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What to Do in Camiguin: 10 Best Things to Do in Camiguin in 2024

Wondering what activities you can do in Camiguin Island? In this guide, I and our editorial team at Cebu Insider selected the 10 Best Things to Do in Camiguin in 2023!
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Wondering what activities you can do in Camiguin Island? In this guide, I and our editorial team at Cebu Insider selected the 10 Best Things to Do in Camiguin in 2023!

Camiguin was one of the first places I visited in the early years of my traveling. I had a day job at the regional office of environment and natural resources and my job involved visiting sites in Northern Mindanao and Camiguin was the one we frequented. I can’t count the times I went to White Island and Mantigue Island, two of Camiguin’s most popular attractions. But there’s more to Camiguin Island.

The heart of Camiguin beats for every traveler who visits this place. Camiguin is an island province located in the Bohol Sea and geographically part of Northern Mindanao.

Dubbed the “Island Born of Fire,” Camiguin is known for its volcanoes and volcanic domes—the iconic Mount Hibok-Hibok being among them, which is the newest active volcano in the Philippines. Many believe that volcanic eruptions and land movements shaped this beautiful island dotted with natural wonders from every corner in such an unspoiled setting. 

Despite Camiguin’s beauty, it remains under the radar of many tourists. If you like Siquijor, you will like Camiguin too. These island provinces share a lot in common. Join us as we discover the best things to do in Camiguin.

1. Go Sunbathing on White Island

White Island Best Things to Do in Camiguin
White Island wih Mount Hibok-Hibok in the background

Probably the most popular attraction in Camiguin and definitely a must-visit, White Island is an uninhabited island boasting crystal-clear blue water and dreamy white sand. It is even made more than picture-perfect with the gigantic Mount Hibok-Hibok posing in the backdrop. As a naked island, won’t find man-made structures, even trees, here but just powdery white sand. What’s even more interesting is how its shape changes depending on the tides.

White Island is accessible in just 10 minutes from the coast of Mambajao municipality. The entrance fee to White Island is 50 PHP (~1 USD). The boat fee to get to the island is 500 PHP (~10 PHP) per boat good for 4 people. Visit in the early morning (around 8 AM) to avoid the surge of tourists.

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2. Explore Mantigue Island’s Rich Marine Sanctuary

Mantigue Marine Sanctuary Best Things to Do in Camiguin
The rich marine ecosystem of Mantigue Island in Camiguin

Sharing the top spot for the most popular attraction in Camiguin is Mantigue Island. Did you know? Mantigue Island is a protected marine sanctuary, so you can guarantee snorkeling or freediving around the island makes for one of the best underwater experiences you will have in the Philippines.

Mantigue Island features approximately four hectares of greenery fringed with a glistening white beach of powdery coral sand. Aside from its rich marine protected area, it also has a trail snaking across its dense forest. Did we mention its turquoise waters and vibrant coral reefs?

Mantigue is a small island located off the coast of Mahinog, accessible via a 10-minute boat ride. The entrance fee to Mantigue Island costs 75 PHP (~1.5 USD). You will also need to pay the environmental fee of 30 PHP (~0.5 USD) and the snorkeling fee of 75 PHP (~1.5 USD). As your boatman takes you to Mantigue Island, let them know you want to snorkel before docking in the island. Trust me! This is one of the best things to do in Camiguin. Don’t miss it!

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3. Chase Waterfalls

Tuasan Falls Best Things to Do in Camiguin
Tuasan Falls is one of the most popular attractions in Camiguin

Camiguin is endowed with several stunning waterfalls, so you must not miss out on chasing waterfalls on your itinerary. Three of the best waterfalls to visit on this island are the Katibawasan Falls, Tuasan Falls, and Binangawan Falls.

Katibawasan Falls is the most popular, 250-foot waterfall at the base of Mount Timpoong. The entrance fee to Katibawasan Falls is 50 PHP (~1 USD). Meanwhile, Tuasan Falls is known for its two freshwater pools surrounded by a lush jungle. The entrance fee to Tuasan Falls is also 50 PHP (~1 USD).  Then, head to Binangawan Falls, a cascade of water dropping more than 70 meters to a plunge pool where you can swim and picnic. The entrance fee to Binangawan Falls is free of charge.

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4. Witness Glorious Sunset at Sunken Cemetery

Sunken Cemetery Best Things to Do in Camiguin
Sunken Cemetery during sunset

To cap off all the sightseeing tours, boat rides, swimming, hikes, and nature trips you did in Camiguin, it is recommended that you treat yourself to a riveting view of the sunset at Sunken Cemetery.

Sunken Cemetery is not just a vantage point to catch the sunset, but it also has quite a story to tell. When Mount Vulcan, a now-inactive volcano situated between the boundary of Camiguin’s Mambajao and Catarman towns, erupted in 1948 and 1953, this cemetery was buried under the sea. Today, it lies 20 feet below the surface. If you wish to go snorkeling, this is also a good place for this activity which shows you corals and marine life swimming around the tombstones. The entrance fee to Sunken Cemetery is 50 PHP (~1 USD).

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5. Experience Public Hot Bath at Ardent Hot Spring

Ardent Hot Spring Best Things to Do in Camiguin
Go to Ardent Hot Spring to get a relaxing dip

To find yourself in a hot bath isn’t daunting. In fact, it is very exciting as it refreshes your body. But to experience a public hot bath, some may think twice. If you are brave enough, do it in Camiguin at Ardent Hot Spring. No nudes, please!

