Camiguin Island Visitors Guide

Written by Patrick

This brief guide to Camiguin Island will let you know how to get there, what to do, eat, and drink, where to stay, and must-see spots.


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Though geographically small and void of high-rise buildings and large shopping malls, Camiguin Island has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mindanao.  It has several natural attractions that include springs, waterfalls, a sunken cemetery, protected areas, smaller islands with sandy beaches, and of course volcanoes which are abundant in the island.  It is therefore fitting that Camiguin is dubbed Island Born of Fire as volcanic eruptions as well as earthquakes centuries ago formed the unique landscape of Camiguin.  Additionally, it also has man-made attractions in the form of centuries-old churches, ancestral homes, and other heritage structures.

This charming and peaceful little island, the second smallest island in the Philippines, is a wonder to behold and continues to fascinate local and foreign tourists alike.


Camiguin Island Location Map

Best Time to Visit

It’s best to visit the Philippines during the dry season.  Dry season in the Philippines spans from November through April.  These are the summer months in this country.

Be aware that temperatures and humidity levels are particularly high in April and May.

The best time to be a beach bum and explore the islands is from March to May.

TIP:  This guide recommends that booking for Camiguin Island summer trips should be done as early as possible, at least a month before your travel dates, since resorts get fully booked early.

The period from June to October is the rainy (wet) season and is best avoided due to the high possibility of typhoons. The typhoons can not only be destructive, but most tours and activities are cancelled under such circumstances.  Transportation via plane and boat is also seriously impacted as well.  This happens frequently so beware!

This guide recommends traveling to Camiguin Island in April-May or in November-December, just before and just after the rainy season. This will likely bring fewer crowds, yet pleasant weather, and is also a great time to score a travel deal.

Fast Facts

Destination Name:
Camiguin Island
Local Time:
Best Time of Year to Visit:
December – May
Approximately 92,900
English, Tagalog, Cebuano, Kinamigin
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP click for exact exchange rate
Geographic Coordinates:
9°10′N 124°43′E
237.95 km2 (91.87 sq mi)
Neighboring Cities:
Neighboring Islands:
Bohol | Mindanao
Lightweight casuals
Catholicism (majority), Islam, Protestant
Best Known For:
Lanzones, volcanoes
Major Industries:
Fishing, agriculture, tourism
Standard voltage is 220V
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well. Bring A to B adapter(s).
International Phone Code:
Airport & Airport Code:
Bus Terminal(s):

Getting Here

There are many ways to get here depending on your starting point. The following are the major ports of entry for this destination.


Bus Terminal




Benoni Seaport

By Air

Camiguin is served by Camiguin Airport located in Mambajao.  Currently, Cebu Pacific offers direct flights from Cebu only.  Tourists from Manila and other cities in the country can take a connecting flight via Cebu.

Another option is to fly to Cagayan de Oro City (Laguindingan Airport) and take a van to Camiguin.  Cebu Pacific has multiple direct flights to Cagayan de Oro from Manila and Cebu (vice versa) while one direct flight from Iloilo and Davao (vice versa).  Philippine Airlines, on the other hand, offers multiple direct flights daily from Manila and Cebu only.

From Laguindingan Airport, proceed to Agora Terminal in Cagayan de Oro where you will find a ride to Balingoan Port.  At the terminal, take a bus or van to Balingoan Port which is around 3 hours away.  Travel time from the airport to the terminal is less than an hour and the fare is about P150 per person.

From Balingoan Port, book your ticket to Benoni Wharf in Camiguin.  Before boarding, make sure to pay the terminal fee and environmental fee which totals to around P10 ($0.20 USD).  The ferry ride costs between P130 ($2.6 USD) to P170 ($34 USD)  and the travel time is about 2 hours.  Alternatively, you can also take a ferry to Balbagon Port, also in Camiguin.

Once in Camiguin, you can then take a multicab, van, or jeep to take you to your destination or hotel.

