The Philippines has a long list of beautiful destinations that's why it's so easy for travelers around the globe to explore it. With around 7,641 stunning islands, there are plenty of places to see, cultures to immerse in, and unique activities to try. It's no wonder many of its islands have been recognized as the world's best including its top destinations -- Palawan, Boracay, Cebu, and Bohol.
But in today's blog, I want to focus on two of the most amazing yet underrated islands in the southern part of the Philippines known as Cagayan de Oro and Camiguin Island. These neighboring provinces have a lot to offer to its visitors -- whether you're into travel thrills, nature adventures, or just want to relax by the beach -- these destinations will not disappoint your needs.
Together with my wife and our friends, we explored and toured around these two destinations. From activities that gave us thrills (white water rafting along mighty rapids) to exciting outdoor activities (downhill luge and zip line rides), we enjoyed every minute of this trip. But there is more to it! Watch this video to know where to took our adventures and to see places to visit when you travel to these destinations:
Sunken Cemetery (Camiguin) - One of the most popular places to visit in Camiguin. This infamous landmark was once a cemetery in the 18th century until the volcano erupted and made it sink under water. Today, what remains visible is the cross that is now teeming with corals and marine life.
Katibawasan Falls (Camiguin) - A towering waterfall with over 70 meters of strong, clear, cascading waters. It lies within a lush forest filled with trees, flowers, and wild ferns.
White Island Sandbar (Camiguin) - A small and isolated destination known for its long-stretched, white-sand island that emerges only during the low tides.
Museum of Three Cultures (Cagayan De Oro) - A museum that exhibits three essential galleries, namely Kasaysayan, a collection of old photographs and archeological artifacts from the Mindanao Region; Posaka, displays and interesting mix of antique Maranao instruments, textiles, jewelry, and treasures that date back to China's Sung Dynasty; and finally Rawari, showcases a collection of indigenous and lowland cultural materials. Here you can also witness arts made by local artists.
Hibok-Hibok Hot Springs (Camiguin) - Also known as the ‘Ardent Hot Springs’, this nature destination is a great place to unwind while soaked in heated mineral waters that run down the vents of the active Hibok-Hibok volcano.
-Forest Park Adventure at Dahilayan (Bukidnon) - Located in the neighboring province of Bukidnon, this tourist destination offers a variety of fun activities for visitors of all ages. Two of the most popular activities to try here are the downhill luge and zip line rides.
Zipline Luge ride at the Forest Park - Dahilayan Forest Park Resort’s luge ride is a downhill go-cart/toboggan experience that lets you drive through twisted turns with views of the mountains, while their zipline activity allows you to fly like superman from a launch point that is built 4,700 feet above sea level.
White water rafting - If you’re a thrill seeker, don’t miss the chance to experience the great white rapids of Cagayan De Oro. Discover pure adrenaline while water splashes and smacks against boulders, your boat or even your face, reminding you of how powerful nature is and how it can let you experience extreme adventure and fun at the same time.
Where to Stay:
Cagayan De Oro: Seda Centrio Hotel -- A contemporary hotel offering modern comforts to its guests with its world-class amenities that ensure relaxation throughout your stay.
Camiguin: Paras Beach Resort
A paradise built for guests looking for a peaceful and relaxing escape. With the resort's nature-filled ambiance, you'll have the time to unwind and rejuvenate.
****Where will you take your next adventures to? Share it in the comments below.