Discover the Splendours of Camiguin Island Philippines
If you have explored all the nooks, crannies and the splendour of Bohol then it is high time that you venture into another paradise island, Camiguin. Camiguin may surpass Bohol in one aspect: it is home to 7 volcanoes! No other island in Southeast Asia has this number of volcanoes . . . and active at that!.
Like Bohol, it is inhabited by deeply religious, hardworking, friendly, fun-loving and very hospitable people. Not surprising, for most of the Camiguingnons traces their roots to Bohol. In fact, their culture is a mixture of both Boholano and Cebuano. Cebuano is the major dialect though some towns, such as Sagay and Guinsiliban, speaks the “Kinamiguin” dialect which was derived from the Manobo dialect mixed with that of the Boholano.
An island “Born of Fire”, Camiguin was virtually formed from past volcanic eruptions. Subsequent land movements resulted in grandiose volcanic monuments, majestic waterfalls, creation of hot and cold springs, the sinking of a cemetery underwater which is now a tourist attraction. .
Arable lands surrounding the volcanoes, although very limited, were rendered very fertile leading to luxuriant growth of verdant foliage and trees forming forests which is home to birds and mammals. In fact, new specie of the Philippine Hanging Parrot (Loriculus philippensis) has been observed to inhabit the forests in the uppermost areas of Timpoong and Mambajao.
The island is an ideal place for mountain climbing enthusiasts wherein the active Mt. Hibok-Hibok, the second highest peak, poses the greatest challenge. Aim for the volcano’s peak where you will see its crater lake, steam vents and enjoy a most spectacular view of the whole island and its neighbours.
Most of the beaches of the island are covered with pebbles and dark sand which may not be so attractive to foreigners, yet the beaches are clean and the waters so clear and cool. There are white sand beaches though and with fine white sand, at that! Hop to White Island and enjoy the white sand and the crystal clear waters with Mt. Hibok-Hibok in the background.
Do you know that Camiguin has been hailed as the no. 7 diving spot in the world and one of the top 25 tourist destinations in the Philippines? And rightly so for it offers a variety of dive spots with majestic coral reef formations, shoals and bays rich in marine life with, often than not, sightings of whale sharks!
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It also has its share of historical spots such as the old Catarman Church ruins and a huge white cross marking the place of the sunken cemetery. Religious Catholic pilgrims throng to the island during Holy Week and observe the Way of the Cross up the Old Vulkan where life-sized statues representing the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ marks the 14 Stations of the Cross.
A tomb chiselled out from a mountain slope of volcanic rock is a unique representation of the 14th Station when Jesus was laid on the tomb.
Camiguin Island is relatively blessed with fine weather with seasonal rain showers rendering its landscape its verdant color. Coolest season is from November to January and the months guaranteed to have fine weather are from April to June.
Camiguin has much to offer. Its varied terrain, lush natural endowments both aboveground and underwater and a tranquil environment are only a few of its attributes. It is home to the sweetest lanzones (Lansium domesticum) in the Philippines. The island celebrates the Lanzones Festival every 3rd week of October where visitors can feast on this tropical fruit while joining the activities such as street dancing, parades and pageants in the main town of Mambajao.
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