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Camiguin Island for First Timers

Hello explorer! Nat here from The Travelling Foxes. You've probably stumbled on this blog post because you watched my video on the scenic Camiguin Island on my channel and you are interested in visiting.

Camiguin, a hidden gem in the southern Philippines, is an island with a fiery history. Formed by volcanic eruptions, its landscape is a testament to the powerful forces of nature. Get ready for pristine beaches, stunning waterfalls, hot springs, and a whole lot of adventure.

Getting There From Manila

The most convenient way to get to Camiguin is by plane:

  • Flights: Several airlines offer flights from Manila (NAIA) to Camiguin Airport (CGM). Flights take around 1.5 to 2 hours. Book early for the best prices. There are also indirect flights that stop over in Cebu.

  • From the Airport: Hire a tricycle or multicab to take you to your accommodation.

Basic Expenses (Estimate)

Expenses can vary, but here's a rough breakdown for a budget-conscious traveler:

  • Flights (Roundtrip): ₱4000 - ₱8000

  • Accommodation (per night): ₱500 - ₱2000 (hostels to mid-range resorts)

  • Food (per day): ₱500 - ₱1000

  • Transportation (per day): ₱300 - ₱1500 (motorcycle rental or guided tours)

  • Activities/Entrance Fees: ₱500 - ₱1000

Top Things to Do in Camiguin (First-timer's Guide)

Island Hopping Adventure:

  • White Island: This pristine sandbar with a majestic view of Mt. Hibok-Hibok is Camiguin's signature sight. Go early for a less crowded experience.

  • Mantigue Island: Lush with greenery and pristine beaches, Mantigue is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or simply relaxing.

Waterfall Chasing:

  • Katibawasan Falls: Plunging 76 meters down a jungle-draped cliff, this waterfall is stunning to behold. Prepare for a short trek to reach it.

  • Tuasan Falls: A less-crowded option, Tuasan offers a refreshing dip and a picturesque setting.

Springtime Relaxation:

  • Ardent Hot Springs: Soak in the warm, mineral-rich waters sourced from Mt. Hibok-Hibok – especially soothing after a day of exploring.

  • Sto. Niño Cold Springs: Take a dip in the refreshingly cool waters and try the exciting water slide.

Historical Encounters:

  • Old Spanish Church Ruins: Explore the remnants of a church destroyed by a volcanic eruption – a stark reminder of nature's power.

  • Sunken Cemetery: This unique site features a large cross marking a cemetery submerged after a volcanic eruption.

A Taste of the Local:

  • Lanzones: Camiguin is famous for this sweet, grape-like fruit. Try it when in season!

  • Pastel: These soft buns filled with sweet yema (custard) are a Camiguin specialty.

Travel Tips

  • Best time to visit: Dry season (November to April) is ideal, but Camiguin is beautiful year-round.

  • Getting around: Rent a motorcycle for independence, join a guided tour for convenience, or hire multicabs/tricycles for short distances.

  • Be prepared: Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and a reusable water bottle. An action camera comes in handy for your adventures.

  • Respect the Island: Practice responsible tourism – take your trash with you, respect the environment, and support local businesses.

Camiguin may be small, but it's packed with stunning scenery, adventure, and a laid-back island charm. This guide will set you on the right path to making the most of your first-time visit!

Book your next adventure here!

Let me know if you would like me to expand on specific sections or activities. Happy travels!


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