A Visit to Camiguin’s Sunken Cemetery
Camiguin Island, Philippines — If you have joined Cemetery tours in Manila, expect that this tour will be a whole lot different. Instead of roaming around a compound with burial chambers of various sizes and colors, the Sunken Cemetery tour in Camiguin offers an amazing underwater tour where you can see the remnants of an old cemetery.
History of Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin Island
After the eruption of Mount Vulcan in 1871, most areas of Camiguin Island submerged. This includes their public cemetery and the remaining proof were some ruins and tombstones underwater. A white cross was built at this location in 1982, but later it collapsed. Then it was reconstructed which is bigger than the previous cross.
It was my second visit to the island of Camiguin and I must agree, Sunken Cemetery is really an underwater fantasy. In this part of the island, it is really thrilling to swim over the encroaching corals, cemetery structures, and beautiful schools of fish. More than just being the most photographed structure or place on the island, this place is also considered a landmark of historical importance in the Philippines.
The Sunken Cemetery, which is located in Barrio Bonbon at 20 feet underwater is one of the main attractions on the island. While taking a boat ride, people get a good view of Mt. Hibok-Hibok – one of the active seven volcanoes on the island.
Don’t worry about the annoying candle and flower peddlers, you won’t see them there. Boating and snorkeling is the main activity in this tourist spot so expect for locals offering life vest and snorkeling gears for rent. Ruins and gravestones that are covered with corals and many marine animals can be seen underwater. A boat with a guide will dock the visitors at the big White Cross. At this point, everyone can swim if they wish or snorkel to get a much better view of the graves.
Souvenir stalls that sell food items, local handicrafts, and refreshments are lined up along the whole path of Sunken Cemetery. Children and locals are very friendly, they will volunteer to take photos of you in various artistic angles. The Sunken Cemetery is not just an ideal place for snorkeling and diving, it is also a nice place to witness the glorious sunset over the sea.
Sunken Cemetery Entrance Fee
The entrance fee to Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin is 50 pesos ($1).
To get more info about the province visit the official Camiguin Island website is http://www.camiguin.gov.ph or visit or Camiguin Island Travel Guide post.