Looking for the best Camiguin Tourist Spots?!
Camiguin Island in the Philippines is commonly referred to as the ‘island born of fire’ due to the volcanic eruptions that gave the island its impressive shape.
The island is home to 7 volcanoes and the highest peak is Mount Mambajao at 1,713 meters above sea level.
It’s quite simply a tropical paradise offering a mecca of things to do and see such as epic waterfalls, volcanic hot springs, historical landmarks, island hopping, snorkeling, and hiking!
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast like myself, you’ll be spoiled with fun-fuelled adventures when you arrive on the island.
I have put together this ultimate list of things to do in Camiguin and other useful information including how to get here, where to stay, how to get around the island, and the best time to visit.
WHERE IS CAMIGUIN ISLAND?
Camiguin Island is situated in the Bohol Sea in the Philippines, about 10km off the north coast of Mindanao.
HOW TO GO TO CAMIGUIN?
There are two ways how to go to Camiguin, one is by plane and the other by ferry.
There are daily flights to Camiguin connecting domestic travelers coming from Manila or Cebu. The only airport on the island is Camiguin Mambajao Airport (CGM).
Bohol to Camiguin ferry
One of the most common routes to the island is the ferry from Bohol to Camiguin which takes approximately 3-4 hours and the cost is 425 pesos.
There is also an additional municipal service fee of 10 pesos and a terminal fee of 15 pesos.
There is only one ferry per day departing from the Jagna Ferry Terminal in East Bohol at 1 pm and arriving at the Balbagon Ferry Terminal in Camiguin at around 5 pm.
The name of the boat leaving Jagna to Camiguin is ‘Super Shuttle Ferry’.
You can purchase your tickets at the Jagna Ferry Terminal at least one hour before departure.
Balingoan to Camiguin ferry
If you happen to be in Cagayan de Oro and heading over to Camiguin from here, there are daily ferry departures leaving from Balingoan Port in Misamis Oriental to Benoni Port in Camiguin.
The ferry from Balingoan to the island takes approximately 1.5 hours and the cost is around 150 pesos.
You can purchase your tickets at the Balingoan Port at least one hour before departure.
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Super Shuttle Ferry
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 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 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 on the island. 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, a 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. Featuring beautiful gardens, a shared kitchen, free wifi, and room service. The units are basic but perfect for a few night’s stay, featuring a seating area, flat-screen tv, large bed, air conditioning, and a private bathroom. Recommended for solo travelers, couples, and friends.
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY, SEE MY COMPLETE GUIDE ON WHERE TO STAY IN CAMIGUIN ISLAND.
HOW TO GET AROUND THE ISLAND
The best way to get around Camiguin Island is to rent a scooter in Mambajao and make your own way around to all the Camiguin tourist spots.
I always recommend renting a scooter on the islands in the Philippines as you can choose your own route and go at your own pace. I rented my scooter from Camiguin All In One for 350 pesos per day.
Also, be sure to purchase travel insurance, especially when riding on the roads in the Philippines. Safety first!
Alternatively, there are tricycles and jeepney options available to get around the island. A 20-minute tricycle ride will cost around 100 pesos whereas a jeepney ride is only 40-50 pesos.
BEST TIME TO VISIT CAMIGUIN
The best time to visit Camiguin, weather-wise, is between April and July when temperatures are hot and there is barely any rainfall. This is also the high season so expect to see many tourists during these months.
I recommend visiting on the shoulder months of the high season between November and March which sees a bit of rainfall but usually only lasts for a couple of hours and the rest of the day is sunny.
Try to avoid the typhoon season which is typically between August and October.
13 BEST CAMIGUIN TOURIST SPOTS
Now that you’ve got all the information on where to stay, the best time to visit, and all the logistics, let’s get to the fun stuff.
So without further ado, here is the ultimate guide to the 13 Best Camiguin Tourist Spots!
WHITE ISLAND CAMIGUIN
Exploring White Island was the highlight of my trip which is why it claims the number one spot on this list.
The soft and powdery Camiguin sandbar is located just 2km off the northern shores of Mambajao and it’s one of the best things to do in Camiguin!
To get to White Island you’ll have to ride a pump boat from the White Island Ferry Terminal in Mambajao which is located right next to Paras Beach Resort. The pump boat operating hours are 5:30 am and finish at 5:30 pm, 7 days a week.
The White Island entrance fee is 50 pesos and the pump boat fee is 450 pesos which seats a maximum of 6 people. For those traveling solo, it would be ideal to find a group of people to split the cost of the pump boat between you.
Stepping off the boat and sinking my toes into the sand on White Beach was an experience in itself! I don’t think I have ever felt sand this soft before.
We walked from one end of the sandbar to the other in a matter of minutes and noticed there was a second sandbar across a shallow water channel. My buddy Jay crossed over to the other side and I sent my drone up to take a few shots. He had the entire sandbar to himself, it was unreal!