By Sea

There are no ferries sailing directly to Camiguin from Manila or many other ports in the country.  The best option is to sail to Cagayan de Oro and take another ferry to Camiguin.

The schedule for the 2Go Manila-Cagayan de Oro route is every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday.  Travel time is around 27 to 30 hours and the fare ranges from P1500 ($30 USD) to P7,500 ($150 USD) depending on the type of accommodation and date of booking.

2Go Travel also has schedules to and from Bacolod, Cebu, and Iloilo.  Please see 2Go’s website for more information.

From the port, proceed to Agora Terminal in Cagayan de Oro where you will find a ride to Balingoan Port.  At the terminal, take a bus or van to Balingoan Port which is around 3 hours away.  Travel time from the airport to the terminal is less than an hour and the fare is about P150 per person.

From Balingoan Port, book your ticket to Benoni Wharf in Camiguin.  Before boarding, make sure to pay the terminal fee and environmental fee which totals to around P10 ($0.20 USD).  The ferry ride costs between P130 ($2.6 USD) to P170 ($3.4 USD)  and the travel time is about 2 hours.  Alternatively, you can also take a ferry to Balbagon Port, also in Camiguin.

Passengers from Jagna, Bohol can also sail directly to Balbagon Port, Camiguin via Super Shuttle.  The schedule for Jagna to Balbagon is at 2:30 PM daily while the return trip is at 9:30 PM.  Travel time is around 4 hours and the fare per person is P766 ($15.32 USD).

Once in Camiguin, you can then take a multicab, van, or jeep to take you to your destination or hotel.

Getting Around

The following are the modes of transportation available on Camiguin Island …



Car Rental

Car Rental







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Camiguin Island What to See Map


The following is your guide to places to see and activities to enjoy while on Camiguin Island.

1 | Ardent Hibok-Hibok Hot Spring

Located at the foot of Mount Hibok-Hibok, Ardent Hot Spring is one of the most popular volcanic springs in Camiguin.  It has several pools filled with sulfuric waters heated by Mount Hibok-Hibok.  With the water temperature ranging from 33°C to 40°C, taking a dip in one of the pools is surely a good way to end a tiring day exploring the island.

2 | Katibawasan Falls

Katibawasan is the tallest and most popular waterfall in the island.  It stands 76 meters and has a small pool at the base where you can take a refreshing dip.

3 | Mount Hibok-Hibok

This small island comprising five towns has seven volcanoes, and one of the most famous is Mount Hibok-Hibok.  It is one of the active volcanoes in the country but since it hasn’t erupted and shows no signs of activity since the 1950s, it has become a popular hiking destination for enthusiasts.  Reaching the peak can take three to four hours but the spectacular views are definitely worth it.

4 | Bura Natural Soda Water Park

The park surrounded by lush greenery has a swimming pool with natural streaming water that used to have a fizzy taste like soda.  It is where the resort got its name from.  Over time the taste of the water changed to freshwater but it remains a popular destination to have a refreshing dip.

5 | Sto. Niño Cold Spring

Apart from hot springs, there’s a natural cold spring on the island too.  The cool water filling the large pool and smaller pools for children flows down from Mount Mambajao.  The temperature of the water is around 20°C, perfect for a refreshing dip especially during hot summer days.

6 | Sunken Cemetery

Camiguin’s Sunken Cemetery is an iconic landmark of a big white cross in the water.  The cross commemorates the cemetery driven underwater when Mount Vulcan erupted in the 1870s.  Tourists can take a short boat trip to the cross and those who are more adventurous can explore the water and see old tombstones encrusted by corals.

7 | Tangub Hot Spring

Tangub Hot Spring is located on the shore close to the Sunken Cemetery but you won’t even know that it’s there since it is in the sea and the area surrounding it is undeveloped.  The hot spring is partly visible only during low tide or when scuba diving or snorkeling.

