13 Best Camiguin Island Tourist Spots – The Ultimate Guide

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Camiguin Island in the Philippines is a tropical paradise offering a mecca of things to do including epic waterfalls, volcanic hot springs, historical landmarks, island hopping, snorkeling, and hiking!

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast like myself, you’ll be spoiled with fun-fuelled adventures when you arrive on the island.

Camiguin Island is commonly referred to as the ‘island born of fire’ due to the volcanic eruptions that gave the island its impressive shape. The island is home to 7 volcanoes and the highest peak is Mount Mambajao at 1,713 meters above sea level.

In this post, I have put together the ultimate list of 13 Camiguin Tourist Spots you must-see and other useful information on how to get here, where to stay, how to get around the island, and the best time to visit.

 

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WHERE IS CAMIGUIN ISLAND?

Camiguin Island is situated in the Bohol Sea in the Philippines, about 10km off the north coast of Mindanao.

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HOW TO GO TO CAMIGUIN?

There are two ways of how to go to Camiguin, one is by plane and the other by ferry.

BY PLANE: 

There are daily flights to Camiguin connecting domestic travelers coming from Manila or Cebu. The only airport on the island is Camiguin Mambajao Airport (CGM).

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BY FERRY: 

Bohol to Camiguin ferry

One of the most common routes to the island is the ferry from Bohol to Camiguin which takes approximately 3-4 hours and the cost is 425 pesos. There is also an additional municipal service fee of 10 pesos and a terminal fee of 15 pesos.

There is only one ferry per day departing from the Jagna Ferry Terminal in East Bohol at 1 pm and arriving at the Balbagon Ferry Terminal in Camiguin at around 5 pm. The name of the boat leaving Jagna to Camiguin is ‘Super Shuttle Ferry’.

You can purchase your tickets at the Jagna Ferry Terminal at least one hour before departure.

Balingoan to Camiguin ferry

If you happen to be in Cagayan de Oro and heading over to Camiguin from here, there are daily ferry departures leaving from Balingoan Port in Misamis Oriental to Benoni Port in Camiguin. The ferry from Balingoan to the island takes approximately 1.5 hours and the cost is around 150 pesos.

You can purchase your tickets at the Balingoan Port at least one hour before departure.

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WHERE TO STAY IN CAMIGUIN

Camiguin Island has countless accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.

See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

 

Luxury: Bintana Sa Paraiso

I personally stayed at Bintana Sa Paraiso and can’t recommend this place enough! They have 2 properties, one is on the beachfront in Mambajao and the other is high in the mountains in Binunsarun. It’s currently one of the best 5-star accommodations featuring a restaurant, swimming pools, sea views, and mountain views! The rooms are modern and spacious with private bathrooms, air conditioning, flat-screen tv, and kitchenette. Breakfast is also included for all guests.

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Mid Range: Tongatok Cliff Resort

Tongatok Cliff Resort is your second best pick for accommodation on the island. Located on the cliffs overlooking Tongatok Bay, the resort features a restaurant, room service, bar, garden, terrace, and free wifi. The units are fitted with air conditioning, flat-screen tv, a private bathroom, a large patio, and ocean views! Breakfast is also included for guests.

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Budget: Pabua’s Cottages

Pabua’s Cottages is the best budget accommodation. Featuring beautiful gardens, a shared kitchen, free wifi, and room service. The units are basic but perfect for a few night’s stay, featuring a seating area, flat-screen tv, large bed, air conditioning, and a private bathroom. Recommended for solo travelers, couples, and friends.

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GETTING AROUND THE ISLAND

The best way to get around Camiguin Island is to rent a scooter in Mambajao and make your own way around to all the Camiguin tourist spots. I always recommend renting a scooter on the islands in the Philippines as you can choose your own route and go at your own pace.

I rented my scooter from Camiguin All In One for 350 pesos per day. They have many scooters to choose from and they can also help you to organize round the island tours.

Alternatively, there are tricycles and jeepney options available to get around the island. A 20-minute tricycle ride will cost around 100 pesos whereas a jeepney ride is only 40-50 pesos.

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT CAMIGUIN

The best time to visit Camiguin, weather-wise, is between April and July when temperatures are hot and there is barely any rainfall. This is also the high season so expect to see many tourists during these months.

I recommend visiting on the shoulder months of the high season between November and March which sees a bit of rainfall but usually only lasts for a couple of hours and the rest of the day is sunny.

Try to avoid the typhoon season which is typically between August and October.

