourist spots to offer.
- Find tours in Cagayan de Oro , the usual entry point to Camiguin if you're not flying directly here
Dubbed the “Island Born of Fire,” Camiguin is home to seven volcanoes that continue to shape and reshape its unique landscape.
The interior forest reserves known as Mount Hibok-Hibok Protected Landscape have been declared an ASEAN Heritage Park. But for beach lovers, it’s the water-based attractions that make Camiguin special.
This compact island also hides numerous waterfalls, natural springs, unspoiled beaches and diving spots that will please adventurous travelers. Camiguin is home to a mysterious Sunken Cemetery which continues to fascinate travelers from all over the world.
For history buffs, there are interesting Camiguin tourist spots you can visit including several well-preserved ancestral houses, Spanish-era churches and heritage sites scattered around the island.
Camiguin is also famous for its sweet lanzones fruits for which an annual festival is dedicated.
Geographically part of Region 10 or Northern Mindanao, Camiguin was formerly a part of the Misamis Oriental. This province is tiny compared to neighboring provinces in the mainland region and it maintains the same laidback beach vibe similar to top island-hopping destinations in the Philippines such as Bohol and Siquijor.
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It may not have the vibrant party scene and nightlife found in other bigger island destinations like Boracay and Siargao , but Camiguin offers a very safe and peaceful getaway. It’s still a bit off-the-beaten-path for travelers, but first-time travelers will enjoy the unspoiled sights and local hospitality.
While traveling around Mindanao, be sure to include a Camiguin tour in your itinerary. Here are just some of the best tourist spots in the province you can visit.
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You can join half-day or whole day tours to the top tourist spots around Camiguin . Most of the tours are inclusive of transportation, and guides. Solo travelers or backpackers also have the option to hire or rent a motorcycle or tricycle for the day to visit the famous top spots.
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Visit the Sunken Cemetery
Much of the island province of Camiguin was formed through earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Camiguin’s most iconic landmark is the Sunken Cemetery, a graveyard under the sea marked by a huge cross.
This fascinating site was formed in the 1870s when Mt. Vulcan erupted causing the cemetery along with the capital city and old town of Catarman to sink below sea level.
The looming cross that stands today serves as a commemorative marker for those who lost their lives. Though the cross is visible from a platform on the main coastal road, travelers can take a short boat ride to step onto the platform and cross itself.
Those who want a unique experience can also go snorkeling and scuba diving to see the cemetery which was driven underwater when the volcano erupted. According to locals, tombstones encrusted by corals beneath the cross can still be seen by snorkelers and scuba divers.
The eruption of Mt. Vulcan also left behind the ruins of a church and bell tower, known as the Old Church Ruins. Be sure to visit this peaceful and serene site during your Camiguin tour.
Bask on White Island’s Beautiful Sandbar
The Philippines has its share of beautiful beaches and Camiguin has one of the best. White Island is a scenic white sandbar with powdery fine sand located just 1.4 km off the northern shore of Mambajao that offers a picturesque spot for swimming and picnics.
Small boats can be hired from any of the beachfront resorts that face the island to get here. The best time to enjoy the beach here in the morning. For a hassle-free trip, you may book a Camiguin White Island & countryside tour .
Since there are no trees or shelter of any kind on the island, it can get very hot at noon and early afternoon. Look out for the sea urchins being sold by local vendors as snacks to visitors.
Visit Mantigue Island Nature Park
A fishing village is located on the northern side of the island, while on the other side is a white sand beach with powdery coral sand and corals offshore. This small island is located about 3.5 kilometers or a 25-30 minute boat ride off the coast of Brgy. San Roque in the town of Mahinog.
Those who want a workout can rent a stand-up paddleboard and paddle around the island’s pristine waters near the shores. The Marine Sanctuary here is one of the diving spots in the Philippines.
Take a Dip in Ardent Hibok-Hibok Hot Spring
As a volcanic island, Camiguin has numerous hot and cold volcanic springs, popular with locals and international travelers.
