THE PHILIPPINES SERIES PT5
All this jumping off cliffs and drinking in Karaoke bars required me to have some rest and there was no better place than Camiguin.
WITH FEW TOURISTS, CAMIGUIN IS ONE OF THOSE ISLANDS THAT IS EVEN FURTHER OFF THE BEATEN PATH
Camiguin was another recommendation, this time from Seb, a German friend I met in Laos.
WHERE IS CAMIGUIN?
White Island on Camiguin
I will never forget the airport here, just 1 room for check in, departures, arrivals and security. We stood at the terminal and took the bags off the trailer ourselves, imagine that at Heathrow or JFK. How I love the island life, you just don’t get this anywhere else!
VOLCAN ECO RESORT
Checked into Volcan Eco Resort which is a lot better than I’ve been used to. Camiguin is much part of the tourist trail so there aren’t any hostels just yet. It is run by a German lady who enjoys to walk around as the host and clearly enjoys delegating . The resort isn’t expensive you’ll pay a little more than the other islands.
As per usual I rented a bike and drove around the island, it only takes an hour or 2. Went to find a waterfall and came across this landslide that was being removed. No diggers, just guys shifting it by hand into the lorry! They seemed happy enough and called out at me as they normally do but as much as I like to help I think they were clutching at straws. Went to a cold spring which they use as a swimming pool, it really doesn’t take much to allow us tourists to have a little fun out here.
Seb, the fella I met in Laos who recommended it, mentioned the sand bar island place just off the coast. It’s literally just a stretch of white sand, no trees, no buildings and of course no one lives there. It would take all of 2 minutes to walk from 1 end to the other and it’s about 15m wide. Nice place for a few photos and a chill. If it was in Thailand it would be full of people!
There are basketball courts on every corner of the country, and are hugely popular. When walking past one don’t expect not to get called in for a a game and get absolutely schooled!
- PEOPLE – 9/10
- BACKPACKING – 8.5/10
- BEACHES – 8.5/10
- WEATHER – 8.5/10
- THINGS TO DO – 7.5/10
- VALUE – 8/10
It’s not hard to get off the beaten path here in the Philippines but Camiguin comes highly recommended even if it is just to visit the White Isle.
Bohol / Panglao island tomorrow for a few days. Click to read.
SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
This episode is part of The Philippines Series. Click to view episode1.
- Have you ever been to the Philippines?
- What’s your favourite island?
- Did you visit Camiguin?
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