Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin Resort, Brgy. Balbagon, Mambajao; +63 88 387 0131; www.bahaybakasyunan.com. A quiet and peaceful tropical resort, with landscaped grounds and a pool.
Casa Roca Inn, Baring, Naasag; +63 88 387 9500; www.casarocacamiguin.com. A homely inn with a cozy ambience and gorgeous sunset views. Do note that cellphone reception is poor, so head here if you’re looking for a digital detox.
Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat & Dive Resort, Camiguin Circumferential Rd, Mambajao; +63 88 387 9551; www.camiguinvolcanbeach.com. Several accommodation types are available, from standard rooms to spacious beach villas with canopy beds.
Secret Cove Beach Resort, Yumbing, Mambajao; +63 88 387 9084; www.secretcovecamiguin.com. For clean, affordable lodgings with easy access to the beach.
Where to eat
CheckPoint Food Palace, Mambajao, Camiguin. This popular restaurant offers affordably-priced western and Filpino fare in large portions.
J&A Fishpen Resort & Restaurant, Brgy Benon, Mahinog; +63 88 387 4008. Tuck into fresh seafood at this restaurant, which is located next to a lake. You can even try your hand at fishing while waiting for your food!
La Dolce Vita, Baylao, Mambajao; +63 906 696 8352. Enjoy homemade Italian pastas and pizzas at this cozy restaurant.
La Isla Cocina, Agoho, Camiguin Circumferential Rd, Mambajao. A Spanish-Mexican restaurant that serves up dishes like quesadillas, pizzas, burritos and tacos.
Luna Ristorante, Barangay Yumbing, Mambajao; +63 88 387 9526. Serves home-cooked Italian cuisine like pizza and pasta.
Secret Cove Beach Resort, Yumbing, Mambajao; +63 88 387 9084; www.secretcovecamiguin.com. Please your palate with delectable French-Canadian cuisine. Crowd favorites include the porterhouse steak and the banana peanut butter yogurt shake.
Shardana Bar & Grill, Bug-ong, Mambajao; +63 928 379 5540. Head here for excellent Italian and Filipino fare, served up by the friendliest owners.
The BeeHive and Island of Honey, 9104 Camiguin Circumferential Rd, Catarman; +63 939 932 0334. This café specializes in homegrown coffee, honey, nuts and organic snacks. Try the fresh dragonfruit shake, which is naturally sweetened with honey.
Vjandep Pastel, V1 Plaridel St, Mambajao; +63 88 387 0049; www.vjandep.com. Buy a box (or three!) of its famous pastel (a sweet, filled bun) to take home.
What to do
Ardent Hot Spring, Esperanza, Tagdo, Mambajao; +63 88 387 0948. The hot spring is open around the clock, so we’d recommend avoiding the crowds by visiting at night.
Camiguin Zipline, Lagoon, Benoni; +63 88 387 4008. Ride the 1,100-meter zipline that will take you above the Tanguines Lagoon, overlooking the Mantigue Island.
Giant Clam Sanctuary, Kantaan, Guinsiliban. Go snorkelling for a closer look at the resident clams, some of which measure more than a meter wide!
Guiob Church Ruins, Brgy. Bonbon, Catarman. Explore the ruins of the old church (one of the oldest structures on the island), which was felled by the 1871 Mt. Vulcan eruption.
Katibawasan Falls, Mambajao. A 250-meter high beauty with a refreshingly cool plunge pool that’s perfect for swimming.
Mantique Island, Mahinog. A beautiful islet where you can go snorkeling, diving and paddle boarding.
Sto. Nino Cold Spring, Catarman. Take a rejuvenating dip in the cold spring – A 25m by 40m pool with cool, crystal-clear waters.
Sunken Cemetery, Brgy. Bonbon, Catarman. Go snorkeling and diving at this underwater cemetery, which sank due to multiple eruptions from Mt Vulcan. In 1982, a large cross was built on the solidified lava to mark the gravesite.
White Island. Soak up the early-morning sun on this uninhabited white sandbar that’s located over a kilometer off the northern shore of Mambajao. It offers excellent views of Mt Vulcan, Mt Hibok-Hibok and Tres Marias volcanoes, and is ideal for picnicking and sunbathing. Rent a boat for up to five people for PHP450.