One of the most popular is Ardent Hot Springs, which has several pools with fresh and hot sulfuric waters heated by Hibok-Hibok Volcano ranging from 33°C to 40°C. The water comes right out of the forest and gets mixed with colder water into the separate pools arranged in cascades.
Chill in Sto. Nino Cold Springs
Those who want to cool down can head to the Sto. Nino Cold Spring, a large pool with a refreshingly chill 20°C temperature. This natural cold spring flows down from Mt. Mambajao and is filtered by layers of minerals from the mountain, making it is naturally clean and crystal clear.
The main pool is quite large and deep, ranging from 4 ft to 8 ft. The water here flows into a smaller pool built for children. Locals believe that bathing in this spring for an hour or more has beneficial effects on the skin, saying it makes the skin feel smoother and look younger.
Fizz out in a Soda Water Park
One of the more unique natural springs in Camiguin is a Soda Pool known for having natural streaming soda water, which locals claim has a fizzy taste. Visitors can try drinking soda water directly from a drinking fountain nearby.
While time has degraded the natural soda underwater and changed the taste of the soda water to freshwater, this is a scenic and refreshing place to take a dip. The Soda Swimming Pool is surrounded by lush greenery of trees and flowering bushes, making it a pleasant stop for picnics.
Camiguin has its share of waterfalls, though only a few of them are relatively accessible and have developed for visitors.
The most popular and one of the tallest is Katibawasan Falls, which stands 76 meters high and streams down from the mountainside located in the middle of the forest. You can take a dip in the small basin at the base of the falls.
Tuawasan Falls is a bit smaller and more set apart from the tourist resorts in Agoho and Yumbing. Getting here involves a plesant30 minute hike following the river bed.
What to Eat in Camiguin
Camiguin is well-known for having the sweetest lanzones, a sweet tropical fruit that grows abundantly on the island.
Camiguin also has its share of unique snacks made with local ingredients. Kiping is a thin, crispy wafer shaped like a plate that’s made from dried sweet potatoes, mixed with water then fried and drizzled with latik, a sweet caramelized coconut sauce.
Sinaging is a mixture of banana (saba), sugar, ground mixed rice, condensed milk, and coconut wrapped in puso, packets made of woven coconut leaves. Koter is coconut wine mixed with ground cacao, evaporated milk and beaten chicken eggs.
Meat eaters will want to sample the Lechon de Camiguin, a local version of the much-beloved roasted suckling pig found everywhere in the country. Their lechon has perfectly crispy skin, soft tender meat with just the right amount of fat that has soaked up the flavors of the herbs and secret spices.
For a unique local meal, head to J & A Fishpen Resort and Restaurant, which offers seafood and Filipino specialties like grilled tuna, crabs, pancit, squid adobo and sinigang with a refreshing view of the sea. Formerly a fishpond, J & A Fishpen was eventually converted to a floating restaurant for travelers.
What's nice about the place is that you know the fish you eat is fresh. You can even go fishing in the fishpens nearby and have your catch cooked any way you want.
Where to Stay in Camiguin
More humble options and dormitory rooms for groups are available in resorts like Ardent Hibok-Hibok Spring and Resort and J & A Fishpen Resort and Apartelle.
For those who prefer artistic accommodations, check out Enigmata Treehouse Ecolodge Art Camp, an environment-friendly homestay-style accommodation on the island.
Suggested Itinerary in Camiguin
For those traveling by air, Camiguin is ideal for a weekend getaway. Your Camiguin tour can also be combined with a longer trip to Bukidnon or Cagayan de Oro, where it’s accessible from by sea travel. Camiguin is also accessible by sea travel from Bohol.