8 | White Island

While it’s called White Island, this beautiful destination off the coast of Camiguin Island is actually not an island but a white sandbar in the middle of pristine waters.  You can take a short boat trip to the spot and lounge on the sand or swim in the shallow part of the water.  There are no trees, sheds, or any kind of structure to take shelter from so best to go in the morning or rent a beach umbrella from locals selling snacks in the area.

9 | Ancestral Houses and Churches

If you are charmed by centuries-old houses and churches, then you’re in for a treat in Camiguin. There’s Santo Rosario Church in 1882 where it’s facade is considered an Important Cultural Property of the Philippines.  Of course let’s not forget the old Bonbon Church of Catarman, also called Gui-ob Church.  Like the Sunken Cemetery, the church was destroyed during a volcanic eruption in the 1870s.  What remains of the old church is the upper part of the structure which is now covered with moss and grass.

10 | Protected Areas

The Philippines is blessed with natural resources which ought to be protected by the government and concerned groups to prevent deterioration.  Camiguin has their own share of those natural resources.  The Timpoong and Hibok-Hibok Natural Monument is the island’s only remaining forest and houses some endemic and endangered flora and fauna.  The Giant Clam Sanctuary is inhabited by various species of giant clams and corals while Mantigue Island Nature Park is a sanctuary for sea turtles, corals, and several other marine life.

NOTE: The Lanzones Festival occurs annually in Camiguin Island the 3rd week of October.


Food in Kurma Kitchen on Camiguin Island

Caption: Food in Kurma Kitchen on Camiguin Island | Image Source


The following is your guide to the flavorful food to enjoy and restaurants to try while on Camiguin Island.

1 | Casa Roca Inn Restaurant

Aside from being a full service inn, Casa Roca Inn has a restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks.  They take pride in serving the freshest meals and ever-changing specials based on the available resources.  The restaurant has a serene and relaxing ambience overlooking the sea. It’s a great spot to watch the sunset while enjoying wine, cocktail, or ice cold beer.

2 | Checkpoint Food Palace

Checkpoint offers various local dishes including silog meals and grilled meats which even foreign tourists find delicious.  The generous serving, reasonable prices, and great service make this restaurant one of the most loved restaurants in Camiguin.  Try their seafood platter, vegetable tempura, and fruit shakes.

3 | Guerrera Restaurant

Serving a mixed of Asian cuisines, Guerrera Restaurant takes the farm-to-table concept seriously by using fresh ingredients harvested from their own backyard.  The restaurant stands in the middle of the rice field and offers scenic views of both Mount Hibok-Hibok and the sea.  Try their Tom kha Gai, Bahn mi, Chicken Rendang, and calamansi tart.

4 | Hayahay Cafe

Hayahay Cafe has a selection of healthy dishes with vegan and vegetarian options.  It offers smoothie bowls, shakes, vegetable meals, and hot teas.  With all the delicious foods, good service, and cozy ambience, this little cafe is truly a gem on the island.

5 | J&A Fishpen

Want to fish for your own meal? J&A Fishpen is the place to be! The restaurant is located on the edge of a lagoon where you can fish from the restaurant’s terrace and have the restaurant cook what you caught. Eating here means eating seafood fresh from the water.

6 | Kurma Kitchen

The restaurant at Eco Beach Lodge, Kurma promotes healthy living by offering healthy dishes made from fresh local ingredients.  With its friendly ambience and tasty dishes, customers keep coming back to Kurma to enjoy what it offers.  While coconut burger is the most popular, other dishes are equally worth trying.

7 | La Dolce Vita

Based on the restaurant’s name, you never have to guess what it offers.  This restaurant in front of Camiguin Airport has a selection of Italian antipasti, homemade pasta, pizza, and some other European dishes.  It’s best known for its brick oven pizza and their desserts, particularly tiramisu, are great too.

