Camiguin © Allan Donque
The tiny island of Camiguin on the north coast of Mindanao is renowned for the friendliness of its people, epitomised in its lively annual festival dedicated to the humble lanzones fruit, which also happens to be one of the island's major sources of income. Fruity and friendly this pear-shaped island certainly is, but it also has some other attractions to recommend it: there are no less than seven volcanoes, some still active; a multitude of hot springs; stunning beaches and offshore islets; and a spring that emanates natural soda water.
The island has 35 resorts and plenty of restaurants. Mambajao is the capital, situated on the north coast. Popular pursuits on the island (apart from enjoying the beaches) include climbing Mount Hibok-Hibok, an active volcano that last erupted in 1951 leaving a death toll of 500; snorkelling through the sunken cemetery at the barrio of Bonbon; reading gravestones that were submerged in a volcanic eruption in 1871; and taking a swim at Ardent Hot Springs, inland from Mambajao.
The island was discovered by the Spanish in 1521 and there are many impressive colonial homes, buildings and churches remaining on the island. Two of the best churches to visit, if you can tear yourself away from the beaches, are the Santa Rosario Church in Sagay, and the San Nicolas de Tolentino Church in Mambajao.
Transport: There is regular sea and air transportation available from Cebu