06:00 AM - Flight from Manila to Cagayan de Oro or Cebu. After arrival, have early breakfast and prepare for mainland tour
07:00-12:00 NN - Visit Sunken Cemetery, Old Catarman Church Ruins, and more
12:00 NN - Lunch. Prepare for waterfalls tour
01:30 PM-05:30 PM - Start of waterfalls excursion. Visit Katibawasan Falls and Tuasan Falls
06:00 PM - Relax at Ardent Hot Springs
07:30 PM - Dinner. Call it a day. Start bright and early the next day
06:00 AM - Early breakfast and prepare for White Island Tour
07:00-12:00 NN - Swim and relax under the sun
12:00 NN - Lunch
02:00 PM-06:00 PM - Shopping, food crawl, and sightseeing
07:00 PM - Dinner. Call it a day. Start bright and early the next day
07:00 AM - Wake up. Breakfast.
08:30 AM - Ferry to Cagayan de Oro or Flight from Camiguin to Cebu + Cebu to Manila
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Camiguin Travel Requirements
In order to be allowed to enter the province, a tourist or visitor must fulfill the following requirements:
- Registration under the Clean CamiguinQR System through cleancamiguinqr.com for all travellers including children regardless of age.
- Click on “Register Now”
- Prepare the necessary documents and click on “I’m Ready”
- Fill out personal information and click on “Next”
- Upload a picture of your face and click on “Review”
- Download your QR Code
- Upon entry to Camiguin please make sure to be able to provide:
- CleanCamiguin QR Code for all travelers
For further questions please do not hesitate to contact us through our contact form or call us directly. +63 956 936 5402
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Camiguin Travel Requirements
Came again to Camiguin ! The Island Born of Fire simplified its travel requirements to make it easier for everyone to experience or re-experience the charm of the island. So if you are longing for the White Island, or its numerous waterfalls, hot and cold springs, verdant mountains and anything about Camiguin, then it is time to visit or revisit the island! Book your flight and complete these Camiguin travel requirements for a hassle-free entry to the island.
Camiguin Community Alert Level
Based on latest IATF Resolution, Camiguin is under Alert Level 1 .
Camiguin Travel Requirements for Tourists
- All tourists, regardless of age, must have Clean Camiguin quick response (QR) code
- Confirmed reservation with accredited accommodation establishment in the province
- Tourists who will stay in a private home must secure a clearance from the Municipal Government of the Municipality where they will be staying
- Fully-vaccinated tourists may bring their unvaccinated minor children below twelve (12) years of age. Accompanying minor children who are twelve (12) to seventeen (17) years old must have at least received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. Accompanying adult children must be fully-vaccinated
- Health Declaration Form from Clean Camiguin Website ( Link Here)
- Traze App (Required by Philippine Ports Authority, downloadable from www.traze.ph )
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2023 Guide: Must-Visit Destinations in Camiguin Island
Camiguin Island is named as the “Island of Fire” because of the presence of seven volcanoes in the area. The province is the smallest in Mindanao and the second smallest in the country. What it lacks in size it makes up with beauty and spectacle for your perfect weekend getaway.
The Best Time to Visit
The sweltering months of April, May, and June are ideal for sun lovers. The temperature is highest at 33.3°C in May. Bask in the sun and get lots of vitamin D. Or dive in the turquoise sea water and frolic with beautiful aquatic life.
The influx of tourists happen in January, May, and September. If you are on a tight budget avoid these months. accommodations and flights are pricy.
Getting to Camiguin Island
Whenever I travel I use the budget routes to save money and travel time.
If you’re coming from Manila, there is no direct flight to Camiguin Island, you can reach the place via 2 gateways at Cebu and Cagayan de Oro.
Camiguin tourist spots, mount hibok hibok.
Of the seven volcanoes on the island Mount Hibok Hibok stands out for its explosive history because of its five eruptions. Although it remains an active volcano it does not show any sign of activity.
It will take mountain climbers four hours to reach the peak. Achievers will be rewarded with stunning and matchless views of nearby provinces. See the mossy crater and blade-sharp rocks with growth of pitcher plants. Bathe your weary in nearby hot springs.
