The Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin is one of the most popular attractions on the island and an adventure not to be missed! You can go snorkeling at the Camiguin Sunken Cemetery and spot old tombstones and crosses as well as an abundance of marine life!
I have put together this travel guide of the Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin including where to find it, how much it costs to go snorkeling and what to expect!
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WHERE IS THE SUNKEN CEMETERY CAMIGUIN
The Sunken Cemetery is located in Catarman on Camiguin Island.
From the main tourist area of Mambajao, it’s approximately a 10-minute drive to reach the Sunken Cemetery Camiguin.
HOW TO GET TO CAMIGUIN UNDERWATER CEMETERY
The best way to get to the Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin is to rent a scooter in Mambajao and make your own way to this incredible 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.
SUNKEN CEMETERY CAMIGUIN ENTRANCE FEE
The Sunken Cemetery Camiguin entrance fee is 50 pesos.
There is also 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.
I personally didn’t think we needed a guide as my buddy Jay and I are both competent swimmers. However, we were glad our guide was with us to point out the tombstone, the underwater cross and other marine life that we probably wouldn’t have found by ourselves.
Snorkeling at the Sunken Cemetery of Camiguin island
CAMIGUIN SUNKEN CEMETERY HISTORY
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 to the deceased that lay in the cemetery that once was. It is truly an iconic landmark displaying the rich history of Camiguin and its people.
MY EXPERIENCE AT THE SUNKEN CEMETERY CAMIGUIN
We visited the Camiguin sunken cemetery around 8 am one morning and we were the first tourists to arrive. As I mentioned earlier, the sunken cemetery is one of the most popular Camiguin tourist spots so it’s best to get there early to beat the crowds.
After paying the entrance fees our guide took us down to the beach and we followed his lead out into the water with our snorkel gear on. 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. Corals, barnacles and small fish seemed to have made this tombstone their home.
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The underwater tombstone
The old cross at Sunken Cemetery Camiguin Island
CAMIGUIN SUNKEN CEMETERY
After taking a couple of photos at the submerged tombstone we climbed up the concrete stairs to the giant cross and wandered around for a minute, took a quick selfie and then dived back into the ocean to keep snorkeling.
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 Camiguin Sunken Cemetery.
There is such an abundance of sea life and colourful corals the further out you go and I highly recommend checking it out!
Besides snorkeling and exploring, the Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin is one of the most photographed attractions on the island so don’t forget to bring your camera!
Ideally, the best time to visit the Sunken Cemetery Camiguin is on a mid to high tide. It can get quite shallow on low tide making it difficult to swim across the top of the reef.
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Giant clams at the Sunken Cemetery of Camiguin island
More giant clams!
Finding Nemo at the underwater cemetery Philippines
Colourful corals and sea stars
The old cross submerged in the ocean
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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.
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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• Drone Camera: DJI Mavic Pro 2
• GoPro: GoPro Hero 8 Black
• Everyday Lens: Sony F2.8 24/70mm
• Camera Bag: Lowepro Protactic 31L
• Selfie Stick: Sandmarc Metal Edition 1.2m
• Tripod: Joby Flexible GorillaPod
• GoPro Dome: Underwater GoPro Dome
• Power Bank: Anker Powerbank
• External Hardrive: WD Elements 4TB
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• Water Shoes: Slip-on Water Shoes
• Day Bag: Nomatic 20L Day Bag
• Power Adapter: Universal Power Adapter
• Packing Cubes: 4 Set Packing Cubes
• Microfibre Towel: Quick Dry Travel Towel
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• Money Belt: Hidden Money Belt
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about the Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
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