Camiguin has become almost synonymous to White Island, the tiny sandbar off the coast of the town of Mambajao. But on the other side of the province exists another island with white sandy beach amid the rich turquoise waters. Say hello to Mantigue Island.
Mantigue Island, also known as Magsaysay Island, is just a small one with a land area of just about four hectares. It is dotted with mangroves and vegetation on the center and surrounded with powdery white sand. The surrounding water is a marine sanctuary that hosts a vivid marine life. Its rich waters make it an ideal destination for scuba diving and snorkeling. Expect to see huge sea turtles, school of jacks, barracudas, mantas, occasional reef sharks and more!
The island promises an unforgettable tropical experience. Whether you are into its depth or just enjoy basking on its paradise vibe, Mantigue Island.
How to Get to Mantigue Island
Mantigue Island is just a 20-minute boat ride from mainland Camiguin. Boats can be chartered to take you there from Barangay San Roque (near Benoni Port) in the town of Mahinog for P550 round-trip, good for six (6) people.
If you wish to explore its depth, Dive Special offers dive trips here. Their shop is located near Benoni Port. Meanwhile, Mantangale Alibuag Dive Resort in Balingoan, Misamis Oriental also schedule dives here occasionally for a travel time of around one hour from their shop in Barangay Mantangale.
Where to Stay
Overnight stay in Manitgue Island is not allowed as such it is advisable to stay either in Balingoan (Misamis Oriental) or in Camiguin.
In Camiguin, there are numerous hotels/lodges to choose from for budget or high-end tourists. Most are located in Mambajao. There are also decent homestays, cottages and lodges for as low as P500.00 per room.
One of the populars is Paguia’s Cottages located in Barangay Yumbing, Mambajao. It is owned by Ma’am Hospecia Paguia, contact no: (088)387-9018. A nice room for up to 6 people for only P1400/night.
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