is an island province located in northern Mindanao. It is situated
10 km north of Misamis Oriental and 54 km southeast of Bohol. It
is separated from the Mindanao mainland, in the south, by the Gingoog
and Macajalar Bays, and from the Visayas, in the north, by the Bohol
Camiguin is a volcanic island, with seven volcanoes dominating
the rugged terrain.
The three highest volcanos in the province are Mt. Tempoong,
Mt. Mambajao and Mt. Hibok-Hibok.
Black and white-sand beaches can be seen on the coastline.
Vegetation and natural springs make the island´s climate
cool, mild and invigorating. Dry season starts in the month of
April and lasts for three months. November to January are the
A Brief History___________________________
The name Camiguin is derived from the word "kamagong",
a tree of the ebony family. The original settlers were the Manobo,
who imigrated from Surigao. When Visayan settlers arrived, the
Manobo retreated to the highlands of Mindanao.
Catarman became the major settlement in the island until 1871
when Mt. Daan erupted, sinking part of the town into the sea.
The town proper was moved to its present site after the eruption.
Mambajo was not established until 1855 but it grew quickly to
be the busiest part in northern Mindanao in the early 1900.
Camiguin was part of Misamis Oriental until 1958 when it became
a sub-province. It was made into a separate province on June 18,
1966, but was formally inagurated only in 1968.
The population is of Visayan descent. "Cebuano" and
"Hiligaynon" are the main dialects.
A few people from certain towns in the province still speak the
old native language called "Kinamiguin".
Commerce and Industry_____________________
Farming and fishing are the main sources of income.
Camiguin clay is considered to be the best for coconuts, bananas,
coffee and fruit trees.
Lanzones, a kind of fruit, is grown on the slopes of Mt. Hibok-Hibok,
and is said to be the sweetest in the country.
Getting There and Away_____________________
Ferries and fastcrafts travel from Cagayan de Oro , Bohol, and
other provinces daily.
Katibawasan Falls and Tuwasan Falls in Catarman are popular svimming
Sagay Beach in the south, with its pearly white sand, was once
the landing site of Magellan. Mantigue Island, across Mahinog in
the east, is a four-hectare forest, fringed by a white-sand beach.
The sea of White Island, across Agoho, is a scuba diving site.
Mt. Hibok-Hibok is the most active among the island´s seven