Monday, April 13, 2009

My World#18 Sunken Cemetery, Bonbon, Camiguin

The big cross is the marker for the sunken cemetery of the old capital of Camiguin Island. It stands on the solidified lava to mark this old gravesite.

The old capital of Cotta Bato in Catarman, Camiguin and its cemetery sunk during Old Vulcan’s eruption in 1871. During low tide and on a clear day, remnants of the structures and the gravestones can be seen.


We took the boat to cross to the large cross and midway, we asked our boatman to stop so we can see the graves. The graves are discernible through the waters and two of our companions went down to see them closely. As for the rest of us, we continued getting to the large cross platform and took pictures.

According to our companions who dive underwater, the graves are now mostly covered with corals and the fishes that can be seen there are quite colorful and beautiful. The location at the back of the cross is already part of the marine sanctuary. Boat fare round-trip to the cross is only P15.00 per person.

The sunset from this part of the island is quite beautiful. We planned on getting back during sunset that but was too tired. Will have to do it next time including the dive underwater.

Lastly, the cross can be seen from the Via Cruces at the slopes of Old Vulcan.

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18 comments:

Photo Cache April 13, 2009 at 6:31 PM  

beautifully composed photo. is this the shot during low tide or high tide?

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Lantaw April 13, 2009 at 7:09 PM  

I heard sunsets around this place is really great...

Indrani April 13, 2009 at 7:33 PM  

Seeing one for the first time.
Great picture.

Gattina April 14, 2009 at 12:51 AM  

That's really very interesting ! for divers it must be a paradise !

nadia April 14, 2009 at 2:06 AM  

That is very interesting, Marites! And just 15 pesos for the boat ride! Is the Philippine tourism promoting this site?

J April 14, 2009 at 3:36 AM  

What an interesting site - must be surreal diving amongst the graves.

EastCoastLife April 14, 2009 at 3:43 AM  

How beautiful! And my best friend who's Filipino told me there's nothing to see in Philippines. I'm gonna show her this!

uncleawang April 14, 2009 at 5:11 AM  

Very interesting post..the photo look beautiful,all of them.Thanks for the visit of my world.

ms toast burner April 14, 2009 at 6:00 AM  

Interesting post Marites. That would be something to see. Imagine swimming in a cemetery!

Erin April 14, 2009 at 6:52 AM  

fascinating...would be fun to do some underwater photography there.
have a great week.

George April 14, 2009 at 7:31 AM  

This is very interesting. The scenery is certainly beautiful and you captured it very well. Thanks for sharing this with us.

J.C. April 14, 2009 at 7:51 AM  

An interesting site, indeed. I have never heard of a sunken cemetery.

Lilli & Nevada April 14, 2009 at 8:45 AM  

How interesting, it is a lovely cross Great post thanks for sharing this

diane April 14, 2009 at 7:12 PM  

Wow one learns a lot from blogging. How interesting and I had to google Camiguin to find out it is in the Phillipines. Thanks for the geograpghy lesson.

aurinkoinen blogi =) April 15, 2009 at 1:14 AM  

SO BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS AND HAVE A NICE WEEK ;)

Arija April 15, 2009 at 1:58 AM  

A lovely sot to go diving with the added interest of the drowned cemetery.

Neil Tasker April 15, 2009 at 12:44 PM  

Thats not something you see every day. Fascinating. And thanks for you comment on my blog.

Mariz April 17, 2009 at 3:35 AM  

Very interesting, hope I could get to see this with my very own eyes someday. Nice!

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