A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE SUNKEN CEMETERY CAMIGUIN!
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.
Sunken Cemetery in 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 local inhabitants.
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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Tombstone at Sunken Cemetery Camiguin
Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin Island
CAMIGUIN SUNKEN CEMETERY
After taking a couple of photos at the submerged tombstone at the sunken cemetery in Camiguin, 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 colorful 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 Sunken Cemetery of Camiguin island
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Colorful corals – Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin
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, 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 CAMIGUIN
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 SUNKEN CEMETERY IN CAMIGUIN
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