My family, the Mamino Family and our boat in 2007
Touring Camiguin was really worth remembering, especially that tour was with our family and friends. It was a tour full of surprises since that was our first time seeing the Island Born of Fire or the Camiguin Island in 2007 together with the Mamino family. This is the last leg of this tour in the Island Born of Fire, and I was in a dilemma in deciding whether to go or not to Mantigue Island, because we were in a group of two families with four (4) little kids and two (2) senior citizens with us. Afraid of possible mishap at sea.
Before we wrapped-up our mind to explore the unspoiled mantigue island in Camiguin, during breakfast, a short chat with the owner of the resort was made just to gather some information about the island. And I learned that the island was renowned for its snorkeling and diving sites in Camiguin. Good thing that the weather was in a favorable condition, that made us to continue our exploration.
In terms of size, the island has an aggregate area of four (4) hectares which you can only explore for 30 minutes. It is also called Magsaysay Island. A white powdery beach sand can be seen glittering with lush forest when you are approaching the beach site.
When our boat was about to finally touch the docking area on the white sand shore, a group of families warmly welcomed and assisted us to get off from the boat. They even helped us with the children and the elders who were with us that time.
There were open cottages near from their houses and even offered us to cook our lunch for a fee. We ordered grilled fish and clamp soup (almost a palm size of clamps were served to us).
We brought along with us hats, ointment for skin protection and life vest as essentials for that exploration. We only paid 900 pesos for our food inclusive of labor and P1,000 for the boat (that was in 2007).
We only stayed there including lunch time, for 5 hours and cruise the calm deep blue sea back to the resort in Barangay San Roque where we stayed overnight. By boat, the Island of Mantigue can be reached for about 40 minutes.
The Mainland Camiguin at the background
The island now is also called, Mantigue Island Nature Park by the local tourism. The following year after our exploration, in November 2008, the local government began a concerted effort to relocate the 20-25 families, living on the island for many years, in order to preserve its environment and to make it more attractive to tourists. These families were relocated in Barangay Binoni.
I will definitely go back to this island if given an opportunity to re-explore again. Mantigue Island is indeed an unspoiled island in Camiguin.
Photos were not in good resolution since I only used my video cam still shots.
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