Located in Bonbon, Catarman a huge cross marker has been installed by the Provincial government to mark the community cemetery that sunk during the 1871 volcanic holocaust. Years ago, gravestones were visible during low tide.
ARDENT HOT SPRING
The local hot spa is a natural pool of about 40 degrees centigrade springing from depths of Mount Hibok-Hibok. The Municipality of Mambajao has provided cottages, restaurant and dormitory facilities that cater to local and foreign tourists. It has picnic huts, cookout facilities and restrooms for visitors.It is ideal for night swimming, a place to rejuvenate both mind and body.
Two kilometers off the coast of Agoho, Mambajao is the Camiguin's popular sand bar. At times it is in the shape of the letter C, sometimes the letter I, depending on the ocean tide. It has the picturesque Mount Hibok-Hibok and Old Vulcan as its backdrop. It is ideal for swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling.
The 250-feet majestic beauty cascades to a rock pool surrounded by ground orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders. Its ice-cold waters provide an ideal summer splash to locals and tourists alike. Rock picnic tables, seats and cookout facilities are available for use.
STO. NIÑO COLD SPRING
Located in Catarman, the Sto. Niño Cold Spring has a pool measuring 25 meters by 40 meters. It is 2 meters deep of cold spring water sprouting from the sandy bottom. The area has a restaurant, native cottages, picnic huts, cookout facilities and restrooms for visitors.
White Island is a sand bar across Rocky Village, Yumbing, Mambajao. This is an activity that you should NOT miss! As the name speaks for itself, White Island is pure white sand, there are no trees that you will can shade under. The best time to go there is early in the morning like 6:00 - 9:00am where the sun perfectly shines, not scourging hot and the place is not crowded yet.
I enjoyed snorkeling here because there are a lot of fishes and corals to see. But Honda Bay, Palawan is still the best I have seen... even though, I still enjoyed a lot as I love the beach, the waters and the sea!
Make sure you bring your sun block or wear rash guard! You should re-apply sun block every hour or else you will need a lot of aloe vera afterwards.
**How to go there?**
The port is located beside Paras Beach Resort. If your accommodation is within Rocky Village, it is a walking distance to the port. But if you have a package availed, the multicab will take you to the port. If your accommodation is far from the Rocky Village, you can take motorela and tell the driver to drop you off to the port to White Island. From the port, it will just take few minutes. Estimated 10-15minutes. It also depends on the height of the waves. Since we went there early in the morning, we sailed smoothly. Fare for the boat is Php 400 and Php 20 each for environmental fee. There is a minimum of 2 hours usage of the boat. In excess of 2hours, you will have to pay Php 150 for every hour exceeded.
It would be best to rent a multicab as you can roam the whole island for a day. We had an overnight stay in Camiguin. But overnight is not enough for you to enjoy the island's beauty. The itinerary we had was the following:
Day1: van costs Php 1500
- pick-up at Benoni port, proceed to resort/cottage to check in.
- proceed to Camiguin countryside tour
places to visited: Walkway to old volcano, Sunken cemetery,Gui-ob old church ruins.Soda water pool, Sto. niño cold spring, Katibawasan falls, and Ardent hot spring.
- end of tour back to resort.
Day2: white island tour - boat costs Php 400 and another fee of Php 20 each. I guess it's terminal fee.
- transfer from accommodation to Benoni port - van costs Php 400.
If you are on a tight budget, you may commute from your accommodation to Benoni port but I wasn't able to research on it. I thought the package we paid for a countryside tour includes transfer to Benoni port but I misunderstood it. It only includes pick-up at Benoni.
Tabada's Homestay is in front of Paras Beach Resort. They have five rooms . Each room have cable TV, Air condition, and C.R .. They have also a family room.
You can also use and borrow kitchen utensils.
They also have canteen.
Room Rate :
2 pax - 1,000 per day
4 pax - 1,200 per day
Family Room - 1,500 day
contact us :
cell # 09186306672
tell # (088) 3879123
Tabada's Homestay will provide attentive and friendly service .
They have a clean sorounding
Near in the beach
we can provide your transportation accommodation.
all rates are negotiable.
