Camiguin Island Journals

Weekend in Camiguin

An October 2005 trip to Camiguin Island by marseilles

Quote: Squeezing in the best sights of Camiguin into a weekend

Weekend in Camiguin

Overview

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The varied topography of this island is what makes it interesting. There are seven volcanoes on the island (one of them active), a nearby white-sand sandbar "beach," and hot springs and cold springs. Driving through the island, one minute you're climbing a mountain, the next, you're by the sea. The entire island can be toured in a just a few days. Camiguin Island is not yet one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines, and as a result, it is not yet very developed for tourists. This, however, is part of its charm. Quick Tips: - Swim in the sea and in the cold springs. - Hike up to the summit of a volcano. - Dive and read underwater gravestones at a sunken cemetery....Read More
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Caves Dive Resort is the perfect place to stay for the beach-lover planning to spend a weekend in Camiguin. The resort houses a decent restaurant and a dive shop (http://www.johnnysdive.com/). The resort management can also arrange tours of the island and a boat ride to the White Island sandbar a few minutes away. Rooms are sparse but clean. A standard cottage (en-suite bathroom with hot and cold shower, no air-conditioning) that sleeps three costs less than $15 per night. Cheaper rooms and more expensive air-conditioned cottages are also available.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 10, 2005

Caves Dive Resort
Agoho
Mambajao, Philippines 9100
+63 (88) 3879588

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Staying at this unique lodge is an experience in itself. Designed and managed by artists, this artists' haven is built around a huge acacia tree, and rooms are actually tree houses with thatched roofs nestled in the tree's branches. A guitar and native instruments are scattered around the common area for guests to jam with. Folk music, world music, and Filipino folk rock play all day in the CD player. The sleeping areas are decorated with giant dreamcatchers and installation art pieces fashioned from junk and native materials. Around the resort, sculptures adorn the garden. The only catch is that Engimata is quite a walk from the highway. A "suite" that sleeps 10 is rented for less...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 10, 2005

Enigmata Treehouse Ecolodge
Balbagaon
Mambajao, Philippines
+63 88 3870273

White Island

Attraction

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In the 1994 Miss Universe beauty pageant held in Manila, the contestant from the Philippines, Charlene Gonzales, was asked by the host how many islands there were in the Philippine archipelago. Her snappy response: "During high tide or low tide?"The "White Island" sandbar is an "island" that visitors can only visit during the morning low tide, as most of it disappears under the sea in the afternoon. From Caves Dive Resort, it's a ten-minute banca (pumpboat) ride to the sandbar, where visitors can, for a few hours, enjoy the powdery white sand (reminiscent of the Philippines' most famous beach, Boracay) and a dip in the clear blue water. For lovers ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 20, 2005

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In most of the country, Philippine culture is an interesting juxtaposition of, on the one hand, indigenous folk culture and love for the country's natural beauty, and on the other, the Spanish-Catholic colonial culture. The same is true with the culture of Camiguin Island, and this is visible on the slope of Old Vulcan near Bonbon, Camiguin.Old Vulcan is one of the seven volcanoes on the island. Steps have been built on the slope, all the way up to the crater of this now-dormant volcano. Along the entire stairway up the slope, larger-than-life statues depicting the Fourteen Stations of the Cross have been built. We were told that locals come to pray the Stations of the Cross du...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 20, 2005

Lanzones Eating

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If there's one thing that Camiguin is famous for, it's lanzones, a sweet tropical fruit indigenous to parts of Southeast Asia. Lanzones can be found in many parts of the Philippines, but Camiguin is said to have the sweetest harvest of lanzones in the entire country, and it is in fact in Camiguin where the annual Lanzones Festival is celebrated every October. We went to Camiguin a few weeks after the lanzones festival had ended, but we nevertheless managed to catch the tailend of Camiguin's lanzones season. At the time, lanzones was being sold at the market at 15 pesos per kilogram (compared to 60 pesos per kilogram in Manila). (The exchange rate is US$1 = 56 pesos.) And by sight alone, one ...Read More

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marseilles

marseilles
Metro Manila, Philippines

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