Located about 10 kilometers off the northern coast of Mindanao is the pristine island province of Camiguin, an ecotourism gem and one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the country. Its geographical foundations were shaped by 14 volcanoes which dubbed it as the “Island Born of Fire”.
The island is blessed with a beautiful assortment of natural wonders such as majestic volcanoes, lagoons, lakes, cold springs, soda springs, gushing waterfalls and white sand beaches. The pristine waters of this blue paradise make it a healthy habitat for a rich underwater ecosystem of marine life that is a wonderland for diving, snorkeling, and underwater photography.
Above its clear emerald waters, Camiguin does not fall short of adventures and relaxing getaways to complete the ultimate experience. The majestic Mt. Hibok-Hibok and Timpoong, an ASEAN heritage park, is a tourism favorite for its own brand of volcano trekking and an excellent birdwatching and stargazing experience It is also home to one of the most sought after birds in the world: the Camiguin Hawk Owl. Waterfalls and springs are readily found in every direction of this fantasy island for a dose of unforgettable freshwater escapes.The allure of Camiguin is the ultimate leisure and adventure package and a must-see in Northern Mindanao.
HOW TO GET THERE:
From CDO’s Agora Terminal, take an 88-kilometer bus ride to Balingoan then take a ferry bound for Camiguin Island. Boats dock at Benoni Port in Mahinog, about 17 kilometers from the capital town of Mambajao.
Multicab or motorcycle rides are available from the port to take you around the island.
Tourists may take direct daily flights from Cebu to Camiguin and vice versa. They may also take direct flights from Manila to Camiguin.
Every 3rd month of October, the beautiful island of Camiguin comes alive with a much-awaited colorful and fun-filled celebration in celebration for the bountiful harvest of the sweetest Lanzones in the Philippines which is also the heart and pride of the island-province. One of the most popular festivals in the Region, people flock to Camiguin not only to join the eat all you can Lanzones parties but to sample the local and international cuisine that is so diverse in Camiguin and to relax and enjoy the unforgettable land and seascapes.