Camiguin

Seven volcanoes, five towns, one island. That quite sums up Camiguin, an island-province in the Southern Philippines. But not quite. We have to mention the hot springs, the waterfalls, the lakes, the dive sites, the lagoons where you can have your fill of freshly caught fish, crabs, clams, and shellfish. And did we tell you about the white-sand beaches and the therapeutic black volcanic-sand beaches? The entire island is a wellness spa getaway. But you are better off checking in at Balai sa Baibai in Barrio Agoho in the capital town of Mambajao. Each of the private villas, screened off from the outside world by bamboo and plants, offers a hydro-massaging jacuzzi. Meals are freshly made, including multigrain bread loaves and fresh fruit salads at breakfast, organic soups for lunch, and the day’s catch for dinner.