GENERAL INFORMATION (CAMIGUIN)
- The old, American-era municipal building, now the Civil Registrar’s office, was built in 1912.
- Vulcan Daan, the old Camiguin volcano in Brgy. Bonbon, is located 13 kms. west of the town and drops into the sea. A natural road rises high above the ocean with a sheer drop-off of 70-80 m.. Scattered along the mountain trail are life-size, white- washed cement figures of the 14 Stations of the Cross depicting the passion death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The last station is a sepulcher carved out of volcanic rock.
- The ruins of the old Gui-ob Church (Cotta Bato) was built in 1623 as the parish of San Roque and destroyed in the Vulcan Daan eruption of May 1, 1871. It is located 16 kms. from the town and 20 kms. From Mambajao proper. This coral and stone-hewn church, half buried by lava flows, has thick century-old adobe walls, bell tower and a moss and vine-covered convent reminiscent of the Spanish era.
- The Sunken Cemetery, located a few kilometers from Cotta Bato in Brgy. Bonbon, has a huge cross installed in 1982 to mark the community cemetery which sank during the 1871 eruption. Years ago, gravestones were still visible during low tide off sandy, secluded Sabang Beach, 200 m. from the ruins, but they can no longer be seen. Every year, on May 1, a fluvial procession is held. The islanders row out to offer flowers and floating candles to the dead.
- Sto. Niño Cold Spring, in Brgy. Mainit, is located 4 kms. north uphill of the town proper and 2 kms. off the main road. Also known as Kiyab Pool, it has an Olympic-size pool stone pool measuring 25 m. by 40 m. with a 0.5 m.-2 m. depth. Its cold spring waters sprout from the sandy bottom.
- The beautiful 25-m. high Tuasan Falls, a potential source of mini-hydropower in Brgy. Mainit, is located some 6 kms. northwest of the town and 4 kms. from the ring road. It has a natural pool at its base.
- Adlaon Falls
- Kaniib Cave
- Sour Spring
- Timayog Spring
- A 300-year old Moro watchtower, at the Poblacion, is located behind the elementary school.
- Kibila Beach, in Sitio Kibila, Brgy. Cantaan, is a 750-m. long coarse white sand beach, the only one in the mainland. It has a well by the beach and a seabed that slopes steeply.
- The Pascual Lim Ancestral House, in Brgy. Hubangon, was built in 1924.
- Tanguines Lagoon, in Brgy. Benoni, near the Benoni wharf, is a beautiful artificial lake with mantles of limpid water, craggy cliffs, huge boulders and gently rolling hills. Around it are fishpens where bangus (milkfish), mamsa (jack), lunab (surgeonfish), katambak (spadefish), danggit (seganid), maming (parrotfish), kitong and alimango (crabs) are bred.
- Macao Cold Spring, in Brgy. Tupsan Pequeño, is located 8 kms. east of Mambajao. It has a small, natural stone pool surrounded by century-old trees.
- The 6-hectare, mushroom-like Magsaysay Island, formerly called Mantigue Island, is located 3 kms. offshore from Brgys. Hubangon and San Roque (a 30-min. boat ride) and about 12 nautical miles from Mantangale Alibuag Dive Resort (Balingoan, Misamis Oriental). It has a 4-hectare evergreen forest fringed with a captivating white sand beach and crystal clear waters. A fishing village and a seaweed culture farm are found on the north side of the island. One side of the island’s beach has a drop-off that provides good diving with lots of fish.
- Burias Shoal, at Brgy. San Roque, a few meters off Magsaysay Island is an underwater wonder ideal for swimming, snorkeling and high adventure scuba diving.
- The town’s San Nicolas Church has antique santos and retablos.
- The Borromeo House, in Brgy. Tupsan, was built in 1928.
- Cabua-an Beach, the town’s nearest beach, is located at the right side of the old pier of Mambajao. Nice corals can be found 75-100 m. from the shore.
- Turtle's Nest Beach, in Brgy. Kuguita, west of the town, has coral 100-150 m. offshore with a drop-off at about the 200-m. mark.
