Tuesday, May 27, 2014


CATARMAN, CAMIGUIN — This island’s famous Sunken Cemetery, marked by a cross standing in the middle of the sea, resulted from the birth of Mount Vulcan in 1871.

The island of Camiguin is of volcanic origin and composed of four young “stratovolcanoes” overlying older volcanic structures. These include Mt. Vulcan and Mount Hibok-Hibok, still considered active having last erupted in 1953.

History records show that Mount Vulcan started as a volcanic fissure on April 30, 1871 after weeks of earthquakes on the island. After continuously spewing out lava into the sea, it gained a height of nearly 2,000 feet and submerged areas of Catarman, including the former capitol’s cemetery.

Today, all that remains of old Catarman are the ruins of an ancient Spanish San Roque church, a convent and a bell tower.

Remnants of the structures and gravestones of the cemetery were still seen during low tide until 1948 when Mount Vulcan erupted for the fourth time, which buried the area deeper by 20 feet. In 1982, a large cross was built on the solidified lava to mark this old gravesite.

This cross is a favorite subject for photographers providing a focal point for astonishing shots of sunsets in Camiguin. Check out these great looking set of photos.

69space.com also includes Camiguin in its list of the top 10 dive spots in the Philippines. The cemetery is a popular spot, between 5 to 20 meters one can find gravestones already gilded with colorful soft and hard corals inhabited by abundant marine life.

In this post for Trifter.com, Unofre Pili has this to say about the unique market: “Seeing this large and imposing cross against the background of a crimson sunset ends up one contemplating things divine.”

How to get to Camiguin:

The closest airport to Camiguin is in Cagayan de Oro City. From there, head for the bus terminal in Agora Market. Take a bus to Balingoan town and then hop on a ferry bound for Camiguin Island. The trip usually takes an hour before you reach Benoni Wharf of Mahinog, which is 17 kilometers from the capital town of Mambajao.

You can also take a three-hour ferry ride from the Cagayan de Oro Ferry Terminal to the town of Guinsiliban in Camiguin.

3Days Camiguin Day Tour Package – P3,925 per pAx (min. of 2)

Inclusive of:
• Pick Up from the resort/hotel
• Whole Day Camiguin Countryside Tours
• All Entrance Fees to Tourist Destinations
• Transportation for Countryside tours
• Motorized Boat for White Island Hopping
• Motorized Boat for Mantigue Island Hopping
• Driver/Fuel/Tour Guide

Day 1:
• Pick-up from the resort/hotel
• Start of Camiguin Island Hopping Tours
1) White Island Hopping
2)Mantigue Island Hopping
• End of Tour, Return to Resort

Day 2:
• Pick-up from resort/hotel
• Start of Island Hopping Tour
Walkway to Old Vulcan via Crucis
Sunken Cemetery
Guiob Old Church Ruins
Soda Water Pool
Sto. Nino Cold Spring
• End of Tour, Return to Resort

Day 3:
• Pick-up from resort/hotel
Katibawasan Falls
Ardent Hibok-Hibok Spring
Check-out from Resort (pick-Up)
Pasalubong Shopping (optional)
• Camiguin Airport

Note: Itinerary can be interchange. Meals are Not included. Airfare Not included. Guest can ask the tour guide for the best nearest restaurant/food establishment during the tour.

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Photo Credit: boyets tour
Contents: Anna Valmero

Friday, May 9, 2014

Launches Flights to Camiguin Island!


Cebu PAcific launches new destinations to Camiguin ISland.

MANILA, Philippines - Cebu Pacific has announced the launch of domestic flights from Cebu to new destinations:  Camiguin Island in Northern Mindanao.

The low cost carrier will begin their flights to these new destinations on April 15 for Camiguin using their ATR 72-500 aircraft fleet.

The flights from Cebu to Camiguin will operate 3 times a week every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, departing CEbu at 6:45am and arriving in Camiguin at 7:25am.  The return will depart Camiguin at 7:45am and arrive in Cebu at 8:25am.

Camiguin is knowd for its volcanoes, hot and cold springs, the famous "LANZONES FESTIVAL" every October and Sunken Cemetery.  Camiguin was previously accessible only by bus, fast craft or ferry from Cagayan de Oro.

To introduce these routes, Cebu Pacific is holding a 1 Piso seat sale last March 7 to 8, 2013 until seats last for travel from November 1 to December 12, 2013 and from January 13 to March 31, 2014.

After the seat sale period, the lowest year round fares start at P588 for the Cebu-Camiguin route.

Camiguin Tourism Office made its recent announcement on the final schedule of the Lanzones Festinal 2014.

For everyone's convenience, like most tourist who travel to Camiguin they avail of the travel agency services.

When you travel...travel with peace of mind.

The Avielle Travel and Tours recently made a partnership agreement with Camiguin Transport Services.  These two agencies work hand-in-hand to give the best out of Camiguin.

To introduce these packages, Camiguin 2days, 1Nights package, Avielle Travel and toursis holding a Php 3,666 per head last March 1, 2014 on a First Book, First Vacation basis.

Travel Itinerary is:
1st Day:  Pick-up Camiguin Port (Seaport/Airport)
                 Transfer to resort/accommodation (Check-In Luggages)
                 Start Camiguin Countryside tours
                  *Walkway to Old Vulcan via Crucis
                  *Sunken Cemetery
                  *Guiob Old Church Ruins
                  *Soda Water Pool
                  *Sto. Nino Cold Spring
                  *Katibawasan Falls
                  *Ardent Hibok-Hibok Spring (End of Tour)
                  Back to Resort/Accommodation

2nd Day:  White Island Hopping/tour
                   Mantigue Island Hopping
                   Ostrich Farm
                   J&A Fishpen/Lagoon
                   Zipline Zone
                   Kibila Giant Clams (End of Tour)
                   Back to Resort/Accommodation

Inclusions stated are:
*Vehicle transfers and tours from Airport/Benoni Seapot
*Camiguin Countryside tours (No Time Limit)
*All Entrance Fees to Tourist Destinations
*Motorize Boat for Island Hopping
*Driver, Fuel, Tour Guide Fees
*Personal Accident Insurance - P50,000/each
*2Days1Night Accommodation (without Breakfast)

  • Groups from 6pax and Up will get Free Complimentary T-Shirt and a Souvenir Item.
  • Travel Package Airfare are NOT included.
  • Meals during the Entire Tour Package are NOT included, unless Requested by the Guest.
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