Located about 3.5. kilometers off the coast of Camiguin, this 4-hectare island features a forest, a white sand beach and a fishing village. This is a must-see when in Camiguin because as you can tell from the succeeding photos, it offers exquisite views of the sun, the sand, and the sea. That and of volcanoes with the blue waters at its feet.
Entrance to the island is at Php 20, while boat rental is at Php 550. Here are photos of scenes taken from Mahinog, the jump-off point to Mantigue Island. It’s mostly a mangrove-laden place with brownish sand. I’ve also included a photo of all applicable rates when in the island.
All these boats are waiting for tourists to bring to the island. Tip, which is something I got from my guide, Kuya Criz: Come early so that when you arrive at Mantigue, it’s not crowded with tourists (we were in Mahinog before 9 AM and true enough, I was their first tourist for the day).
These photos were taken en route to the island. From afar, I could tell that the island is lush and has a long stretch of white sand.
Mantigue is beautiful! From the moment I arrived, I loved seeing the vivid blue waters with the outline of volcanoes as their backdrop.
I loved its powdery white sand too. And yes, I super loved the fact that when I was there, I had the whole island to myself (save for some locals)!
From the boat drop off to the island’s tourist information center, which is located in the center of the island, there were these welcome signs. The view from the main arc was particularly beautiful.
At the tourist information center is where the island’s tourist facilities like tables and sheds are located. And yes, they do have decent comfort rooms here.
Tip: Kuya Ikoy, my tour guide in this island (see photo and his ID), was really so funny, knows the island so well and is a good photographer. Request for him if you can, but be ready to be asked to climb trees, do a jump-shot and stuff when he takes your photos (see my collage of photos below).
Our first stop was the forest. Kuya Ikoy pointed at trees and their names and uses (sorry, I wasn’t taking down notes so I couldn’t recap what he said, but I did take photos of what’s there).
Note that since the local government is still working on improving the island’s nature park, not all trees are properly identified/labeled when we were there.
When we exited the forest, I was greeted by the beautiful view of blue-green waters lapping against a long stretch of white sand. The coastline was dotted with pandan (Pandanus amaryllifolius) and other trees (the main photo at the beginning of this post was of my favorite view from here).
This is where I spent most of my time at the island primarily because I enjoyed taking photos and secondly, because Kuya Ikoy kept on asking me to pose so I can have my photos taken. LOL.
Here are more photos taken from the same site, but at different vantage points:
Our next stop is the fishing village where the most that I saw were some houses, fishing boats and fishing nets, and one fisherman at work.
Note that as per my guides Kuya Ikoy and Kuya Criz, the local government is actually working on having the inhabitants of the island relocated since it was claimed that the growing population in the area is the primary cause of Mantigue Island’s degradation, but there are a few who resisted and refused to leave. They’re still in a lockdown legal-wise so until this is settled, they were allowed to stay here.
On our way back to the island’s tourist center, we passed by the island’s glass bottom boat, which made a good focal point against the volcano behind it (lower right photo).
Before we left the island, I took these photos and bid goodbye to Kuya Ikoy.
Just beautiful! Definitely one of the country’s islands that is worth visiting and going back to.