CAMIGUIN, (PIA)—Seeking new ways to offer more recreational activities to local and foreign tourists, the Provincial Government of Camiguin through its Provincial Tourism Office held its 2nd Climb Camiguin, February 29-March 2.
Aside from the island’s watersports and activities, Provincial Tourism Officer Candice Borromeo-Dael said, “Camiguin has also seen increased tourist interest in mountain climbing and also bird watching,” thus they strengthened and even improved the new tourist activity, Climb Camiguin, which was launched 2019 in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT).
Featuring the province’s diverse flora and fauna through providing special trails going to the peak of Mt. Hibok-Hibok, the 2nd Climb Camiguin has about 26 climbers this year coming from the different parts of the country. They trailed the lush of Sitio Itum, Barangay Baylao, Mambajao.
The three-hour climb going up to the mountain allows climbers to get a glimpse and even feel Mt. Hibok-Hibok’s lowland forest, mossy areas, and the top view of the island’s entirety through the mountain’s view decks.
This year’s youngest climber, Juliana Dublin, 7, from Bulacan said though this is not her first time to join a summit, she still looks forward to doing the climb in Camiguin because there are also beaches around.
Now conducted whole-year round, local and foreign tourists can enjoy climbing special trails going to Mt. Hibok-Hibok’s peak for as low as P500 per person where such includes the environmental permit (P200) and the tour guide fee (P1,200 good for 4 persons).
Bookings can be done with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through mobile number 09257005985 or 09778527913.
The activity serves as one of the ways for tourists and even locals to enjoy viewing the high level of endemism of both flora and fauna as well as the source of water for domestic and agricultural uses in the island. (RTP/PIA10)