Come again! (Camiguin) The Most Inviting White Sand Beach (More about Geography, History and etc) Camiguin is an everyday sand, Sea and Sun! as the title of this blog implies, tourist will be mesmerized by its warmth and Speaking of warm people, Camiguin folks are the most friendly, so when it comes to transpo rental you dont have to be an expert haggler just ask for the price and it will surely be fair.
Camiguin is just few of the cities in the Philippines that have banned the use of plastics in the Island and committed to protect the environment. And who would not be? the island is home to Big Clams, sea turtles, and other endangered species and currently breeding it and got support from Silliman University and foreign NGOs.
We all know that Siquijor is an Island of Fire because of the fireflies and maybe for some magical reason, Camiguin is literally an Island Made of fire. Its a volcanic Island rummored to be a cone-shaped island (but hope not, unverified)
Here are some documented info of volcanic activity in the island: "On February 16, 1871, earthquakes began to be felt on the island, which increase in severity until April 30 when a volcanic fissure opened up 400 yards southwest of the village of Catarman, northwest of Hibok-Hibok Volcano. Mt. Vulcan was born and continued erupting pouring lava into the sea at the same time gaining in height and width. In 1875, the Challenger expedition visited the area and described the mountain as a dome, 1,950 ft (590 m) in height, without any crater, but still smoking and incandescent at the top.
The town of Catarman was destroyed and portion of the town sank beneath the sea. The settlement moved to where the town center is presently located and today, all that remains of old Catarman are the ruins of the ancient Spanish church, a convent and a bell tower.
From 1948 to 1951, Mt. Hibok-Hibok was constantly rumbling and smoking. The first minor eruption in 1948 caused little damage and loss of life, but in 1949, the larger eruption caused 79 deaths due to pyroclastic flows. The largest eruption occurred the morning of December 4, 1951. The volcano unleashed lava flows, poisonous gases, and pyroclastic flows destroying nearly 19 squares kilometers of land, particularly in Mambajao. All in all, over 3,000 people were killed. Before the eruption of Mt. Hibok-Hibok in 1951, the population of Camiguin had reach 69,000. After the eruption, the population was reduced to about 34,000 due to massive out-migration. Source: PHIVOLCS"
These also explains that the island is Home of the Lanzones were vegetation adopt more to the soil type of the island. Ruins of the volcanic activity is evident to the "Old Catarman town was destroyed and partly submerged by volcanic debris during the eruption and formation of Mt. Vulcan from 1871 to 1875. Also known as Gui-ob Church, only the ruins of the church and bell tower remains of the old town. - PHIVOLCS" Also on of the attraction is the Sunken Cemtery of the Town of Bonbon During the volcanic birth of Mt. Vulcan that lasted from 1871 to about 1875, some areas in the town of Bonbon subsided, sinking the cemetery of the town to below sea level. The place is commemorated by a huge cross erected in 1982.
There are multiple entry to the island. From Cebu one can take Supershuttle direct to Camiguin for an 8 hrs ferry ride, one can also take Cebu - Bohol - Jagna, Bohol - Camiguin which can take a total of 5 hrs. or Plane from Camiguin which can take you swifty for 45min service by Cebu Pacific. from Cagayan de oro one can get from Cagayan Port under Paras SeaCat fastcraft for 2hrs. and Balingoan, Mis. Oriental thru Supershuttle.
There are number of natural attraction in the island and neighboring islet and it is promising for Developmental growth considerably and potentially can be the Spa capital of the Philippines instead of Lapu-Lapu, Mactan I would favorably choose Camiguin because of its natural resources that can be soothing to traveler who loves nature. I have this kind of dream that i would go back schooling and be trained for all types of Massage and help this island and be trained.
Island's Natural attractions
Ardent Hot Spring
Sto. Niño Cold Springs
Bura Natural Soda Water Swimming Pool
Tangub Hot Spring