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 to the Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin including where to find it, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive.
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 HERE
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 with a full tank of gas. They have many scooters to choose from and they can also help you to organize 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.
Exploring Camiguin by scooter
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 we probably wouldn’t have found ourselves.
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Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin Island
CAMIGUIN SUNKEN CEMETERY HISTORY
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 Camiguin and its local inhabitants.
Sunken Cemetery Camiguin Island
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WHAT TO EXPECT 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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Sunken Cemetery Camiguin
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, wandered around for a minute, took a quick selfie, and then dived back into the ocean to keep snorkeling.
We swam out to the reef’s outer edges, 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.
Ideally, the best time to visit is on a mid to high tide. It can get quite shallow at low tide making it difficult to swim across the top of the reef.
More giant clams
Underwater cemetery Philippines
Colorful sea star
The old cross
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 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 a 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, 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 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 a private bathroom. Recommended for solo travelers, couples, and friends.
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY, SEE MY COMPLETE GUIDE ON WHERE TO STAY ON CAMIGUIN ISLAND.
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 – a must for drying off after a dip in the ocean or lying out on the sand.
- Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
- Dry bag – protect your gadgets from any water damage while you’re at the beach.
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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