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CAMIGUIN TOURIST SPOTS

Now that you’ve got all the information on where to stay, the best time to visit, and all the logistics, let’s get to the fun stuff.

So without further ado, here is the ultimate guide to the 13 Best Camiguin Tourist Spots!

 

#1 WHITE ISLAND CAMIGUIN

Exploring White Island was the highlight of my trip which is why it claims the number one spot on this list. The soft and powdery Camiguin sandbar is located just 2km off the northern shores of Mambajao and it’s one of the best things to do in Camiguin!

To get to White Island you’ll have to ride a pump boat from the White Island Ferry Terminal in Mambajao which is located right next to Paras Beach Resort. The pump boat operating hours are 5:30 am and finish at 5:30 pm, 7 days a week.

The White Island entrance fee is 50 pesos and the pump boat fee is 450 pesos which seat a maximum of 6 people. For those traveling solo, it would be ideal to find a group of people to split the cost of the pump boat between you.

Stepping off the boat and sinking my toes into the sand on White Beach was an experience in itself! I don’t think I have ever felt sand this soft before.

We walked from one end of the sandbar to the other in a matter of minutes and noticed there was a second sandbar across a shallow water channel. My buddy Jay crossed over to the other side and I sent my drone up to take a few shots. He had the entire sandbar to himself, it was unreal!

I was in complete awe of the vibrant turquoise-colored water that surrounds the sandbar and couldn’t resist taking a dip in the ocean, more than once!

One of my favorite things about White Island is the view facing back towards the mainland where Mt Hibok Hibok and Mt Vulcan can be seen reaching high into the skyline, creating the ultimate backdrop. I have never seen a landscape quite like it in my life!

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#2 ARDENT HOT SPRINGS

Camiguin is home to 7 volcanoes and subsequently, there are a number of thermal pools that can be found on the island and the Ardent Hot Springs are the most popular. Set at the foot of Mount Hibok Hibok, the Ardent Hot Spring is one of the best tourist spots in Camiguin.

Ardent Hot Springs is located in Mambajao and it’s approximately a 10-minute drive from the main town to reach the springs.

The Ardent Hot Spring entrance fee is 30 pesos and there are also sheltered tables and chairs which are available for rent for 150 pesos.

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As I mentioned earlier, Ardent Hot Springs sits at the foot of Mt. Hibok Hibok volcano which is where the thermal water is derived from. The water temperature is around 40°C that is slightly cooled on the way down to the lower pools.

Ardent Hot Springs are man-made pools surrounded by lush rainforest and the water is transparent with a tinge of blue. For a man-made structure, they’ve done well to make this place a tranquil experience for visitors.

The water cascades from the top of the valley and divided into four separate pools. The two larger pools at the bottom are the most inviting and there is an arched footbridge between them.

Ardent Hot Springs is around 1.5 meters deep with plenty of space to hang out in the thermal pools or around the edges on the concrete steps.

A dip in the Ardent Hot Spring Mambajao is the best remedy for muscle pains after a long day exploring the island.

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#3 KATIBAWASAN FALLS

Katibawasan Falls is the tallest waterfall on the island. At a whopping 70 meters tall, this is one waterfall you definitely want to add to your list of things to do in Camiguin!

Katibawasan Falls is located in Mambajao and it’s approximately a 20-minute drive to reach the falls from the main town. The entrance fee at Katibawasan Falls is 50 pesos.

Katibawasan Falls is fed from the nearby Mt. Timpoong and the falls itself features a narrow stream of water that flows effortlessly down a monolithic cliff-face and into a large catch basin below.

The shallow lagoon at the base of Katibawasan is the perfect opportunity to cool off in the fresh, crystalline waters while marveling at the lush jungle surrounds.

Some sections around the catch basin are man-made but they have done their best to preserve the natural ambiance at this popular Camiguin tourist spot.

Apart from swimming in the lagoon and exploring the area around the falls, there isn’t much else to do. I recommend spending 30 minutes to 1 hour at Katibawasan Falls before continuing on to the other places to visit in Camiguin Island.

At the entrance to the falls, there are a few small shops selling souvenirs, snacks, and drinks. If you do have some small change to buy something here, the money goes a long way to support the local communities in the area.

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#4 WALKWAY TO THE OLD VOLCANO

The Walkway to the Old Volcano (Mt Vulcan) is an easy hike to an awesome viewpoint overlooking the west coast.

The Walkway to the Old Volcano can be found in Catarman which is a 10-minute drive from the main town of Mambajao and the entrance fee is only 10 pesos.

