Diving in Camiguin

“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.

Camiguin
Small but a lot to offer.

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.

On the bangka
On our way back from White Island.

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.

Dive Map of Camiguin
Dive sites around 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.

Depth: 6-20m.
Visibility: 10m.
Current: Strong
Temperature: 25° C

Underwater
Sandy bottom
Lionfish
A lionfish hiding.
Moral Eel
A Moray Eel peeks out of its hiding place.
Green Sea Turtle
A green sea turtle swims away.
Green Sea Turtle
The second green sea turtle swims across the corals.

We got lucky during the dive, saw 4 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 like in Bohol. It took only this dive to convince me to go back to Camiguin. Next time I will not miss Mantigue Island.

More than fire, Camiguin is an underwater paradise!

If you are not into diving, I will be sharing more about Camiguin in the next post.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Scott says:

    Your photos are outstanding. The Moray eel reminded me of when I was stationed in the West Indies. A ten-year-old boy came to me while I was fishing in the surf and asked if I wanted some fish bait. The he caught a Moray with his bare hands and sold it to me for a nickel.

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    1. Thank you for the compliment. Crazy story about the boy! I find eels still a creepy. I am not fond of anything snake-like.

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      1. Scott says:

        Absolutely!

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  2. Great shots! I also like diving but I do not have a license yet, hopefully I could get one before I go diving in Camiguing 🙂

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    1. Thanks! Yeah you should get your license or if not you can always dive with a dive instructor.

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  3. Thanks for these tips. We are planning to take our PADI Advanced Open Water dive in Camiguin; we heard they have spectacular dive sites.

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    1. Camiguin is definitely a good spot to take up your AOW.

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