Welcome to Camiguin
This was the question we asked ourselves in 2009 when we received an invitation from friends in the diving business.
We had been to the Philippines many times and had dived just about all the notable sites, but Camiguin was not yet on our “radar”.
With some brief research, we found out that Camiguin is the island of lanzones, a delicious sweet tropical fruit, and is far from mass tourism. Untouched reefs are visited by only a few divers every year. This information quickly made us curious: So let’s go to Camiguin…
Once we arrived on the island, we really decelerated. The 64 km long road around Camiguin has very little traffic and is almost exclusively used by scooters. Children stand smiling and waving at the roadside and international tourism had not yet arrived on the island, although Camiguin is one of the most popular holiday destinations among Filipinos. The population consists of 97% very devout Christians, which sets the second smallest province of the Philippines apart from the rest of the Mindanao region. In addition, it has one of the lowest crime rates in the entire country.
After a short time, we realised that Southern Visayas is a great place to spend a holiday and we enthusiastically explored the beauty and diversity of “Camigen” (that’s how it’s pronounced).
By the time we left, we were sure:
Camiguin, we “come again”
Since then, the island has been considered an insider tip among the Coraya team and many of us have “fallen in love” with it over the last 10 years. In the meantime, the island’s own airport and the daily connections have made it much easier to get there.
Camiguin is a beautiful, tropical volcanic island with a lot of unspoilt charm and several attractions.
Off the coast of the Balai sa Baibai and Coraya Divers resort there is a large and snow-white sandbank that is constantly changing with the tides called “White Island”.
Another highlight is “Mantigue”, a small island that is very reminiscent of the Maldives and has a beautiful reef for diving and snorkelling. Both White Island and Mantigue are national parks where rangers make sure that the regulations for preserving the original beauty are observed.
Mantigue is one of the top dive sites: Turtles and schools of fish can always be found, as well as everything else you would expect from a tropical reef. Just like the other 15 or more dive sites that we visit by boat or minibus, our divers are usually alone in the water and do not have to share the spot with other boats.
The “Ardent Hotsprings”, the “Bura Soda Water” and “Cold Springs”, the “Tangub Hot Springs” and some breathtaking waterfalls offer numerous opportunities to cool down or warm up in the water as needed.
Countless nature hiking trails (up to climbing the Hibok-Hibok volcano or exploring the “Secret Paradise”) offer active people an attractive adventure playground.
Camiguin can also be explored by scooter for experienced two-wheelers. On request, the reception of the Balai sa Baibai resort can also provide a driver with a car, tuk tuk or multicab.
On a round trip around the island, there are many sights to visit, such as the Sunken Cemetary, the Mangrove Walk, the Camiguin Zipline* or the Hibok-Hibok Observatory*. No matter where you go, you will meet a friendly smile from the locals.
Overall, the island offers a variety of options that is second to none. Every day is guaranteed to bring a little adventure, which is then the basis for interesting conversations over a cocktail at our Sunset Bar.
Of course, Balai sa Baibai Resort also offers an alternative programme: simply relax by the pool, enjoy the sea from the sandy beach or be pampered with a massage in our spa at sunset.
*Currently not open yet
The Balai sa Baibai has been one of the top addresses on Camiguin for several years with the best ratings on international booking platforms. Among other projects, the Sea Glass Foundation originated here (a social project that combines keeping the seas clean with a job creation measure for the poorer part of the population). Through a combination of several fortunate circumstances, we got the chance to take over this beautiful resort for Coraya Divers: a real gem on the sole sandy beach of Camiguin, with a direct view of “White Island”.
With Roman and Alessandra, we found…..
As described, there is a lot more to experience on our small island besides diving, relaxation and good food.
With our adventure packages you have the possibility to get any activity you want to book with Coraya Divers Camiguin or the Balai sa Baibai at a lower price.
So look forward to a discount on diving, our wellness offers, the exciting excursions (on foot or by scooter) and much more!
The Adventure Packages are exclusively available in the booking section of our website.
Welcome to the Philippines, one of the most diverse diving destinations on the blue planet. The diversity of nature extends not only over waterfalls, volcanoes, jungles and rivers but also continues underwater with breathtaking beauty.
Camiguin, as an “island made of fire”, offers a combination of intact coral reefs, steep slopes of volcanic rock and rock formations that provide habitat for vibrant biodiversity.
Macro lovers and photographers get their money’s worth, and can marvel at rare species in almost every dive.
Coraya Divers Camiguin offers a variety of dive sites and excursions for beginners, experienced divers and snorkelers all around the island by boat or minibus.
From Balai sa Baibai Resort you go directly with lansdestypical outrigger boats to the nearby dive spots. The sites on the other side of the island can be easily dived from the beach after a short drive.
The highlights of the island like “White Island”, “Old Vulcano” and “Sunken Cemetery” are only 10-20 minutes boat ride away from the resort and are visited several times a week.
Our day trips to the “Mantique Island Nature Park” include a rich beach picnic and are not only a must for every diver but also an unforgettable experience for snorkelers.