It takes approximately 30-minutes from the jump-off point to hike to the Mt Vulcan viewpoint and the trail is made up of concrete steps and a gravel path. The trail is shaded for the most part but it does get very hot and sweaty so bring plenty of drinking water.

Along the way, there are statues depicting the 14 Stations of the Cross. These statues are quite impressive, even if you are not religious, and each one depicts the stages of Jesus Christ from the carrying of the cross, the crucifixion, the burial, and the resurrection.

Once you reach the top, the trail will come to a dead-end and this is where you’ll find the Mt Vulcan viewpoint! From here you can see one whole side of the Old Volcano which meets the ocean and you can even spot the Sunken Cemetery further along the coastline.

For a short 1-hour return journey, this hike is definitely worth adding to your list of things to do in Camiguin.

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#5 SNORKEL AT THE SUNKEN CEMETERY

The Sunken Cemetery is an adventure not to be missed! Go snorkeling at the Sunken Cemetery where you’ll discover old tombstones and crosses as well as an abundance of marine life!

Sunken Cemetery is located in Catarman which is a 10-minute drive from the main tourist area of Mambajao.

The entrance fee is 50 pesos and an additional 150 pesos fee for a mandatory guide to take you snorkeling. If you don’t have your own mask and snorkel set you can rent them here for 100 pesos.

What once was a cemetery that resided on land was forced to depths below the sea level following a volcanic eruption on Camiguin Island in 1870. The natural disaster brought the city to rubble and caused the cemetery to subside.

A giant cross was later built in remembrance of the deceased that lay in the cemetery that once was. It is truly an iconic landmark displaying the rich history of the island and its people.

From the shoreline, it’s a short 50m swim through shallow waters to reach the giant cross and the underwater tombstone. The tombstone displays a stone sculpted head with a cross attached to the top which was a pretty creepy sight when I first laid eyes on it but unlike anything I have seen before.

We swam out to the outer edges of the reef and our guide showed us some giant clams, sea anemones with clownfish, beautiful sea stars, and the old cross that forms part of the Sunken Cemetery.

There is such an abundance of sea life and colorful corals the further out you go and I highly recommend checking it out!

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#6 OLD SPANISH CHURCH RUINS

Just around the corner from the Sunken Cemetery is the Old Church Ruins, also known as Old Spanish Church Ruins and Guiob Church. An iconic landmark that has stood the test of time following the volcanic eruptions of Mt Vulcan and Mt Hibok Hibok.

The Old Spanish Church Ruins are located in Catarman which is a 10-minute drive from Mambajao and the entrance fee is 10 pesos.

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There are three stone structures that still remain standing following the volcanic eruptions on the island which is why the Old Church Ruins is a historical landmark. From the road, it looks like an old fortress with its high walls and tall columns.

The walls of the ruins, over time, have become covered in vines and moss which clearly gives you an idea of how old this church is. Large trees also surround this historic site which are some of the biggest trees I have seen and they form a dense canopy above the ruins. See the images below for scale!

The Guiob Church was built sometime in the 16th century during the Spanish era before it met its demise during the eruption. Hence the name Old Spanish Church Ruins.

Before you leave the Old Spanish Church Ruins you will find a couple of local vendors selling Lanzones fruit. If you haven’t tried Lanzones yet in the Philippines make sure you try them here. The Filipino man was kind enough to offer a free taste test and he even showed us how to peel and eat the fruit.

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#7 BURA SODA WATER SWIMMING POOL

Bura Soda Water Swimming Pool is one of the more tourist spots that you can’t miss on your itinerary! The name says it all, and yes, you can actually drink the fresh soda water at this fascinating cold spring.

The Soda Water Swimming Pool can be found in Catarman which is a 25-minute drive from Mambajao and the entrance fee is 50 pesos. It’s actually attached to a resort but also open to the public.

A large swimming pool welcomes you as you arrive at the Bura Soda Water Spring though it is not bubbling as you may have expected. However, the crystalline water is incredibly clean and fresh as the flow of water from the mountains is constant. Set down your belongings in one of the poolside huts and jump on in to cool off!

Do note, you cannot drink from the pool itself but off to the side, you can find an open faucet where you can taste the clean and natural soda water flowing from the taps. It’s safe to drink and it’s completely free! 

Small sari-sari stores can be found out the front selling snacks, drinks, and souvenirs. There is also a lifeguard on duty at the Soda Water Swimming Pool keeping an eye out for all visitors.

This attraction is the first of its kind in the Philippines and I highly recommend visiting during your stay.