I was in complete awe of the vibrant turquoise-colored water that surrounds the sandbar and couldn’t resist taking a dip in the ocean, more than once!
One of my favorite things about White Island is the view facing back towards the mainland where Mt Hibok Hibok and Mt Vulcan can be seen reaching high into the skyline, creating the ultimate backdrop. I have never seen a landscape quite like it in my life!
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White Island – Tourist spots in Camiguin
White Island sandbar
Amazing views from White Island
ARDENT HOT SPRINGS
Camiguin is home to 7 volcanoes and subsequently, there are a number of thermal pools that can be found on the island and the Ardent Hot Springs are the most popular.
Set at the foot of Mount Hibok Hibok, the Ardent Hot Spring is one of the best tourist spots in Camiguin.
Ardent Hot Springs is located in Mambajao and it’s approximately a 10-minute drive from the main town to reach the springs.
The Ardent Hot Spring entrance fee is 30 pesos and there are also sheltered tables and chairs which are available for rent for 150 pesos.
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As I mentioned earlier, Ardent Hot Springs sits at the foot of Mt. Hibok Hibok volcano which is where the thermal water is derived from. The water temperature is around 40°C which is slightly cooled on the way down to the lower pools.
Ardent Hot Springs are man-made pools surrounded by lush rainforest and the water is transparent with a tinge of blue. For a man-made structure, they’ve done well to make this place a tranquil experience for visitors.
The water cascades from the top of the valley and is divided into four separate pools. The two larger pools at the bottom are the most inviting and there is an arched footbridge between them.
Ardent Hot Springs is around 1.5 meters deep with plenty of space to hang out in the thermal pools or around the edges on the concrete steps.
A dip in the Ardent Hot Spring Mambajao is the best remedy for muscle pains after a long day exploring the island.
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Ardent Hot Spring
Enjoying the thermal pools
Ardent Hot Spring
Katibawasan Falls is the tallest waterfall on the island. At a whopping 70 meters tall, this is one waterfall you definitely want to add to your list of things to do in Camiguin!
Katibawasan Falls is located in Mambajao and it’s approximately a 20-minute drive to reach the falls from the main town. The entrance fee at Katibawasan Falls is 50 pesos.
Katibawasan Falls is fed from the nearby Mt. Timpoong and the falls themselves feature a narrow stream of water that flows effortlessly down a monolithic cliff-face and into a large catch basin below.
The shallow lagoon at the base of Katibawasan is the perfect opportunity to cool off in the fresh, crystalline waters while marveling at the lush jungle surrounds.
Some sections around the catch basin are man-made but they have done their best to preserve the natural ambiance at this popular Camiguin tourist spot.
Apart from swimming in the lagoon and exploring the area around the falls, there isn’t much else to do. I recommend spending 30 minutes to 1 hour at Katibawasan Falls before continuing on to the other places to visit in Camiguin Island.
At the entrance to the falls, there are a few small shops selling souvenirs, snacks, and drinks. If you do have some small change to buy something here, the money goes a long way to support the local communities in the area.
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WALKWAY TO THE OLD VOLCANO
The Walkway to the Old Volcano (Mt Vulcan) is an easy hike to an awesome viewpoint overlooking the west coast.
The Walkway to the Old Volcano can be found in Catarman which is a 10-minute drive from the main town of Mambajao and the entrance fee is only 10 pesos.
It takes approximately 30-minutes from the jump-off point to hike to the Mt Vulcan viewpoint and the trail is made up of concrete steps and a gravel path. The trail is shaded for the most part but it does get very hot and sweaty so bring plenty of drinking water.
Along the way, there are statues depicting the 14 Stations of the Cross. These statues are quite impressive, even if you are not religious, and each one depicts the stages of Jesus Christ from the carrying of the cross, the crucifixion, the burial, and the resurrection.
Once you reach the top, the trail will come to a dead-end and this is where you’ll find the Mt Vulcan viewpoint! From here you can see one whole side of the Old Volcano which meets the ocean and you can even spot the Sunken Cemetery further along the coastline.
For a short 1-hour return journey, this hike is definitely worth adding to your list of things to do in Camiguin.
Mt Vulcan Hike
Mt Vulcan viewpoint
Stations of the Cross
SNORKEL AT THE SUNKEN CEMETERY
The Sunken Cemetery is an adventure not to be missed! Go snorkeling at the Sunken Cemetery where you’ll discover old tombstones and crosses as well as an abundance of marine life!
Sunken Cemetery is located in Catarman which is a 10-minute drive from the main tourist area of Mambajao.
The entrance fee is 50 pesos and 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.
What once was a cemetery that resided on land was forced to depths below 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 of the deceased that lay in the cemetery that once was. It is truly an iconic landmark displaying the rich history of the island and its people.
