Top Camiguin tourist spots + things to do in Camiguin
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21 TOP Camiguin Tourist Spots + Things to Do

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It’s amazing to think that a small island province can pack so much activities. In Camiguin, you can just relax at a beachfront or mountain resort or explore its many nature attractions! Here are the top Camiguin tourist spots + things to do in Camiguin Island!

P.S. Traveling to Camiguin Island soon? Don’t forget to read about our 3 Days Itinerary in Camiguin Island.

1. White Island

Hali in Camiguin
My boyfriend Hali in White Island.

White Island is one of — if not the most — recognizable Camiguin tourist spots, as it’s often used in tourism campaigns. Hence, one of the best things to do in Camiguin is visit here!

This island is a shoe-shaped sand bar a few minutes away from the coast in Barangay Yumbing in Mambajao. The shape of the island shifts according to the wind directions. This is a popular spot in Camiguin Island for swimming and sunbathing. The island faces the ocean sea so the currents here are strong, although the other side of the island is relatively shallow and calm — perfect for children or idle swimmers.

As there is no shade in the island, make sure to bring sunhats or rent an umbrella from one of the locals. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen.

2. Mantigue Island

Mantigue Island in Camiguin
Mantigue Island.

Mantigue Island is a marine sanctuary where you can see a variety of corals, tropical fishes, sea turtles, and even stingrays. There is also an area where you can see giant clams.

From the shore, you only need to swim several meters to see the surrounding coral garden. Snorkeling gears can be rented from the island operators and a guide is also available to take you to the best underwater spots.

Mantigue Island is one of our favorite Camiguin tourist spots and I can’t recommend it enough! I was amazed with the vibrant marine life we’d seen here. The corals were colorful and healthy. I’d seen some of the biggest table corals in here.

3. Giant Clam Sanctuary

Giant Clam Sanctuary in Camiguin
Giant Clam Sanctuary.

The Giant Clam Sanctuary is undeniably one of the best attractions in Camiguin, home to over a thousand giant clams.

When you get inside the sanctuary, you can proceed to the clam laboratory where you can view young giant clams in man-made aquariums. Then you can also snorkel in the surrounding shore to see the giant clams, with the biggest species spanning as much as 4 feet in length.

Aside from snorkeling, you can also swim in its white-sand beach and enjoy a seafood lunch in its seaside restaurant.

7. Explore the dive spots

There are numerous dive spots in Camiguin, ideal for both beginner and advanced divers. Located in Bohol Sea, you can expect to see beautiful corals and diverse marine life, as well as interesting topography caused by volcano blocks under the sea. Camiguin is also a good choice for muck diving.

For beginners, the best dive spots are Mantigue Island, Sunken Cemetery, and Tangub Springs. Advanced divers can head to Burias Shoal, Jicduf Shoal, Old Volcano, and Black Forest.

Diving can be done all year round. Best conditions can be seen from November to April.

8. Sto. Nino Cold Spring

Sto. Nino Cold Spring in Camiguin
Sto. Nino Cold Spring.

There are a handful of natural springs in Camiguin Island. One of the most visited is the Sto. Nino Cold Spring. The water in this spring resort flows down from Mount Mambajao. It’s cool and clear, with schools of small fishes in the water.

Another cold spring you can visit is the Saay Cold Spring.

9. Ardent Hot Springs

Ardent Hot Springs is one of the most visited tourist spots in Camiguin. As Camiguin Island is home to seven volcanoes, thermal springs can also be found here. Ardent Hot Springs sits at the foot of Mount Hibok-Hibok, and the area was developed into man-made pools which source hot water from the mountain.

The water at Ardent Hot Springs was said to average 40°C. However, it has cooled down over the recent years. Still, you can visit here to take pictures and bathe in the refreshing pools.

10. Tuasan Falls

Tuasan Falls in Camiguin
Tuasan Falls.

There are 3 waterfalls you can visit in Camiguin Island: Tuasan Falls, Katibawasan Falls, and Binangawan Falls.

Tuasan Falls isn’t as popular as Katibawasan Falls, but it’s a favorite of many for a reason. This 25-meter-high waterfall is simply beautiful! It’s located 30 minutes away from the town center, surrounded by vivid-green flora. It has kept its natural charm, as there are no establishments in sight. Despite its small height, the water here is strong and will entice you to take a dip!

11. Katibawasan Falls

Katibawasan Falls in Camiguin
Katibawasan Falls.

Katibawasan Falls is a spot that you shouldn’t miss visiting! It’s the tallest waterfall in Camiguin Island, at 70 meters high. Its water comes from the nearby Mount Tipoong. The water flow here is weak, but you can still cool off at the man-made basin below.

Aside from swimming in the falls, you can also enjoy a picnic on the sides. There are stores and souvenir shops where you can purchase food and other goods during your visit.

12. Binangawan Falls

Binangawan Falls is a lesser-known waterfall, located in the midst of a jungle in Sagay. Currently, it’s not yet developed so you may need a local guide to point you to its exact location or you can just follow the trail if you’re feeling adventurous. From the main road, trekking here takes about 30 minutes. Be careful on the drive to the jump-off point because of steep road conditions.

13. Walkway to the Old Volcano

View from Walkway to the Old Volcano
View from the 10th station.

