Camiguinscape is probably the most naturally-endowed in its numerous unique sceneries. The roro ferry from Cagayan de Oro is the key to what I like to call Camiguinscape. Cagayan de Oro is itself a beautiful part of Mindanao.
So if you take a flight to Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin is a highly recommended combination trip. The roro ferry trip from Cagayan de Oro is fairly regular and lots of tourists who have heard of the famous Camiguin are bound for the island so you can rely on pretty regular connection rides on the island once you get there. There are many resorts and simple restaurants.
On Camiguin, getting around has been simplified by the existence of the Circumferential Road which everyone uses to get around on the island. So the scenic spots appear one after the other like the island’s pit stops. Don’t waste time, get the help of a local tour guide and go!
Speaking of one of Camiguin’s seven volcanoes, the Old Volcano is characterized by its height and an 80-meter sheer drop off, actually an underwater volcanic lava formation. It has a rocky platform sitting on shallow water which is for sun worshippers and swimmers, and rich coral blooms down below, home to many fish.
Next stop is a Giant Cross marker that sits in the middle of water. The cross was erected over the place where a cemetery once existed, but went underwater during the violent eruption of Mt. Vulcan. You may be invited to try to dive in, but since you know a cemetery lies beneath, would you dare?
Next comes the Sto. Niño cold spring—surrounded by cozy little cottages, picnic huts and tourist facilities, this is a sprawling pool filled with cool spring water seeping out of the pool’s sandy base. Be ready for a refreshing dip.
The next pit stop is undeniably an adrenaline junkie’s dream. Cascading from a cliff is a super clear waterfall. The adventure? Rappelling down the cliff, to the side of the falls, and then plunging into the pool underneath.
Next is the most bizarre sounding Bura Soda Water Pool. You shouldn’t expect anything sweet and iced out there, as in softdrinks. It’s so-called because the swimming pool’s cool water bubbles is all the hype is about. But don’t underestimate its scenery of the ocean and green surrounding fields.
If there are cold springs such as the abovementioned examples, can it be possible not to have hot ones since there are volcanoes galore?
Smack in the middle of Camiguin is the Esperanza Ardent mineral hot spring. The steamy surroundings set amidst a restaurant, picnic nooks and beautiful garden, is actually the handywork of vents of a dormant volcano called Mt. Hibok Hibok heating the water to up to 40 degrees Celsius. Very therapeutic baths are taken at this place either in the daytime or night time.
Last but not the least, the only white coral sandy beach in Camiguin is White Beach. In fact the only beach you can call because the fringes of Camiguin Island itself are scary plunging cliffs.So that makes it much more of a thrill to venture onto the sandbar called the White Beach some 2 kms. away from the main island.
It’s perfect only for a day trip as there is absolutely nothing man-made on the sand bar. Just the endless ocean enclosing it, perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The feeling is a bit like being stranded on an island out there, only it’s very pleasant!
So how they say… if you haven’t been there, you better come, and if you been there, Cam-iugin(COME AGAIN!!!)
To Camiguin you can reach through Bohol as well, its a 4 hours Ferry.
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