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Why Camiguin Island is Dubbed The Hidden Gem Of Mindanao?

Why Camiguin Island should be on your travel list now?

White Beach Camiguin Island Mindanao

Camiguin Island in Mindanao

Mindanao is in the southern part of the Philippine archipelago. Although sadly, the area has always been fraught with civil unrest, there is so much of the island group to explore. Camiguin, a small volcanic island about 90 kilometers to the North of Cagayan de Oro City, is deemed the region’s hidden gem.

White Island in Camiguin photo by Stephen Currington
White Island in Camiguin photo by Stephen Currington

It is the smallest province in Northern Mindanao and houses five towns. Its capital city is Mambajao, but due to the island’s volcanic nature, it has one of the smallest populations in the country. Yes, Camiguin is an island born of fire. Seven volcanoes are responsible for shaping Camiguin’s landscape; one is Mount Hibok-Hibok which is still an active volcano.

What the Island Has to Offer

The volcanic soil and other minerals are responsible for Camiguin’s abundant agriculture. Coffee and vegetables are among the best exports and the best abaca fiber on the land. In recent years, ex-pats have settled down in Camiguin and opened small inns and other commercial establishments. For the most part, though, the island remains pristine and non-commercialized and offers breathtaking vistas no matter what time of the day.

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Sunset in Camiguin Island
Sunset in Camiguin Island

Divers are in for a treat at the sunken cemetery, while trekking and hiking enthusiasts are more than welcome to climb the stations of the cross carved out of the Old Volcano. It is one of Camiguin’s most visited spots, along with Katibawasan falls which offer cascading ice-cold water.

Camiguin Must-Try’s

White Beach Camiguin Island Mindanao
White Beach Camiguin Island Mindanao

1. Visit White Island

This is really just a sandbar, but the sand is so magnificently white you have to see it. Tourists will need to take a motorized boat from the main island. Arrive early to avoid crowds during the summer. This spot offers that perfect moment of peace and tranquility.

Ardent Hot Springs in Camiguin
Ardent Hot Springs in Camiguin

2. Hot and Cold Springs

Hire a multi-cab for the day and ask the driver to take you to Ardent hot springs and then to Sto. Niño Cold springs. The contrast between hot and cold water is supposedly good for circulation.

3. Trek up the Old Volcano

As mentioned earlier, the Old Volcano is one of the most famous sights to see in Camiguin. Pilgrims come here during the holy week to meditate on the stations of the cross and take photos of the life-sized images there.

Lanzones from Camiguin
Lanzones from Camiguin By pinay06 – Own work, CC BY 2.5

4. Lanzones

Camiguin is home to the sweetest and most succulent lanzones fruits. The peak season starts in September, and tourists come in droves to buy these round fruits. They only last for a few months, though, but measures are being taken to help trees bear fruit all year.

Yema Pastel Bun from Camiguin
Yema Pastel Bun from Camiguin

5. Pastel

These yema-filled buns come in various flavors, but the most popular are durian, ube, and jackfruit. You can freeze these desserts to extend their shelf life. Microwave them for a few seconds to reheat.

How about you? What’re your favorite places to stay on Camiguin Island? Share it by posting a comment below, and we might include it on our next list of best hotels and resorts in Camiguin Island update.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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