8 | The Beehive Driftwood Cafe

This seaside restaurant with a rustic setup is a great destination for coffee, ice cream, and sunset.  The structure is mostly made of wood with wooden furniture and native decors.  Try their dragon fruit ice cream and Macadamia nut coffee.

KNOWN FOR: Pastel, a soft bun filled with sweet custard (yema).


Nouveau Resort on Camiguin Island

Caption: Nouveau Resort on Camiguin Island | Image Source


There are many different types of accommodations available in this destination ranging from hostels to luxurious resorts. The following is your guide to our top choices for each range on Camiguin Island.

1 | Marianita’s Cottages (Budget)

2 | Camiguin Island Golden Sunset Beach (Mid-Range)

3 | Nouveau Resort (Luxury | Resort)

This guide recommends using the following sites to conduct research online of where to stay on Camiguin Island or for a specific destination:

Book your room with these trusted online booking sites.  Booking online in the Philippines almost always guarantees the best price and a room when you arrive.  We use these sites frequently to get the best prices and enjoy convenient bookings. Click each of the buttons below to find the best place for you at the lowest rates:

TIP: Nouveau Resort is the best property to experience this destination.

Katibawasan Falls on Camiguin Island

Caption: Katibawasan Falls on Camiguin Island


Suggested Budget

Use the chart below to get an idea of how much to budget daily.  Actual amounts will depend on YOUR travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages … some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less. Prices are in USD.

Accommodation: $12
Food: $8
Transportation: $5
Attractions: $25
Average Daily Cost: $50
Accommodation: $35
Food: $15
Transportation: $10
Attractions: $30
Average Daily Cost: $90
Accommodation: $145
Food: $35
Transportation: $20
Attractions: $40
Average Daily Cost: $240

Travel Costs


A bed in a hostel dorm costs from 400 PHP ($8 USD), but smaller dorms can cost from 500 PHP ($10 USD).  For a private double, prices start around 700 PHP ($14 USD).

Most budget hotels begin at 700 PHP ($14 USD) per night for a double room and usually include free wifi and breakfast.  For a three-star hotel, prices begin around 1,400 PHP ($28 USD) per night.  AirBnB is also widespread throughout the country, with private rooms starting from as little as 500 PHP ($10 USD) per night.  For entire apartments, expect to pay at least 1,400 PHP ($28 USD) per night.

Resorts and luxury accommodations vary greatly from 1,400 PHP ($28 USD) to 5,000+ PHP ($100+ USD).  However, there are some really nice resorts and luxury accommodations which are surprisingly affordable.

We use and recommend booking online to save money using HostelWorldAgoda, and Expedia


Local food is extremely cheap, with street food costing under 50 PHP ($1USD).  For an inexpensive meal at a local restaurant, prices start around 100 PHP ($2 USD).  For a meal at a mid-range restaurant with drinks and table service, expect to pay from 200 PHP ($4 USD).  Knowing that their target customers are primarily tourists, Western food venues can be pricey compared to Filipino food.  Also, some of the ingredients need to be imported, which contributes to the higher cost. Western food (burgers, pizza, pasta, etc.) is much more expensive but is still relatively affordable at around 200 PHP ($4 USD) for a meal and drink.

Fast food like McDonalds will cost around 200 PHP ($4 USD).  A beer at the bar will cost around 50-100 PHP ($1–2 USD).

A week’s worth of groceries will cost between 300-600 PHP ($6-12 USD) per person.  However, food in this country is so inexpensive, and kitchens & refrigerators are hard to come by, I don’t recommend cooking your meals here since there is plenty of delicious street food to eat at very cheap prices. You won’t make it as good as they do and the food is too delicious to miss!


There are many modes of transportation available in the Philippines and each varies greatly. 

Public Transportation is cheap.  Bus services on the islands are inexpensive.  Local buses (called jeepneys) are the most common type of transportation in towns and cities. The fare is usually between 10-25 PHP ($.20–.50 USD).

