Camiguin Island Overview

24 Aug

Camiguin Island is not far from Cayagan De Oro on the Island of Mindanao, and has five municipalities all which rest on four volcanoes. This gives the island a fortress appearance and the walkways and steps that appear on the main road encircles the island help those fit people who wish to climb the steep sidewalls of these amazing mountains. This are 1000’s of steps and many hours of uphill climbing to the summit. So it is not for the faint hearted. I stayed in a small cottage at Ardent Hot Springs which was just above the hot springs and allowed for night swims Ardent has an onsite restaurant and the cottages have reasonable bathrooms.

Camiguin Island is not far from Cayagan De Oro on the Island of Mindanao, and has five municipalities all which rest on four volcanoes

Camiguin Island is not far from Cayagan De Oro on the Island of Mindanao, and has five municipalities all which rest on four volcanoes

The area of Catamaran has many cold springs; Sto Nino Cold Springs have a 40 shallow pool with a sandy floor bottom. This is worth a visit and worth just sitting next to the pool and looking at the beautiful surroundings.

The white sands in Mantigue and White Islands off the coast is accessible by small boats and other personal crafts

The white sands in Mantigue and White Islands off the coast is accessible by small boats and other personal crafts

Ferdinand Magellan and Miguel Lagazpi landed in 1521 and 1565.The old Catarman Church Ruins is a nice stop by the edge of the roadway. This church saved many lives during the eruption of the volcano in 1871. Three other churches dot the island they include Santo Rosario Church, Gui-ob Church, Baylao Church. The Spanish architecture abounds in places where you won’t expect. Other attractions include the Sunken Cemetery a dive site which was on land before the volcanic eruption in 1871.  Katibawasan Falls drops over 250 feet into a majestic pool and has great picnic area along with ice cold waters to jump in and really cool down.

The white sands in Mantigue and White Islands off the coast is accessible by small boats and other personal crafts and do not forget to visit the Enigmata Tree House with an art gallery and accommodations included. The Enigmata Creative Circle is a 3 story tree house with unique sculpted grounds along with statues all set in a beautiful garden setting.

The best transportation is to rent a scooter for the day or week and go anywhere you like. The outer rim roadway takes you around the entire island and leads you into the villages and towns. Restaurants encompass the island with several foreign owned. As always the local seafood’s and unique Filipino dishes are something well worth trying. I have yearned for some time now to return to this beautiful island and I’ve imagined myself retiring here.

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