In the deep blue waters of the Bohol sea lies the second smallest province in the Philippines: Camiguin. This tiny island province is home to 7 volcanoes, earning the name “Island Born of Fire.”
The only active volcano on the island is Mt. Hibok-Hibok, with 5 destructive eruptions since 1827. Those up to the challenge can go on a 3 to 4 hour hike up to the peak and be treated to a panoramic view of the surrounding islands. Mt. Hibok-Hibok’s jump-off point is the Ardent Hot Springs, whose 40°C pools are great post-climb muscle-soothers.
If hot springs aren’t for you, take a trip to the cold springs of Sto. Niño in Barangay Bonbonon. These 20°C natural spring pools are frequented by locals and tourists looking to escape the summer heat.
Visit the one of a kind Soda Water Swimming Pool in the town of Catarman. The crisp and bubbling water comes from the rocky and sandy bottom of the pool.
Chase refreshing waterfalls in Camiguin. The 25-meter (80-foot) Tuasan Falls in Barangay Maiinit have icy cold waters that are stark white against the surrounding green forest. Take a dip in the surging falls, or simply take in the picture-perfect view of water cascading over rocks.
Another notable waterfall can be found at the foot of Mt. Timpoong, near the Camiguin’s capital, Mambajao. The Katibawasan Falls stand at 80 meters (262 feet) and features a rock pool with cool, swimmable waters.
For a postcard-worthy beach scene, head to the White Island. This C-shaped sandbar is free from trees, nipa huts, and any other form of shade, so pack some sunscreen and beach umbrellas. The best time to visit White Island is in the early morning, so as to avoid the harsh noontime sun.
The waters around White Island have strong currents, but they’re home to colorful coral gardens on one side of the sandbar, and black coral on the other.
Off the eastern coast of Camiguin Island is the Mantigue Island. This small island is perfect for both swimmers and divers: one side has shallow, light blue waters, while the other has a deep coral reef. The island’s lush greenery and surrounding waters are protected, which means no fishing or hunting in the area.
Dive to the Sunken Cemetery, which was buried underwater during the eruption of Mt. Vulcan. The former gravesite is marked by a large, white cross. The waters are home to soft corals, and divers often spot sea turtles swimming around.
When in Camiguin, be sure to taste the province’s iconic fruit, the lanzones. The island also holds the Lanzones Festival every third week of October, a week-long celebration of the sweet fruit and bountiful harvest.
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