Camiguin Island in The Philippines | Beaches and Viewpoints

Camiguin Island in the Philippines | Beaches & Viewpoints

Camiguin is a small island in the Philippines located in between the islands of Bohol and Mindanao.

Unlike other islands in the Philippines, Camiguin is not so popular with foreign tourists and is therefore an ideal destination if you’re after a short relaxing trip. But the island also offers a fun packed list of things to do to, to keep you busy for at least 3 full days.

Camiguin Map: Where is Camiguin Located in The Philippines?

** Camiguin is highlighted in red on the map.

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This guide focuses on ‘Camiguin in Pictures’ and provides other interesting Camiguin facts.

Camiguin Island Beaches

The white sand beach at White Island off the coast of Camiguin
white sand, blue water at White Island and a rainbow further away

White Island tourist spot is the most popular attraction on Camiguin. The ‘island’ is actually a sandbar off the coast of Camiguin and its main draw is its white sand beach and clear water.   

In contrast all beaches on Camiguin except for the one at the Giant Clams Sanctuary have black volcanic sand. And most are covered with peddles / stones which make them not ideal for walking / swimming.

At one of the island’s beaches (located in between White Island Ferry Terminal and the Sunken Cemetery) there is a small patch that has warm water which comes from the only active though dwindling Hibok Hibok volcano.   

small waves rolling in at the white sand beach of the Giant Clams Sanctuary
the black volcanic sand beach with some stones at the Sunken Cemetery at Camiguin

Camiguin Viewpoints

Cruising with our bike along the road which cuts across the island we stumbled upon several amazing viewpoints. Away from Camiguin’s coast and further inland, the scenary is dominated by thick jungle and rugged mountains.

the mountainous landscape with palm tree in central Camiguin
a view of the dense jungle and mountainous landscape in central Camiguin
the mountainous landscape and jungle in central Camiguin

While cruising along Itum Road, we stopped at a spot called Soro-soro which overlooks Camiguin’s coast and from where we enjoyed an amazingly beautiful view. 

a scenic view over Camiguin coast

Further along the road and nearer to Hibok Hibok observatory, we stumbled upon another striking scene from over the trees and bushes. This time overlooking White Island.

view of White Island from a distance and thick jungle in Camiguin

And along Itum Road but further into the jungle there is one of a kind, instagram worthy  accommodation, Camiguin Volcano House. The place comprises 2 beautifully decorated villas which are located in the jungle, surrounded by nature.

a wooden house surrounded by jungle in Camiguin
a sitting area with a view of thick dense jungle at a house in Camiguin

While on Camiguin, we were stopped by the police and asked to provide driving license. Which wasn’t a problem for us since James has a motorcycle license and had obtained an international driving license before we left our home country. From our own personal experience we think that Filippino police are respectable in conducting their duties. 

Lanzones Festival

And if you are after an authentic local experience visit Camiguin during its Lanzones Festival.

A poster of 2019 Lanzones Festival held in Camiguin

The festival is held every October and celebrates the harvest of the Lanzones fruit. Street dancing, parades and a beauty pageant are organised over this 7-day period.  

Camiguin Restaurants

Being foodies, our stay on Camiguin was made special by the exceptional food served at restaurants. And we loved the cold meat platter which is hard to find in SE Asia at La Dolce Vita restaurant.

James with a cold cuts platter at a restaurant in Camiguin

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