On my first visit to Camiguin Island, I had an experience that was extremely hectic. Went to this place with 4 other guests who are on their 60’s. They decided to do the excursion to this island in just one full day, so we ended staying for overnight only. If you asked me if it’s worth to be on this island for just one day? I would say “NO”, not unless, you have other agenda like just to visit one spot or to promote part of the island. Personally, one day for me, is a No-No. In fact, on my second to fourth visit this year 2016, I see to it that I have 5 full days to experience the beautiful island.
You will extremely miss its strong determination in promoting Ecotourism of this amazing Camiguin. From my first visit in the year 2013 up to the present year 2016, I can say it has improved every time I visit. They showcase how life as a local is, how to live on an island with concerns on waste management. I salute the government for leading this kind of living. Each local and tourist will forever be reminded all the time of the proper waste segregation as they have this huge signage almost every corner, most importantly to places where tourist spots are. You will miss this as it’s not all the islands in the world care too much on how to improve the lives by simply reuniting the eco-tourism, it’s proper waste segregation and its local living.You will notice how local are so disciplined with this promulgation.
You will miss the amazing four Stratovolcano found in this 92 sq. mi. island. It is easy to stroll the place as it’s the second smallest province in the Philippines both in terms of area and population. In fact, there are plenty of tourists who opt for one day tour only for its short distance (which obviously I don’t recommend, but, by all means, you have the right to make your own conclusion) During my visit, I was able to know how many volcanoes are there on the island including the tiny infamous domes. I encouraged you to visit their famous Philvocs office located along Quibiro in Mambajao (even if this is not included in your to-do list or not included in your agency package). On the way to the office, there’s a lively green nature that can be seen, plus the visible known white island of Camiguin which is amazing to see from the high level of this peninsula. I’m not an expert about volcanoes, although our country has plenty of these, yet, I couldn’t imagine myself having many volcanoes in a small area. It is through this office also that you will grasp an information if you are capable of trekking the hard level of Hibok Hibok mountain or which among the three remarkable mountains is good for you, of course, this is aside from the recommendation of their reliable tour guides and tour agencies.
This isolated hill has an abundance of water, it’s actually mostly surrounded by water. It is on this island that you will be able to encounter soda water, cold spring, hot spring, white beach, stone edge beach with preserved marine sanctuary, the unique Sunken Cemetery, the uninhabited white island, the known Mantigue island, their brilliant giant clam farm and of course their known Katigbawasan waterfalls. Surely, if you are a water lover, you will immensely miss this, especially that these water spots are bordered by palm trees, green environment, and refreshing nature. They have more than a thousand of giant clams as well surrounded by corals that you will be able to witness by snorkeling and or by diving. Mantigue island has also been talk-of-the-town for its well preserved marine sanctuary, I’ve seen some jackfish here while snorkeling, but, I, unfortunately, didn’t capture any underwater shots during my snorkeling time. Diving might as well be a good time to do here, yet, a couple of foreign divers I met, were amazed in diving or snorkeling to the Sunken Cemetery (I should take my shot next time)
Physically active? Or simply interested in physical activities? Camiguin will challenge you with their stunning Hibok Hibok Mountain. It has been admitted as one of the best places to trek in Northern Mindanao. Aside from the Hibok Hibok, the fascinating highest peak of Mount Timpoong will alert you for its difficulty too.
Yoga is veritably one of the activities that I did in Camiguin. I did mine in Volcan resort, usually joined the afternoon session when the sun is about to set.
Plus, night safari is actually available for those who are interested. The field is situated in Hibok Hibok which is a trail right to Mount Timpoong. This activity may not be a challenging one, but the place is encompassed with few trails too, accessible for trekking, with its botanical garden set just beside the night safari space. I didn’t join the night safari when I was there, yet, I was able to visit the area, and did a little trek too.
I know most of you are familiar with the food that this island offers. Never ever missed to taste their lanzones fruit, it’s the sweetest lanzones I tried in the Philippines. They have Kipping – a fried cassava or manioc made the snack munch that only last about 2 minutes to sizzle. And oh! If you like to drink? Try Lanzones Wine, I had a hard time looking for a local who made this, maybe on my next visit I should focus looking for someone doing this. There is an available bottle in the stores, but I prefer someone local making it. Then, what else should you miss? The bun popularly name as pastel, if you have the sweetest tooth, you should endeavor this with the brand VJandEP. Last but not the least, you will miss grilled shell of Mantigue island if you forget to savor some.
Author: Ferna Mae
Ferna is a Filipino who is independent in her own skin. Enjoys traveling solo yet loves to travel with friends and family too. She first traveled her country the Philippines before she embarked to other countries. She believes that by traveling, her undying crave for learning excites her in a more profound way. Her flexibility had proven her that time is genuine. She supports Eco Tourism, thus, she believes her generosity to share her tour guiding and travel experiences will give value to the aspiring travelers. Connect with her at email@example.com,