Camiguin, Island Born of Fire

Camiguin Island (Aerial View) Island by Sentinel-2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvdHCzLdQAQ&pp=ygUIYnVraWRub24%3D

Camiguin is a gem of an island province in the Northern Mindanao region of the Philippines and is known for its picturesque landscapes and serene atmosphere, its provincial capital is the municipality of Mambajao.

Camiguin is sometimes called Camiguin Sur (“South Camiguin”) or Camiguin de Mindanao, as the second-smallest province in the country it is situated in the Bohol Sea, this island province boasts an array of natural wonders including volcanoes, waterfalls, and hot and cold springs.

One of the most distinctive features of Camiguin is its volcanic nature. With seven volcanoes, including the famous Mount Hibok-Hibok which last erupted in the 1950s, the island is often referred to as the “Island Born of Fire.” Mount Hibok-Hibok is a popular spot for trekking enthusiasts, offering challenging trails and a rewarding panoramic view at its summit.

View from White Island on Mt. Hibok-Hibok on the left, and the smaller Camiguin volcano on the right side by Wolfgang Hagele

In addition to its volcanic terrain, Camiguin is also celebrated for its beautiful beaches. The White Island, a sandbar close to the northern coast of the main island, changes shape and size depending on the tide and is a perfect spot for sunbathing and snorkeling. Not far behind in charm is Mantigue Island, which is surrounded by a marine sanctuary that provides spectacular diving and snorkeling experiences, with vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life.

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But Camiguin’s allure doesn’t end with its volcanoes and beaches. The island is dotted with impressive waterfalls like Katibawasan Falls, which plunges from a height of 70 meters into a clear pool, and Tuasan Falls, known for its raw beauty and peaceful environment. The Ardent Hot Springs, a natural pool heated by the volcanic activity below, invites tourists to relax in its therapeutic warm waters.

One cannot talk about Camiguin without mentioning the Sunken Cemetery. Submerged by volcanic eruptions in the 1870s, the large cross standing in the water serves as a hauntingly beautiful memorial and has become an iconic landmark of the island.

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The Lanzones Festival, named after the sweet tropical fruit that thrives on the island, is a much-awaited annual event where locals and tourists enjoy a week-long celebration filled with street dancing, parades, and lots of lanzones.

Despite its small size, with an area of just about 238 square kilometers, Camiguin boasts a rich cultural heritage and a peaceful rural charm, making it a perfect getaway for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. With its astonishing variety of attractions and laid-back lifestyle, it’s not surprising that Camiguin continues to enchant visitors and holds a special place in the heart of the Filipino people.

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