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#8 MANTIGUE ISLAND

Mantigue Island is one of the best Camiguin tourist spots just a short boat trip off the east coast of the main island. Mantigue Island is a protected marine sanctuary that boasts white sand beaches, turquoise waters, colorful coral reefs, and a lush nature park.

Mantigue Island is located in Mahinog, 3.5km off the east coast of Camiguin Island. From the main tourist area of Mambajao, it’s approximately a 30-minute drive to reach the Mantigue Island departure area and the boat ride over to the island is around 20 minutes.

When you arrive at the San Roque port, you’ll find a small tourist office where you can book your Mantigue Island tour. The cost of the boat is 600 pesos for a maximum of 6 people, so ideally if you can find a group of people to head over to Mantigue Island with it will be much cheaper to split the cost.

You’ll also have to pay an environmental fee of 30 pesos, a snorkeling fee of 50 pesos, and a mask and snorkel rental is 100 pesos.

As soon as we arrived on Mantigue Island we set our belongings down on the sand and went for a snorkel along the outer edges of the reef. The water is extremely clear and we saw sea stars and an abundance of fish.

We then decided to go for a walk around the island which took us around 20 minutes, stopping several times for a dip in the ocean to cool off along the way. The water surrounding the island is so inviting it would be rude not to go for a swim!

There’s a couple of simple restaurants on Mantigue Island where you can purchase drinks and local food. These local eateries offer fish, seafood, chicken, pork, and rice. They also sell water, soft drinks, and beer to watch it all down.

Other than swimming, snorkeling, and exploring the shoreline around Mantigue Island there’s also a nature walk that takes you across a wooden boardwalk from one end of the island to the other.

For such a small island, there are many things to do to keep you entertained for a couple of hours and I highly recommend including Mantigue Island in your itinerary.

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#9 STO NINO COLD SPRING

Sto Nino Cold Spring is one of the more underrated attractions on the island. Mainly visited by locals, you’ll get to experience the Filipino way of having a good time at these springs!

Sto Nino Cold Spring is located in Catarman which is a 30-minute drive from Mambajao and the entrance fee is 50 pesos.

Sto Nino Cold Spring features a large man-made swimming pool that is fed from natural spring water that runs down the valley from the nearby mountains.

There are plenty of sheltered huts and seating areas around the edges of the pool where you can set down your belongings and jump in head first to cool off. The water in the springs is a vibrant turquoise color and irresistibly inviting!

I noticed a few of the locals were floating around the springs in rubber tubes which looked super relaxing so I grabbed a tube myself and joined in. It was a Sunday when I visited and there were a number of Filipino families who had clearly set up for the day with a banquet of food and drinks. Not a bad way to spend a weekend if you ask me!

Sto Nino Cold Spring is set beneath Mt Hoibok Hibok which is surrounded by a dense coconut palm forest and beautiful gardens, creating the ultimate jungle vibes! It’s a great spot to hang out for an hour or so during your visit.

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#10 ZIP LINE AT TAGUINES LAGOON

Taguines Lagoon is a beautiful man-made vista right next to the ocean that is most popular for the 700-meter zip line that stretches over the water from one end of the lagoon to the other.

Located in Mahinog, it’s approximately a 45-minute drive from the main tourist area of Mambajao to reach Taguines Lagoon.

The zipline activity can be found at the J & A Fishpen Resort and the cost is 400 pesos. This includes a safety briefing, safety equipment, and an exhilarating zip-lining experience over the top of Taguines Lagoon.

There are a number of seafood restaurants and resorts dotted around the edges of the lagoon, perfect for a lunchtime meal or an overnight stay.

It’s also possible to go swimming in the lagoon which can be accessed from the roadside or through the entrances of most resorts. One resort even features an inflatable floating playground which would be super fun for the kids and adults who refuse to grow up!

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#11 TONGATOK BAY VIEWPOINT

Tongatok Bay is a stunning cove boasting one of the best coastline views you can experience on Camiguin Island!

Tongatok Bay is located in Mambajao, a short 5-minute drive from the center of town. It’s easy to find Tongatok Bay but at the same time, the viewpoint can be easily missed. Search for Chan Lookout Point on Google maps and this is the exact pin location of the viewpoint.

When you arrive at the jump-off point on the side of the main road, you can walk to the edge of the cliffs to find the Tongatok Bay viewpoint which overlooks an awe-inspiring ocean cove lined with coconut palm trees. Tongatok Cove is unbelievably picturesque and worthy enough to be found on the front of a postcard.

If you want to go all out and have the ultimate experience, you can book an oceanfront room at Tongatok Cliff Resort and enjoy uninterrupted views of this stunning coastline right from your very balcony!

