08 July 2008

The Sunken Cemetery at Camiguin Island

I have been hearing about the Sunken Cemetery in tourist documentaries but have never found it interesting because for one thing, it's a cemetery! Diving into the cemetery sounded a lot like a spooky adventure to me.

But when a friend said that they were planning to go to Cagayan de Oro and then to Camiguin Island, my curiosity got the better of me. Why not? This can be the chance of a lifetime! Plus, there was a local movie named "Ouija" which featured beautiful Camiguin Island and the Sunken Cemetery. Suspense/horror theme notwithstanding, the scenery was enough to get anyone curious about the island.

We rented a jeepney to take us to the tourist spots, and the Sunken Cemetery was our final destination for that day. We wished to see the sunset there. As we descended the narrow steps towards the shore to take a banca ride going to the cross itself, there were a couple other local tourists about. And just like them, we were wondering where the film Ouija was shot. Wow, that film must have been very popular.

As our banca crossed the quick, less than 5-minute trip, I was half-imagining decomposing hands grasping the boat's edge, overturning it and dragging us to their watery grave. *shudder* Blame it on my increasing fascination with suspense/horror films.

We finally reached the cross and lingered about for some time while our other companions made their way as well. The water was crystal clear; you can actually see portions of the bottom. But the sun as already setting which created shadows beneath us. We returned to the mainland just as the sun started to set. It was a beautiful sight ... for a place that met a violent end with a volcano's unleashed fury.

Snorkeling (I haven't done any diving yet) would have raised the experience a couple of notches higher but sightseeing was all the time we had for the day...

Related links:
Province of Camiguin website
Story of the Sunken Cemetery


  1. Anonymous9:55 pm

    I could give my own opinion with your topic that is not boring for me.

  2. Lotto: care to give me the winning numbers so I can travel around the world? :-)

  3. Hay, sometimes I envy your lifestyle... movies, food, travel... nagtatrabaho ka pa ba? :D

  4. meowok: shhhh.... quiet! :-)

  5. Anonymous1:10 pm

    napanood ko yan sa Ouija. parang nakakatakot nga lumangoy-lumangoy sa ilalim nyan noh? malay ko ba kung andyan si magdang ahas! nyahahaha... yaaay! too much watching TV. lol!

    kamusta ka na kuya? na-miz ko dito ah! i saw the pictures nung EB nyo.. saya! :)

  6. rho: sikat talaga yung movie na yun ano? Punta ka rin kasi sa EB. Magkano lang naman ang ticket ng eroplano... hehehe

  7. Anonymous3:15 pm

    wala ka naman makikita sa ilalim watson, mga corals lang din at fishes, kse yung cemetery halos wala na, yung iba medyo malayo na sa cross...

    nice pics... :)

  8. "I was half-imagining decomposing hands grasping the boat's edge, overturning it and dragging us to their watery grave. *shudder*" - very harry potter, kulang na lang si dumbledore, tapos merong liquior na iinumin sa gitna hehehe.

  9. Breathtaking photos. What a coincidence. I saw a shot of this cross in another blog earlier and I was intrigued by the cross in the water. The site didn't include a write up about the photo so I had no clue where in the country it was shot. Thanks to your post, my curiosity has been satisfied.

  10. Gusto ko din pumunta dito, Nick!

  11. Lino: Sure ka ha? :-)

    Zherwin: bwahahaha oo nga ano?

    Rach: Our country truly has lots of beautiful sights!

    Doc: Kami nga rin e. Ang sarap siguro mag-stay ng at least three days.

  12. I lived Camiguin (Mambajao) for quite sometime during my college days as I have my auntie right there. I had been to a lot of tourist destination in the island but had never been into this sunken cemetery (at least you need to rent a boat just to reach this place). One day, I'll revisit this place again and take nice photos will all of those tourist spots I had visited in the past. I'll include this sunken cemetery, too.
    These are nice photos here, Nick, to remind of my days of youth in this paradise island. Thank you very much for sharing...

  13. Anonymous6:49 am

    Oh yes, I watched tha Ouija movie and got curious about the sunken Cemetery. It is certainly intriguing.

    I live your photos. Galing!


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