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Floating offshore from Mindanao like an uncut gem, rugged Camiguin is a prime spot for tropical adventure. The island lies off the main tourist circuit, ensuring that its beaches, dive sites and hiking trails are blissfully uncrowded. The seven volcanoes that rise over the island have erupted dramatically in the past, most famously in 1951, but today they slumber, watched over by teams of seismologists. The peak of Hibok-Hibok, the last volcano to blow its top, is a popular hiking destination, and the surrounding jungles are full of hot springs and dramatic waterfalls. The beaches at Bug-Ong, Agoho and Yumbing have a sprinkling of resorts ...

Floating offshore from Mindanao like an uncut gem, rugged Camiguin is a prime spot for tropical adventure. The island lies off the main tourist circuit, ensuring that its beaches, dive sites and hiking trails are blissfully uncrowded. The seven volcanoes that rise over the island have erupted dramatically in the past, most famously in 1951, but today they slumber, watched over by teams of seismologists. The peak of Hibok-Hibok, the last volcano to blow its top, is a popular hiking destination, and the surrounding jungles are full of hot springs and dramatic waterfalls. The beaches at Bug-Ong, Agoho and Yumbing have a sprinkling of resorts and dive shops, and many dives explore submerged lava flows and villages destroyed by past eruptions. Just offshore from Camiguin's prime beach strip is lovely White Island, a tiny sandbar floating in brilliant blue water where there's nothing to do but sunbathe, swim and snorkel. Camiguin is also dotted with Spanish colonial relics, including churches reduced to rubble in the 1871 eruption of Mount Vulcan. The airport at Mambajoa no longer receives flights, but several airlines serve Cagayan de Oro, a few hours' bus and boat ride from the island.

Joe Bindloss
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Joe Bindloss has written more than 30 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Time Out and other publishers, with a focus on Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and island nations.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: An island province of the Philippines located in the Bohol Sea.
  • Language: Filipino and English
  • Currency: Philippine Peso
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    December to June, avoiding the annual rains and the typhoon season.