- Fisherman's Landing, in Brgy. Naasag, 9 kms. from Mambajao, is a secluded and stony beach. Also called Downer's Grove, it has good coral and a 15-m. drop-off just offshore. It is also a good picnic spot, with a grove behind the beach and a well at the back of the grove.
- Ardent Hot Springs, in Brgy. Esperanza, 6 kms. southwest of the town, is a therapeutic, but scaldingly hot, mineral spring gushing forth from the bowels of Mt. Hibok-Hibok into a beautifully-designed natural stone swimming pool. Water temperature registers an average of 40°C and reaches as much as 50°C. Picnickers here boil fresh eggs on the shallow portions. Bathe in the early morning, at night or after a rain. To get there, take a 3.5-km. motorella ride from Mambajao to Brgy. Kuguita. It is a 2.5-km. hike from the church.
- Magting Spring, in Brgy. Magting, is a cold spring located further east, 7 kms. out of the town.
- Tangub Hot Spring, in Brgy. Naasag, is also called Ocean, Old or Mainit Hot Springs. Located some 12 kms. west of the town, this volcanic hot spring in a pool is actually part of the sea and is formed with sea stones and corals. Its water temperature varies according to the tide: cold during high tide; lukewarm at medium tide; and hot during low tide.
- White Island is a 2-km./15-min. boat ride from Brgy. Agoho or Yumbing. Also called Medaño Island, this small, uninhabited, C-shaped and treeless sandbar has white, sugar-fine sand and picturesque Mt. Hibok-Hibok and Mt. Vulcan as backdrop. It is ideal for sunbathing, snorkeling (150-200 m. off the island) and shell collecting. The island shrinks substantially during high tide, so visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
- The 1,250-m. high Mt. Hibok-Hibok, in Brgy. Baylao, is the only active volcano (derived from the word meaning “that which heaves”) among six others within the island. It first recorded eruption was in 1827 and a dome formed during the 1848 to 1852 eruptions. It continually smoked and rumbled between 1948 and 1951, with minor eruptions in 1948 and 1949 (79 killed in landslides), and erupted without warning on December 5, 1951, issuing steaming hot gases and killing 3,000 people who where asphyxiated when huge amounts of oxygen were absorbed in the air. A glowing avalanche of lava devastated many villages and covered about 10 sq. kms.. Over 30,000 people left the island after the eruption. Dominating the northern half of the island, the volcano is a challenge even to the most seasoned climbers. A moss-encircled crater lake and steam outlets on many parts of the peak can be found. The top offers a panoramic view of the island and nearby Mindanao, Bohol and Siquijor.
- The PHIVOLCS Volcano Observatory, in Brgy. Quiboro, 400 m. up (a 1-hr. hike) Mt. Hibok-Hibok, is accessible from the Provincial Road, about 3 kms. away from the Poblacion. It monitors volcanic activity and has a small collection of newspaper clippings and photos of the eruption. From the facility, one has a panoramic view of Mt. Hibok Hibok and the adjoining municipalities.
- Katibawasan Falls, in Brgy. Soro-Soro, on Mt. Mambajao, is located five kilometers southeast of the town. At 76.2 m., it is one of the highest waterfalls in the country. Its icy-cold waters (bathe at noon) cascades to a rock pool teeming with fresh water shrimps and surrounded by a massive granite Mountain wall swathed with ground orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders. To get there, take a motorella (motorcycle with sidecar) to Brgy. Pandan. It is a 2.5-km. hike from there. To get in, you have pay an entrance fee and go down a 67-step concrete stairway. Near the falls is a viewdeck, a resthouse (for changing) and a cottage (for overnight stays). Make reservations at the Mambajao tourist office. Bring your own food.
- Hikdop Reef, in Brgy. Anito, 4 kms. northwest of Brgy. Magting and 2 nautical miles from the shore of Balbagon, offers excellent coral and swarms of big fish.
- Cabua-an Point, located between Guinsiliban and Benoni port, is a colorful reef recently discovered by the Mantangale Alibuag Dive Resort exploratory team.
- Banlas Spring (Brgy. Agoho)
- Kabiling Cave (Brgy. Magting)
- Mahayahay Beach ( Brgy. Kuguita)