Camiguin Island is an integral part of the holiday destination. Explore green jungles, play with white sand beaches, splashing turquoise water, discover waterfalls, hike volcanoes, devour food and more. Best of all, there aren’t too many tourists here to get in your way!
Just off the coast of Bohol, Camikin remains relatively low-key on the backpacker circuit. That means more competitive prices, fewer tired locals, and plenty of space to be alone with the island’s natural beauty.
Of course, you’ll be sharing space with nearly 90,000 locals who live here, work here and welcome you here. Camiguin’s economy is mainly focused on fishing and agriculture. That means you’ll have delicious food here, including all the fresh fish and mangoes you want.
You can get here with fast flights from Cebu and Manila. After that, do a little ground transportation by bus, van or taxi, then take the ferry – there you are!
Let’s explore the best things to do in Camiguin:
1. Hot Springs
From Disney-esque jungle trails to blissful hot springs, this jungle oasis is a must-see in Camiguin.
Soak in the warm spring weather and you’ll be surrounded by mossy rocks and lush jungle greens as the steam rises from the water. The spring is fed by a natural waterfall heated by a nearby volcano, creating the perfect warm bathing water. You can climb and sit under the waterfall for a wonderful shoulder and back massage. The hot spring is huge, don’t worry about sharing the space with strangers!
There is also a cold pool here if you want to cool off.
2. Stowe.Nino Cold Spring
Stowe. Cold Spring Nino is essentially a swimming hole in the middle of the jungle. The man-made structure is reinforced with concrete floors, walls and steps – like a pool. But the water comes from natural sources deep underground. It’s the best of both worlds and no chemicals will harm your skin.
Float in an inner tube, walk down a small water slide, dive sideways, or let the fish eat the dead skin on your feet. This is a super refreshing way to cool off in a heat island heatwave.
Stowe. Nino Cold Spring is owned by the resort, but happily allows visitors for a small fee.
3. Tuasan Falls
near Stowe. Niño Cold Spring Resort is Tuasan Falls, the most popular waterfall destination on Camiguin Island.
Tucked away in the unspoiled jungle, the jeep can only go so far. You’ll be dropped off easily within a 5-minute walk of the falls, with a clear path to follow.
As you approach you will see large boulders and small rocks, and as you make your way to the Falls Basin you will climb and stagger. Take a dip in this cold pool where you can look down where the water rushes down to form a small river. It’s peaceful, it’s quiet, it’s a developing memory.
4. Diving in Burias Shoal
If you are a diver or have ever wanted to learn how to dive, you must not miss the opportunity to experience this incredible dive site in Camiguin.
Burias Shoals is a natural reef paradise like you’ve never seen it before. Instead of a flat coral bed at the bottom of the ocean floor, this reef spans slopes and steep walls where large schools of colorful fish swim all day.
Black, yellow, red and white coral varieties create a colorful wonderland wherever you go. Look closely and you’ll see camouflaged wildlife such as snapper, clownfish, goby, puffer fish, eels, crabs, and more.
5. Hike Hibok-Hibok Mountain
Hikers from all over the world try to climb Hibok Hibok Mountain, also known as Catarman Volcano. This active volcano is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and has a history of erupting that once devastated entire communities.
If you want to hike, you must first apply for a permit from the DENR office in Mambajao (the tourist office can do this for you). To reach the top, you will hike for 3 to 5 hours and enjoy stunning views of Camiguin and neighboring islands such as Bohol and Siquijor. There are also 6 hot springs on the mountain with hot and cold pools to relax tired muscles.
6. Hike Vulcan Mountain
A less intense but equally fun hike is an option at Mt. Vulcan. This ultra-religious country loves anything related to Catholicism, so the walking tour here is called Stations of the Cross and introduces you to 14 Roman Catholic Cross Stations. Basically, these are the 14 events that happened when Jesus was crucified, and you’ll see events randomly placed in the forest while you’re hiking. It’s interesting.
No permit is required for this hike. This is a leisurely day hike that takes about an hour or so.
7. Bra Soda Water Park
You’ve never experienced swimming in a bubbling soda pool like you’ll find in Camiguin.
