Camiguin’s piece of paradise, once a fishing village, now offers a fantastic island experience.
The Mantigue Island Nature Park, gleaming with white beaches filled of powdery coral and surrounded by crystal clear water, is more of an adventure than a sight-seeing experience – one of the best when in Camiguin.It lies only three kilometers off from barangay San Roque shore in the town of Mahinog. The 15-minute motor boat ride gives an added thrill to the visitors and allows a great view of the water corals and surrounding seaweeds.
Aside from enjoying a great swim, guests may opt to take a walk in its dense tropical coast forest at the center of the nature park, which is filled with wild grass, wide variety of trees and plants often used as shelter by migratory birds and turtles seeking refuge in the island.
A part of its coast offers a pristine beach with soft white sand and shallow waters while on the opposite side is a deep drop-off suitable for diving and snorkeling. Along its underwater cracks, diving enthusiasts will be entertained by a wonderful view of sea anemones, stingrays, and variety of tropical fishes.
If one gets lucky, you might come across sea turtles, especially when these head back to the island’s coast to nest and lay their eggs.
The emergence of the island as an eco-tourism destination is seen to bring beneficial effects on its environment. Having been long declared as forest land, the government carried out an aggressive action and policy direction to protect Mantigue. (PIA 10)