- What to do and expect: 2-3 hours of hiking, Hot Spring
- No entrance/environmental fee for hiking
- ₱50 per head for hot spring
- ₱1,500-2,000 for trekking guide per group (whole day)
A go-to place for tourist and pilgrims during the Holy Week. On the way to the summit, a visitor will come across life-size statues portraying the sufferings of Jesus Christ. The 14 Stations of the Cross are displayed at intervals while ascending the mountain.
- What to do and expect: Hiking, Viewing
- Entrance Fee : None
White Island is a sand bar that is boomerang shaped and can be reached with a ten-minute boat ride. There are no shelters or shades to protect you from the sun. But tourist frequent the place because of its pearly white sand and the crystal blue water.
- What to do and expect: White sand beach and sandbar
- Environmental fee: ₱35 per head
- Boat fee: ₱150 per head (round-trip)
Water drops from 250 feet above ground down to a pool below. Flora decorate the cliffs and big boulders were arranged by nature to let the water make beautiful movement.
- What to do and expect: Waterfalls
- Environmental Fee : ₱50 per head
Mantigue Nature Island Park
Also known as Magsaysay Island with lush vegetation and surrounded with unadulterated white sand. It is a marine sanctuary with an underwater wonderland full of astonishing aquatic life perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving.
- What to do and expect: White sand beach
- Environmental fee: ₱30 per head
- Cottage fee: ₱150 per day
An old cemetery that sunk during the eruption of Mount Vulcan in the 1870’s along with some areas in Bonbon City. Atop the cemetery is a huge cross built in 1982.
- What to do and expect: Viewing
Old Gui-ob Church Ruins
The Gui-ob church was badly destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vulcan in the 1870’s. The town of Catarman, home to the church, was severely hit a portion of the town fell into the sea. The ruins of Gui-ob are remnants of the town.
Sto. Niño Cold Spring
- What to do and expect: Crystal clear cold water
Getting Around Camiguin
- Motorcycle rental: ₱400 a day (good for 2pax)
- Tricycle rental: ₱800 a day (good for 4-6pax)
- Multicab rental: ₱1,000 to 2,000 (good for 10-12pax)
There are motorbikes and multicabs available for rent when you arrive, the above rates are your reference to make sure you will not be overcharged.
TIP: It’s still better to look for a rental in advance. You can search tour agencies or rentals on Facebook by searching for “Camiguin Rentals”.
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Check out the Updated Camiguin Travel Requirements for 2022
Camiguin Travel Requirements for Arriving Local Passengers : This is the updated advisory for local or domestic passengers arriving at Camiguin Airport. If you’re looking for more information about COVID travel requirements in going to the island province of Camiguin, we’ve got you covered!
For inbound passengers (returning residents and authorized persons outside of residents) traveling to Camiguin, a valid ID and a vaccination card are required to show that you are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must provide a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 24 hours. Additionally, those returning to Camiguin after residing in another country for more than one (1) year must also provide a certification from their barangay and an acceptance from the municipal government. Lastly, all tourists must have a travel order issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Tourists are only allowed to enter the province if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. They must also have a valid ID and a confirmed reservation with an accommodation establishment in Camiguin. If they will be staying in a private home, they must secure a clearance from the Municipal Government of the Municipality where they will be staying. They must also have a negative RT-PCR Test Result from any DOH-accredited laboratories taken within seventy-two (72) hours (for tourists traveling from NCR and Luzon) or forty-eight (48) hours (for tourists traveling from Visayas and Mindanao). Finally, they must prove that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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Camiguin Travel Requirements and Community Alert Level
Updated: October 1, 2022 Alert Level 1: October 1 to 15, 2022
Here are the health and COVID travel requirements for Camiguin
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Inbound passengers (returning residents and apor).