You should thank the springs of Mount Bra, whose natural activity creates this sparkling water, creating pure pools for swimming, diving and horse riding.
No matter how much you like soda, don’t try to actually drink water.
There is a small picnic area and BBQ area. Come to Soda Water Park and spend the day at the foot of Hibok-Hibok Mountain.
Freediving is exactly that: freedom. Without tanks, gear, or fear, you learn to dive deep into the ocean, hold your breath, and experience the world around you in its purest form. When you freediving, you are completely part of the underwater world.
If this idea appeals to you, give it a try at Camiguin Island. Kurma Free Dive School has a reputation for guiding first-time freedivers through the process easily and safely.
Does this whole idea sound scary to you? you’re not alone. Most of the people who take these courses have an “I’m not too sure about this” attitude and are always pleasantly surprised to find that their abilities are much better than they thought.
9. Giant Clam Nursery
Kaliba Beach is home to the Giant Clam Sanctuary and Marine Nursery, where 2,600 clams thrive. There are 9 different species of clams on earth, and you can find 7 of them here.
Enter the water and you’ll find rows of clams lined up like the little underwater soldiers you see. With the help of your guide, you can pick up a giant clam and take a closer look. It was a truly educational day and a strange once-in-a-lifetime experience that you won’t forget.
Entrance fees go directly to helping this NGO take care of the clams and continue their conservation work.
10. White Island
Off the coast of Camiguin you can see the Isle of Wight. This small white sandbar is 1.4 km from the coast and is surrounded by reefs. The sandbars take on different shapes as the tides change, but there’s always a nice sand track left for you to play.
You can rent a boat to take you out. Spend a few hours swimming in the warm shallow water, lying on the soft sand, or bring a volleyball for some games. There are no areas for shade or buying drinks, so be sure to bring whatever you need with you.
11. Mantigue Island Natural Park
Mantigo Island, 3 km from Camiguin Island, is where you can explore a sandy road through the jungle or walk down a bamboo bridge while keeping an eye out for birds, monkeys and lizards. The island is completely unspoilt as it is protected by the government.
While you’re there, you can hop on a glass bottom boat that the kids love so much. It floats on the reef, allowing you to see coral and marine life up close through the bottom of the boat.
Another amazing element of a visit here is the view of Camiguin Island in the distance. You can see colorful houses and guest houses scattered among the trees, boats coming and going from the shore, and the overall outline of the just gorgeous island.
12. Snorkel in a sunken cemetery
The eruption of Vulcan Daan in the 1870s drove the cemetery to fill with local underwater remains. Today, their tombs and skeletons still rest in this place, with a large cross over the water.
In the afternoon, the water is shallow and is the best time for snorkeling. As you snorkel, you’ll see mossy tombs and crosses, and get that terrifying, spooky feeling you get when swimming over skeletons. There are schools of fish that call this area home and like to feed on mossy graves.
13. Katibawasan Waterfall
Ride a jeepney into the jungle and follow a flat red dirt road on winding roads, culminating in Katibawasan Falls. As soon as I got out of the car, I could hear the sound of rushing water. You can enter the jungle by following some man-made steps leading to the waterfall.
Katibawasan Falls is a beautiful 250-foot waterfall that fills clear pools where you can swim. You will be amazed by the nature surrounded by green jungle walls.
This is the perfect waterfall adventure for anyone who doesn’t want to hike!
14. Camiguin Aviation
Get a bird’s-eye view of the island from a small Cessna at Camiguin Aviation. A professional pilot will take you on a journey around the island, where you’ll enjoy Hollywood movie-style views.
You’ll get up close and personal with craters, aerial views of offshore islands and uncharted jungles.
Hold on tight as the pilot rolls you around with 7 aerobatic maneuvers for the zero-gravity feeling you’ll never forget.
15. Lansong Festival
If you’re lucky and your holiday lands in the 3rd week of October, you’ll experience the Lanzones festival. Lanzones are small, grape-like tropical fruits that are found throughout the island and are beloved by locals.
During this week-long festival, locals dance in the streets in traditional clothing, accompanied by loud music and plenty of Lanzones. There’s also a beauty pageant and a cultural show, so make sure your camera is ready. Set up stalls selling handicrafts and souvenirs to mark the week.
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