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   CAMIGUIN: "BORN OF FIRE"
 
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Camiguin... an island-province on the northern coast of the Mindanao archipelago in the Philippines. It is the country’s second-smallest province, a veritable treasure trove of natural attractions, both on land and under the sea. Especially under the sea. It is known to the island "Born of Fire". It has seven volcanoes and several volcanic domes. Volcanic eruptions and land movements have created this spectacular island which is full of natural wonders and historical riches.

As an island of varied ecosystem, Camiguin's uniqueness lies in its varied terrain, pristine natural environment and rustic setting. Camiguin is one of the Philippines's most beautiful islands - a virtual paradise - as the island allows visitors to experience a sample of untouched beauty in its entirety. Locked in the eternal embrace of the sea,

Camiguin continues its simple existence sheltered from and unfazed by the virulent pressures of today's accelerated lifestyles. Camiguin generally has good weather with seasonal rain showers enhancing its fresh green environment. Fine weather is guaranteed from April to June, while the coolest is from November to January. Camiguin is recognized by the Department of Tourism as one of the top tourist destinations in the country. The island is also listed as among the Top 10 dive spots worldwide. 

There are beautiful corals, sea turtles, a myriad of fishes, performing their wondrous routines in the pristine aquatic habitats. The shores and underwater bounties of Camiguin are multi-faceted, all marvellous, tantalizing and inviting. Diver’s paradise is what it is. It is also beachlover and snorkeler’s haven. Dive, paddle and swim in tranquil bliss and be embraced at once by the beauty of the marine environment made possible with the determined management and dedicated protection of the marine areas by the Province of Camiguin and partners like the Camiguin Coastal Resource Management Project of the New Zealand Aid Programme, municipal governments and communities. The 31 Marine Protected Areas distributed within Camiguin’s municipalities. Hosting banner species in each municipality, these MPAs are being rehabilitated and protected and are Camiguin one of the top diving destinations in the Philippines.  

 
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MUST-SEE IN CAMIGUIN
 
As you tour around the island you will encounter many hot and cold springs. Camiguin culture is very colorful and creative. There is virtually no crime on Camiguin, it is very safe. Many Camiguingnons speak good English. They are friendly, fun-loving and hospitable. Visitors are mostly greeted with ‘hi friend’ and a big smile. Come and get entranced by the natural beauty of Camiguin as you trek the volcanoes, explore trails by bike or on foot, dive with the varied marine life and corals, delight at the majestic waterfalls, or simply take in the panorama of a glorious sunset.
 
Sunken Cemetery: Located in Bonbon, Catarman a huge cross marker has been installed by the Provincial government to mark the community cemetery that sunk during the 1871 volcanic holocaust. Years ago, gravestones were visible during low tide.
 
Ardent Hot Spring: The local hot spa is a natural pool of about 40 degrees centigrade springing from depths of Mount Hibok-Hibok. The Municipality of Mambajao has provided cottages, restaurant and dormitory facilities that cater to local and foreign tourists. It has picnic huts, cookout facilities and restrooms for visitors.It is ideal for night swimming, a place to rejuvenate both mind and body.
 
White Island: Two kilometers off the coast of Agoho, Mambajao is the Camiguin's popular sand bar. At times it is in the shape of the letter C, sometimes the letter I, depending on the ocean tide. It has the picturesque Mount Hibok-Hibok and Old Vulcan as its backdrop. It is ideal for swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling.
 
Katibawasan Falls : The 250-feet majestic beauty cascades to a rock pool surrounded by ground orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders. Its ice-cold waters provide an ideal summer splash to locals and tourists alike. Rock picnic tables, seats and cookout facilities are available for use.
 
Sto. Niño Cold Spring: Located in Catarman, the Sto. Niño Cold Spring has a pool measuring 25 meters by 40 meters. It is 2 meters deep of cold spring water sprouting from the sandy bottom. The area has a restaurant, native cottages, picnic huts, cookout facilities and restrooms for visitors.
 
Tanguines Lagoon: A man-made lagoon located in Benoni, Mahinog. Its mantle of limpid waters, craggy cliffs and huge boulders standing like sentinels, gently rolling hills with peaks covered by creamy clouds and a perpetually restive sea provide visitors with a sense of serenity and peace. Truly a place to convene with nature.
 
Catarman Church Ruins (Gui-Ob):  The devastating volcanic eruption in 1871 wiped out the Spanish settlement of Catarman that was established in 1697. The remains of an Old Spanish church, ruins of adobe walls, belfry and convent are mute witnesses to the wrath of nature. It also allows us a glimpse into the culture of Spanish-era Camiguin.
 
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