A cemetery underwater sounds eerie to most of us but in the province of Camiguin, just about 10km outside Misamis Oriental, Philippines – an underwater cemetery is absolutely not unusual.
It was told that during the 4-year havoc of Mt. Vulcan in the town of Bonbon in 1871, the cemetery was driven underwater and has never resurfaced again.
The large cross marks as an attraction to the tourists and even to the locals alike. It represents the departed who were laid there and continue to memorialize a piece of history brought into this small island of Camiguin.
The Sunken Cemetery has been a popular subject of movies or TV. It was featured in a local film Ouija that marveled its marine sanctuary and sunken tombs. In 2012, this is the destination for The Amazing Race Philippines’ 9th leg, where an alibata (an ancient Filipino alphabet) had to be memorized in order to get pass the roadblock.
Tourists flock the place all year long for a chance to rekindle the location’s tragic past. They have an opportunity to stay on the viewing deck or hire a small boat for a fee of P20/person to get to where the cross is. The vibe may be a bit creepy, but the trip to the huge cross’ platform is worth it. The boatman (who serves as our guide as well) was very friendly and proactive in taking our pictures. Considering the marvelous view of Mt. Hibok-Hibok as your backdrop, it’s definitely a perfect photo op – no questions asked. Just keep in mind that they will not allow tourist in the platform after 4PM for safety purposes.
How to get to the Sunken Cemetery from the Benoni Port?
From Benoni Wharf, Camiguin, there are different transportations available outside (like jeepneys, motorcycle/habal-habal or you may be picked-up by a shuttle included in your tour package). It will only take a few minutes drive from the wharf to the trail of Mt. Vulcan (inactive volcano) leading to the entrance gate of the Sunken Cemetery.
You will be greeted by an array of vendors selling Camiguin souvenir merchandise for pasalubong at a very affordable price. There is no entrance fee (just the P20 per person boat fare) should you decide to set foot on the cross’ platform.
→Check out 10 Must-See Destinations In Camiguin Island← and →how to get there←.
The Sunken Cemetery | Barangay Bonbon, Camiguin, Philippines