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 during my travels around Camiguin and have put together this complete guide of how to get to Mantigue Island, how much it costs to get to Mantigue Island and what to expect when you’re there.
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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
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.
Mantigue Island Snorkeling
Exploring Mantigue Island
I ❤️ Mantigue
Chilling on Mantigue Island
THINGS TO DO ON MANTIGUE ISLAND
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, 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 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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WHAT TO PACK FOR MANTIGUE ISLAND
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 year worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF MANTIGUE ISLAND
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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