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Camiguin: Sights and Sites from Day 2

Highlights of my day 2 in Camiguin were my visits to Mantigue Island, Giant Clam Sanctuary and Kibila White Beach, Tanguines Lagoon, Ostrich Breeding Farm, Katibawasan Falls, and Ardent Hot Springs, which I already blogged in detail in my previous posts.

Here are bits and pieces of more attractions that we visited, plus landscapes that caught my eye.

First off is this photo of a ricefield with the mountains (or volcanoes? or both) at its background.  I loved how rustic this looked.

Though I don’t know the exact barangay where this shot was taken, I remember taking this on our way to Mantigue from Enigmata.

At Mahinog
These photos were taken in Mahinog, the jump-off point to Mantigue Island.

These were taken right in front of the boat rental area.

Here’s my favorite among the set.

It was a beautiful sunny day so the sky was a clear blue and since the water here was brackish, it lacked waves and just looked perfectly serene.

Mangrove Park
I’ve been to many mangrove parks in the country, but this so far is the most interesting.  The mangroves are the biggest I’ve seen.

Note that there are no entrance fees to pay at this particular park.

I loved the view of the sea to my right (lower left photo).

Because Camiguin is home to an active volcano, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has a facility here to monitor Hibok Hibok.  Kuya Criz recommended going here because it offers a good vantage point in seeing the province and the volcano itself.

We also went inside the facility where the staff gave me a quick history of Mt. Hibok Hibok and showed me photos of old Camiguin.  There were information and photos too about the volcano’s eruption from 1948 to 1953.


A few meters from PHIVOLCS, I spotted a local riding a carabao so I asked Kuya Criz to stop and asked the old man if I can take his photo.  He said yes.

He was actually with his son who was pulling the cart, but I opted to just take a photo of the father and the carabao.  Father and son said they were on their way to haul camote (sweet potatoes).

More random photos
The grazing goat photo (lower right) was taken near J & A Fishpen while the ricefield photo was taken on our way to Katibawasan Falls.

I also included a photo of a tricycle, which I took at the market when we dropped by to buy some snacks and bottled water.  Tricycles are the main mode of transportation in the province.

And thus concludes day 2 of my Camiguin trip.

Camiguin: Ardent Hot Springs


Ardent Hot Springs was our next and last stop after our visit to Katibawasan Falls.  The water here comes right out of the forest and cascades into four pools of varying temperature ranging from 33°C to 38°C.  I read in one of the signages that the water here contains sulfur, which is supposed to be therapeutic.

Entrance fee is at Php 30 while cottage or table rental fees range from Php 70 to Php 150 for the first three (3) hours.  Additional fees apply for every succeeding hour.


From the guidelines, I found out that the place is open 24/7 (click on the above photo to read the full guidelines).

Before heading to the hot pools, we passed by this view.


The local government offers lodging accommodations inside Ardent and I’m guessing their rooms are housed in the facility in the above photo.  If you wish to stay here, call +63 88 387 0948.

When I finally got to the pools, I was disappointed.  Like Katibawasan Falls, I found it over and wrongly developed mainly because they created pools made of cement.

Why couldn’t they just leave our natural wonders be?  I had been to a hot spring in Northern Cebu where the water just pooled naturally, with boulders and greenery surrounding it.


The place was crowded during my visit so I canceled my original plan of getting a massage here, which would have been the perfect way to cap off my 2-day tour of the island.


Instead, I quickly roamed around to take photos.

It was nice to hop from one pool to the next since the whole area was shaded by towering trees.  There were nets too to keep the leaves and any droppings from trees off the pools.


Though the place was clean and well-maintained, I would have preferred an undeveloped spring over this.  And yes, I did try dipping into all 4 pools, but even the hottest one seemed lukewarm to me.

Camiguin: Katibawasan Falls

This is Camiguin’s most popular falls.  It features a clear stream of water cascading 70 meters into a pool of green waters.

Entrance fee for adults is Php 20, Php 5 for children, and Php 10 for students.

These photos were taken before we descended the stairs leading to the pool.  I thought the falls looked beautiful!  The stream of white against the lush greenery was quite a sight to behold.

That is, until I reached the landing and saw how the provincial government “developed” the falls.  They built a man-made pool where the falls can drop into then cemented the entire area around it.  They also built tables and sitting areas in front of the pool.  There are restrooms and changing areas too.

I would have preferred a more natural approach.  That is, they left the falls alone and just let it cascade over boulders and the greenery surrounding it.

Here are more photos taken at the landing area.  I was again happy that when we came here, there were no other tourists.

Note that the area close to where the water drops is restricted undoubtedly because of the strong current.  It’s roped off and there’s a signage too (lower left photo on the above collage).

We were here quick, but I was thankful that we came at the right time because there was no one else except us.  I thus had a blast having my photos taken.