Camiguin Travel Requirements for Fully Vaccinated Travelers
- Vaccination Card
- Certification from Barangay and Acceptance from the Municipal Government (for Returning Resident)
- Travel Order (for APOR)
Camiguin Travel Requirements for Unvaccinated and Partially Vaccinated Travelers
- In the event the result of such test cannot be released within twenty-four (24) hours from the time it was taken, Inbound Passenger who commence their travel to the Province within twelve (12) hours from the time their test was taken shall, upon their return to the Province, undergo quarantine at a place determined by the appropriate local health authority until their negative test result is released
- Inbound Passenger may opt not to take a COVID-19 RT-PCR test and instead undergo facility-based quarantine for fourteen (14) days upon their return
- Certification from Barangay and Acceptance from the Municipal Government (for Returning Resident)
Only full-vaccinated tourists shall be permitted to enter the province.
- All tourists, regardless of age, must have a Clean Camiguin quick response (QR) code
- Confirmed reservation with an accommodation establishment in the Province
- Tourists who will stay in a private home must secure a clearance from the Municipal Government of the Municipality where they will be staying
- Negative RT-PCR Test Result from any DOH-accredited laboratories taken within seventy-two (72) hours (for tourist travelling from NCR and Luzon)
- Negative RT-PCR Test Result from any DOH-accredited laboratories taken within forty-eight (48) hours (for tourists traveling from Visayas and Mindanao)
- Fully-vaccinated tourists may bring their unvaccinated minor children below twelve (12) years of age. Accompanying minor children who are twelve (12) to seventeen (17) years old must have at least received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. Accompanying adult children must be fully-vaccinated
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Camiguin Travel Requirements for For Tourists
- Proof of complete COVID-19 Vaccination
- Proof of confirmed booking from an LGU-accredited establishment or clearance from a Municipal Health Officer if staying in a private home
- Confirmed reservation with an accommodation establishment in the province. For guests staying in a private home, LGU clearance is required. Ask your host to process the clearance.
- Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. It should be at least fourteen (14) days after receiving your final required dose. Only fully vaccinated tourists are allowed to enter Camiguin.
Camiguin Travel Requirements for For Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR)
- Company ID / Certificate of Employment
- Original Copy of Travel Order
- Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. It should be at least fourteen (14) days after receiving your final dose. Only fully vaccinated APORs are allowed to enter Camiguin.
Camiguin Travel Requirements for For Locally Stranded Individuals (LSI) / Returning Residents
- Negative RT-PCR test result
- Valid ID with residence address within the Province of Camiguin
- Acceptance Letter from the LGU of destination / Travel Entry or Exit Pass Card from the municipality
- Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. It should be at least fourteen (14) days after receiving your final required dose. Only fully vaccinated LSIs/Returning Residents are allowed to enter Camiguin.
These are the Camiguin Travel Requirements we have as of the date indicated. Requirements may change from time to time without prior notice. Please continue checking with the local government unit of your destination for the latest updates.
- Disclaimer: This is only an advisory from the referring airline. Travel restrictions are subject to change without notice by the issuing local government authority. As a result, the requirements or restrictions listed above are not real-time and should be used only as a guide. Please verify your requirements with the official offices, pages or websites of both your origin and destinations directly.
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Camiguin DIY Itinerary, Budget, Travel Guide
Camiguin is a tiny island province in Northern Mindanao having abundance of natural wonders for everyone to admire. From stunning islands, to relaxing hot springs and refreshing cold springs, to majestic waterfalls and mysterious historical attractions. This province is complete with everything an adventurous heart needs. To those who hate being bored, this is the place to be!
Dubbed as the “island born of fire”, Camiguin might sound off to some. It is home to 7 volcanoes with one being active. We might find these facts quite scary, but it’s actually the reason behind the countless hot and cold springs, even soda springs that anyone will truly enjoy. Also, the sight of the island province with towering volcanic peaks is such a massive beauty to behold.
Camiguin DIY Itinerary
Camiguin is small enough that you can traverse the whole circumferential road within just 2 hours. You can even visit multiple attractions in a single day. Some can even manage to have a day tour in Camiguin , especially those traveling to Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro. As for us, we decided to spend 3 days to fully utilize what this gorgeous province has to offer.
It’s also easy to DIY even though the sites are quite spread out. Thanks to many motorcycle/multicab rentals and the smallness of the province. Commuting is also possible but not so efficient.
