Top 5 Reasons to Visit Camiguin This Summer
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Located in Northern Mindanao, in the Bohol Sea, Camiguin is second to Batanes in the list of the Philippines’ smallest provinces in terms of land area and population. This does not mean, however, that life in the island is boring. Camiguin may be a quiet and simple province, where time seems to move slowly, but there are tons of things you can do in the Island Born of Fire, especially in the summer season.
It may not be as popular as Boracay or Palawan, but Camiguin has its share of regular visitors, including tourists from different countries. The Panaad, a 64-kilometer walk (around the island) done by devotees as a sign of sacrifice, happens every Holy Week. The Old Vulcan, one of the seven volcanoes in the island, is where you’ll find the Stations of the Cross; usually the last destination for the Panaad. This is just one of the many activities you can do in Camiguin.
To help you plan your adventure, here are five fun reasons why you should visit the island this summer season.
Top Five Reasons Why Camiguin Should Be Your Number One Summer Destination
- Camiguin is Where You Can Climb Mt. Hibok-Hibok
Mt. Hibok-Hibok is one of the seven volcanoes in Camiguin. It is an active volcano that last erupted in 1953. You can experience the beauty of Hibok-Hibok if you climb it in the daytime. It’s going to be quite a challenge, but the reward is majestic as you will be able to see its crater once you reach its peak. Just be sure that the weather is clear. Also, allot at least half a day for your climb and don’t schedule any other strenuous activity on that day if you want to fully enjoy the experience.
- Camiguin Has a Unique Sunken Cemetery
The Sunken Cemetery came to be after the town of Bonbon was buried during the eruption of Mt. Vulcan from 1871 to 1875. As a result, the cemetery went under the sea. Today, it is one of the island’s most popular attractions. For a trivial sum, you and your friends can ride a banca (small boat) and go to the huge cross that stands as a marker for the cemetery. You can take photos with the sunken graves in the background. You can also go diving or snorkeling with friends. The best time to experience the Sunken Cemetery is late in the afternoon, when the sun is about to set.
- Camiguin Has Beautiful Ancestral Houses
You can go around Camiguin in one day by renting a multicab, jeepney, or motorela. You’ll marvel at all the beautiful ancestral houses that you’ll see along the way. Some of the houses are situated in the capital town of Mambajao, but there are also quite a lot of them along the highway and in the other towns like Salay and Guinsiliban.
- Camiguin Has Beaches, Falls, and Springs.
Camiguin is where you will find White Island in Agoho, a pristine white sandbar in the middle of the sea where you can swim, get some tan, and marvel at the beauty of Mt. Hibok-Hibok and the Old Vulcan. Camiguin is also where you’ll experience Mantigue Island, a 4-hectare white sand island that can be accessed via pumpboat (small watercraft) from Mahinog. It is a favorite destination for diving and snorkeling. Camiguin also has falls and springs, the most popular of which are Katibawasan Falls, Ardent Hot Spring, and Sto. Niño Cold Springs.
- Camiguin Island is a Foodie Haven
Over the years, different restaurants started to sprout in Camiguin. There are Italian restaurants, farm-to-table dining places, seafood, and family-owned restos. Samuel, located in Mambajao, is one of the restaurants favored by both locals and tourists. Aside from dining places, the island is also the home of delicacies like Vjandep Pastel, which you can buy at Gasa, a pasalubong shop located in the building where Samuel is.
These and many other reasons are why Camiguin should be in your summer getaway list. The island may be small and life there may be simple, but these are actually the things that make it even more interesting and ideal. So plan your summer trip to Camiguin now; and while you’re at it, don’t forget to book a room or two at Ba’ay, one of the island’s most comfortable accommodations.
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