Camiguin Island

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Camiguin Island

People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia)

After a short ferry ride to Camiguin, we were left with the predicament of traveling 20kms to the capital of Mumbajao. This proved easier than first feared as a jeepney was sat waiting for passengers, the only problem was that it was already full. Always up for a local experience i volunteered to sit on the roof, but was told it would be safer to hang off the back, standing on 3 small metal pipes for balance - perfect! Thankfully we arrived safe and sound and after checking into GV Pension we went out and had an evening meal followed by an early night.

The following day we went to the tourist office to get a map and met a really friendly boy who caught a tricycle with us back into town to iintroduce us to his friend who ran a travel agency and could rent us a motorbike.

Me at Ardent Hot Springs
Stupidly i turned down the huge off road bike and instead got lumbered with a small yellow Honda, which i'm sure was designed for the vertically challenged! After a quick bite to eat, we set off to explore the mountainous island.

First stop was Katibawasan Falls, which stands 75m high and is located in a peaceful setting only a few kilometres into the mountains. After a brief look we decided to take a look at White Island, which is a sand island just off the coast line and in front of a dive shop. Whilst there we inquired about the standard of diving on and around the island, but to be honest they didn't sell themselves too well, so i decided to save my money and dive at another location.

Mt Hibok Hibok Volcano
We had then planned to continue our counter clockwise tour of the island, but found the main road closed for roadworks.

After re-evaluating our plans, we turned back and went to visit Ardent Hot Springs where rather than cool off in the midday sun, we actually heated up, with the water temperatures reaching 38 degrees. To cool down after this experience we headed for higher ground and went to visit the Philvocs Observation Station, which monitors the 7 volcanoes on the island, some of which are still active. After a little look around we continued our ascent to get a better view of Mt Hibok-Hibok, the most active of them all. Running out of petrol was becoming a distinct possibility, so we decided it was best to head back to Mumbajao, rather than risking a long walk back!

Petrol needle horizontal and sun beginning to set, we decided to race a quarter of the way around the island, as the roadworks finished at 4.

The sunken cemetery
30 and we now could get access to some of the islands most interesting points. First stop was a large cross in the water, which marked the site of the sunken cemetery. Interestingly in the 19th century, there was such a huge volcanic eruption that large parts of land sunk into the water, including a site which was a cemetery. The cross was later erected as a commerative gesture for the graves that were lost to the sea. We then went on to look at the old Catarman Church ruins, which had also succumbed to the same eruption. We decided that it was best to call it a day as drops of rain began to fall and the sun was setting.

marix_sublime says:
glad u enjoyed camiguin :)
Posted on: Jun 20, 2009
Deats says:
:) thanks a lot buddy
Posted on: Feb 02, 2009
iambryan says:
It's not just super, but very super writer!
Posted on: Feb 01, 2009
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Camiguin Island
Camiguin Island
Me at Ardent Hot Springs
Me at Ardent Hot Springs
Mt Hibok Hibok Volcano
Mt Hibok Hibok Volcano
The sunken cemetery
The sunken cemetery
Katibawasan Falls, standing 75m hi…
Katibawasan Falls, standing 75m h…
Me at Ardent Hot Springs
Me at Ardent Hot Springs
Old Catarman Church Ruins
Old Catarman Church Ruins
Camiguin Island
photo by: Luv