Camiguin Island, Philippines: A Vacation with a Purpose

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Beach at Camiguin Island. Photo by Wenche Thorkildsen
Beach on Camiguin Island. Photo by Wenche Thorkildsen

Explore Camiguin Island

While the resort itself is beautiful, there is so much more on the island to see. Take a day to see the all the island has to offer. This tiny island only takes two hours to drive completely around and the resort staff will happily take you for a drive to see the sites.

Stop by the famous sunken cemetery and see the historic grave site that was buried under water after an earthquake in 1871. You can take a boat out to the cross that was built as a memorial or swim and get a close up view of the sunken graves. It is also nice to stop as one of the many cold and/or hot springs on the island or take a look at some of the history at well-preserved sites like the old church.

View from the coast of Camiguin Island. Photo by Allison Pond
View from the coast of Camiguin Island. Photo by Allison Pond

If you are a health nut, take stop by the Bee Hive for some organic coffee (a whole bag for under $2!) and a healthy snack. They even have organic honey made right there on the island. A trip to Camiguin is not complete until you have visited the White Island which is only a short boat ride away from the resort.

This is the most expensive excursion you could do, which truly says something about the affordability of this island as it costs less than $10 for the whole boat, round trip. Even the most well-traveled beach lover will be blown away by this hidden gem. Whether you just want to lay out and get your tan on or splash around in the perfectly clear water, the White Island is the perfect place for both.

There is no doubt I will be visiting again and bringing friends. As all the staff joke, Camiguin means “come again” and come again I certainly will.

If You Go to Camiguin Island

The easiest way into Camiguin is through Cebu by plane. There are daily flights from the Cebu International Airport at 5:45am through Cebu Pacific. If you have to stay in Cebu for a night, there are several nice hotels nearby, including the Waterfront Hotel located right across from the airport. If you plan to visit other islands, there are also ferries going back and forth from Camiguin to Bohol or Balingoan.

When you arrive in Camiguin, you will be picked up and taken to the resort. Bring some cash if you want to buy souvenirs or snacks while you are out. Alcohol is not permitted on the resort due to the demographic that Sea and Sun ministry works with, but with there is so much else to enjoy on the island that alcohol will hardly be missed. Don’t forget sun screen and a healthy appetite!

Sea and Sun Resort
The resort handles bookings individually. To book a room, contact w.thorkildsen@gmail.com.