Camiguin Island Activities: Top 15 Best Things to Do in Camiguin Island, Philippines

Camiguin is a beautiful island province that is surrounded by the Bohol Sea, Gingoog Bay and Butuan Bay. The Island is host to an active volcano named Mout Hibok-Hibok. Camiguin has five municipalities — Mambajao (capital), Catarman, Sagay, Guinsiliban and Mahinog — and measures approximately 29,000 hectares with a circumferential road measuring 64 kms.

Yumbing Boat Terminal
Yumbing Boat Terminal

The island is enriched with geothermal energy, sulfur deposits, fishing grounds and agricultural lands. The people of Camiguin has a mixed culture of Boholano and Cebuano and they are known for their unmatched hospitality.


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Go Snorkeling and Diving in Camiguin

Camiguin Island Budget Guide photo by FaithMariii
Camiguin Island Budget Guide photo by FaithMariii

The Jicduf Shoal offers activities related to diving and underwater photography along with an opportunity to see the wonderful aquatic life. It is a suitable place for novice divers. A thirty-minute speed boating drive leads to Burias Shoal which can be found near Mantigue Island. The high currents are so strong that experts or adventure divers will be able to taste the salt water. A large number of tuna, jacks, mackerel, surgeons and barracudas can be found in Burias Shoal.

Visit Mantigue Island

Mantigue Island
Mantigue Island

Another popular destination in Camiguin Island is Mantigue Island. The island has a sandy beach and mini forest that you can tour within 10 minutes. The deep drop-offs on one side and shallow water on the other side of the island make it perfect for diving, snorkeling, and swimming. Anthias, damsels, and clownfish are some of the tropical fishes found in the molten rocks covered with corals.

Explore White Island

White Beach Camiguin Island Mindanao
White Beach Camiguin Island Mindanao

Also known as Medan Island, White Island is just 2 kilometers off the coast of Agoho and Yumbing in Mambajao. The C shaped island and sand bar is blessed with coral sand and the shape varies depending on the ocean tide. The island has no vegetation at all and overnight stay is not possible on the island.

Kabila White Beach

Aside from White Island and Mantigue Island, another beautiful white beach can also be found in Guinsiliban and is called the Kabila White Beach. The beach is also popular for diving activities and this is also a special protected area where giant clams are being cultured.

Visit Ardent Hibok-Hibok Spring Resort and Sto. Nino Cold Springs

Ardent Hot Springs in Camiguin
Ardent Hot Springs in Camiguin

Ardent Hot Spring is a natural mineral water pool. The water is naturally heated to around 40-degree centigrade. The Mambajao municipality developed and provided facilities like cottages, restaurants, dormitory, picnic huts, restrooms and changing rooms for visitors.  A landscaped garden, hot spring and mountain air will give therapeutic effect to the tourists. The Sto. Nino cold spring with sandy-bottomed water pool is another famous destination.

Enjoy Katibawasan and Tuasan Falls

Katibawasan Falls by Roxj
Katibawasan Falls by Roxj

The Katibawasan falls has a rock pool which is surrounded by trees, boulders, wild ferns and ground orchids. All facilities for relaxation and comfort are provided here for tourists. The waterfalls measure to a height of 250 feet. The Camiguin Island province cannot be explored in one or two days.

The Camiguin Island province is blended with the beauty of nature and sea. Adventure lovers can experience the joy of trekking in Tuasan Falls. This waterfall is about 25 meters high and very strong. The Quaint Barrio Mainit hike pass needs to be covered by travelers before reaching the falls, which allows exploring the scenic beauty of this place.

Hike Mount Hibok-Hibok

Mt. Hibok-Hibok
Mt. Hibok-Hibok

Extreme adventurers can opt for the Mount Hibok-Hibok active volcano, which is at a slope of 1250 meters and creates challenges for even professional mountaineers. A crater lake with steam outlets can be seen at the peak of Mount Hibok-Hibok.

Cross Marker and Sunken Cemetery

Sunken Cemetery
Sunken Cemetery

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.

Try Kiping

Kiping in Camiguin
Kiping in Camiguin

Unlike Kiping in Lucban Quezon which are made from ground rice, Kiping in Camiguin is made from Ground Casava. Kiping is fried till it becomes crispy and once cooked, its served with coconut jam on top. If you want to try this delicacy, you would normally see this in souvenir shops near Katibawasan Falls.

Buy Pastel for Pasalubong

Yema Pastel Bun from Camiguin
Yema Pastel Bun from Camiguin

The most popular pasalubong product from Camiguin is a soft bun filled with Yema and other flavors. Popularly known as Pastel, you can buy freshly baked in a box of 6 or 12 in their original bakery near the public market in Mambajao.

Eat Lanzones 

Lanzones in Camiguin
Lanzones in Camiguin

Lanzones from Camiguin is probably the sweetest Philippine variety of Lansium domesticum (scientific name). Trivia: The lanzones fruit can serve as a febrifuge, meaning it lowers your body temperature.

The island celebrates Lanzones Festival every third week of October. It is a grand festival that showcases a grand parade of street dancers wearing lanzones inspired costume.

Eat Sea Urchin 

Sea Urchin for sale in Mantigue Island
Sea Urchin for sale in Mantigue Island (thanks to Lois for sharing the pic)

If you are adventurous enough when it comes to food then you should try eating Sea Urchin meat at White Island. There are vendors roaming around the island who are selling live sea urchins. The vendor will crack its shell at the middle and remove some non-edible parts before pouring vinegar and hand it to anyone who dares to eat it.

Visit the Old Church Ruins

Old Catarman Church Ruins
Old Catarman Church Ruins

Located in Bonbon Camiguin, this church that was originally made from Coral Stones is one of the remnants of the Vulcan eruption in 1871. The church was originally called Guiob Church, this property is maintained by the local government.

Camiguin is a very beautiful place with so much to offer to tourists. Similar to Batanes, this small island province is also known as one of the few provinces with the low crime rate and the locals are generally hospitable and honest.

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Originally Published on May 29, 2013, this guide on Things to do in Camiguin Island was last updated in September 2018.

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  1. I miss Camiguin! We traveled 2 hours from CDO airport and rode the ferry last year. We weren’t able to visit Mantigue Island, another reason to come back. =)

    Re: Kiping, coconut jam pala yung drizzle? I thought it’s choco syrup. :p

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