Camiguin Island, popularly known as “tropical island paradise,” Samal Island and Saranggani Island, all in
Mindanao and the province of Ilocos Norte, one of the best in north Luzon.
1. Camiguin’s Unique Tourist Attractions:
Camiguin, a tropical paradise, is one of the Philippines’ most beautiful islands. It is the home of the sweetest
lanzones in the country and the best mango for export.
Tourist spots in Camiguin include the Sunken Cemetery where a large white cross marks a cemetery swept into
the sea by Old Vulcan Daan’s eruption in 1871, it has 3 beautiful and scenic falls- the Katibawasan Falls,
Binangawan Falls and Tuasan Falls.
The Sunken Cemetery
The elegant and beautiful Katibawasan Falls is a waterfall drops to a little over 75 meters. This is one of
Camiguin’s popular destinations.
A picture of Tuasan Falls
It also has two famous Hot Springs- the Ardent Hot Spring and Tangub Hot Spring.
Ardent Hot Spring
Tangub Hot Spring which is a volcanic hot spring a little beneath sea level where a pool is formed by sea stones
There are also two famous Cold Springs- Macao Cold Spring and Sto. Niño Cold Spring
Macao Cold Spring
Sto Niño Cold Spring
The island has 7 volcanoes the most famous is Mt. Hibok-hibok which is 1250 meters high above sea level. Other
volcanoes in Camiguin are Mt.Vulcan, Mt.Timpoong, Guinsiliban, Mambajao, Uhay, and Tres Marias.
Mt. Hibok-Hibok and Mount Vulcan
Popular beach resorts in Camiguin include the White Island and Mantigue Island, fringed with white granule sand
beaches, and the opposite side provides a deep drop-off for snorkeling and diving. A beautiful lagoon is another
favorite attraction in Camiguin- the Taguines Lagoon which is mantled by lucid water, large cliff and gently rolling
A shot of Mantique Island
White Island Beach
A photo of White Island Beach
There are two famous dive spots in Camiguin- the Jicdup shoal and Burias Shoal which is among the favorite spot
for high adventure seeking divers.
Camiguin celebrates year-round festivals like the Lanzones Festival. Other Festivals in Camiguin include San
Juan sa Hibok-Hibok Festival, Panaad – Holy Week observance, Camiguin Christmas Festival, and May Festival.
A shot of Lanzones Festival
2. Samal Island
Tourist Attractions in Samal include white-sand beaches, thick mangroves, coral reefs, rolling hills, rock
formations and fabulous site for sunrise and sunset.
A view of Talikud Island – a paradise
Among its popular attractions are the Aguinaldo Pearl Farm, the caves of Talikud Island, the White Stone
Mountain, and the San Jose Fishing Village.
Photo taken in Talikud Island
Glan, the largest town in the Sarangani province, boasts of world-class beach resorts and rich fishing grounds.
The town of Glan is bounded the west by the South China Sea, and on the south by Sarangani Bay.
Gumasa Beach in Glan, Saranggani
Many foreign and local tourists flock to the area during summer because of its splendid beach resorts. The
surrounding waters, particularly in Gumasa, Baliton and Margus areas are rich fishing grounds. As many as 2,400
species of marine animals have been found in the bay.
4. Tourists Attractions in the Province of Ilocos Norte
Many centuries-old churches can be seen in Ilocos Norte, these includes St. William Cathedral and its sinking
tower in Laoag City, La Virgen Milagrosa Shrine in Badoc, which is estimated to be more than 400 years old, St.
Augustine Church in Batac, Bacarra Church and bell tower ruins in Bacarra, the Baroque and Neo-Classical style
Sta. Monica Church in Sarrat, and the Paoay Church.
Paoay Church UNESCO World Heritage Church
Sta. Monica Church in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte – the birthplace of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos
Other Manmade Tourist Attractions
Other manmade tourist attractions include Bangui Wind Farm, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse or Burgos Lighthouse which is the highest elevated lighthouse in the northwestern most part of the Philippines, Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel, Museo Ilocos Norte to learn more about Ilocano culture, the Malacañang of the North which is the official residence of the President of the Philippines in the north and Marcos Mausoleum & Museum in Batac.
The Bangui Wind Farm
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
A view of Fort Ilocandia
Museo Ilocos Norte
A picture of Malacañang of the North
Natural Tourist Attractions:
Paoay Lake National Park is a natural tourist attraction in Ilocos Norte which is located near the famous Paoay
The La Paz Sand Dune/ Beach in Curimao
The La Paz Sand Dunes, in Ilocos Norte covers an area of 85 square kilometers. La Paz Sand Dunes offers a
spectacular view and was declared as a Geological Monument because of its unique land formation.
The most famous beach in the north with its powdery white sand and the finest of all the beaches in Ilocos Norte- Pagudpud Beach Resort in Bangui Bay.
Other attractions include the Pasuquin Caves which is very ideal for those who wish to go spelunking You can hike up to the mountains and explore the Imelda Garden Caves, located 1,708 feet above sea level, it has magnificent rock formations and underground streams. Other famous include the Curimao Beach Resorts (Gaang Beach Cove, D’Coral Beach Resort and Hotel, the Old Fisherman’s Beach Resort and the Pangil Beach Resort. Curimao’s latest tourist attraction is Nipa Beach Resort).
5. Ilocos Sur and La Union
On your way back to Manila, you can also visit Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, famous for its centuries-old stone houses,
another UNESCO World Heritage and many other tourist spots of Ilocos Sur and La Union provinces.
La Union is the nation’s latest surfing craze area and two of the best resorts to surf are in Puerto de San Juan and