Camiguin Travel Guide

Camiguin Island

Dubbed the "Island Born of Fire," Camiguin is arguably one of the most exotic islands in the Philippines, boasting lush vegetation, a stunning White Island sandbar, and vibrant coral gardens. Considered an off-the-beaten-path destination, Camiguin is the perfect retreat away from the crowds.

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View of Camiguin Island from the White Island's Sandbar, Philippines

Camiguin Island is Philippine’s hidden gem, a tranquil haven tucked away from the bustling resorts of Boracay and Bohol. The charming island is a blend of white sandbars, natural springs and waterfalls immersed in the lush vegetation to dramatic volcanic peaks.

The local people of Camiguin Island are very genunine and they wll greet you wil warms smiles and they will make you feel immersed in the authentic Filipino culture.

For adventure enthusiasts, Camiguin offer scuba diving adventures volcano trekking expeditions.

What to See in Camiguin Island:

Sea View Camiguin Island, Philippines

If you’re planning a trip to Camiguin Island, don’t miss these must-visit places:
Here’s a brief description of each of those places:

White Island’s Sandbar

A stunning sandbar located off the coast of Camiguin Island in the Philippines, known for its pristine white sand and panoramic views of the surrounding turquoise waters and nearby volcanoes.

Mantigue Island

A small, picturesque island off the coast of Camiguin, offering crystal-clear waters perfect for snorkeling and diving, as well as lush greenery and white sandy beaches ideal for relaxation.

Mount Hibok-Hibok volcano

An active volcano rising to 1332 meters on Camiguin Island, popular for trekking and hiking adventures, offering breathtaking views of the island and surrounding seascape from its summit.

Katibawasan Falls

A majestic waterfall located in the dense forests of Camiguin Island, characterized by its impressive height of around 70 meters and the refreshing pool at its base, perfect for swimming and picnicking.

Sunken Cemetery

A unique underwater site off the coast of Camiguin Island, where the remains of a cemetery submerged by volcanic activity in the 1870s can be explored by snorkelers and divers.

Ardent Hot Spring

A natural hot spring resort nestled at the foot of Mount Hibok-Hibok on Camiguin Island, offering warm therapeutic waters surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, making it a popular spot for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Mount Mambajao

A dormant volcano located in the heart of Camiguin Island, offering hiking trails through dense forests and scenic viewpoints overlooking the island and surrounding ocean.

Santo Niño Cold Spring

A refreshing natural spring pool surrounded by lush greenery on Camiguin Island, known for its cool, clear waters perfect for swimming and relaxing in a tranquil natural setting.

Old Spanish Church Ruins

Historical ruins on Camiguin Island, remnants of an old Spanish colonial-era church destroyed by volcanic eruptions in the 19th century, providing a glimpse into the island’s rich cultural heritage.

Tuasan Falls

A stunning waterfall nestled in the jungles of Camiguin Island, offering a serene escape into nature with its cascading waters and lush green surroundings.

Giant Clam Sanctuary

A marine sanctuary off the coast of Camiguin Island, home to a diverse array of giant clams and other marine life, offering opportunities for snorkeling and diving in pristine underwater ecosystems.

Bura Soda Water Park

A unique attraction on Camiguin Island featuring natural soda springs where visitors can enjoy bubbling carbonated water and relax in natural pools, surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

When to go to Camiguin Island:

The best time to travel to Camiguin Island is during the dry season, which typically occurs from March to May. During these months, the weather is generally sunny with minimal rainfall, making it ideal for outdoor activities such as beach hopping, hiking, and exploring the island’s natural attractions.

However, Camiguin Island can be visited year-round, as it enjoys a relatively stable climate compared to other parts of the Philippines. The months of December to February also offer pleasant weather conditions, although there may be occasional rainfall due to the northeast monsoon or “amihan.”

One of the most popular festivals in Camiguin is the Lanzones Festival, celebrated every third week of October in the municipality of Mambajao. The festival honors the lanzones fruit, which is abundant in Camiguin and is celebrated with street dancing, cultural presentations, and a grand parade featuring colorful costumes and floats adorned with lanzones fruits.

Getting to Camiguin Island:

There are several ways to get to Cebu depending on your location and preference:

From Cebu

From Cebu, the easiest way to reach Camiguin Island is by air. The Camiguin Airport (also known as Mambajao Airport) is located in Mambajao, the capital town of Camiguin. You can fly from Cebu-Mactan airport to Camiguin Airport via Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific.

From Bohol

From Bohol, you can take a ferry from Jagna port. Jagna port is approximately a 2-3 hours drive from Tagbilaran. The ferry services are available to Balbagon Port in Camiguin. The ferry ride takes around 4-5 hours, depending on sea conditions.

From Cagayan De Oro

From Cagayan De Oro, you may opt to fly into Laguindingan Airport near Cagayan de Oro City. From there, you can take a bus or van to Balingoan Port (approximately a 2 hours drive) and then catch a ferry to Camiguin Benoni port. The ferry ride takes around 1 hour.

Recommended Tours:

We recommend a stay in Camiguin Island of at least 4 days and 3 nights. One day can be dedicated to exploring the White Island’s sandbar and Mantigue Island. On another day, consider a full-day island tour to explore the highlands and interior areas. Trekking on the volcano can also be arranged for adventure enthusiasts.

All major sights are easily accessible from any point on the island via the scenic coastal road, which spans just 64 kilometers. You can rent a van or multi-cab with a driver for convenience, or opt for a motorcycle rental to explore the island at your own pace.

There is also an option to explore Camiguin & Cagayan De Oro for 6 days, where you can engage in adventure activities such as rafting, as Cagayan De Oro is known as the Philippine capital of rafting.

Where to stay in Camiguin Island:

Bintana Sa Paraiso Camiguin Island, Philippines

In Camiguin Island, you won’t find sprawling beachfront resorts dominating the coastline. Instead, small-sized accommodations are scattered along the picturesque coastline or nestled amidst the lush mountain terrain, offering guests a unique and tranquil experience.

Nouveau Resort offers a luxury experience on Camiguin Island. Its 400-meter shoreline sits right across from Mantigue Island. As the largest resort on the island with upscale features and world-class accommodations, it provides guests with an unparalleled stay.

For those seeking a more intimate and personalized experience, Bintana sa Paraiso is a charming boutique accommodation. Known for its warm hospitality and breathtaking vistas, this delightful retreat promises a memorable escape. Bintana sa Paraiso consists of two properties: a mountain resort in Binunsaran and a beachfront resort in Naasag. Both locations, nestled in lush jungle, offer spectacular views of Mt. Hibok-Hibok and the surrounding islands. Bintana sa Paraiso offers rooms with a private pool and butler-style service to cater to your needs.