Mantigue Island Nature Park in Camiguin

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Camiguin Island is not really for all high-class beachgoers. There are limited luxury resorts, less crowd and no high-octane parties just like the ones in Boracay. But who cares if theres no party till you drop places in Camiguin? I actually love it that way. If you’re looking for a day tour in an island with a peaceful atmosphere, try visiting Mantigue Island Nature Park in Camiguin.

Mantigue Island Nature Park
Boat for Rent in Mantigue Island

Mantigue Island Nature Park

Once known as a fishing village, Mantigue Island Nature Park now offers a wonderful experience to locals and tourists who wants enjoy the clear waters and explore the small forest in the island.

Bloggers in Mantigue Island
Bloggers in Mantigue Island

Mantigue Island is also known as Magsaysay Island. The island typically covers a total of 4 hectares of land size. It is located 3 kilometers from the shore of Barangay San Roque. This island offers the sight of glowing white powdery sand beaches from San Roque port and the sight becomes more brilliant and luminous as one approaches the place.

Mantigue Island Nature Park
Mantigue Island Nature Park

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It can be rightly said that viewing Mantigue Islands presents altogether a new and vibrant experience to tourists than a usual sightseeing venture. The island was earlier inhabited by around 10 families, all being related to one another.

Mini Forest Trail
Mini Forest Trail

Couple of years ago, it was possible for tourists to stay in the island overnight but since the island has been declared as a protected area, it is just open for day tours.

White Sand Beach in Camiguin
White Sand Beach in Camiguin

Mantigue Island Natural Park is a clean area surrounded by glossy white powdery beaches with coral sand all over the place. The water is crystal clear which makes it easy for people to identify the hard, soft corals and sea weeds covering the island. Tourists can enjoy activities like swimming, snorkeling or diving. Another beautiful sight which adds to the attraction is a lush and green mini-forest with natural grasses, plants and small trees in the middle of the small island.

Survivor Mantigue Island Natural Park by Ferdz
Survivor Mantigue Island by Ferdz

The beach front certainly has unique natural scenery along with the sight of Marine-Turtle nests. There are some dive resorts which regularly organize boat trips for visitors or tourists to Mantigue Island Nature Park. Tourists need to register first at the counter in San Roque, the starting point towards this island natural park.

How to Get There

From Mambajao, rent a motorela to the town of Mahinog. The island is half an hour by boat from Barangay San Roque in the municipality of Mahinog, Camiguin.

The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific Air is the only airline offering direct flights to Camiguin. It operates flights from Cebu to Camiguin every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, for as low as P588. For the latest seat sales and promos, go to www.cebupacificair.com, call (02)7020-888 or check Cebu Pacific Air’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.

Cebu Pacific Air is looking for five teams of three university students each, who are raring to go on the 2013 Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge. Video entries may be sent from June 14 to July 29, 2013, and the top five teams will get to go on a week-long all expenses paid trip to six Philippine destinations. Visit www.juanforfun.com or Cebu Pacific Air’s official Facebook and Twitter pages for more challenge details.

The Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge is co-presented by Sun Cellular and the Department of Tourism, and supported by Canon and Wenger.

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