Wednesday, November 15, 2017

THE BACKPACK SQUAD's FEEL CAMIGUIN (DAY 2)




WHITE ISLAND

On our second day of Camiguin Exploration, we headed off to White Island very early in the morning.  This is a bare island, no trees or any makeshift rest area, so it is ideal to visit very early in the morning or late in the afternoon.


CLOUDY SKIES ON WHITE ISLAND

MT. HIBOK-HIBOK ON THE BACKGROUND

White Island sandbar is always included in every traveler’s bucket list of Camiguin because of the serenity and calmness the island offers.  The white powdery sand can rival that of Boracay. And while you’re in the island, have a taste of uni or sea urchin that the locals sell.

VIEW OF THE SANDBAR





MANTIGUE ISLAND




The island is 4 hectares of evergreen forest, fringed with white granule sand beaches. A fishing village is found in the north of the island. One side of the island is a white sand beach with coral offshore, and the other opposite side provides a deep drop-off for snorkeling and diving. One gets there by light water craft in 25-30 minutes from San Roque, Mahinog. 





 


GIANT CLAMS


The Kibila Giant Clam Ocean Conservation and Nursery is the place to visit if you want to learn about the different species of clams and how they grow.






There was this small girl in the sanctuary who explained to us the life cycle of clams, complete with scientific names of clams they grow.  Quite fascinating!  She introduced us to the clams in straight english at walang bakel.  Smart kid! She is working part time in the sanctuary, and part of the money collected from tourists visiting goes to her school tuition. So guys... visit the sanctuary and help this girl  :)




The Giant Clam Sanctuary is nestled in a cover near Cantaan.  You can also opt to rent vests and snorkeling gears if you want to see the giant clams under the sea. 


 


KATIBAWASAN FALLS


The 250 meter tall Katibawasan falls is just 5 minutes from Mambajao, the island’s capital.  There is a stairway leading down to tables and the falls’ basin.  The basin is man made, with shallow ground perfect for wading.  The water is crystal clear and is very cold






OSTRICH FARMS


It is a research center for improving the breeding of farm animals in Camiguin like ostrich, pigs, ducks, goats.  Worthwhile stopover when you have curious kids. 



WHAT TO EAT

Just outside the Tuasan Falls, we found this very interesting delicacy -  Kiping.  For 10 pesos a piece, you will get to taste a round crispy merienda made from sweet potato that is grounded, mixed with water, fried and topped with chocolate.










PASTEL is a Spanish term for CAKE. By our ingenuity in grammar, PASTEL has long been called in English, as a soft dough coffee bun whom the Spaniards has generously taught our ancestors and made PASTEL as part of a Camiguingnon’s delicacy. This made PASTEL a common treat in the tables of the affluent Camiguingnons of the time, especially during special gatherings and occasions, such as birthdays, weddings, fiestas, Christmas and the likes.



We had dinner in an authentic Italian eatery by the roadside.  Luna Ristorante served awesome pizza!








Truly, when you are in Camiguin, you will never ran out of things to do, places to visit and explore, and food to taste.  It is one Philippine destination worthy to be a part of everyone’s bucket list!

For our adventure in Camiguin Day one -- you can find it HERE