It’s been ages since my last blog post – blame it on lack of inspiration – but I’ll try to make up for it this year.
Last week, I traveled to the beautiful island of Camiguin with my family. It is the second time to visit the island but is the first for most of the fambam. Here are some ‘fun’ facts about the island:
- Camiguin is actually the second smallest province in the Philippines in terms of population and land area, the first being Batanes.
- The island’s motto, “Island Born of Fire”, was derived due to the fact that it is volcanic in origin. In fact, the center of the island is mountainous since it is composed of several volcanoes. Only two volcanoes, Mt. Hibok-hibok and Mt. Vulcan remains active.
- During the month of October, Lanzones Festival is held in the province since it is considered one of its major produce. The lanzones grow here is said to be the sweetest in the country.
The province’s main attraction are the two islands namely White Island and Mantigue Island.
Located of the coast of Mambajao, White Island, is actually a sandbar. There is no vegetation whatsoever in the island and sometimes during high tide, it is completely submerged in water. It was low tide when we came there so most of the island is visible. Mt. Hibok-hibok and Mt. Vulcan provides a picturesque view aside from the setting sun. I recommend to go there just before sunset when the temperature is a bit mild since there are no trees that can provide shade. There are umbrellas though that can be rented in the island for P50.00.
White Island can be accessed through boats beside Paras Beach Resort.
It is also known as Magsaysay Island but oddly, locals do not know this name so if you are heading here, tell them you want to go to Mantigue Island. This island is located off the coast of Mahinog. In contrast to White Island, Mantigue is vegetated and actually has a 4 hecatre forest in the middle with walkways for your to enjoy a stroll if you want to escape the heat of the sun. There are tables for rent here and I think they also serve some food but we didn’t stay that long so we didn’t order any. There is a marine sanctuary located near the island and the boatman will ask you incessantly if you want to go there for snorkeling. Note that there is a separate fee that you have to pay if you go snorkeling in the protected area.
Mantigue Island can be seen from the boat going to Benoni Port. It can be accessed by boat through the port in Mahinog.
I will my post about Camiguin for now and promise to post the other attractions tomorrow 🙂