“Island Born of Fire”, Camiguin is the second smallest island of the Philippines in area and in population and yet it offers a lot to travellers. In this island, you can create your own adventure, whether it is visiting the old ruins, swimming in refreshing springs or in my case, diving.
I have already visited Camiguin 9 years ago with my mother but then I was doing the usual day tour around the island. This time around was different. First, my mom is not around travelling with me (she worries when I dive even when I swim in the deep) and second because I am a diver.
We stayed at Camiguin Action Geckos Dive and Adventure Resort. It was a popular place to stay for divers and even non-divers (they are top 1 in TripAdvisor for hotels in Mambajao). Unfortunately, we arrived a day late because of the change in ferry schedules from Jagna Port to Balbagon Port, before it used to leave Bohol around 1:00 PM and from Camiguin 8:00 PM but this time the ferry left Bohol 8:00 AM and I arrived 12:30 at Jagna. It was sad to not have enough time in Camiguin.
I was only limited to a dive (disadvantages of having a normal 9-5 job) and since we had to leave before noon, we decided to dive in White Island. The sandbar is roughly 10 minutes away from the resort.
White Island is an upper reef slope. The site is a Japanese garden with dense coral growth and diversity. It offers a forest of black corals on white sand. Common marine life seen are Sting rays, Moray Eel, Lion Fish, Frog Fish, Ribbon Eels, Orange (Cerianthus) Tube Anemones and Sea Snakes.
Temperature: 25° C
Look at this! A lionfish hiding.
This one is a Moray Eel peeking out of its hiding place.
Next, we saw a green sea turtle swim away.
The second green sea turtle swims across the corals.
We got lucky during the dive, saw four green sea turtles and a hawksbill turtle. I never expected to see that much in one dive. The dive instructor said that it is still a good place to dive because Camiguin is not commercialised unlike Bohol. It took only this dive to convince me to go back to Camiguin.
Next time, I definitely will not miss Mantigue Island.
More than fire, Camiguin is an underwater paradise!