Camiguin, Philippines is located in the northern tip of the southern island Mindanao. Camiguin is a popular tourist destination, especially for Filipinos. It’s considered to be a beautiful island that everyone would want to visit. I have actually traveled to this destination twice and absolutely love its relaxing vibes. I’ve hopefully written this post to help you discover the best things to do in Camiguin.
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Things to do in Camiguin | Where to go to in Camiguin
Camiguin is a popular tourist spot because they strive to be an eco-friendly place to visit. They try and preserve as much as they can of their tourist sites, natural habitats, and more. Additionally, you can visit some of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines that are not as filled with tourists compared to other parts of the Philippines like Bohol, Cebu, and Palawan.
Where is the Island of Camiguin?
Camiguin is located in the southern province of the Philippines and is just north of Mindanao. It is located in the Bohol sea.
How to get to Camiguin Island
Cagayan de Oro is typically the only way to get to Camiguin island, most people will take a ferry boat from Cagayan de Oro to Camiguin.
The Top Camiguin Tourist Spots
White Island Camiguin
Camiguin is known for its white island. This is probably one of Camiguin’s top tourist attractions to visit. The island is made up of white sand, however, when looking at it, it looks as if it is made of white coral. It is not very soft to walk in, but the view is breathless and the water is clear and refreshing. They even have people who sell food on the beach if you get hungry. Be sure to try some of the fresh sea urchins!
Hike Vulcan Volano and see the stations of the cross
This is an old volcano that you can easily get a great view of the entire island and the ocean as well. This is an uphill hike where you can climb up and stop at each of the stations of the cross. The Philippines is a very religious country with Catholicism being the primary religion in the Philippines. Just don’t do what I did and hike this trail with flip flops on, I regretted it and broke my sandals by the end of it.
Ardent Hibok Hibok Hot Spring
When you end your day on the white island, this is a great place to relax and let go of all your worries. There used to be a hot spring, however, because of the earthquake, there are only cold springs in this location. It is beautifully landscaped with manmade waterfalls and nets to prevent debris from above going into the clear drinkable water. This is very cheap to get in, only costing about 30 pesos which is less than a US dollar. This was one of my favorite things to do in Camiguin.
Katibawasan Falls or Tuasan Falls
This waterfall is beautiful, however, there are so many waterfalls in the Philippines that are breathtaking. If you have time, I would at least check out this waterfall. When I think of the Philippines, I think about all the beautiful waterfalls I will see across the country. There are so many natural waterfalls, oceans, and landscapes to experience in the Philippines. If you come here, you should at least visit one of these gorgeous waterfalls.
Sto Nino Cold Spring
Another place to relax in a cold spring in Camiguin is at the Sto Niño cold spring. What I love about these locations is the freshwater. If you are anything like me, you sometimes want to take a break from the salty seawater and just enjoy lounging around in freshwater. It helps me relax and not have to worry about my eyes burning. The good thing about many of these cold springs are they are usually covered and help prevent you from direct sunlight.
Giant Clam Sanctuary
One of the popular Camiguin tourist spots is to visit the Giant Clam Sanctuary. This sanctuary has a collection of over 2,500 which are located right in the ocean. If you decide to visit this area, please avoid wearing sunblock as it could damage these beautiful clams. This is a must when it comes to things to do in Camiguin.
Lounge and Swim at Paras Beach Resort
One of Camiguin’s most popular resorts on the Island is the Paras Beach resort. This resort is the most popular when it comes to things to do in Camiguin. There are many reasons for this from the great accommodation, beautifully designed pools areas, and more. It’s very kid-friendly and close to a lot of popular things within the Camiguin area. If you don’t go to Paras Beach resort you should at least relax at one of the many beach resorts or houses on the island.
Mantigue Island Nature Park
Another island to hop from Camiguin is the popular Mantigue Island. This small island is located about 3.5 kilometers from the main island. It’s a great place to relax, go snorkeling, and see some crystal clear blue and green waters. You can easily take a boat there in about 20 minutes’ time. When traveling in the Philippines, we have a tendency to pack a picnic, so be sure to pack your own meals and of course bring your trash with you to preserve these beautiful beaches.
If you enjoy diving, this is the perfect place to visit. This is a protected marine sanctuary that has some stunning coral, tropical fish, and so much more in this area that can be discovered under the sea. Frogfish, blue-spotted stingray, turtles, and big pufferfish are some of the local fish you can find in this area. This is also a great snorkeling site as well if you are uncomfortable with diving. You will also find Colorful coral reefs in the shallow waters. It’s a great place to get some beautiful nature underwater photos.
