Camiguin is a small island south east of Bohol in the Philippines. It doesn’t get a lot of Western tourists but has a disproportionate number of restaurants serving exceptional food. We have found Camiguin an ideal destination to relax and though in 3 days you will be able to cover the best tourist spots you might want to extend your stay and take it slow.
Day 1 on Camiguin
Our preferred activity must be cruising around islands on a scooter, exploring at our own pace and stopping at different tourist spots.
And for day 1 get on your bike and go round the island along the ring road stopping at different spots along the way.
Have an early start and head to The Walkway to the Old Volcano and take in the amazing views overlooking Camiguin’s jungle and the sea. Then move on to the Sunken Cemetery and after make a short stop at the Old Spanish Church Ruins.
Depending on where to stop for lunch, add either Katibawasan or Tuasan Waterfalls to your list of things to do on your first day on Camiguin. And for sunset head to a sunset lounge in the tourist area of Mambajao.
Day 2 on Camiguin
Start off Day 2 with Camiguin’s iconic tourist spot, White Island.
We suggest to head to the White Island Ferry Terminal early morning and on our visit we were already on the boat to the island at 5:30 am. For some time you might be lucky to have this little paradise all to yourself.
Depending on how long you stay on the island, make your way to Kurma Eco Beach Lodge which is only a 2 minutes’ drive from the ferry terminal for a healthy and tasty breakfast or lunch. And after head to the other waterfall for a refreshing dip in the pool.
Next on your list of things to do for Day 2 on Camiguin is the Giant Clams Sanctuary. The entrance fee is 50 Pesos (€0.90) and includes a short and interesting tour which covers the sanctuary’s breeding efforts and swimming at the nearby white sand beach. For an additional fee of 150 Pesos (€2.70) you can add snorkeling over the giant clams. On our visit which was in early March, the sea was quite wavy and we skipped the snorkeling.
The Philippines is well known for its amazing sunsets and therefore there is no better way to end the day by heading to a lounge in Mambajao for sun down. Grab a beer and relax and enjoy these magical moment as the sun slowly disappears into the horizon.
Day 3 of Camiguin Itinerary
For Day 3 we have included two options with the first being a boat trip to Mantigue Island. And Option 2 is hiking Mount Hibok Hibok which is an active volcano on Camiguin.
To get to Mantigue island head to the municipality of Mahinog and get the 600 Pesos (€10.69) boat to the island. The island’s highlight is its crystal clear water so once on the island grab your snorkeling gear and dive in.
Getting to the top of Mount Hibok Hibok is physically challenging and having a guide is compulsory. We skipped this activity and since it was our last destination in our 1 year long trip we preferred more relaxing activities. And we couldn’t have picked a better destination than Camiguin.
And to end Day 3 add a visit to one of Camiguin’s pools. We visited Ardent Hot Springs but do not be misled by the name as the pools were at best warmish.
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Although relatively small in size Camiguin offers a variety of options for things to do and tourist spots. So if you’re planning a trip to the Philippines and visiting the island of Bohol, consider taking the 3 hours boat trip and add Camiguin to your itinerary.