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#12 TUASAN FALLS

Tuasan Falls is hands down my favorite waterfall on Camiguin Island and arguably the best! It’s not quite as popular as Katibawasan Falls but it is without a doubt one of the latest up and coming Camiguin tourist spots.

Tuasan Falls is located in Catarman which is approximately a 30-minute drive from the main tourist area of Mambajao and the entrance fee is 50 pesos.

A 20-meter high waterfall and the freshwater stream is the first thing you’ll see as you walk around the bend from the jump-off point. Not to mention the stream is incredibly clear with a tinge of turquoise colors!

There are two rock pools at Tuasan Falls, the first pool is filled by the strong flow of water from the falls which then cascades down into the second pool. The rock pools seem to have been excavated along the edges making them wider to accommodate visitors. Although the swimming holes at Tuasan Falls have been somewhat man-made, they have done well to preserve its natural beauty.

My favorite thing about Tuasan Falls is the vivid flora and fauna that surrounds the area, adding to the tranquil vibe and peacefulness of this place. We spotted many birds, lizards, and butterflies while hanging out beneath the canopy of the jungle that envelopes the falls.

We were lucky enough to have Tuasan Falls completely to ourselves as we got there quite early in the morning which made our visit even more enjoyable. If you want to experience Tuasan Falls without the crowds as we did, definitely try to get to this tourist spot as early as possible.

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#13 HIKE MT HIBOK HIBOK

At last but not least on this Camiguin tourist spots list is the almighty Mt Hibok Hibok, standing tall at 1,332 meters above sea level. Hiking to the top of this active volcano is one heck of an adventure to be had on the island!

My friends and I had every intention of hiking Mt Hibok Hibok for sunrise one morning but due to poor weather conditions, our trip was canceled… We were up and ready to go at 2 o’clock in the morning to meet with our trekking guide but heavy rains persisted. Ah well, I guess I have a valid excuse to go back again one day! 😉

From what our guide had told us, the hike to the summit of Mount Hibok Hibok takes 3 to 4 hours from bottom to top depending on one’s fitness levels and hiking capabilities.

The Mount Hibok Hibok volcano hike can be done as a day trip from Mambajao which begins at 6:00 am and returning around 3:00 pm, though it will be very hot hiking under the blazing sun during these hours. My recommendation would be to start the hike at 2:00 am to make it to the summit for sunrise and be back down by around 10:00 am.

Panoramic views await at the summit, boasting extensive views of the neighboring islands of Siquijor, Bohol, and Surigao on a clear day! Not to mention you can see right down into the mossy volcanic crater of Mt Hibok Hibok!

To book the Mt Hibok Hibok hike, contact Alex from Camiguin All In One and he will be happy to help you organize this.

If you do end up completing the Mount Hibok Hibok hike, let me know your experience in the comments below!

hibok hibokSummit of Mt Hibok Hibok – Photo: Kara Santos

 

BEST PLACES TO EAT IN CAMIGUIN

One of the most popular places to eat on the island is Check Point Camiguin. It’s a BBQ style restaurant in the center of town offering a range of local cuisine including pork, stir fry’s, soups, and western-style dishes such as pizzas, pasta, curries, burgers, etc… There is also a bar offering a wide selection of beers, wines, and spirits!

Another decent option for food and drinks is Hagahay Cafe serving up fresh juices and smoothie bowls. Or you can try Alco Lion for the best burgers and beers on the island.

If you want to enjoy a delicious Spanish-style meal with good wifi you can check out Peninsular Kape Art which is within walking distance from the White Island Ferry Terminal in Mambajao. My friends and I spent an entire afternoon here using the only decent wifi we could find on the island and I ordered a Spanish paella dish along with a few beers to wash it down. It’s located right on the oceanfront which is also a great spot to watch the sunset!

 

AIRBNB CAMIGUIN

Another option for accommodation is to stay in an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals!

Use the search box below to search for all available Airbnb’s in Camiguin Island.

 

 

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ONLINE ENGLISH TEACHING

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all, please leave me a comment below this post and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Travels!

 

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Jonny Melon
Jonny Melon

Hey, I’m Jonny – surfer, skater, photographer, and coffee-lover from Australia!

With a burning passion for travel and the outdoors, I launched this Adventure Travel Blog in 2017, and I’ve been exploring the world ever since!

My little corner of the interwebs is a space where I love to share all of my epic adventures, cultural experiences, and captivating photos from around the globe with the ultimate goal to inspire and motivate other like-minded travelers to explore this wonderful earth too!

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