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Address: Barangay Bonbon, Mindanao, Philippines
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The whole capital of Camiguin, with its cemetery, sunk under the sea. In...

The whole capital of Camiguin, with its cemetery, sunk under the sea. In the following years, the sunken land and the gravestones can still be seen. when the tide is low. But in 1948 until 1953, Mount Vulcan erupted again, sinking the whole area deeper, to around twenty feet. In 1982, a large cross was built on the solidified lava to mark the site that became the graves of the ancestors of the Camiguin people. It has become a sunken cemetery. http://www.silent-gardens.com/camiguin-sunken.php

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Surprising boatman!!

It was after lunch that we ventured to this iconic spot in Camiguin . The current was strong and the boatman pulled our Banca to the cross pointing out fossilized coffins under... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Boboy Maya L
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Roseland, New Jersey
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can see the cross from a cliff which at the end of street lined with gift shops. You can pay to take a boat out to the cross and that is pretty much it.

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Thank Eric G
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Initially did not want to do do snorkeling at this place primarily because of the notion of swimming with the dead. 😁 But lo and behold, instead of tombs, we saw majestic coral reefs abound with colorful marine life. My only concern is the shallowness of the snorkeling area, exposing the reefs from too much human activities. If one is... More 

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Thank Ruel M
phillipines
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

felt sad for those tomb under water....no family member could ever visit them again...clear sea water that you could see whats under ..

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Thank mucho143
Metro Manila, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Am not much of a swimmer so I appreciate being able to see what's under the sea without having to plunge into it. We were told there used to be glass bottom boats here but that they'd been damaged and hadn't been restored. Calling on the local tourism office? It seemed very promising if that were still an option.

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Thank Eileen R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

it is good to visit early morning and sunset..avoid holidays specially holyweek because the place was overcrowded

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Thank Swantje L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was after lunch that we ventured to this iconic spot in Camiguin . The current was strong and the boatman pulled our Banca to the cross pointing out fossilized coffins under water . And telling us about movies shot in this spot .. When we got to the Cross .. we did our usual picture taking them Manong Boatman... More 

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Thank Boboy Maya L
Trail, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

We checked out the snorkelling here and it was the best I have done. It cost $450php for two everything included. Our guide was good with giving us a history of the sight and showing us the local sea life. We didn't see a bunch of sunken crosses which I kind of expected from photos but it was still well... More 

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Trail, Canada
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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Cost to snorkel the protected reef there was 100php per person plus the cost of the guide which was 150php. We also rented snorkels for 50php each. If you need a life jacket grab one when you get your snorkel!! It was a little under an hour snorkelling through a reef with a ton of different kinds of fish and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

Interesting story how the cross got out in the sea. You can take a boat out there but not too much to see..

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Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Should be 3.5 stars. This isn't by any means spectacular - you'd have to go to the smaller neighbouring island Mantigue island for those. But still, some beautiful corals, fish and some of the big clams making the trip to the sanctuary redundant. Recommended but there are much nicer snorkeling locations in the island and Philippines in general.

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