With over 7,000 islands in the Philippines, our country definitely boasts of numerous breathtaking places to discover with various features you may be looking for - from the lush green terrains and crystal clear waters, to the rich history, diverse culture, and the warm hospitality from the locals. If you’re ever wondering where you can find all this a.k.a. hitting several birds with a single stone, Camiguin might just be the right place for you!
Camiguin, situated about ten kilometers off the northern coast of Mindanao, is the second smallest province in the country. And though it remains to be a low-key destination as compared with the other popular island provinces, it still claims its rightful place in the top list of attractions worth exploring. Here are some of the reasons why!
1. White Island & Mantigue Island
The powdery white sand and the waters as blue as the sky of the islands of Camiguin will definitely leave your jaws dropped. Other than merely appreciating its allure through your eyes, you can also experience their charms through your other senses - go swimming, try snorkeling, eat seafood, or just be a beach bum. Who doesn’t love a nice beach anyway?
2. Sunken Cemetery
The idea of having an underwater cemetery in the island you’re going to visit may be kind of weird at first. But honestly, this is one of the few remarkable tourist spots which sets Camiguin apart. Other than the gravestones found below the sea, it’s also a good place to go snorkelling with all the corals and fishes you can discover underneath.
3. Katibawasan Falls
If you’re up for some thrill and interested to go trekking, you shouldn’t miss this 70-meter high waterfalls and then dropping straight into a pool of freezing water. It is located at the foot of Mt. Timpoong, also giving you a view of the plush rainforest around it.
4. Ardent Hot Springs & Sto. Nino Cold Springs
Whether you’re in the mood for a quick dip, either hot or cold, Camiguin has both. The hot springs are for those who prefer a more relaxing experience, while the cold springs are for those who are looking for a more refreshing one. Can you believe how wonderful the works of nature are?
Ardent Hot Springs
Sto. Nino Cold Spring
5. Guiob Church Ruins
The remains of this church made from coral stones are still exquisite despite the damages caused during the volcanic eruption in 1871, which continues to leave an impression on tourists. This constant reminder of the province’s rich history will make you realize how broken things can still be beautiful too.
6. Lanzones Festival
Celebrate the culture of Camiguin through the well-known Lanzones Festival and taste the sweetness of their lanzones, which occurs every third week of October. You’d also get to witness the island’s fun-filled festivities – street dancing, float parades, and endless parties. After all, festivals are always worth your time!
7. A heartwarming welcome from Camiguingnons
There’s nothing like receiving a heartwarming welcome from the people of Camiguin. With the commendable hospitality of the Camiguingnons, you’d always feel like you’re home. Their genuine smiles are so contagious, you’ll definitely smile from ear-to-ear!
And the list goes on. You don't really need words to describe your experience in Camiguin, and it's because feeling it and enjoying each moment is already enough!
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