On islands without a bus system, a taxi or tricycle is the only form of transport with fares starting at 50-500 PHP ($1-$10) USD for short trips. 

Taxis are everywhere, and they’re very cheap.  Most fares shouldn’t cost you more than 500 PHP ($10 USD) around town.  

To get between islands, you’ll need to take a boat or to fly.  There are ferries that connect the island together since they aren’t too far apart but, generally speaking, flights are the most realistic option. 

Flights between islands usually cost about 2,000-3500 PHP ($40-70 USD).  However, this isn’t the cheapest way to travel.  It’s only recommended if you have limited time. 

We recommend booking online to save money using: WayAway, Kiwi or Expedia.

Attractions & Activities

Most attractions and activities in the Philippines are pretty cheap. Most attractions throughout the area are FREE to enter, though some of the more well known and popular ones cost 5-100 PHP ($.10-$2 USD) to enter. 

Depending on the activity, most day tours only cost around 1,000-1,500 PHP ($20-30 USD), oftentimes less.  You have more bargaining power if you go with a group. If you are expecting to do some climbing, remember to pack some warm layers. It gets cold at the top!  

Other activities such as Island Hopping, scuba diving, helmet diving, swimming with whale sharks, jungle trekking, canyoning, ATVs, jet skis, wakeboarding, cruises, parasailing, horseback riding, cultural experiences, and tours can cost as much as 1,250-5,000+ PHP ($25-100+ USD).

The Philippines is one of the least expensive places to learn how to scuba dive. Learning to scuba dive usually costs about 15,000-20,000 PHP ($300-400 USD), but often includes FREE accommodation for the duration of the course, which lasts three or four days.

Always book your tours and activities when you arrive.  Stick to travel agents who are selling on the ground. If a travel agent won’t negotiate with you, move on to the next until you find one that will.  Booking tours online is almost always more expensive. 

Typical Costs on Camguin Island in 2024:

  • Hostel Dorm Bed: 450-950 PHP ($8–17 USD) night
  • Budget Hotel:  900-1400 PHP ($16-25 USD) night
  • Mid-Range Hotel:  1500 PHP ($26 USD) night
  • Street Food: 70-200 PHP ($1.25–4 USD) meal
  • Restaurant Meals: 400-600 PHP ($7–10 USD) meal
  • Local Beer: 50-100 PHP ($1–2 USD) bottle
  • 1.5L Bottle of Water: 38 PHP ($.75 USD) bottle
  • Jeepney Ride: 13-25 PHP ($.26–.50 USD) ride
  • Tricycle Ride:  20-100 PHP ($.4-2 USD) ride
  • Public Ferry Ride: 130-800 PHP ($3–16 USD) ride
  • Domestic Flight: 2,000-3,500 PHP ($40–70 USD) flight
  • Island-Hopping: 1,500-2,500 PHP ($27-48 USD) trip

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White Island near Camiguin Island

Caption: White Island near Camiguin Island


The following is some of our best advice on traveling to Camiguin Island.  Learn what you need to know BEFORE you go!

Tips & Hacks

he following are our Top 10 Tips when visiting this destination in the Philippines:

  • Be aware that a tourist VISA is only 30 days. You can extend it upon arrival, or within the first 30 days, for an additional 30 days for a fee of approximately 3,000 pesos.
  • Don’t buy into the fear factor. The Philippines has an unjustified reputation of being a dangerous place. It’s true there are security guards everywhere, but that is to deter theft.
  • Manila is NOT the Philippines. Get outside of the cities to see the real Philippines.
  • Don’t over plan. Boats, buses, and even airplane schedules are notoriously unreliable. Be flexible.
  • Check the weather. The weather varies greatly throughout the Philippines daily.
  • Typhoons can have a huge impact on your plans. Account for this when planning your trip.
  • It’s not cool to raise your voice or show outward frustration in public.
  • Be polite at all times. Realize that your country’s sense of humor may be different from Filipino humor and take this into account when interacting with Filipinos and while in public places.
  • Things move at a slower pace. Accept it … don’t get frustrated … but do account for it.
  • Don’t drink the tap water… but stay hydrated! Save money by buying large bottles (6-10 liters) of water and using it to fill your water bottle or hydration bladder in your backpack.

