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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrCamiguin is a pear-shaped volcanic island situated in Northern Mindanao, Philippines. It is the country’s second-smallest island in terms of both area and population. Camiguin Island is divided into five municipalities, namely Guinsiliban, Catarman, Mahinog, Sagay, and the island's capital, Mambajao.
The name of the island came from the Tagalog word ‘Kamagong’, which is a type of Ebony tree that grows abundantly near Lake Mainit of Surigao del Norte . The original settlers of the island were the Manobos, who immigrated from Surigao.
Camiguin Island is also known as “the Island born of fire” because of its seven active and dormant volcanoes. Among the island´s seven volcanoes, Mt. Hibok-Hibok is considered active. The island has the distinction of the most number of volcanoes per square kilometer than any other island in the world. It is also the only place in the Philippines which has more volcanoes than towns.
Getting ThereCamiguin has one airport which is located in Mambajao and three naval ports of entry. The main port is in Benoni, and the others are at Balbagon and Guinsiliban .
Direct flights are available from Cebu to Camiguin, and also Manila to Cagayan de Oro City. From Cagayan de Oro, tourists can take a fast craft in Macabalan Port CDO to Benoni Port, Camiguin. It is the fastest transportation method by sea as it takes about two hours, but has only one trip daily.
Another option is by taking a two-hour bus ride from Agora Bus Terminal in Cagayan de Oro to Balingoan. From Balingoan, a ferry trip to Benoni Port takes about an hour. Upon arriving at Benoni Port, different forms of transportation are available.
The entire island of Camiguin can be toured in just a day. Public transportation is available but is limited. It is advisable to hire a motorcycle or a multicab that would take you to your destination. The locals are friendly and most of them can speak English, though not fluently. If you ever get lost, don’t hesitate to ask them for directions.
Hotels and AccommodationsDepending on your budget and preferences, there are quite a few hotels and resorts to choose from on the island. Most are situated in Mambajao and are beachfront properties. Most accommodations in Camiguin also offer tours around the island.
- Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin – A resort east of Mambajao and next to the pier in Balbagon.
- Camiguin Action Geckos Dive & Adventures Resort – A small bungalow resort in the center of Agoho Beach.
- Paras Beach Resort – One of the more luxurious resorts on Camiguin.
- Camiguin Highland Resort - A luxurious hotel resort that is located in the mountains of Camiguin.
- Camiguin Beach Club – Known locally as one of the best spot to witness the “Golden Sunset”.
Catarman Church RuinsThe remains of the 1871 earthquake and volcanic eruption which wiped out the church that was built during the Spanish era in Camiguin.
Sunken CemeteryA historical landmark with a large cross which was built after previous volcanic eruptions sunk the cemetery. It is ideal for snorkeling, diving, and watching the sunset.
Katibawasan FallsThe most popular and biggest waterfalls in the island is situated at the foot of Mt. Timpoong, one of the seven volcanoes on the island. It is a natural beauty of 250-feet cascades to a rock pool of ice-cold waters.
Tuasan FallsLocated inside the forest at the western side of Camiguin Island is a 25-meter high, pristine waterfall.
Mt. Hibok-hibokIt is currently the only active volcano in the island, and has a slope of 4,101 feet. Tourists can hike to Crater Lake at the peak and stay there for a night.
Walkway to Old Volcano and Stations of the CrossA pilgrimage site for the Roman Catholics. It has a total of 14 stations, each having life-size statues depicting the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Ardent Hot SpringA local hot spa with temperatures rising up to 104 °F. The natural, hot, volcanic water is heated by Mount Hibok-Hibok,. The hot spring resort also has a restaurant and other amenities for night-swimming.
Giant Clam SanctuaryIt is a sanctuary of giant clams at Kibila White Beach. Kabila Giant Clam Conservation and Ocean Nursery houses more than 2,600 clams, including seven out of nine species of giant clams in the world.
Landmarks near Camiguin IslandWhite Island – It is one of Camiguin’s popular, uninhabited, white sand bar which is located two kilometers from the coast of Agoho, Mambajao. It takes the shape of the letter ‘C’ and at times, the letter ‘I’, depending on the ocean tide. It is ideal for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling. Mount Hibok-Hibok and the Old Vulcan can also be seen from the island.
Matigue Island – An island with a long stretch of white, sandy beach. It is a protected marine and coral sanctuary, three kilometers from the coast of Barangay San Roque, Mahinog. One side of the island is ideal for swimming as it is shallow and has very few corals. The other side is a deep drop-off, ideal for diving.
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Author: radiantan. Last updated: Dec 07, 2014