Camiguin really packs a punch. It is labelled both as a volcanic island and the smallest province in Northern Mindanao, but what’s ironic about this place is that it’s full of worthwhile tourist destinations that can be accessed without much effort required.
The SunkenCemetery is one of them; an ancestral burial ground that was washed out to sea during the eruption of a volcano in the 1800s. The catch is that it has become a dare or challenge of some sort that one must conquer.
We were so captivated by the notion of snorkeling in the Sunken Cemetery, so there was not the slightest hesitation on our part. The plan was to comb the underwater scene and look for tell-tale signs of the wrath of Mt. Vulcan.
To be honest with you, it’s not really a big deal for us. It’s been there for a couple of centuries already, so chances are there won’t be any traces of human remains left. But the mind prefers to imagine an intact underwater grave full of cadavers,
It truly is a treasure trove of wonders just waiting to be unraveled. To be able to swim over cemetery structures, encroaching corals and their fishy residents was a surreal display. It really messed with our thoughts and emotions. It was also a first for us to swim in a sunken cemetery just for the hell of it.
Let us now share with you our experience there in chronological order. First, we rented a motorcycle going around the island and this happened to be one of our to-do list. When we entered its gates, we were automatically charged P10 for the parking fee. Souvenir stalls lined the pathway leading to the viewing deck of the Sunken Cemetery in Camiquin. We were unsatisfied with just a visual of the cross marker that replaced the original one that was destroyed, that’s why we decided to rent an outrigger boat to transport us to the monument itself for a minimum fee of P100 only.