For those interested to do a 3-day trip, here’s a sample itinerary for your reference. DIY and completely doable!
You can allot Day 0, for travel time to the province. In our case, we traveled from Manila to Cagayan de Oro to Balingoan Port, the night before Day 1.
Day 1 – Mantigue Island (Mahinog) & White Island (Mambajao)
06:00 am – ETD from Balingoan Port 08:00 am – ETA Benoni Port, Camiguin 08:15 am – Quick breakfast; buy packed lunch 08:45 am – Boat ride to Mantigue Island 09:00 am – ETA Mantigue Island ; Explore island; Picture taking 10:00 am – Snorkeling 11:00 am – Early Lunch 12:00 pm – Leave for White Island in Mambajao Note: Mambajao is still an hour’s drive from Mahinog. And White Island is 10-min boat ride from the port. 02:00 pm – ETA White Island ; Explore sandbar; Picture taking 05:00 pm – End of tour 06:00 pm – Dinner 10:00 pm – Lights off
Day 2 – Inland Attractions Day Tour (Mambajao & Catarman)
06:00 am – ETA Katibawasan Falls (Mambajao); Quick breakfast nearby 08:00 am – ETA Ardent Hotspring (Mambajao) 10:00 am – ETA Tongatok Cove Viewpoint (Catarman) 10:30 am – ETA Old Spanish Church Ruins (Catarman) 11:30 am – Early Lunch nearby 01:30 pm – ETA Tuasan Falls (Catarman) 03:30 pm – ETA Bura Soda Water Pool (Catarman) 05:00 pm – ETA The Sunken Cemetery (Catarman) for sunset viewing
Day 3 – Chillax Time + Taguines Lagoon
Whole morning – You can wake up anytime you want but also give time to explore your resort/bnb 12:00 pm – Check-out accommodation; Lunch 02:00 pm – ETA Taguines Lagoon ; Zipline/paddleboard/kayak 04:00 pm – ETA Benoni Port, Camiguin 06:00 pm – ETA Balingoan Port
Here’s a map to help you navigate through the itinerary. You can click on each icon to show details.
Legend: Pink : Transportation Terminals/Ports Orange : Tourist Attractions
Whether you choose an accommodation in Mahinog or in Mambajao area, it’s completely fine. This itinerary is flexible. But if you don’t mind carrying your luggage the whole first day, you may opt to choose an accommodation in Mambajao area since most of the attractions are located there. And if you choose to stay in Mahinog area, don’t worry about the distance since you will be renting a motorbike/multicab.
Motorcycle rental is 350 PHP for 24 hours, good for 2 persons. Multicab rental is 1,800 PHP for 24 hours, good for up to 10 persons. Entrance fees and fuel not included.
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How to get to camiguin.
Camiguin Island has it’s own airport but only Skyjet Airlines flies directly to the port. Other nearest airports from Camiguin are the Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro and Bancasi Airport in Butuan City.
From Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan Airport) – our route
- Take a bus or van going to Agora Bus Terminal . In our case, we arrived at the airport at around 11pm and there were no buses available at that time. Our only option was to take a van just fronting the arrival exit. Fare is usually 199 per person, but we got it for only 100 because the van operators were competing just to get us. No haggling skills needed. 😁 Travel time was 30 minutes because it was midnight. Could be longer depending on traffic.
- Take a bus bound for Butuan and disembark at Balingoan Ferry Terminal . Tell the bus attendant that you’re going to Camiguin. Fare is 147 php and travel time was 2 hours (it was midnight). Note: There’s a minimal 3 php entrance fee per person at the Agora Bus Terminal.
- Board a ferry going to Benoni Port in Camiguin . First trip is 4:15 am and ferry schedule is every one hour until 5pm. Fare is 210 php and terminal fee is 15 php.
From Butuan City (Bancasi Airport)
- Take a multicab going to Butuan City Integrated Bus Terminal . Fare is 20 php and travel time is 20 minutes.
