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Snapshots: Discovering Camiguin’s Mantigue and White Island

Camiguin Island tour  won’t be complete without visiting White Island and Mantigue Island. When I tried to do some research, White island gained more popularity in the web compared to Mantigue Island. I haven’t heard of the latter until we reached Camiguin. I was postponing this blog post, hoping to find the extra memory card of my GoPro where basically stores majority of my photos on both islands. I guess the long stretch needs to end and I need to stick on some shots imported on my phone and from my other camera.


If White Island and Mantique island may have been rivals when these two existed. I would say they don’t look like friendly neighbors; they were situated on the opposite sides of Camiguin. White island is somewhere in the Northern part where mostly resorts where available, while Mantique is on the Southern part.

White Island is generally a  horseshoe shaped, uninhibited, white sand bar stretch. It’s totally bare so make sure to visit the island first thing in the morning before making any other plans if you don’t want to be soaking under the sun. The island can be easily accessed in brgy. Yumbing, Mambajao through small boats with a maximum of 6 people/boat.  Travel time is only around 5-10 minutes.

Mantigue island is just somewhat similar with white island, although it’s much bigger than the latter. Both Islands do have crystal clear waters with super fine white sand so you can totally enjoy the day touring both islands. Shades are also available on Mantigue Island so you can opt in to stay longer. You have the option to just dip and enjoy the sea or go snorkeling around their fish sanctuary.

 

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  • Reply
    Katy
    July 10, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    It looks stunning. Somewhere that’s on my list of places I desperately want to go, but I haven’t made it quite yet! Your photos are fabulous. Keep enjoying your travels and letting the rest of us enjoy your adventures vicariously.

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      kris
      July 11, 2017 at 4:42 am

      Thank you! Glad you enjoy checking the blog.

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    Berlin | Momi Berlin
    July 3, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Ive been to White Island and unfortunately, it didn’t leave a nice impression on me. I was also turned off by how people in Camiguin treat their guests. Or I just hope there are only a select few individuals who regard tourists as money.

    What I love about our tour at White island was when the place was almost deserted. We have the whole island by ourselves. We could jump and do silly things and pictorial.

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      kris
      July 4, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Yeah, I like Mantigue for the fact that shades were available compared to White Island. As for the locals, I guess they were just used to having tourist and offer anything that they may sell but I still love the hospitality and how they treat their guests on where we stay is still quite amazing. 🙂

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    Johna
    April 28, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    So amazing!!! I love prisine beaches. Well actually most beaches I love hehe. Will def have to book our nexts flight here. Im torn between camiguin and cebu. Mmmm hehe

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      kris
      April 29, 2017 at 4:20 am

      If you want the laid back vacation, less people..choose Camiguin. If you want the adventour, and if you’re akways on the go jumping from once tourist attraction to the other, pick Cebu! 🙂

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    Mimi
    February 21, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    This place is really nice. My friends and I are planning to go to Camiguin this summer! Will definitely add this one to our itinerary. Also, will be browsing more of your entries about Camiguin to catch some suggestions 🙂

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      kris
      February 22, 2017 at 2:34 am

      Yay! Hope you enjoy the trip! 🙂

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    Sam @followyouroad
    February 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Lovely photos of Mantigue! I’ve seen great photos of Camiguin from a friend. I like how it’s very far from the city, and because it was out of the way, its beauty is much more appreciated. I hope to go there soon!

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      kris
      February 22, 2017 at 2:36 am

      Totally agree with that!:)

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    Princess Mikee
    February 20, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    I love looking at your photos. I am an island girl wanna be too and wanted to visit every paradise like this. You got it all captured!

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    jared's mum
    February 19, 2017 at 7:55 am

    I love your photos! They make me want to pack my bags and travel to this place now! If only I could, though. These sure are beautiful islands, it will be well worth all the trouble getting here. I love the fact that it is not as commercialized as other distinguished islands around. It is a perfect place for a peaceful and tranquil weekend getaway with the family. I sure hope I can bring my boys to this place one day soon!

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    Liana
    February 17, 2017 at 11:14 am

    I’m so impressed by the White beach, since I never saw anything like this before. Indeed, never heard of White Island and Mantigue Island but since I’ve been checking your blog regularly, I’m so impressed with the quality of it all! It’s so interesting to know more about this places tho!

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    klaudia
    February 15, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Oh wow, I am a lot more impressed by the colour of the sea than by the beautiful white beach. What a stunning place, this plane has got some amazing spots to discover. Nature is divine, isn’t it? I am sure, it’s a paradise for divers, the underwater world is as stunning. Your photos are brilliant, really enjoyed this article !

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    Bernadette Angelie Pangilinan
    February 15, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    I never heard of Mantigue Island before and upon reading your post. I want to add it on my list! 🙂 How lucky of you to have witnessed those migratory birds too. I’ve always wanted to visit Camiguin because I heard they had the best mangoes. I am surprised to know that it’s a home to such beautiful beach too. 🙂

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    Nadine Smith (Scenes From Nadine)
    February 15, 2017 at 11:57 am

    These are beautiful photos and the beach looks amazing! The colors of the waters and plants are so vivid. Is it easy to get to it? Around how much would it cost to do a short trip there?

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      kris
      February 16, 2017 at 3:09 am

      Yes, it’s easy. Once you’re in Camiguin. Almost every resort will offer a package. Boat will be good for 6 people and it’s around 500-650/boat (every island).

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    Mommy Queenelizabeth
    February 15, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Wow! What a lively place.. its feels so romantic to hang out with someone special along the shores. The views were amazing. Ive been wanting to visit this place for so long.. i hope someday soon!

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    Maaya Legaspi
    February 15, 2017 at 3:30 am

    Ohhh.. Camiguin. How I miss! I agree, white island has pristine blue waters. Though I’m not familiar with Mantigue, I think it’s as nice and beautiful as white island. Have you visited sunken cemetery too? Hehe. I would like to come back because of this post! Lol. Btw, here’s our experience in White island too: http://www.maayalegaspi.com/2016/03/northern-mindanao-camiguin-white-island.html?m=1

    It’s part of our camiguin-cdo-bukidnon tour. 🙂

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    Stella the Travelerette
    February 15, 2017 at 2:30 am

    What amazing photos! The sand is so white and the water is so blue. The color of the plants seems almost surreal in its greenness. I don’t think there’s any need to choose between White Island and Mantigue. I pick both!

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    Joanna
    February 14, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Mantigue island looks like a proper piece of paradise. It’s good to know that the island is horseshoe shaped and that is it inhabited. These are the best places to go to, to get away from the tourist crowds. Even if it was cloudy your photos still show how spectacular the place is, with the beautiful white sand and clear blue waters.

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    Mirriam
    February 14, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Awww i love floating islands! White island is surely submerged in water on high tides. It’s good you chanced upon it during low tide. Mantique looks equally exquisite. Nature is ❤

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    cieri of thewonderfulkind.com
    February 14, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Aahhh Camiguin! I like to visit this soon! 🙂 Accordingbto a friend who visited half of the Philippine provinces, Camiguin tops the list of the best beaches in the Philippines for her. It is actually close fight between Camiguin and Calaguas. But, I have been to Calaguas back in 2008 and I loved it! I guess Camiguin has lovely beaches – prolly all the more evident in person.

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    The Crazy Juann
    February 5, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    More than the island itself, the sea life underneath is just beautiful! Schools of jacks, barracudas, you have to snorkel/freedive it the next time you’re there 😀

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