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CAMIGUIN ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE: 6 Best Destination Spots and Top Things To Do

Just off the northern coast of Mindanao, Camiguin Island is known as the “Island Born of Fire”. This underrated, small island nestled in Bohol Sea is home to volcanoes, majestic waterfalls, a sandbar island, and an abundance of natural attractions. Despite its size, Camiguin Island offers diverse activities and destination spots for everyone. The island’s charm lies in its raw beauty, warm locals, and a slower pace of life that lets you unwind and reconnect with nature.

Time seemed to slow down in Camiguin, and I felt a sense of calm and peace the moment I walked through the island. From the best destination spots, top things to do, food and coffee recommendations, and more rolled into one travel guide about Camiguin Island.


Known for its natural wonders and serene atmosphere, here are some of the best spots to visit in Camiguin Island, along with travel tips and fees.

The White Island is a stunning sandbar just a 20-minute boat ride from the Yumbing port. 

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The sandbar island offers breathtaking views of Mt. Hibok-Hibok and Mt. Vulcan. Its powdery white sand and crystal-clear water are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and of course taking photos for the gram.

  • Visit early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds and harsh midday sun. We went there at around 7am and it was the perfect time.

  • Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat as there is no shade. Some locals offer a beach umbrella and a picnic mat (banig) for rent.

  • Snorkeling gear is a plus if you like to swim around and see the underwater landscape. Nothing much to see underwater though, just pure white sand. So, the sandbar itself is the main attraction.

White Island Fees

  • 🛶 PHP550.00 per boat maximum of 4 pax. This is strictly implemented.
  • 👨 PHP50.00 per head for the environmental fee

TUASAN FALLS -- A Must-Visit Waterfall in Camiguin Island

Tuasan Falls is a must-visit majestic waterfall in Camiguin Island. It is less crowded than Katibawasan Falls, and it’s my most favorite destination spot. Tuasan Falls is just a 2-minute hike, making it a great spot for nature lovers yet don’t want to hike through the forest.

Tuasan Falls in Camiguin Island
  • Bring water shoes because the rocky sand will hurt your feet when you’re swimming.
  • No available food to buy. Pack a snack so you have something to munch and a bottle of water.
  • Keep an eye on your belongings, as there are no lockers.

MANTIGUE ISLAND -- The Protected Marine Sanctuary

Mantigue Island is a small, protected marine sanctuary with lush forests, white sandy coastline beach, and clear turquoise waters.


It’s a perfect destination for snorkeling, freediving, and simply enjoying the island’s natural beauty.

  • There are limited food options on the island. It’s cheaper to pack your own lunch or snacks.
  • Bring your swimming gears.
  • Mantigue is a CLAYGO island. You need to bring your trash back to the port and dispose them properly in the trash bins. For your convenience, bring a trash bag.
  • Not allowed in Mantigue Island: Smoking/Vape, bringing of any alcoholic drinks, bringing of any pets, and grilling.

Mantigue Island Fees:

To be paid at San Roque Docking Area

  • Environmental fee: ₱75.00/ pax for tourists and ₱50.00/pax for locals of Camiguin
  • Boat ride to Mantigue Island: ₱750 per boat (good for up to 6 people) Maximum of 3-hour stay on the island
  • Additional hour – ₱200.00/hour per boat

Optional fees at Mantigue Island

  • Snorkeling Fee at the Sanctuary – ₱75.00/pax 
  • 1 table with 4 chairs – ₱100.00
  • Picnic Sheds or Cottage – ₱150.00


Katibawasan Falls is a majestic 70-meter high waterfall that cascades into a clear, cold pool surrounded by lush greenery and wild orchids. 


Not my most favorite, but definitely a must-see destination spot. The waterfall is such a sight to behold.

  • Visit during weekdays to avoid the weekend crowd.
  • Wear water shoes as the rocks can be slippery and it hurts your feet.
  • Bring a waterproof bag for your things.

Katibawasan Falls Fees:

  • Environmental Fee
  • Entrance Fee


Also known as the Gui-ob Church, the ruins are the remnants of an old Spanish-era church destroyed during the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vulcan in the 1870s. 


The moss-covered walls and ancient structure give a glimpse into the island’s rich history.

  • If you need a guide to help you learn more about the history of the church, just ask for one when you pay the entrance fee. They can also take your photos. Just give them a good tip after.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be walking on uneven ground. If you want to look extra on your photos, wear something white and flowy.

Old Church Ruins Fees:

  • Entrance Fee – ₱50.00 per peson

SUNKEN CEMETERY -- It's What Camiguin Island Famous For

This eerie yet fascinating destination spot in Camiguin Island features a giant cross that rises from the sea marking the area where an ancient cemetery sank during the eruption of Mt. Vulcan in the 1870s.


You can snorkel around the area to see tombstones and marine life or take a boat ride for a closer view of the cross. Some locals say that corals are abundant near the cross, making it a more fascinating spot for underwater experience.

  • Visit during sunset for a beautiful and eerie view.
  • Respect the site as it is a historical cemetery.

Sunken Cemetery Fees:

  • No Entrance Fee
  • Boat ride to the cross: ₱100 per boat for 4pax


Bring a waterproof bag. With so many water activities, a waterproof bag will keep your belongings safe.
Pack light and breathable clothing: The tropical climate can be hot and humid.

Use reef-safe sunscreen. Protect the marine environment while enjoying the beaches and snorkeling spots.

Respect local customs. The locals are friendly and welcoming. A little respect goes a long way in enhancing your travel experience.
Stay hydrated: It’s easy to get dehydrated, especially when exploring under the sun.

Camiguin Island strictly stands on its #CleanCamiguin campaign. That’s one thing that I love about this island. Everything is organized for the convenience of everybody. From the moment you arrive on the island to tours. Each destination spot has a proper standard operating procedure to accommodate the visiting tourists to make each visit smooth and hassle-free.

As a tourist visiting the island, we are responsible of adhering to their rules and regulations. We should give respect to the locals, do not litter anywhere, and generally be a responsible tourist.

Out of all the islands in the Philippines that I visited, Camiguin Island is the one that stays with me long after I’ve left.

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