With sore limbs from the previous day’s trek, we awoke to another day of adventure.
Our itinerary for Day 3 included Mantigue Island, Giant Clam Sanctuary, and the Moro Watchtower. However, before hopping to the next island, we had to transfer to Camiguin Highland Resort.
Thank heavens we did because there was water shortage in Enigmata. We contacted kuya Ronald again to take us to the resort and be our tour guide on our last day in Camiguin. After checking in, we headed to the port.
To go to Mantigue Island, you would have to rent a bangka for P550. It can accommodate up to six people. We were able to save some money on this because we met a couple who were heading to the island as well! Yay for new friends! 🙂
Once you reach Mantigue Island, you would have to pay an entrance/environmental fee of P20 (per head). You can rent snorkeling gears, life vests, paddle boards, etc. They have food there too, but they come with a price. Luckily, we were able to bring our own snacks.
You can also rent a table for you to leave your things on. Our guide, kuya Ronald was nice enough to look after our bags while we were snorkeling.
Sadly, the current was too strong for our exhausted bodies. We weren’t able to go to the deeper parts and see the turtles and other sea creatures.
After snorkeling, we wandered through the island’s forest.
All tourists get to stay in the island for a maximum of 4 hours. After exploring the island and taking lots of photos, we went back to the mainland to eat our lunch. We then headed to the Giant Clam Sanctuary in Kibila White Beach.
The sanctuary has various clam species. Upon entering the place, we were welcomed by a young girl. At first we thought she was just a regular local, but she was actually our tour guide! We were amazed at how intelligent and knowledgeable the kid was about the clams.
This is the graveyard of the clams. They were destroyed during a typhoon and the locals collected them from the sea.
The sanctuary didn’t only have clams, they had very cute guinea pigs too!
For our last stop, we went to the Moro Watchtower. This historical landmark used to be a tall tower, but half of its height was buried to the ground when Mt. Vulcan Daan (also called Old Volcano) erupted in 1871. Unfortunately though, the gate was locked since it was a holiday and we weren’t able to get in.
Aaaaand that ends our Camiguin adventure! I’m leaving you now with a photo of our shiny, fried foreheads.
Just a girl in her late twenties trying to find her way through life. She loves to write, eat, take photos, and freedive. She used to travel a lot and hopes she could do that again when this global pandemic is over.