DISCOVER THE OLD CHURCH RUINS IN CAMIGUIN – COMPLETE GUIDE

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The Old Church Ruins in Camiguin, also known as Old Spanish Church Ruins and Guiob Church, have become an iconic landmark on the island which has stood the test of time following the volcanic eruptions of Mt Vulcan and Mt Hibok Hibok.

I have put together this guide of the Old Church Ruins in Camiguin including where to find them, how much it costs and what to expect!

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WHERE ARE THE OLD CHURCH RUINS IN CAMIGUIN

The Old Spanish Church Ruins are located in Catarman on Camiguin Island.

From the main tourist area of Mambajao, it’s approximately a 10-minute drive to reach the Old Church Ruins Camiguin.

HOW TO GET TO THE OLD SPANISH CHURCH RUINS

The best way to get to the Old Church Ruins Camiguin is to rent a scooter in Mambajao and make your own way to this historical Camiguin tourist spot.

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 10-minute tricycle ride from Mambajao to Catarman will cost around 100 pesos whereas the shared van is only 40-50 pesos.

OLD SPANISH CHURCH ENTRANCE FEE

The Old Spanish Church Ruins entrance fee is 10 pesos.

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OLD CHURCH RUINS CAMIGUIN – WHAT TO EXPECT

There are three stone structures that still remain standing following the volcanic eruptions on the island which is why the Old Church Ruins in Camiguin 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 image above 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 locals were kind enough to offer a free taste test and they even showed us how to peel and eat the fruit.

My friends and I spent around 30 minutes exploring the Old Church Ruins in Camiguin before continuing on to visit the Sunken Cemetery and the Mt Vulcan Viewpoint.

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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 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.

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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.

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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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AIRBNB CAMIGUIN

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 the Old Spanish Church Ruins in Camiguin, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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