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.
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 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!
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The old cross
OLD SPANISH CHURCH RUINS
Just around the corner from the Sunken Cemetery is the Old Church Ruins, also known as Old Spanish Church Ruins and Guiob Church. An iconic landmark that has stood the test of time following the volcanic eruptions of Mt Vulcan and Mt Hibok Hibok.
The Old Spanish Church Ruins are located in Catarman which is a 10-minute drive from Mambajao and the entrance fee is 10 pesos.
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There are three stone structures that still remain standing following the volcanic eruptions on the island which is why the Old Church Ruins 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 images below 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.
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Old Spanish Church Ruins
The Guiob Church
Inside the Old Church Ruins
BURA SODA WATER SWIMMING POOL
Bura Soda Water Swimming Pool is one of the more tourist spots that you can’t miss on your itinerary! The name says it all, and yes, you can actually drink the fresh soda water at this fascinating cold spring.
The Soda Water Swimming Pool can be found in Catarman which is a 25-minute drive from Mambajao and the entrance fee is 50 pesos. It’s actually attached to a resort but also open to the public.
A large swimming pool welcomes you as you arrive at the Bura Soda Water Spring though it is not bubbling as you may have expected. However, the crystalline water is incredibly clean and fresh as the flow of water from the mountains is constant. Set down your belongings in one of the poolside huts and jump on in to cool off!
Do note that you cannot drink from the pool itself but off to the side, you can find an open faucet where you can taste the clean and natural soda water flowing from the taps. It’s safe to drink and it’s completely free!
Small sari-sari stores can be found out the front selling snacks, drinks, and souvenirs. There is also a lifeguard on duty at the Soda Water Swimming Pool keeping an eye out for all visitors.
This attraction is the first of its kind in the Philippines and I highly recommend visiting during your stay.
Bura Soda Water Swimming Pool
Clean and natural soda water
Soda Water Pool
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.
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 and the boat ride over to the island is around 20 minutes.
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.
You’ll also have to pay an environmental fee of 30 pesos, a snorkeling fee of 50 pesos, and a mask and snorkel rental is 100 pesos.
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 an abundance 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 surrounding the island is so inviting it would be rude not to go for a swim!
There are a couple of simple restaurants on Mantigue Island where you can purchase drinks and 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.
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.
For such a small island, there are many things to do to keep you entertained for a couple of hours and I highly recommend including Mantigue Island in your itinerary.
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Drone shot of Mantigue Island
Mantigue Island beach
Beautiful Mantigue Island
STO NINO COLD SPRING
Sto Nino Cold Spring is one of the more underrated attractions on the island. Mainly visited by locals, you’ll get to experience the Filipino way of having a good time at these springs!
Sto Nino Cold Spring is located in Catarman which is a 30-minute drive from Mambajao and the entrance fee is 50 pesos.
Sto Nino Cold Spring features a large man-made swimming pool that is fed from natural spring water that runs down the valley from the nearby mountains.
There are plenty of sheltered huts and seating areas around the edges of the pool where you can set down your belongings and jump in head first to cool off. The water in the springs is a vibrant turquoise color and irresistibly inviting!
I noticed a few of the locals were floating around the springs in rubber tubes which looked super relaxing so I grabbed a tube myself and joined in.
It was a Sunday when I visited and there were a number of Filipino families who had clearly set up for the day with a banquet of food and drinks. Not a bad way to spend a weekend if you ask me!
Sto Nino Cold Spring is set beneath Mt Hoibok Hibok which is surrounded by a dense coconut palm forest and beautiful gardens, creating the ultimate jungle vibes! It’s a great spot to hang out for an hour or so during your visit.
Sto Nino Cold Spring
Sto Nino Cold Spring
ZIP LINE AT TAGUINES LAGOON
Taguines Lagoon is a beautiful man-made vista right next to the ocean that is most popular for the 700-meter zip line that stretches over the water from one end of the lagoon to the other.
Located in Mahinog, it’s approximately a 45-minute drive from the main tourist area of Mambajao to reach Taguines Lagoon.
The zipline activity can be found at the J & A Fishpen Resort and the cost is 400 pesos. This includes a safety briefing, safety equipment, and an exhilarating zip-lining experience over the top of Taguines Lagoon.
There are a number of seafood restaurants and resorts dotted around the edges of the lagoon, perfect for a lunchtime meal or an overnight stay.
It’s also possible to go swimming in the lagoon which can be accessed from the roadside or through the entrances of most resorts. One resort even features an inflatable floating playground which would be super fun for the kids and adults who refuse to grow up!
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Playground at Taguines Lagoon
Beautiful blue lagoon
TONGATOK BAY VIEWPOINT
Tongatok Bay is a stunning cove boasting one of the best coastline views you can experience on Camiguin Island!