Camiguin is one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines, you can feel the hot water of Hibok-hibok Ardernt Spring,,,,the sparkling sand of White Island,,,, the cold water of Sto. Nino cold spring........ the nice view of sunken cemetery during sunset,,,,, the cascade of water in the katibawasan falls.......more....more if you want to visit the Beautiful Island of Camiguin you can contact Kuya RICO a good and honest driver/ the tour guide in a reasonable price,, cellphone # 09064917598
ITINERARY FOR ISLAND TOUR:
** WHITE ISLAND - jump off ride a pumpboat travel 10-15 min.
** WALKWAY -
** SUNKEN CEMETERY-
** OLD CHURCH RUINS-
** STO. NINO COLD SPRING
** KATIBAWASAN FALLS
** HIBOK-HIBOK ARDENT HOT SPRING
***** If you plan to go Mantigue Island you add 300.00 pesos only - jump off ride a pump boat travel 15-20 min.
** we have our package basis:
- Pick up from the port
- Island tour
- transport back to the port
** for inquire contact kuya RICO cell number 09064917598
There are a lot of things you can do in Camiguin. But mostly, these are for nature lovers. The island abounds with beautiful beaches, waterfalls, sites, thick foliage and wonderful people. Being there is like being in a virgin forest. Here are a few things you can/must do in Camiguin.
1. Rent a jeep or van, since places are far from each other. It makes a lot easier to move around.
2. Visit the Sunken Cemetery. Ask the local residents about its historical significance.
3. Breakfast at Tanguines Lagoon. You can actually do fishing while waiting for your food. Or see the "bird zoo".
4. Be refreshed at Katibawasan Falls.
5. Snorkel at White Beach. Have lunch.
6. Buy Lanzones or Vjandep Pastel to bring back home. Camiguin has the sweetest lanzones, they say, when in season (October).
7. Drop by the old lighthouse. Sit by the breakwater and watch the sunset.
When you go to Camiguin, never ever miss a trip to White Island. It's like never going to Camiguin at all. Better to go there early in the morning, when the sun is not that hot and the waves are calmer. Likewise, some parts of the island disappear in the afternoon, so better to catch all of it in the morning.
If you're on a budget, you can bring your food to the island. Breakfast there would cost around P60 for a corned beef alone, meaning no rice or coffee/hot chocolate included. However, some stores offer barbecue chicken for the same price of P60 which I think is more favorable than the corned beef.
You may also pitch a tent in the island which has no cost at all, but if you stay in one of the tables there, the rental fee is about P50.
There's a lot of things to do in Camiguin on Holy Week. Maybe you can join the Way of the Cross around the island. It's fun and you can make friends along the way. But remember put your comfortable walking shoes on since it's a long long walk and you'll be walking even on late evenings and wee hour in the morning. I was not successful with this, I quit on the 3rd station. Or maybe you can do the Way of the Cross up on the mountain. The picture shows the way up to the stations.
How about praying and nature tripping at the same time? Yes, we can do it here in this walkway. Maybe praying the Via Crucis and walking through the site of the Old Vulcan Daan. I enjoyed the greeneries I've seen here.
This is my favorite destination in Camiguin, a crescent-shaped sandbar and a photographer's favorite. I remember myself just walking and walking in its powdery white sand unmindful of the things around me. This is just another perfect place to stay away from the city noise and pressures.
See more pictures in my travelogue.
See the cuntury-old walls of the church. This is the reminder of the 1871 eruption of Mt. Hibok-Hibok that buried the town and part of the church. There is a grassy plot outside, the old wll is lined up with trees and plants and from there you can see the panoramic view of the sea and the tip of the island.
Enjoy a different swimming expereince that this resot has to offer. They have large pools with cold and clear running water from the mountain spring. This place is like a fairyland for me. The cottages are sorrounded with trees and plants.
get a tan
go on a picnic
chase hermit crabs
dig toes in white powdery sand
admire Mt. Hibok-Hibok from afar
get more tan
I waited for the sunset when I took this picture of a floating large white cross. It marks the spot of a cemetery swept into the sea by the eruption of Mt. Hibok-Hibok in 1871.