also known as “Come again” is said to be “Born of
Fire”. It has seven volcanoes unmatched anywhere
else in Southeast Asia. Volcanic eruptions and land
movements have created this spectacular island 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. It is a tiny island of lush forests, volcanic splendor, eternal hot and cold natural springs,
pristine patches of black and white beaches, majestic
waterfalls, exotic marine life, blue-ridge mountains,
serene surroundings, idyllic lifestyle; it has a glorious past, and is inhabited with jovial
people, is best experienced than described as one gets enchanted by her mystical
charm. It really has amazing natural resources and peaceful atmosphere that stir
and baffle the minds of everyone.
Arriving & Leaving
Camiguin is reachable by planefrom Cebu or Manila. From Mindanao there
are daily ferries to Camiguin and back. Entry points are Mambajao (from Cebu) or
Benoni (from Mindanao).
There is a daily boat connectin from Jagna (Bohol) to Mabajao (Camiguin). Boat ride around 3 hours.
Mambajao, a small town in the north of Camiguin has a laid back and easy going
atmosphere. Even so it its the major town of the island there is not much or nothing
special, except of Saturday mornings, when the ferry arrives from Bohol it becomes
a busy city ... at last for an hour. The main action eat outs an night life taking place
... going west from Mambajao direction Brgy. Yuming ... but don’t expect to much ...
it is more the peaceful
soon to come
Camiguin - History
The name Camiguin is derived from the word kamagong, which is a tree of the ebony family.
The original inhabitants were the Manobo who migrated from Surigao. When Visayan settlers
arrived, the Manobo retreated to the highlands of Mindanao. The people of Camiguin were
already trading with merchants of neighboring Asian countries when Ferdinand Magellan
and Miguel Lopez de Legaspi landed here in 1521 and 1565 respectively. But it was not
until 1598 that a Spanish settlement was founded in what later came to be Guinsiliban.
Catarman, where barangay Bonbon is now, became the major settlement in the island until
1871 when Vulkan Daan erupted, sinking part of the town in the sea, after which the town
proper was moved to its present site. Mambajao was not established until 1855 but it grew
quickly to be the busiest part in northern Mindanao in the early 1900s.
During World War II, the Japanese burned downtown Mambajao to retaliate against guerilla
activities in the island. When Mt. Hibok-Hibok erupted in 1951, lava covered many barrios