Tongatok Bay is located in Mambajao, a short 5-minute drive from the center of town. It’s easy to find Tongatok Bay but at the same time, the viewpoint can be easily missed.
Search for Chan Lookout Point on Google maps and this is the exact pin location of the viewpoint.
When you arrive at the jump-off point on the side of the main road, you can walk to the edge of the cliffs to find the Tongatok Bay viewpoint which overlooks an awe-inspiring ocean cove lined with coconut palm trees.
Tongatok Cove is unbelievably picturesque and worthy enough to be found on the front of a postcard.
If you want to go all out and have the ultimate experience, you can book an oceanfront room at Tongatok Cliff Resort and enjoy uninterrupted views of this stunning coastline right from your very balcony!
Tongatok Bay viewpoint
Tongatok Cliff Resort
Tuasan Falls is hands down my favorite waterfall on Camiguin Island and arguably the best! It’s not quite as popular as Katibawasan Falls but it is without a doubt one of the latest up-and-coming Camiguin tourist spots.
Tuasan Falls is located in Catarman which is approximately a 30-minute drive from the main tourist area of Mambajao and the entrance fee is 50 pesos.
A 20-meter-high waterfall and the freshwater stream is the first thing you’ll see as you walk around the bend from the jump-off point. Not to mention the stream is incredibly clear with a tinge of turquoise colors!
There are two rock pools at Tuasan Falls, the first pool is filled by the strong flow of water from the falls which then cascades down into the second pool.
The rock pools seem to have been excavated along the edges making them wider to accommodate visitors. Although the swimming holes at Tuasan Falls have been somewhat man-made, they have done well to preserve its natural beauty.
My favorite thing about Tuasan Falls is the vivid flora and fauna that surrounds the area, adding to the tranquil vibe and peacefulness of this place. We spotted many birds, lizards, and butterflies while hanging out beneath the canopy of the jungle that enveloped the falls.
We were lucky enough to have Tuasan Falls completely to ourselves as we got there quite early in the morning which made our visit even more enjoyable.
If you want to experience Tuasan Falls without the crowds as we did, definitely try to get to this tourist spot as early as possible.
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Hanging out at Tuasan Falls
HIKE MT HIBOK HIBOK
Last but not least on this Camiguin tourist spots list is the almighty Mt Hibok Hibok, standing tall at 1,332 meters above sea level. Hiking to the top of this active volcano is one heck of an adventure to be had on the island!
My friends and I had every intention of hiking Mt Hibok Hibok for sunrise one morning but due to poor weather conditions, our trip was canceled…
We were up and ready to go at 2 o’clock in the morning to meet with our trekking guide but heavy rains persisted. Ah well, I guess I have a valid excuse to go back again one day!
From what our guide had told us, the hike to the summit of Mount Hibok Hibok takes 3 to 4 hours from bottom to top depending on one’s fitness levels and hiking capabilities.
The Mount Hibok Hibok volcano hike can be done as a day trip from Mambajao which begins at 6:00 am and returns around 3:00 pm, though it will be very hot hiking under the blazing sun during these hours.
My recommendation would be to start the hike at 2:00 am to make it to the summit for sunrise and be back down by around 10:00 am.
Panoramic views await at the summit, boasting extensive views of the neighboring islands of Siquijor, Bohol, and Surigao on a clear day! Not to mention you can see right down into the mossy volcanic crater of Mt Hibok Hibok!
To book the Mt Hibok Hibok hike, contact Alex from Camiguin All In One and he will be happy to help you organize this.
If you do end up completing the Mount Hibok Hibok hike, let me know your experience in the comments below!
Mt Hibok Hibok – Photo: Kara Santos
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN CAMIGUIN
One of the most popular places to eat on the island is Check Point Camiguin.
It’s a BBQ-style restaurant in the center of town offering a range of local cuisine including pork, stir frys, soups, and western-style dishes such as pizzas, pasta, curries, burgers, etc… There is also a bar offering a wide selection of beers, wines, and spirits!
Another decent option for food and drinks is Hagahay Cafe serving up fresh juices and smoothie bowls. Or you can try Alco Lion for the best burgers and beers on the island.
If you want to enjoy a delicious Spanish-style meal with good wifi you can check out Peninsular Kape Art which is within walking distance from the White Island Ferry Terminal in Mambajao.
My friends and I spent an entire afternoon here using the only decent wifi we could find on the island and I ordered a Spanish paella dish along with a few beers to wash it down.
It’s located right on the oceanfront which is also a great spot to watch the sunset!
WHAT TO PACK FOR THE PHILIPPINES
When visiting the Philippines, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;
- Sunscreen – the Philippines sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
- Quick-dry travel towel – the most compact and lightweight towel for traveling.
- Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
- Backpack – The Nomatic 30L Travel Pack is the ultimate backpack for everyday adventures.
If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;
- GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
- Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
- DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.
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