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Adventure Camiguin Mountains

Climbing Mt Hibok-hibok in Camiguin via Itum Trail

They say the third time is a charm. For Camiguin, my third visit on this island province found me on one of the summits of Mt Hibok-hibok. A mountain I used to just marvel from afar when I roamed around Camiguin from my last two visits. Whether from white island or driving on the coastal road, I’ve always imagined how it’s like to climb this stratovolcano that helped shaped the landscape of this island. Standing at 1,332 meters above sea level, Mt Hibok-hibok is one of the 24 active volcanoes in the country.

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Camiguin Chronicles Sabah

A Year in Travels May 2013 | Kota Kinabalu and Camiguin Revisited

The plankwalk to Pulau Sapi
The plankwalk to Pulau Sapi

It seems I have revisited many places this year which I really don’t mind since it’s been years since I last visited them. I’m always interested to see what has developed and retracing back my routes sure brings back fond memories in different places. When I had the chance to go back to Kota Kinabalu, I knew I didn’t want to miss that opportunity as it was my first destination out of the country.

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Camiguin Philippines Travel

Wide-Eyed Again at White Island Camiguin

View of Mt Hibok Hibok (center), Mt Vulcan (right) and Mt Mambajao (left) from the White island in Camiguin
View of Mt Hibok Hibok (center), Mt Vulcan (right) and Mt Mambajao (left) from the White island in Camiguin

Pure sands, sun, sea and a whole lotta fun is what one can expect from this almost unadulterated White Island Camiguin. At first I wasn’t really excited to return to this island but once there, the only thing to do is enjoy. Best visited at low-tide when more sand would emerge and the waves would shape the island like a horse shoe seen from the sky. The high tide however gives an exciting opportunity to traverse the shallow sand bridge to both edges.

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Camiguin Philippines Travel

Going Underwater at the Camiguin Sunken Cemetery

Sole Sister Lois snorkeling at the Sunken Cemetery
Sole Sister Lois snorkeling at the Sunken Cemetery

“Why would I want to do that?!” Chele, one of our comical and lively companion in Camiguin exclaimed with a ghastly expression on her face when I broached the idea of snorkeling at the Camiguin Sunken Cemetery. I couldn’t blame her since the thought of venturing in the cemetery at daylight already creeps some people out, what more on the deep-sea water. But curiosity got the better of me and I’m already have a firm resolve that I would snorkel here one way or another.

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Camiguin Philippines Travel

Mantigue Island and its Denizens of the Deep

Encounter with a Greensea turtle while snorkeling at Mantigue Island
Encounter with a sea turtle while snorkeling at Mantigue Island

Five years are enough time for a place to change. Such is the case for Mantigue Island in Camiguin, North Mindanao. With Cebu Pacific Air’s direct flights from Cebu recently introduced last April, I was lucky enough to join a band of bloggers raring to explore the island wonders to promote its flight accessibility and tourism. I guess its serendipity that I go back to Camiguin as I was yearning to go back to Mantigue Island since I had a memorable visit there in 2008. As our boat launched under a hazy mid-morning sky and a sentimental air, I can’t help wonder what does the island look now? Is the family where we stayed in still there? After a mere 15-20 minutes boat ride over medium swells, the island was there to answer.

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Camiguin Photo Prints

Photo Print | Faith as Strong as the Rocks

Sunset at the Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin Island
Sunset at the Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin Island

Death is an endless night so awful to contemplate that it can make us love life and value it with such passion that it may be the ultimate cause of all joy and all art.

– Paul Theroux

Large canvass photo print available at 500px. Other print sizes at SmugMug WHCC Prints.

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Camiguin Philippines Photo Prints

Photo Print: Warm Seashore Glow

A warm morning glow at Mantigue Island Camiguin
A warm morning glow at Mantigue Island Camiguin

Now more than ever do I realize that I shall never be content with a sedentary life, and that I shall always be haunted by  thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.

– Isabelle Eberhardt

 

Large Canvass photo print available at 500px, other print sizes at SmugMug WHCC Prints.