Mantigue Island is a Philippine island which features an unspoiled beach of powdery white coral sand and clear blue waters where various corals can be seen. It is a popular dive site and has been declared a marine sanctuary. About 4.4 hectares in area, it is the larger of the 2 islets which lie off the coast of Camiguin Island in Mindanao, the other being White Island. It is also known as Magsaysay Island.
Mantigue is a small mushroom-shaped island inhabited in the north by some families of fisherfolk. Inland, the landscape consists of lush green forest. Along one coast is a pristine beach with soft white sand and shallow waters while on the opposite side is a deep drop-off suitable for diving and snorkeling. In the clear waters surrounding the island can be seen reefs with hard and soft corals, undamaged by illegal fishing methods. Tropical fish, sea turtles, and stingrays may be seen swimming in the waters around the island. Within the coral formations is the Mantigue Crack, where many fish can be seen - especially clownfish, seeingas their favored hosts, sea anemones, are plentiful here. In the sandy Mantigue Whip can be seen stingrays as well as other fish.
Turtles used to frequent the shores of Mantigue Island. The island was declared as alienable and disposable land in 1987, which meant it could be titled and sold as real estate; but its status was changed to forest land on March 16, 1998, meaning it could not be permanently inhabited by humans. Still, the number of fishing families occupying it grew, reaching as many as 42 in 2008. The total resident population reached about 300. Trees were cut, garbage became a problem, and turtles disappeared from the island’s shores. In November 2008, the local government began a concerted effort to relocate the families living on the island in order to preserve its environment and make it more attractive to tourists.
The island is half an hour by boat from Barangay San Roque in the municipality of Mahinog, Camiguin. One can reach Camiguin from Cagayan de Oro City by boat or plane.
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