Camiguin, also known as the "Island born of Fire," will open its doors to tourists starting October 25; this will also be its first time opening to visitors since the pandemic started, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced.
Located in the Bohol Sea, about 10 km off the northern coast of Mindanao, the Island born of Fire got its name from the volcanic eruptions that shaped the province.
To boost the travelers' confidence to go to Camiguin, the DOT and the local government unit (LGU) of Camiguin ramp up the vaccination drive of the province's tourism workers.
Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat expressed her gratitude towards the officials of Camiguin LGU and other partners for their support in the Department's efforts to protect tourism frontliners.
"With a healthy and 100 percent protected workforce, we are optimistic that we can provide greater focus on the task of recovery, and bring the fun back to tourism in Camiguin," she added.
Puyat also noted that the province of Camiguin has administered vaccines to a total of 3,071 tourism workers or 67% of its identified 4,591 active workers.
The vaccination roll-out led by the DOT and the Camiguin Provincial Government aims to vaccinate the remaining 1,543 to achieve a 100% inoculation rate for tourism workers in the province by the end of October.
Furthermore, through the DOT Region 10 Office various initiatives were implemented to support tourism in Camiguin, such as:
- the production of promotional and safety materials
- the Tourism in the New Normal Series highlighting Camiguin's accredited tourism establishments
- the Travelogue Series promoting the beautiful spots of Camiguin
- the Mindanao Tourism Circuit development to promote intraregional and interregional travel in Mindanao
Camiguin may be a small province, but it is full of a wide-array of tourist attractions like the ASEAN Heritage Park Mt. Timpoong-Hibok-Hibok mountain range.
The province also boasts its unspoiled white island beaches such as Mantigue Island; it also has pristine diving spots and naturally hot and cold springs, waterfalls.