Camiguin Beach Resorts and Hotels

Mambajao:

Mambajao Beach Resort, Tel. 63-88-3871059

Casa Grande, Tel. 63-88-3870077

R.J. Pension House, Tel. 63-88-3870089

Cabua-an Beach Resort, Tel. 63-88-3872103

GV Pensione House, Tel. 63-88-3871041

Tia’s Pension House, Tel. 63-88-3871045

Benoni:

Eagle’s Nest Guest House, Tel. 63-88-3874020

J & A Fishpen & Resort, Tel. 63-88-3874008

Balbagon:

Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin, Tel. 63-88-3871057, Fax: 63-88-3870278

Enigmata Treehouse (Tarzan’s Nest Resort), Tel. 63-88-3870273

Tapon:

Shoreline Cottages, Tel. 63-88-871091

Tia’s Beach Cottages, Tel. 63-88-3871045

Yumbing:

Paras Beach Resort, Tel. 63-88-3879008

Camiguin Beach Club, Tel. 63-88-3879028

Secret Cove Beach Resort, Tel. 63-88-3879084

Agoho:

Caves Dive Resort, Tel. 63-88-3871044, Fax: 63-88-3870077

Camiguin Seaside Lodge, Tel. 63-88-3879031

Other Resorts:

Camiguin Highlands Resort, Sorosoro

Islet Beach Resort, Mahinog, Tel. 63-88-3874005

Jasmin by the Sea Beach Resort, Bug-ong, Tel. 63-88-3879015

SRJ – Balhon Beach Resort, Catarman, Tel. 63-88-3877026

Turtle’s Nest Beach Cottages, Kuguita, Tel. 63-88-3879056, Fax: 63-88-3871009

History of Mindanao

Historians claim that Muslims from Malaysia came to Mindanao in the 14th century through the southern islands, Jolo, Tawi-tawi and Basilan. This migration resulted to welding its small tribal units into several sultanates. Jolo, located in the southeastern tip of Mindano, became the center of an extensive training network from Java in the west to China in the north, and the Mindanao sultanates were linked politically to Muslims states in Borneo to the Moluccas. For many years the sultanate of Sulu ruled much of the Philippines and Borneo. These political and economic relations were believed to have continued even long after the arrival of the Spaniards in the 16th century. During this time, the Spaniards attempted but didn’t achieve its goal to fully convert the Mindanao Muslims to Christianity. It started a Muslim region and stayed unchanged since then. movie Sandy Wexler 2017 download

Due to Mindanao’s lesser number of inhabitants, inevitable migration of settlers from Luzon and the Visayas regions created conflict between Muslim and Christian inhabitants. Despite the strong resistance of original residents who claimed to have owned the lands by rights of inheritance, Christian settlers registered the lands they found as their own. Tribal inhabitants particularly Muslims feel unjustifiably bitter about the loss of their lands while Christian settlers feel they and their descendants can claim legitimate to the property. This unsolvable conflict resulted to many bitter wars and never-ending hostility between Muslims and Christians. Some Muslim groups feel that law will not work for them; they created organizations to defend their people or claim power for themselves. This explains why some parts of Mindanao are considered dangerous for travelers.

The volcanic island of Camiguin

Camiguin is a small island lying in the north-west coast of Mindanao. It is a volcanic island hosting seven volcanoes of which one of them remains unpredictably active. Mt Hibok-hibok submerged Camiguin’s old capital, Bombon, in 1871 and suffocated almost 2000 inhabitants from its raging eruption in 1951. Since then, the volcano rested quietly giving its inhabitants an assurance of normal living. And due to its volcanic debris from previous eruptions, most of Camiguin’s beaches are covered with pebbles and dark sand.Katibawasan Falls, Camiguin

It’s capital, Mambajao, has a friendly small community of mostly Visayan and Chinese origin. Their source of livelihood comes from the produce of their land and the surrounding ocean. Every October, Lanzones Festival transform the island into an explicit sight of towsfolk dressed up in their traditional costumes to celebrate the harvest of this small, sweet tasting, light-yellow fruit that grows in bunches at the foot of Mt. Hibok-hibok. The festival is remarkably good-natured, filled with colors and properly organized.Camiguin Lanzones Fruit

Aside from these natural landforms huddling in the island, Camiguin is an area of forested mountains mixed with coconut trees along its coasts. Some stunning waterfalls are also good sights that should not be missed when touring the island.

The best way to enjoy the sights of Camiguin is by motor biking along the 64 km coastal road. Piercing into the dense forests of the island, plunging into the waters of natural pool down of Katibawasan falls and enjoying the warm waters of Ardent hot spring are worthwhile activities. Climbing the famous Mt. Hibok-hibok is tolerated but somehow requires strong endurance and trekking skills. It takes about 6 hours for skilled climbers to reach the summit and it is always advisable to take at least one guide for a hassle-free climb. View of Mt. Hibok Hibok, Camiguin from White Island

To get there, check with your travel agents for some route changes. Since the closure of ferries operating from Cagayan City, the only option this time is to cross from Balingoan, north of Cagayan, to Benoni. These boats have regular trips to Camiguin. There are no air transport yet straight to Camiguin. The nearest airport is in Cagayan De Oro.

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