This is why most people travel to the Philippines is to be able to free dive. This is one of the most popular things to do in Camiguin for tourists. A lot of the waters here in the Philippines are crystal clear and beautiful to look at. You can easily get some free diving hours here as well. What I love about freediving in the Philippines is that the water is warm and you don’t have to worry about it being too cold and needing a wetsuit. The water temperatures are absolutely perfect which makes it a great location to get your feet wet.
Bura Soda Water Park
This is the perfect location for kids. Water parks in the Philippines are fun and relaxing and the waters are cool and a bright blue. The water is good to swim in and supposedly tastes like a side which is where it gets its name. What is great about this place is that you don’t have to worry about the toxic chemicals of chlorine and enjoy natural spring water swimming pool to swim in.
When the old volcano erupted on the island, they build a cross on the lava rocks. So corals have grown on and around the tombstones sunken under the water. This makes for a beautiful diving location because the Marine life in this area has thrived.
Beaches in Camiguin Island
There aren’t many beaches but there are a lot of beach resorts where you can enjoy the beaches from. These are a few beaches you can go and check out, but you can also pay to stay at a beach resort for the day if you wanted to.
- Sabang Beach
- White Island
- Kabila White Beach
- Agohay Beach
- Golden Sunset Beach
Things to eat in Camiguin Philippines
There are some things that are just unique to this beautiful island. There are a lot of foods that are only local or native to certain areas and the way they make it. For example,. the southern Philippines is known for kinilaw which is not found everywhere. It’s mostly a Visayan dish prominent in Cebu, Mindinao, and other areas that speak Bisayan, Cebuano, Visayan.
- Sea Urchin – I actually got to try this at the beach life and fresh. It’s absolutely delicious and usually served raw with vinegar. Although, I would suggest you be careful with this since unfortunately, some people can and do get sick off of this.
- Pastel – This is a soft bun or bread that is filled with a sweet filling. There are some that have different types of fillings like ube.
- Lanzones including Lanzones Ice Cream and Lanzones Wine
- Chicharon Pusit – Like a pork chicharon but instead made with squid. This fried dish is great to snack on in the car or at the beach.
Popular Camiguin Resorts | Where to stay in Camiguin Island
- Paras Beach Resort – This is probably one of the most popular resorts on the island. It’s popular mostly among locals because of its affordability, great location, and fun resort commodities like the pool. I enjoyed staying here on my first visit to Camiguin Island. Book your stay here.
- Camiguin Highland Resort – Another resort that is popular is the Camiguin Highland Resort. It’s convenient, however, not my favorite or memorable place to stay in Camiguin. The rooms are spacious and great for large groups of people. Book your stay here.
- Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat & Dive Resort – If you want something more eco-friendly and with tours that provide eco-friendly accommodations, you can easily stay here. You can get a cottage or enjoy a room along the beach. Book your stay here.
- Balai sa Baibai Resort – If you want a honeymoon or just a gorgeous place to stay in Camiguin, I highly suggest you stay here. The facilities are absolutely gorgeous with a beautiful pool and a private beach. Book your stay here.
Best time to visit Camiguin Island
Weather in Camiguin Island
The best time to visit is between November and April during the dry season. During the summer months, you will have frequent monsoon rains which can be difficult to navigate and cancel a lot of ferries. However, that still doesn’t mean that you won’t have rain or issues with the weather during these months. From November through April, the weather is typically cooler as well, well cooler to Filipinos, but still generally warm where you are able to swim. The weather in the Philippines does not get cold unless you go high up into the mountains. It’s humid and hot typically all year long.
The Philippines is often crowded or busy during the Christmas season due to family flying back to the Philippines so tickets can often be more expensive during those months. The Philippines is a very Catholic country so a lot of families will go back to their hometowns and buses, ferries, etc, will be packed and oftentimes sold out. You will also experience a lot more traffic especially before, during, and after Christmas.
How to get around Camiguin Island
Trikes are a common form of transportation in the Philippines. Each area has slightly different. If you go to an area that has more hills, the trikes are more angled like a wheelie. Some are larger like this one and others just hold about two people inside (which they often squeeze in more people to make costs cheaper). If you want to travel like a local, be sure to take a Trike like this one or a Jeepney.
In order to get to the white island, you must take a ride in a Banka. There is no other way to get to this wonderful island. Banka rides are fun and enjoyable. There are people on the beach there who sell you the lifejackets, however, Bankas is considered one of the safest boats to travel in.
Hire a driver or rent a motorbike
You can easily hire a driver within the Philippines so if you are driving here from Cagayan de Oro or somewhere else, it will be best to hire a driver in one fo the bigger islands. You may need to pay for their accommodations as well.
If that isn’t something you are interested in doing, you can also hire a trike driver for the day as well or if you feel comfortable, you can rent your own motorbike to tour the island.
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