Skyjet Airlines will start flying almost everyday—except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays—to Camiguin starting this May. By the time October and the province’s famed Lanzones Festival rolls by, it will fly there seven days a week. This is the first time in over three decades that scheduled direct flights from Manila to Camiguin will be offered. Its flights will be quick, with an air travel time of one hour and 15 minutes.
If you’re thinking of getting in one of those flights, here are a couple of suggestions of what to do in the paradise located in the Bohol Sea.
Beaches and Springs
One of the most recognizable representational image of Camiguin is Medano Islet, or more commonly known as White Island. A 10-minute trip from the northern coast of Camiguin, the curved beach strip has no house or tower built on it. On the other hand, Mantigue Island, or Magsaysay Island, is home to a fishing village as well as powdery beaches. Tuasan Falls lies 2 kilometers from the main highway but is accessible by paved road. Katibawasan Falls is located 5 kilometers southeast of Mambajao, the province’s capital. It is at the foot of Mount Timpoong and measures about 250 feet.
Because Camiguin is a volcanic island, hot and cold springs are naturally found there. Some of the more popular ones include Mt. Hibok Hibok Ardent Hot Spring in Esperanza Tagdo and Santo Niño Cold Spring in Sagay, and the Bura Soda Spring and Water Park in Catarman.
The island is home to a host of great diving spots, accessible to both scuba divers and free divers. The Sunken Cemetery in Catarman used to be an above-the-sea graveyard until Mount Vulcan erupted in 1980 destroyed it and hurled its remnants underwater. Meanwhile, the Giant Clam Sanctuary in Guinsiliban is home to more than 2,000 of its namesake marine animals. It has seven of the nine species of giant clams in the world.
Last year, the Department of Tourism launched the Camiguin Dive Festival, which has, among many other things, an underwater photography contest. But, of course, its most popular island-wide event remains to be the Lanzones Festival, which happens from October 16 to 22 this year.
While Lanzones is what Camiguin is known for, its culinary options are far greater. Try checking out Guerrera Rice Paddy Villas and Restaurant, whose fare they describe as fine Asian street food. Vegetarians will love Hayahay Café in Mambajao, which has smoothies and fruity bowls. Run by an Belgian expat, Beehive Camiguin Driftwood Café started out as a bee farm in Catarman, but now serves homemade ice cream and great fries. Checkpoint Food in Circumferential Road features great Filipino food.