For a complete list of our travel tips & hacks, check out the following guide and be sure to download a FREE copy for yourself.

VIEW & DOWNLOAD: The Ultimate Travel Tips & Hacks Guide for the Philippines

Money Matters

The Philippines has its own currency called the Philippine Peso. Banks, ATMs, and money-changers can be found on the island. If you are exploring the neighboring islands or provinces, make sure to bring enough cash that will last until the next time you get to an ATM or bank since most tours, transportation, and budget accommodations only accept cash.

READ MORE: Money in the Philippines: Everything You Need to Know

Health & Safety


While overall the Philippines is a safe country to visit, as is Camiguin Island, you need to use common sense just as you would in any country, especially when traveling, and in a city, town, or area you are unfamiliar with.

Consult your hotel or resort front desk as they are more likely to give you reliable information than a random stranger on the street. Be careful when approaching strangers and selective about who you approach. Always pay attention to your gut feeling and follow it.

READ MORE: How to Avoid Scams & Thieves in the Philippines


There are many things to consider when traveling in order to stay safe … things that we may not be accustomed to during our normal everyday lives. The following are articles about tips on how to stay safe while traveling in the Philippines:

TIP: The best way to avoid problems and stay safe is to travel with a local resident.


Staying fit & healthy can be challenging when traveling in the Philippines. 

The tropical Philippines climate requires you to prepare for illnesses that you may not normally be accustomed to. 

The following are our Top 10 Tips for Staying Healthy while Traveling in the Philippines:

  • Maintain a Balanced Diet
  • Stay Hydrated but Only Drink Bottled Water
  • Get Plenty of Rest
  • Allow Your Body Time to Adjust 
  • Keep Active
  • Sanitize Often 
  • Be Aware of Food Safety Concerns
  • Take Your Vitamins
  • Practice Safe Sex
  • Be Prepared Should You Get Sick

READ MORE: Stay Healthy in the Philippines: How to Avoid Getting Sick

Staying Connected

You need to have a local-based SIM card in order to stay connected when in the Philippines. Network giants such as Globe and Smart have SIM cards you can use to make calls, send text messages, and also to connect to the Internet. A SIM card costs around 50 PHP ($1 USD) and usually comes with a FREE load worth 50 PHP ($1 USD). You can buy a card containing a code you can enter on your phone to replenish your load or buy an electronic load that is available almost anywhere in the city.

While you may not have problems with signal strength when in the city, it is not always the case when on islands or in remote areas of a province.  So when arranging for transportation pick up, say when renting a boat to take you to and pick you up from the island, it would be best that you make it clear what time you need to be picked up before the boatman leaves.

Recommended Travel Apps

Apps for smartphones and tablets can be useful both before you leave and while you’re traveling.  Most are available for iPhones and Android phones.

The following are our Top 10 most useful travel apps on our smartphones when traveling in the Philippines:

  1. Grab (taxis/ride shares)
  2. Get Your Guide (tours & tickets)
  3. WhatsApp (phone calls)
  4. WayAway (flights)
  5. 12Go (transportation)
  6. Agoda (accommodations)
  7. Expedia (accommodations & Flights)
  8. Hostelworld (accommodations)
  9. Kiwi (flights)
  10. Klook (attractions & activities )

Be certain to download and set up apps BEFORE leaving on your trip to make certain each is installed and working properly.

For our complete list of travel apps that we use and recommend while traveling in the Philippines, checkout our checklist below.  Download a FREE copy for yourself as a PDF.

