In an attempt to attract more visitors to this island province, the provincial government initiated an annual dive festival that will last until August 31, 2019.
The dive festival is component of the viable tourism drive of the Local Government Unit through its four main topics: volcano tourism, heritage tourism, farm and ecotourism, and dive tourism.
Camigun has around 30 dive sites scattered throughout the island’s provincial waters.
This small island off Northern Mindanao already draws 800,000 visitors annually and is one of the most visited island in the country. The dive festival seeks to bring the island in the prime dive circuits of the country by showcasing its underwater paradise.
The Governon of Camiguin stated that they are leading the first-ever Camiguin Dive Festival to promote the wealthy, unique, varied and pristine dive sites on the island. This is in line with our vision of creating Camiguin that meets worldwide norms of sustainable and responsible tourism.
According to veteran diver Bo Mancao, the sea of the island is pristine and could be one of the finest dive sites in the nation right now.
They are taking care of their marine protected areas by organizing inhabitants and fishermen to protect the dive sites and fish sanctuaries around the island.
But there is still so much that needs to be done to fully maintain their marine resources and switch to tourism as an alternative to resident’s daily financial operations.