Mantigue Island Nature Park


One of the favorite destination of many tourists (whether local or foreign travelers) nowadays is Camiguin. This beautiful island features a wide array of amazing spots to visit and to explore.

But Mantigue Island is one of my favorite places in Camiguin. A panoramic view of the island of Camiguin from this sandbar is simply the most photogenic scenery that you could imagine. This small island is best visited during early in the morning.

If you’re ever tired of frolicking in the water, you can roam around the island bare-footed and you’d surely notice the fine white sand of the island. It shimmers in sunlight and feels soft to the skin. There are wooden tables and benches built under the shade of pandan trees ideal for picnics and cooling off from the heat of the sun.

When you’re in the province of Camiguin, don’t miss your chance to experience the perfect coastline of powdery-white coral sands! The Island obviously took my breath away. Well, not literally.

A Place to be for beach lovers and sun worshippers!

Our agenda for the day was more like hopping different paradise-looking beaches and one of it is Banana Island Resort.



 Do you just love everything that you see in this picture? 3S. Perfect sea! Perfect sand! Perfect sky!


 This resort surely greeted us with a sight to see! Since they have cottages, tourists can actually stay overnight here but it has different prices during peak season and off-peak season.


 What you can do here: During the day you can play volleyball and basketball but if you want an exercise, better ride a kayak while exploring around the island;


 or if you want to relax, you could just read a book while lying on a hammock! That’s what you call pure relaxing!


If you are a view lover, you could just stay at their huts to just feel the wonderful sea breeze and consume the beautiful scenery..


…but as for me and my family? we decided to play with the fishes! 😀


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Spotted: A Mermaid


I watch her in astonishment; sitting gracefully beside the clear waters while the sun starts to set and the sky paints a beautiful colour of tangerine. Her hair was purely dark brown just enough to cover her back and waist. She looked at me with those pretty dark green eyes then dived in the water as her beautiful shiny scales moved the way under the sea.

Quite an imagination, huh. Unfortunately, I don’t believe in mermaids but somehow I do think of myself as one. Well, partly. I may not have the tail that glows. I may not have those gills (they do have one, right? I don’t know. Haha) I may not have blue, green or hazel eyes but I’m sure I’m one beautiful lass. Hahaha!

Seriously, I really feel like I’m a mermaid especially when I am swimming. It really feels great to able to swim all day in the sea and to not care how tan I’ll turn out. To explore what’s under the sea, to see God’s beautiful creation of fauna and flora underneath. I love everything about the sea and how I can play and swim with the fishes. It’s purely a one fun experience into another world!

Kayangan Lake (Hall of fame of one of Asia’s cleanest lake)

If you have problems about what food to eat the whole day, you need not to worry because the people in the boat has a cook and they are the ones who will cook food for you. You just have to settle with the boatman before the trip. But just in case you feel the need to eat snacks in between islands then you could bring foods to eat! 🙂

Meet my relatives from my father’s side! So sad my other cousins and sisters weren’t able to witness the beautiful view of Coron Palawan!

First stop: Kayangan Lake

Took a photo of the sea while we where on our way to our first destination. Love this photo! Not only because of its beautiful view but because it reminds of me of the movie, Life of Pi. Hahaha!

Smiling for the camera before we start climbing to the top to get the best view of the bay.

From the dock area, there’s a short 10-minute uphill hike to a small cave and an ideal viewing point of the Kayangan Bay.

The trail to the top was not that safe because the stairs weren’t concreted. However, if you are up to a real adventure, you would really find this adventurous because you would be climbing to the top with wooden handrails and stepping huge rocks. Watch your footing here as I found the stone steps to be a bit tricky and dangerous in spots and be prepared to sweat a bit on the way up as well.

Not to worry with climbing all the way to the top though, because once you arrive, the panoramic view will sweep you off your feet! Nice view, right? Wait ‘til you see the Kayangan Lake! 😀

Another few more minutes descending to the open lake. This time you have to be double cautious and careful because the footing might be slippery.

Here’s a peak of the lake while I was climbing down. No joke but upon seeing that very clean water, I was so excited that I was climbing down so swiftly and forgetting how dangerous it was. Please, Please, do not do this. You don’t want to spend your vacation at a hospital, don’t you?

TADAAAAAA! Isn’t it a paradise? I bet seeing this picture at the back of your monitors right now made you say “WOW! I wanna go there!”

Very very very nice place. It’s all I expected to be. A Paradise. I could just stay here and do nothing but stare at the scenery.

Moreover, Kayangan Lake which is often times declared to be one of the cleanest lake in the Asia. And I can tell by the look of its lake. Like really.

If you want to spend several hours here exploring all corners of the lake, you may utilize the two available Bamboo Raft in the lake. On the other hand, what we did to explore all the corner of the lake was swimming while our tour guide was leading us. We even went to the back of the mountains, snorkeling and witnessing beautiful rock formations underwater. It sure was a long swim!

Oh, I almost forgot! If you don’t know how to swim then you would be needing a life jacket. In my case, I know how to swim but I brought with me a life jacket because it lessens me from getting too tired swimming for long hours. So, I’d ride or hold on to the jacket when I catch up for breath to make me float.

Forgive me for the struggling underwater pose. Hahaha

Please don’t do this if you do not know how to swim. I tell you, it is really really deep. I barely see the ground.

So yeah, the guy in black is our tour guide. As you can see, he was dragging all of them together with the use of a long rope. Hahaha! Poor tour guide but don’t worry, he was trained to do this. 🙂

Surrounded by rocky mountains covered by green trees and plants, it certainly evokes an image of a lagoon seen from postcards and movies. So, if you are expecting paradise, it can’t be any more head on, as the way towards Kayangan lake itself as it serves as a prelude of sights to see! 😀

Take note: You should come during the dry season! Make sure you come early and plan for a lengthy swim.