- Take a bus bound for Cagayan and disembark at Balingoan Ferry Terminal . Tell the bus attendant that you’re going to Camiguin. Fare is around 200 php and travel time is 2 hours.
- Board a ferry going to Benoni Port in Camiguin . First trip is 4:15 am and ferry schedule is every one hour until 5pm. We chose the 7:15am schedule. Fare is 210 php and terminal fee is 15 php.
Once you reach Benoni Port, you may begin with your itinerary right away. Or you may also leave your luggage first in your hotel frontdesk if it’s just near the port. In our case, we opted to stay in Camiguin Blue Lagoon Cottages, just a short 5-min drive from Benoni Port.
You may contact this number 09067877288 for motorcycle/multicab rental. I forgot his name as usual. Will update this blog once I get in touch with him.
You may also book your flight to Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan Airport), or Butuan (Bancasi Airport) via 12Go Asia .
Here’s a budget breakdown to help you plan your budget. The following table includes only the Entrance Fees, Environmental Fees, transportation, and activities.
Airline ticket, accommodation, and food not included because it varies. But here’s a breakdown.
- Cebu Pacific Ticket (MNL-CGY-MNL) = 1,270 PHP Roundtrip per person (terminal fee included)
- Food = 1,500 PHP per person (approx.)
- Accommodation = This is covered by my Airbnb referral credits so we don’t have accommodation expenses. But it’s worth 2,999 for 2 nights good for 2 persons at Camiguin Blue Lagoon Cottages.
Where to stay in Camiguin
There are plenty of accommodation options in Camiguin, most are in Mambajao area. From backpackers to mid-range hotels, and even luxury accommodations. It’s up to you whether you want to stay in Mambajao area since most of the attractions are located there. Or you may choose to stay at Mahinog area so that you are near the port. Really up to you.
If you choose the latter, I highly recommend Camiguin Blue Lagoon Cottages in Benoni, Camiguin . It’s a cozy native-style hotel in Taguines Lagoon, just a 5-min drive from Benoni Ferry Terminal. Its location is quite elevated, overlooking the emerald calm water of Taguines Lagoon. Plus, our cottage has a bathtub!
You can find all their rooms available via Airbnb here . That certain cottage where we stayed has two rooms: Deluxe Cottage A (upper room w/veranda & bathtub), and Deluxe Cottage B (lower room). Both with own comfort room.
Deluxe Cottage A:
Deluxe Cottage B:
There are lots of choices in Airbnb .
Aside from that, you can also book discounted rooms in Camiguin via Agoda! There are a lot of accommodations to choose from and it’s easy and convenient! Begin your search here:
And that’s it for this guide. I hope this could be of help in planning your trip to Camiguin.
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Great post! Thanks for giving proper credits. Hope our itinerary helps 🙂
Great share! When you get a chance to come back again in our hometown might you may need our assistance feel free to reach me out. 🙂 https://princekean.wordpress.com/
Sure. Thank you! Your hometown is awesome! 🙂
Question though. Mantigue boat for 600 it’s roundtrip right? Also for white island. 450 per boat roundtrip?
Yes, both are roundtrip rates. It’s that cheap because sea travel is just short.
It’s beautiful how I wish I could travel more domestically when in the PH. When did you come here to visit as PH is now on lockdown? Travel safely! Cheers!
We went to Camiguin last February. It’s actually our last travel before the lockdown so now I’m already craving for the outdoors. Hoping that this would end soonest 🙂 How about you?
I just got lucky traveling in Switzerland and UAE before the virus get so scary … check my blog when you get the chance. I got some travel backlogs but now have time to do it.
Wow! Switzerland is one of my dream destinations. My brother is currently in UAE (Dubai) so I might pay a visit and tour around once things get better. Of course, I’ll watch out for your posts!
I have 3 post this March I hope you have checked it out and yes Zurich is the latest and fyi I also have posts of UAE as I was living there before coming back home to NZ last year. 🙂
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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN CAMIGUIN, TOURIST SPOTS & ATTRACTIONS
1. visit the giant clams ocean nursery in cantaan.
