Sunken Cemetery - Camiguin

Sunken Cemetery is one of the most popular and most visited tourist sites in the province of Camiguin. It is located in Barrio Bonbon, Catarman in the island province of Camiguin in the Philippines. The Sunken Cemetery is known by many as the giant cross that protrudes on the sea.

Sunken Cemetery
Sunken Cemetery

Sunken Cemetery details

Sunken Cemetery - Catarman, Camiguin
Sunken Cemetery - Catarman, Camiguin

Delving into the intriguing history of the Sunken Cemetery unveils a captivating narrative rooted in the tumultuous events of the past. Originally designated as the official cemetery of the former capital of Camiguin, this hallowed ground underwent a profound transformation during the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vulcan in 1871. The convulsive forces of nature, unleashed during this volcanic event, caused a significant portion of the capital, including the town's cemetery, to succumb to the depths of the sea.

The best time to visit is during the summer when the sea is mostly calm

In a poignant tribute to the submerged remnants of a once-thriving community, a monumental cross emerged from the ashes of destruction. Crafted from solidified lava, this imposing structure was erected in 1982 to serve as a solemn marker, commemorating the site of the erstwhile community cemetery. Standing as a testament to both the resilience of the island's inhabitants and the capricious nature of geological forces, the Sunken Cemetery's towering cross stands as a poignant symbol of remembrance, echoing the historical echoes of a bygone era.

This is how far I was able to go. Someday, I'll make sure to bring the proper attire to snorkel around the cross 

Scientific research shows that the area where the cemetery now lies has been sinking deeper due to tectonic movements.

Sunken Cemetery of Camiguin
Today, the Sunken Cemetery offers tourists a unique diving or snorkeling experience. Sadly for me though, It was high noon when my wife and I visited the Sunken Cemetery. We managed to take pictures but we did not try going near the big cross due to the unforgiving heat of the sun.

Team Nicerio visits the Sunken Cemetery

Team Nicerio visits the Sunken Cemetery

Team Nicerio visits the Sunken Cemetery
If you want to go to the cross you have to ride a banca like this.

Sunken Cemetery Entrance Fee

It's FREE to go to and explore the beach near the Sunken Cemetery but if you wish to go near and "touch" the giant cross, you could rent a banca which costs P100.

Sunken Cemetery Operating Hours

The Sunken Cemetery welcomes visitors around the clock, operating on a 24/7 basis. It's important to note, however, that boat rentals, an integral part of the experience, are exclusively available during daylight hours.

Due to safety considerations, boat rides are not offered during adverse weather conditions. This precaution ensures the well-being of visitors and boat operators alike. Therefore, it is advisable to plan your visit accordingly, taking into account the daytime availability of boat rentals and being mindful of weather conditions for a secure and enjoyable exploration of the Sunken Cemetery.

Why visit Sunken Cemetery?

The Sunken Cemetery of Camiguin is not your typical tourist destination. It gives you a unique glimpse of what others describe as the "Atlantis of the Philippines".

Getting to the Sunken Cemetery

Several airline companies provide flights to Cagayan de Oro Airport, also known as Laguindingan Airport. Upon arrival, a convenient option is to take a van to Agora Market, with a fare of P200. From Agora Market, another van journey awaits, transporting you to Balingoan Port in Cagayan de Oro, priced at P150.

At Balingoan Port, embark on a fast craft bound for Benoni Port in Camiguin, with fares ranging from P550 to P750. Upon reaching Benoni Port, a diverse array of transportation options awaits you for exploring the captivating island of Camiguin.

It is advisable to engage in a bit of negotiation before securing transportation services to ensure a fair deal. Options include motorcycles, available at a daily rate of P400 to P500, motorelas (tricycles) priced between P800 and P1000 per day, or multicabs, with a daily rental fee ranging from P1500 to P1700.

In our particular case, we opted for the convenience of a prearranged tour. We secured a multicab rental, enabling us to explore the province at our own pace for two memorable days.




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  1. Awesome post as always man, haha. You're really good at this man, definitely deserving of a job in the field.

    If you got oral skills I would HIGHLY recommend your own DVD (you can print them on CreateSpace)

    1. Thanks once again pal. =)

      About the oral skills... hmmm I guess hiring someone would be a wiser idea hahaha.


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