The Philippines has over seven thousand islands. In every island you go, there will always be beautiful spots waiting to be explored and memorable adventures waiting to be experienced.
In the northern part of Mindanao, Philippines lies a volcano island that is known for its natural beauty. It has a shape of a woman lying down. The lovely island of Camiguin will never fail to fill your vacation with adventure as you explore its cold and hot springs, waterfalls, islets, and historical tourist destinations.
Here are 7 spots you should check out when visiting Camiguin Island, Philippines.
1. Ardent Hot Spring
Located on the mountainside of Hibok-hibok volcano, the Ardent hot spring is one of the most visited places in Camiguin. The place has been developed to offer different temperatures with it cascading pools. The highest pool has the highest temperature among the four pools with 40 degrees Celsius temperature. The second one has 35 degrees Celsius waters. The rest of the pools get a bit colder as they are mixed with the other water in the forest.
There is also a small resort and a restaurant in the area where you can dine and grab some refreshments after a relaxing hot bath.
2. Sto. Nino Cold Spring
Camiguin also offers cold springs. The Sto. Nino Cold Springs is one of them with a temperature of about 20 degrees Celsius. The crystal clear water of this freshwater lake is very amazing to swim at that if you wear a pair of goggles or a swimming mask, you can clearly see from one end to the other.
Just like the Ardent hot spring, the Sto. Nino cold spring can get a bit busy during weekends and holidays. Weekday visits are preferred so you can enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the place.
3. Bura Soda Spring
If you want to try a very unique spring swimming experience in the Philippines, visit the Bura Soda Spring. Probably the first or only soda spring in the Philippines, the Bura Soda spring is said to have a soda taste. The taste has changed over the years and now it tastes just like fresh water due to age. You can still, however, see the sparkling bubbles in the pool.
4. Katibawasan Falls
Katibawasan Falls is one of the biggest and more famous falls in the island of Camiguin. It is located fairly near the island’s main town, Mambajao, but in the middle of the forest. The falls is 76 meters high and you can swim at its basin as you listen to the relaxing sound of the water rushing down.
5. Sunken Cemetery
Probably one of the famously photographed landmarks in Camiguin, the Sunken Cemetery does not seem so special from afar. All you can see is a large cross springing up the from the sea. However, something much more interesting lies beneath the cross. It is a cemetery, whose earth sank sometime in the 1870s during the birth of Mt. Vulcan.
6. White Island
The white island is a stunning white sand bar that changes in shape and size depending on the season. It is a bare island with no trees, vegetation, and huts. Visitors go there to enjoy the amazing sight, have some dip in the clear waters, and go diving in the island’s surrounding lively coral reef.
Be sure to visit the island when the weather is good, since the waters can get rough. A nice time to go there would be at around 5am to up to 8am when the sun is not yet too hot to enjoy.
7. Mantigue Island
Mantigue Island may not be the more visited in comparison with White island, but it is more loved by its visitors. Unlike the White Island, which is rather bare, the Mantigue island is rich in vegetation aside from its white sand beach that is comparable to the famous Boracay. The Mantigue island has been declared as a nature park along with its rich tropical marine sanctuaries, as well as snorkeling and diving spots. It even has a forest where you can find a variety of unique tree and plant species.
Other tourist destinations to discover in Camiguin include the Giant Clam Sanctuary, Tuasan Falls, Mt. Hibok-Hibok, Guiob Church Ruins, Tanguines Lagoon, Moro Watch Tower, Macao Cold Springs, and Binangawan Falls.
Camiguin is truly a paradise with all these natural and man-made tourist sites. Visit Camiguin and see for yourself how truly enchanting the island is.