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Diving in Camiguin

"Island Born of Fire", Camiguin is the second smallest island of the Philippines in area and in population and yet it offers a lot to travellers. In this island, you can create your own adventure, whether it is visiting the old ruins, swimming in refreshing springs or in my case diving.

I have already visited Camiguin 9 years ago with my mother but then I was doing the usual day tour around the island. This time around was different. First my mom is not around travelling with me (she worries when I dive even when I swim in the deep) and second because I am a diver.

We stayed at Camiguin Action Geckos Dive and Adventure Resort. It was a popular place to stay for divers and even non-divers (they are top 1 in TripAdvisor for hotels in Mambajao). Unfortunately, we arrived a day late because of the change in ferry schedules from Jagna Port to Balbagon Port, before it used to leave Bohol around 1:00 PM and from Camiguin 8:00 PM but this time the ferry left Bohol 8:00 AM and I arrived 12:30 at Jagna. It was sad to not have enough time in Camiguin.

I was only limited to a dive (disadvantages of having a normal 9-5 job) and since we had to leave before noon, we decided to dive in White Island. The sandbar is roughly 10 minutes away from the resort.

White Island is an upper reef slope. The site is a Japanese garden with dense coral growth and diversity. It offers a forest of black corals on white sand. Common marine life seen are Sting rays, Moray Eel, Lion Fish, Frog Fish, Ribbon Eels, Orange (Cerianthus) Tube Anemones and Sea Snakes.

Depth: 6-20m.

Visibility: 10m.

Current: Strong

Temperature: 25° C

We got lucky during the dive, saw 4 green sea turtles and a hawksbill turtle. I never expected to see that much in one dive. The dive instructor said that it is still a good place to dive because Camiguin is not commercialised like in Bohol. It took only this dive to convince me to go back to Camiguin. Next time I will not miss Mantigue Island.

If you are not into diving, do not worry, Camiguin has something for you.



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Paula is a registered nurse turned model/marketer who recently crossed over to the non-profit industry.After surviving the Ormoc Tragedy of 1991, one of the worst floods in the Philippines, and the bullying during her childhood, she is an active liberal changemaker based in Cebu City, where she is currently working for RARE Philippines as an associate for Partnerships. She contributes in increasing public interest about the different causes such as gender equality, youth empowerment and environmental conservation.From January-June 2015, she volunteered for Fundlife International, assisting in the cultivation of potential of children who survived Typhoon Haiyan and expanding the opportunities for partnership with other organisations. Her aim is to help carry out positive social change that would allow children to dream beyond social injustices and protect the environment.As a passionate SDI Advanced Adventure Diver, she represented the Philippines during the Miss Scuba International 2013 pageant in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia on Dec. 20 where she placed 1st runner-up.During days off, you can find her exploring the offbeat roads of unpopular destinations, helping organisations make the world a better place or prowling across the worldwide web in search for new recipes, unique adventures and good reads.She is a pragmatic dreamer who sees each day is an opportunity to reach our maximum potential, inspire others to act and love life more.



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