Too bad Kuya Criz cannot take perfect jump shot photos so they were all blurry (the one I posted was most decent and even this is blurry!).  Sheepishly, he asked me he would try again but by then, I was too tired to jump I told him it’s fine.

I took the time to go beyond the cemented area and took in these views.


Rugged and beautiful.  If only they left it this way.  *Sigh*

On our way back, I took this photo of the falls from the top-most parts of the stairs.

By now, a group of tourists had arrived and from what I heard, they were keen on swimming here.  Good thing they arrived just as we were leaving.

While Kuya Criz went to the restroom, I looked around and chanced upon these interesting flora.

All these flowers are familiar and the one on the upper left is actually my mother’s favorite flower to bring to the cemetery come November 1 (All Saint’s Day) as they don’t easily wither, but I can’t identify them save for the one on the upper right.  This cone-like flower is called  Zingiber spectabile or Beehive Ginger, which comes in different shades of yellow, brown, and red.  Pretty, isn’t it?

Outside Katibawasan Falls, I saw a stall selling Kiping and bought two (2) for me and Kuya Criz.

Kiping is a local delicacy that according to Kuya Criz is made of cassava.  I find it yummy and definitely a must-try when in Camiguin.

Camiguin: Ostrich Breeding Farm

Our next stop after our lunch at J & A Fishpen Resort and Restaurant was Camiguin’s Provincial Animal Breeding and Ostrich Production Center.  This is said to be the only facility in the country that breeds ostriches.

Here’s how the facility looks like:

Entrance fee was only at Php 5.  After paying this, the caretakers told me that I was free to roam the farm by myself.

Of course, my first stop was to the enclosure where the ostriches were kept.

Some ostrich facts:

  • They are the largest flightless bird in existence.
  • They can only kick forward.
  • They do not have teeth and often swallow pebbles or sand to help with food digestion in the gizzard.
  • They are able to go without water for several days due to the fact that they can survive on the moisture from plants instead.
  • They are capable of making their own water internally.
  • They can be ridden, but it is a lot trickier than riding a horse.

For more ostrich facts, click HERE.

As I watched them ran to where I was, I couldn’t help but be amused at how their face seemed to be smiling.  See?

Still, I was afraid to reach out to them for fear of getting pecked (as a child, I experienced being chased and pecked by a turkey, Ouch!).

I love animals and though it was not my first time to see an ostrich (Cebu’s Bigfoot used to have them), it was my first time to get up close to them so this was quite an experience for me.  I’m sad though, that it was not breeding season when I went there so I was not able to see  and hold an ostrich egg.

Aside from ostriches, the farm is also home to other farm animals like cows, turkeys, pigs, chicken, goats, and ducks.

I did enjoy my short visit here and it is mainly because I love animals and grew up in my sister’s farm where the same animals save the ostriches were cared for, but I hope that improvements will be in place soon.  That is, they make the experience more interactive by having the caretakers/vets conduct the tour themselves while giving out quick facts about each animal.

I wish too that the animals will always be well taken care of as I noticed a couple of cows that were thin.

I also couldn’t help but think that there’s no need for these animals to be roped off since they were already in an enclosed area.  Why not let them roam free as they’re supposed to?

Before I left, I shared my sentiments to the caretakers.  I just hope they listened and took action.

Camiguin: J & A Fishpen Resort and Restaurant and Tanguines Lagoon

Camiguin’s Tanguines Lagoon is a man-made lagoon that features limpid blue water and, when viewed from the main road, gently rolling hills at its foreground.  It has a zipline too (note the wire in the succeeding photo).

I did not come here to do the zipline, or to go fishing, which is another popular activity when in the lagoon.  I came here to eat lunch at J & A Fishpen Resort and Restaurant.

I loved the entrance of the restaurant.  I don’t know what the hanging roots-like plant and hanging leaves are called, but they make the entrance interesting.


Ambience-wise, I loved the idea that there were individual cottages on stilts overlooking Tanguines Lagoon.  I also appreciated the fact that the place was not packed with diners when we were there.

For my lunch, I ordered fish kinilaw (ceviche), shrimp (half a kilo was fried and the other half was made into sinigang), rice, and a liter of coke.

The serving was generous and even for two people, it was a lot.  I loved my kinilaw and sinigang, but I was disappointed with the fried shrimp because it was overcooked and too oily.  Still, it was one good lunch.

 While waiting for my bill, I wandered around and took photos.  Here are my favorites.

I loved looking at the placid blue waters.  I would have loved to go fishing, but our tight schedule did not permit as to linger here.

J & A Fishpen is located in Tanguines Lagoon, Benoni, Mahinog, Camiguin.

Contact them via +63 919 753 8999 or +63 88 387 4408.  Note that for those who will not dine in the restaurant, a Php 5 entrance fee applies.