2. Climb the Old Volcano Trail
3. Visit the Old Catarman (Gui-ob) Church Ruins in Bonbon
4. Swim at the Springs
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5. Marvel at the beauty of the Cross Marker and Sunken Cemetery
6. See the Ancestral Houses
7. Beach bumming at White Island or Sandbar
8. Spend a day at Mantigue Island
9. Swim at Katibawasan Falls
10. Bring home some boxes of Pastel de Camiguin and Lanzones
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OTHER THINGS TO DO IN CAMIGUIN, TOURIST SPOTS & PLACES TO VISIT
- Join the festivities on the annual Lanzones Festival
- Hike Mt. Hinok hibok
- Enjoy Tuasan Falls
- Dive and see Burias Shoal
- Enjoy the view at Tungatok Viewdeck
- Chill at Bura Soda Pool
- Enjoy a day of adventure at Taguines Lagoon
- Go on an Eco-Adventure at Mount Mambajao
- Enjoy a Day at Binangawan Falls
WHERE TO STAY? Hotels and Beach Resorts in Camiguin
Other Hotels and Beach Resorts in Camiguin
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- Bintana Sa Paraiso √ See room rates and availability
- Havendwell Beach Resort √ See room rates and availability
- Marianita's Cottages √ See room rates and availability
- Villa Corrales √ See room rates and availability
- Taylor’s Country Home √ See room rates and availability
- Lanzones Cabana √ See room rates and availability
- Nouveau Resort Camiguin √ See room rates and availability
- Paras Beach Resort √ See room rates and availability
- Kinghorn Garden House √ See room rates and availability
SAMPLE CAMIGUIN ITINERARIES
Camiguin day tour itinerary, camiguin itinerary (2 days & 1 night).
- Arrival in Camiguin
- Meet-up with your tour guide
- Proceed to your booked resort or hotel √ Click here to see available hotels & resorts in Camiguin!
- Early check-in or just leave your bags
- Enjoy White Island and Sandbar
- Visit Cantaan Giant Clams, Old Volcano Trail and Old Catarman Church Ruins
- Go to the Sunken Cemetery and enjoy the sunset
- Go back to your hotel or resort
- Visit Katibawasan Falls
- Go to Mantigue Island
- Go back to your hotel/resort to freshen up
- Pasalubong and souvenir shopping
- Proceed to the port or airport
Tour Guide in Camiguin & Transportation
- Mobile Number: 0905-956-6288
- Facebook: Joewanie Ocular
CAMIGUIN TRAVEL BLOGS
- How to get to Camiguin? √ CLICK HERE
- Camiguin Day Tour √ PART 1 | PART 2
- Camiguin Travel Guide √ CLICK HERE
Camiguin Travel Requirements and Entry Protocols
I hope this camguin travel guide helps certainly, camiguin is blessed with natural wonders and historical landmarks. there are just so many things that you can do and experience in camiguin that will surely make your trip enjoyable it will make you say "i will come again, camiguin".
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Things to Do in Camiguin, Philippines - Camiguin Attractions
Things to do in camiguin.
Ways to tour Camiguin
Private & custom tours, top attractions in camiguin.
1. White Island
2. Camiguin Island
3. Mantigue Island
4. Katibawasan Falls
5. Sto. Nino Cold Spring
6. Mt Hibok-Hibok
7. Tuasan Falls
8. Giant Clam Sanctuary
9. Sunken Cemetery
10. Sto. Rosario Church
11. Guiob Church Ruins
12. Tanguines Lagoon
Tours & Sightseeing
Ports of call tours, multi-day tours, cruises, sailing & water tours, outdoor activities, what travelers are saying.
- Camiguin Island
- White Island
- Mantigue Island
- Giant Clam Sanctuary
- Katibawasan Falls
- Sto. Nino Cold Spring
- Full-Day Private Camiguin Island Tour
- Camiguin Island Countryside Full Day Tour with White Island Sandbar
- Camiguin Land Tour