Ardent Hot Spring is one of the island’s most hot springs. It is easily accessible as it is located near the touristy Agoho and Yumbing beaches, particularly in the mountainside of Mount Hibok-Hibok, which provides this spring with its hot and crystal clear waters. Although it’s not as hot as it used to be over the years, visiting Ardent Hot Spring is still one of the best things to do in Camiguin. The entrance fee to Ardent Hot Spring is 30 PHP (~0.5 USD). 

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6. Take a Cold Plunge at Santo Niño Cold Spring

Santo Niño Cold Spring Best Things to Do in Camiguin
Go to Santo Niño Cold Spring for a cold swim.

You’ve learned about the hot bath at Ardent Hot Spring, and in Camiguin, you can get the best of both worlds. Why don’t you take a cold plunge too at Santo Niño Cold Spring? This cold spring is nestled in Camiguin’s Sagay town, just a 30-minute drive from the Mambajao municipality.

Set beneath Mount Hibok-Hibok, Santo Niño Cold Spring features a vast man-made swimming pool fed from natural spring waters running down the valley from its nearby mountains. The entrance fee to Santo Niño Cold Spring is 50 PHP (~1 USD) per person.

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7. Take a Relaxing Swim at Bura Soda Water Swimming Pool

Bura Soda Water Swimming Pool Best Things to Do in Camiguin
Go to Bura Soda Water Swimming Pool to get a therapeutic swim.

A hot bath and a cold plunge—what more could you ask for? But if you want another refreshing dip, there’s no better place to do this than at the Bura Soda Water Swimming Pool.

Bura Soda Water Swimming Pool is part of a resort located in Barangay Bura in the municipality of Catarman, which is just a 25-minute drive from Mambajao. And here’s some trivia: the waters here are not only good for swimming, but for not drinking, too. The entrance fee to Bura Soda Water Swimming Pool is 50 PHP (~1 USD).

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8. Get Close to Clams at the Giant Clams Sanctuary

Giant Clam Sanctuary Best Things to Do in Camiguin
A tridacna gigas giant clam found at the Giant Clam Sanctuary in Camiguin

In various islands in the Philippines, tourists can have a first-hand encounter with marine creatures like whale sharks and sardines. But, things can get really unique here in Camiguin as you get up close and personal with giant clams.

For the experience, you must head to the Giant Clam Sanctuary located in Cantaan, a small fishing village on the island. This sanctuary is home to more than a thousand giant clams, including the renowned Tridacna gigas, which is also an endangered species. Moreover, seven out of the nine species of clams worldwide are found here. This sanctuary also takes care of clams that produce pearls. 

But, before you enjoy this activity, you must pay the 25 PHP (~0.5 USD) entrance fee, 150 PHP (~3 USD) clam viewing fee, and 50 PHP (~1 USD) snorkeling gear fee. The entrance fee is already inclusive of access to the beach and the tour around the clam laboratory. If you wish to snorkel in the sanctuary, you are required to avail of a guide.

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9. Witness History at the Old Spanish Church Ruins

Old Spanish Church Ruins Best Things to Do in Camiguin
One of the structures at the Old Spanish Church Ruins in Camiguin

Aside from its natural landscapes, Camiguin is also steeped in history, and you can get a tinge of the island’s story as you visit the Old Church Ruins of Camiguin. 

Also referred to as the Guiob Church Ruins, this landmark mainly features a church built in the 1500s, which has borne witness to the devastation of volcanic eruptions on the island. What you’ll see now are the remaining stone structures, pieces of walls from the chapel, and walls covered in vines that make the ruins also appear enchanted. The entrance fee to the church ruins costs 50 PHP (~1 USD) per person.

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10. Conquer the Summit of Mount Hibok-Hibok

Mount Hibok Hibok Best Things to Do in Camiguin
Mount Hibok-Hibok in Camiguin is the newest active volcano in the Philippines.

With its pristine beaches, Camiguin is for those who want an experience with the sea. But, with its volcanoes like Mount Hibok-Hibok, this majestic island is also for the adventurous soul. Rising 1,332 meters above sea level, this stratovolcano is the most prominent feature of the island. Take note that it is still an active volcano, with its last eruption in July 1953. 

The trek to the summit will get you closer to some of the volcano’s flora and fauna until you reach the area where you will be treated to a magnificent view of its crater lake. Awe-inspiring!

To hike Mount Hibok-Hibok, you must get a permit which costs 200 PHP (~4 USD) per person. You are also required to avail of a guide which costs 1,200 PHP (~200 USD) for up to three people.

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Your Travel Guide to the Philippines

From conquering the summit of Camiguin’s iconic Mount Hibok-Hibok to mingling with its warm and welcoming people, your adventures on this island will be unforgettable. It may be a tiny island, but enchanting enough to prove that size does not limit the beauty and experiences a traveler can find here. Visit Camiguin, and embrace everything this place has to offer.

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Mario Manlupig
Mario Manlupig

Mario is the Founder of CEBU INSIDER. In March 2018, he left his full-time job at the Philippines' biggest TV network and became a digital nomad, traveling all over the country until the pandemic happened. He now calls Cebu City his home.

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