READ MORE: The Ultimate List of Travel Apps for the Philippines


Trying to decide what to do when traveling to a destination for the first time can be a bit overwhelming given your lack of familiarity with the place along with all of the available options. 

We’ve created the following itinerary to help simplify the process and ensure that you get the most out of your trip.  Although we provide a 7 day itinerary for this destination, it can always be adjusted to fit the length of your trip.

VIEW: Camiguin Island 7-Day Travel Itinerary

Packing Checklist

The secret to a successful and stress-free trip is to start by using a packing list.  This will reduce anxiety from the start and ensure that nothing important is forgotten when packing.   To make this process easy for you, we’ve created a detailed packing list.  Click the link below to download it for FREE now. 

Carrying your checklist with you during your travels can be useful when repacking, by helping to ensure that you do not leave anything behind.

VIEW & DOWNLOAD: Our Ultimate Packing Guide & Checklist

Things to Remember

This guide recommends to take note of the following while traveling on Camiguin Island or in the Philippines in general.


There is a nationwide ban which prohibits smoking in public places including indoors, the streets, on sidewalks, in restaurants , and on public transportation, requiring smokers to use designated smoking areas.  Selling tobacco to and purchasing from or for minors is also prohibited. Violators are subject to fines (up to 5,000 PHP | $100 USD) and even 4 months in prison.


The minimum legal drinking age is 18.  Alcohol such as beer and hard drinks can easily be bought in grocery and convenience stores.  The most common alcoholic beverage is beer, generally served cold.  Local alcoholic drinks include tuba (coconut wine which is usually very strong) and potent moonshine-like clear liquors made from sugar or fruit.  Imported beer, wine, and name brand hard alcohol are available but expensive.


Drugs are illegal in the Philippines.  Don’t use, buy, or sell any non-prescription drugs while in the Philippines … not even marijuana.  It is considered an especially heinous crime to buy from, for, or sell drugs to children.  The penalties are severe … up to and including death.


Public nudity is illegal in the Philippines and is not tolerated.  Most locals consider it offensive.  There are laws which prohibit provocative and erotic clothing and swimwear, therefore carefully consider your clothings and swimwear choices to make certain they are not too revealing.

Foreigners & Expats

If you are not a Filipino citizen, remember that you are a guest when visiting this country … be certain to act accordingly.  Respect the people, their customs, and the environment and wlidlife. You can be deported and banned … so behave … but have fun and enjoy all that this wonderful destination has to offer.

READ MORE: Practical Information about the Philippines



I always carry a Camelbak Hydration Pack with me when traveling. Not only does it allow me to pack all my daily gear and snacks, but it also has a 3-liter water bladder which holds enough water to get me through the entire day.

Bluetooth Speaker

Compact yet mighty, a bluetooth speaker setup is a breeze, and the sound quality it delivers for its size is nothing short of impressive. Beyond its audio prowess, it boasts exceptional durability, making it an ideal companion for outdoor adventures.

UV Shirt

UV Shirt is an essential when travelling in a tropical country. Providing reliable protection during long hours in the water, not only comfortable but also ensures a secure shield against the elements.

Snorkel Gear

For my island-hopping escapades, a snorkel gear set has become indispensable. Designed to enhance the joy of snorkeling and free diving, each piece ensures comfort and functionality. Together, they create an immersive and enjoyable underwater experience.

Adventure Camera

As a long-time enthusiast of GoPro cameras, I can attest to their user-friendly nature, excellent image stabilization, and impressive footage quality. Waterproof and rugged, the GoPro is my reliable companion for capturing adventures in any environment.

Aqua Shoes

When it comes to beach footwear, aqua shoes offer exceptional support, breathability, and overall comfort. Well-crafted and sturdy, it provides effective protection against rocky terrain, quick drying for added convenience, and easy maintenance. A must-have for any outdoor enthusiast.


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About the Author


Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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