When going on a vacation, bloggers like me don’t just relax and have a good time. We make sure that we capture the essence and the beauty of the place. And if there are worth featuring escapades that I went through this summer, Mantigue Island tops the list.
Mantigue Island should be in everyone’s itinerary when visiting the island paradise of Camiguin. It is a beautiful islet of Mahinog, Camiguin Province. This place used to be a fishing village until the government decided to convert it into a tourist attraction and marine protected area. The villagers have relocated to the main land.
Aside from its powdery white sand beach and crystal clear blue water, Mantigue is a nature park and an eco tourism site wrapped with century old trees like Pandan and other varieties like “Ipil ipil” and mangroves. These trees provide shelter to bats and birds. In fact, Mantigue was also declared as a “migratory bird path.”
Aside from sight seeing, Mantigue Island is a must try destination to go swimming, snorkelling, and diving with your family and friends. This islet has a huge marine protected area. Be mesmerized by the different kinds of colorful fishes, sea urchins, and gigantic coral reefs. If you are afraid to snorkel or dive into the deep sea, you can still appreciate this island’s rich marine life through its glass boat which can accommodate 10 persons for only P300.
Upon arriving in Mantigue, each one has to pay P20 for environmental fee. There are cottages for P150, long tables for P100, and small tables for only P50. You can bring food to the island with no corkage fee. There is also a small store there that cooks sea foods for guests.
How to get there? You take the boat in Barangay San Roque, Mahinog Camiguin. The boat can accommodate six persons for P550. That’s round trip already. The boat will pick you up in Mantigue after four hours. If you wish to extend your stay in the island, you have to pay them additional P50 per hour. No guest is allowed to stay overnight so you have to take the boat back to the mainland before dark. Also available in San Roque are snorkelling masks for rent for 150 pesos only.
The newest attraction in Mantigue is the banana boat which you can rent at Jetti, Mahinog Camiguin. Unfortunately, I haven’t tried it so I do not have the details.
You can spend the whole day swimming in Mantigue. Its clear cool waters and fine white sand is definitely one of the best in the tropical islands of the Philippines. Try it while it’s cheap.
Mantigue Island Nature Park… clearly Tsada MindaNOW!