Walkway to the Old Volcano is a short mountain trail in Catarman, located about 10 minutes from the town of Mambajao. It takes 30 to 45 minutes to trek, and along the way you will pass by 14 Stations of the Cross, which depict the journey of Jesus Christ from crucifixion to his eventual resurrection.

It is usually visited by religious people, but even if you don’t consider yourself one, you’d still want to add it to your itinerary in Camiguin so you can see the views at the end of the trail: the Mount Vulcan Viewpoint, where the Old Volcano meets the ocean, and also the Sunken Cemetery further away.

Make sure to bring a bottled water with you. If you’re not an active hiker, you don’t have to reach the summit. Just trek up to the 9th or 10th station of the cross, where you can already see the Sunken Cemetery.

14. Old Church Ruins

Old Church Ruins in Camiguin Island
Old Church Ruins.

The Old Church Ruins (or Guiob Church) is a historical landmark in Camiguin. Built in the 16th century during the Spanish Colonial Era, this old church stood the volcanic eruptions of Mount Vulcan and Mount Hibok-Hibok. Currently, only three structures that resemble old ruins remain.

Visiting here, you can learn about the history of the Old Church Ruins, take photos at the ruins, and even taste local fruits and snacks sold by vendors outside.

15. Taguines Lagoon

Zipline in Taguines Lagoon, Camiguin
Ziplining over the water.

For those looking for more adventure in the island, head over to Taguines Lagoon. This man-made island is built for fish breeding and it is open for tourists who want to try the 700-meter zipline that crosses the lagoon.

To avail this activity, head to J&A Fishpen Resort which is the one that handles the ziplines.

Once you’re done, you can also swim in the lagoon or spend the afternoon in the inflatable floating playground in one of the resorts in the area.

16. Hike to Mount Hibok-Hibok

Mount Hibok-Hibok is the only remaining active volcano in Camiguin Island. Its last eruption was in 1950s. Today, it’s a popular hiking spot in the island.

The usual jump-off point is Ardent Hot Springs. From there, trek for 3-5 hours to reach the summit depending on your pace. The summit offers a view of the Ilihan Crater and White Island, as well as neighboring islands of Siquijor, Bohol, and Surigao.

Due to minimal light pollution in the island, you can also see the Milky Way on a clear sky.

You can do this as a day trip from Mambajao. If you want to see the sunrise at the summit, start your trek at 2AM and you can return back down at 10AM. This is preferable especially if you want to avoid the heat during the day.

17. Enjoy a drink at Black Mountain Cafe

Blackmountain Cafe in Camiguin Island
At a mountainside cafe.

Take a break from your island tour for a mug of hot coffee or sikwate in Black Mountain Cafe, which is located on a mountainside overlooking the summit of Mount Hibok-Hibok.

There are alfresco tables where you can enjoy your visit or you can lay down in a mat on the grass.

On a good day, you can clearly see the mountain from the cafe. On other days, it’s foggy but still worth visiting becaus of the nice, chill ambiance.

There is another nearby cafe you can visit called Nanaw Cafe.

18. Have a relaxing resort staycation

Kat in Bintana sa Paraiso - Binunsaran
Pool in Bintana sa Paraiso – Binunsaran.

There are various resorts you can find in Camiguin.

If you want ocean views, head over to Tongatok Cliff Resort or Bintana sa Paraiso – Naasag. If you want to stay in a mountainside, book a room in Volcano Houses or Bintana sa Paraiso – Binunsaran.

We stayed in Bintana sa Paraiso – Binunsaran for 2 nights and it was a lovely place. On a clear day, you can see the White Island from the resort and for the rest of the time it was foggy that we felt lazy and relaxed, just looking at the surrounding forest and drinking hot coffee.

19. Sunset viewing

One of the most popular sunset viewing spots in Camiguin Island is the Sunken Cemetery. Most day trippers visit here as the last stop in their itinerary.

Another one is called the Secret Spot, which is a seaside location surrounded by boulders and volcanic rocks. The water here is hot, as locals say there is a natural hot spring sprouting from the underground to the open sea. It’s located beside the Sea and Sun Resort. You can ask the local for directions.

20. Taste the original pastel

(Photo credit to Vjandep Pastel)

Mindanao’s favorite pastel originated from Camiguin Island.

Pastel is a soft pastry filled with yema (sweet custard). Other fillings include strawberry, ube, macapuno, and even durian. Buy it as your snack or pasalubong from your trip.

21. Join the celebration at Lanzones Festival

The Lanzones Festival is an annual festival held every 3rd week of October. This month is also the harvest time for lanzones, one of the fruit products of the island.

The festival runs for 3 days. You can attend trade fairs, concerts, pageants and a streetdance competition.

Travel Tips

  • You can explore these tourist spots via an island tour in 2 days. You can also rent a motorbike if you want to do it on your own.
  • There are plenty of Camiguin resorts and hotels you can choose from. The most accessible ones are located in the capital town of Mambajao, while others are located further such as in the mountains in Binunsaran. If you’re in a budget, you might want to stay close to the town where there is public transport available.

That ends our list of the top Camiguin tourist spots + things to do in Camiguin. Do you have other suggestions? Let us know in the comment section below!

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