Situated 10 kilometers off the northern tip of Mindanao is the island province of Camiguin. Dubbed as
the “Island Born of Fire,” Camiguin is home to seven volcanoes, one of which is the still active Mt. Hibok
Hibok. However, don’t let the island’s fiery origin and landscape stop you from visiting it. Camiguin is a
modern-day paradise. My favorite place to stay when I am there is the
Bintana sa Paraiso hotel. They have two separate resorts depending on the type of experience. The first one is right on the ocean with some of the most breathtaking views especially at sunset. You can get your breakfast delivered right to your room and wake up in paradise. Each room has an infinity pool so when it is hot outside (which is everyday) you just jump right in and don’t have to worry about not being able to find the perfect spot. Plus there is no wifi and cell reception so you can actually escape from reality which you should be doing when you are visiting paradise. The second resort is a top a hill with an astonishing view of the ocean and each tiki hut reminds me of something out of Bali. They are larger in size and there is more amenities being it is a larger resort area. The guest service in both reminds me of a Four Seasons hotel, just top notch and the reason why I only stay there. Despite being the Philippine archipelago’s second smallest island province, Camiguin is a treasure chest
filled with nature’s precious jewels. With its lush green jungles, white sand beaches, relaxing hot springs,
welcoming people, sumptuous food, and natural beauty, Camiguin is one of the top tourist destinations
that we should all add in our checklist.
But, if you’re having a hard time choosing what places to visit in this island paradise, here’s a quick list of
the top 5 places in Camiguin that you can see and enjoy.
1. Mt. Hibok Hibok
There’s no better place to start your adventure in Camiguin than in the famed Mt. Hibok Hibok, also
known as Catarman Volcano. Thrill-seeking hikers from different regions of the country and the world
come all year round to Camiguin just to conquer this active volcano’s challenging trails and reach its
summit. Those who successfully reach the top are rewarded with a fantastic view of the whole island. If
that’s not enough, hikers may also stop by one of the six hot springs on the mountain to take some
2. Katibawasan Falls
Now, if hiking and hot springs are not for you, the Katibawasan Falls may offer a “cooler” alternative.
The cold water from this 250-foot high waterfalls makes it a perfect destination if you’re in Camiguin for
one hot summer getaway. The pool at the foot of the falls is also surrounded by ferns, flowers, and
other plants, making it the perfect spot to appreciate the vibrancy of nature.
3. Sunken Cemetery
A trip to Camiguin will not be complete without visiting the famous Sunken Cemetery. 20 feet below the
surface of the sea lies Camiguin Island’s old cemetery which was driven underwater by the eruption of
Mt. Vulcan Daan in the 1870s. The location is marked by a large cross on top of the water. Despite the
unfortunate story behind the Sunken Cemetery, people still visit the place to swim and snorkel in the
afternoon when the tide is low.
4. White Island
White Island, also locally known as Medan Island, is a sandbar which sits 1.4 kilometers off the coast of
Mambajao, Camiguin. The isolated sandbar is surrounded by reefs and is well known for its powdery
sand. Visitors may swim in the sandbar’s shallow water, play a game of volleyball, or just quietly lay on
the soft sand to relax.
5. Mantigue Island Nature Park
Mantigue Island Nature Park is a four-hectare land mass situated off the coast of Mahinog. This island is
a natural sanctuary teeming with different flora and fauna. Tourists may opt to walk on the trail across
the jungle of Mantigue Island or hop into a glass-bottom boat to get a closer view of the island’s
surrounding reef and its marine life.