Sunday, May 27, 2007

one last look

here's a little volcanic island near my place that my family frequent when we get together. it is called camiguin. the locals would take pride in telling you that camiguin means "come again". rich in natural resources, which include sulfur deposits, geothermal energy, agricultural lands and fishing grounds. it is said to be "Born of Fire" with its seven active volcanoes. this amazing island is one of the top tourist destinations in the philippines. it has also one of the best diving spots in the country and is believed to be my country's most beautiful island paradise.


camiguin island is an all-in-one tourist destination. if you go round the island you can make it in a day with just 238 sq. kilometers in land area. it has a variety of destinations you can choose from. but as this trip is my family's fourth trip back here (mine 6th), we just went to our favorite spots as time is of the essence.



if you wanna go mountain climbing, mt. hibuk-hibuk at 1250 meters above sea level will enchant you. at the summit, you will find a lake and steam outlets where you can also have a panoramic view of the entire island.(1st pix)

my son scott, saw this beautiful blue star fish at the white island

the white island is an uninhabited sandbar and constantly changes its form depending on the tides and weather condition. it has a magnificent view of mount hibuk-hibuk. just a 10-minute banka (wooden small boat) ride from where we stayed.

can you read it???















some freaky shots at *ardent hot spring (night time). can you see the glare?





*ardent hot spring is a mineral pool with its water coming from the dormant mt. hibuk-hibuk volcano. this is the usual place where we spend the night but at that time it was *"snowing camille" and we got two babies with us so we found another place to stay. it turned out to be the gateway to the white island (this black beach).










*katibawasan falls, a 70m waterfall will invite you for a chill and so with a couple cold springs.











vina and arvin ros




*the ruins of a century old church










hey bing, no need to bring bottles!!!






*camille tree similar to cotton with its cotton-like pollens i call it snowing camille












scott behind the cam


there is so much to this island i could go on and on...but most of all i should say that the place is world class but cheap to stay. and the people are friendly.

just one last look at this amazing island for this year that is.
and once again i will leave my foot prints in the sand...



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28 comments:

`NEFTY said...

Looks nice... Although I wouldn't like to live near a volcano=P

curryegg said...

Shnaggy! Those photos are beautiful! Hope that I'll be there. And I really love the blue star fish! I never seen this before and thanks for sharing it with us. Nice kookie arrangement with shells!

falcon116 said...

WWAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH....WHY DID YOU GO WITHOUT ME??????????

Keshi said...

awww how beautiful a place u have lived in! I cant believe that star fish is for real.

Keshi.

Carol said...

It looks such a beautiful place..I went on a tour to a Volcanic Island in The Solomon Islands around 14 years ago.For some reason these islands are just awesome with nature, the sand white as snow, and lush greenery..I wasn't game enough to take the walk into the volcano.Instead I chose to feast on Island delicacies.

Thanks for sharing these wonderful pics..:)

Rajeev said...

WOW!! that is sucha nice place! :)
ur lucky! :(

btw i had never seen a star fish before :D

hehe

peace & love
jeevy

annulla said...

Your photos are stunning! I've never seen anything like that bright blue star fish. Looks as though you had a wonderful visit to the island.

magiceye said...

wow..........a great holiday for sure!!

Ash said...

Looks like a great place!!
Excellent photos....

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Cris said...

I would love to there... that fine sand is so inviting!

antonior said...

A volcanic wonder! Beautifull place and stimulating photos. Thank you for showing it.
Greetings.
I´ll be back

Priyanka Sarkar said...

wow!!!some adveture i daresay!!!
wish i cud go to such a place for once:(

lemonade said...

hey snaggy..would like to start the work on ur templae if u still want it..
so mail me at withnowheretogo@gmail.com and we'll talk,ok?

also found another pug themed site..thought u'd like to see it
www.lepug.com
bye..! :)

Moi said...

beautiful pictures of a beautiful place......loved the entire collection...the blue star fish caught my attention...never seen one like that before...thanx for sharing :)

Spidey said...

Wow that all looks so awesome and beautiful...!

Lotus Reads said...

Shnaggy, thank you for these beautiful pictures! How lucky you are to live close to all that amazing beauty! I have always wanted to visit the Phillipines...when I finally do decide to come there, I hope you will let me know the "must-sees". For now, I will just enjoy these wonderful, wonderful snapshots!

Nabeel said...

the star fish is truly beautiful .. woww .. and it is also a big one. Great capture :) and the island looks cool, something from Pirates of the Caribbean.

david santos said...

Fantastic images, what test that the Phillipino is a very pretty Country, congratulations

Keshi said...

Hope ur doing good Shnaggy...miss ya!

Keshi.

Princess Banter said...

Though I don't think I'd enjoy living near a volcano... I sure would love to live near a beach that beautiful!

Carol said...

How are you Sheila I am back from my holiday, how is Kookie..

shammu said...

Hi Shnaggy!!

Helloo Kookiee!!!!

Hope you are doing fine!!!! I am still in doha, would be leaving the coming weeek!!
Takecare!!

curryegg said...

Hey shnaggy. How are you lately? Never hear any new from you lately.. Miss your stories..

Rajeev said...

hey hope ur doing great at ur new home/city.
we miss U

peace & love
Jeevy

Spidey said...

Thanks for sharing the photos!

`NEFTY said...

Hey buddy, where are you!?

Carol said...

Hi Sheila, just checking in on you how are you and Kookie?