Travel Destinations: Camiguin Island
Camiguin is a small island that attracts countless numbers of tourists every year due to its natural beauty. It is one of the top tourist spots in the Philippines and ranks number 7 as a diving spot in the world. Camiguin is a pear-shaped volcanic island which has a total land area of only 238 square kilometers. Small as it is, it could be a giant as far as beauty is concerned. Camiguin has a very unique setting with its 7 volcanoes, natural cold and hot springs, waterfalls, mountains and the hospitable, fun-loving and friendly people around. A visit to Camiguin could make a perfect and unforgettable experience for travelers and adventurers.
Camiguin is said to be, "Born of Fire." One would not wonder why this tiny island has seven volcanoes. Despite being almost covered with volcanoes, it is a safe place to go and enjoy. The weather here is good with seasonal rain showers. From April to June, one is guaranteed a fine weather. The coldest month is from November to January and the rest of the year would be hotter.
Camiguin has a lot to offer guests. There is the Old Ruins of San Roque Church, Convent and Belfry which are remnants of the volcanic eruption in 1897. Along with this is the Sunken Cemetery, a large white cross stands in the water where once a cemetery stood but was eaten by the sea during the eruption of Old Vulcan Daan in 1987. This is a perfect place to view the sunset over the ocean. This island has all the remnants of the Spanish time when Philippines was colonized by the Spaniards. Catholicism has been introduced by the Spaniards in the 1800's and Filipinos became Catholics. The Via Cruzes proves how faithful Filipinos are to their religion. This is an old volcano slope where life-size statues depicting the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus could be seen. Included here in the mountain are the 14 Stations of the Cross. There is also a centennial house that still stands to remind people of the Spanish era in the 1800's/
If you tire being sentimental, you can change your mood by watching the Katibawasan Falls. This is a 70 meter high, cascading falls and around it are orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders. The waterfalls look majestic. Tuasan Falls is ideal for a picnic and Binangawan Falls provides for a lovely view with its small and big falls rushing down majestic granite stones and joining as one big falls . The mist forms an arched rainbow when the sun's rays shoots to the waters making it look like wonderland.
You can experience a hot pool bath which is therapeutic. The Ardent Hot Spring is a hot mineral pool with water that is 400 degrtees Celsius. This pool is very ideal for night bathers. There are picnic huts and tables for rent here and a restaurant is also available. There is no problem at all because everything here is accessible. Aside from the hot springs, Camiguin also has cold springs.
Mount Hibok-Hibok an extinct volcano which is 1250 meters high above sea level is ideal for climbing. Mountain climbers love this place for what it offers them. On top of this mountain is a crater-like lake and steam outlets. And here, you could also have a panoramic view of the entire Bohol Province while enjoying your trek.
Camiguin is rich in natural resources and offers lots of fun and entertainment including sports. There is the Burias Shoal where one could enjoy a good dive at the same time have a close encounter with schools of different kinds of fish. What makes this Burias Shoal unique is the black coral covered bottom. There are more places to enjoy boating, fishing, snorkeling and diving and with what Camiguin could offer, where else would one choose to go?
Camiguin is something to experience in life as it boosts its majestic beauty and rich natural resources.