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.
I visited Mantigue Island for a few hours during my visit to Camiguin and have put together this complete guide of how to get to Mantigue Island, how much it costs and what to expect.
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WHERE IS MANTIGUE ISLAND
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 in Mahinog and the boat ride over to the island is around 20 minutes.
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HOW TO GET TO MANTIGUE ISLAND
The best way to get to Mantigue Island is to rent a scooter in Mambajao and make your way to San Roque port in Mahinog and from here you can take a boat over to Mantigue Island.
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 organise round the island tours in Camiguin.
Alternatively, there are tricycles and shared van options available to get around Camiguin Island. A 30-minute tricycle ride from Mambajao to San Roque port will cost around 150-200 pesos whereas the shared van is only 40-50 pesos.
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.
Some other Mantigue Island Nature Park fees are as follows:
Environmental fee: 30 pesos
Mantigue Island snorkeling fee: 50 pesos
Rent a mask and snorkel: 100 pesos
On the boat to Mantigue Island Camiguin
Incredible turquoise water on Mantigue Island
Drone shot of Mantigue Island Camiguin
MY EXPERIENCE ON MANTIGUE ISLAND
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 lots 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 here 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 eat and drink 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.
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Mantigue Island Snorkeling
Exploring Mantigue Island
Not a bad spot for a dip
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.
If you fancy a game of volleyball, there is a net located on the main beach where the boats arrive and you can ask one of the locals for a ball to play with. It does get hot and sweaty very quickly but it’s a good thing the ocean is just a stone’s throw away to cool off.
There are a number of sheltered huts dotted along Mantigue Island beach that can be rented for 150 pesos. Believe me, the sun can be quite intense during the middle of the day and taking shade in one of these huts is much needed.
For such a small island, there are many things to do to keep you entertained for a couple of hours and I highly recommend adding Mantigue Island to your Camiguin itinerary.
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Mantigue Island from the sky
Empty beaches on Mantigue Island
Mantigue Island Nature Park
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 in Camiguin to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. 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 in Camiguin 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.
Mid Range: Tongatok Cliff Resort
Tongatok Cliff Resort is your second best pick for accommodation in Camiguin. 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, private bathroom, a large patio and ocean views! Breakfast is also included for guests.
Budget: Pabua’s Cottages
Pabua’s Cottages is the best budget accommodation in Camiguin. Featuring beautiful gardens, a shared kitchen, free wifi and room service. The units are basic but perfect for a few nights stay, featuring a seating area, flat-screen tv, large bed, air conditioning and private bathroom. Recommended for solo travellers, couples and friends.
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Another option for accommodation in Camiguin is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals on Camiguin island.
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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Mantigue Island, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
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