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NewsWhat is going on in the Resort?

What am I?

what am i head

 

"What Am I" Was the title of a popular German quiz show in the 70s. But "What's that?" is one of the most frequently asked questions in our resort. The question of the origin of the logo of Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat & Dive Resort.

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It is not the map of Camiguin, the face of an old man or any other abstract painting, but of course as a dive resort, a fish. Exactly a "Juvenile Platax Pinnatus" a cub of the Dusky Batfish.
The special thing about batfish is that the kittens look completely different from the adult fish. The young Platax Pinnatus is brown to black and surrounded by an orange hem. It is believed that this colour imitates a poisonous flatworm. Adult batfish have a more discus-like shape and are silver-gray with slightly dark gray vertical bands.

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The decision for this logo was made after the very first dive in 2011, when Gabriel & Sabine wanted to test out what the future house reef will do.
At that time, they fought their way through the thicket of the still undeveloped terrain, all the way to the sea, with full diving gear. Immediately after the descent, they were greeted by the first batfish. The dive was a complete success and they were thrilled with the topography and biodiversity of the offshore reef.

Thus, the decision was made, here we build ours
"Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat & Dive Resort" and the logo became the juvenile Platax Pinnatus. Of course, batfish are still permanent inhabitants of our house reef, which has since been included in Camiguin's list of protected dive sites.

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VILLA VOLCAN Backpacker Hostel

Villa Volcom

 

Just a few minutes from the ocean front and only 800 m from our main resort, you can find our NEW VILLA VOLCAN Backpacker Hostel.

Our additional cozy rooms are very popular with backpackers, travellers and those looking for an authentic place to stay on Camiguin. Set at the slope of 2 amazing Volcano’s, “Mt. Hibok-Hibok “and “Old Vulcano” amongst a tropical garden, landscaped with Coconut Palm Trees, Bougainville, Kalamansi trees, bird of paradise, Orchids and many other tropical flower, you will find clean, quiet and restful rooms.

VILLA VOLCAN offers 3 spacious Backpacker rooms, equipped with:

  • Queen size Bamboo double bed
  • private bathroom with toilette & shower
  • electric fan
  • mosquito net
  • seating area with bamboo furniture
  • wardrobe
  • linen and towel

VILLA VOLCAN Facilities:

  • FREE big kitchen with fridge and gas stove & kitchen gear
  • cosy living area with comfortable Hammock
  • Bamboo lounger
  • relaxing Garden
  • parking area

VILLA VOLCAN Services:

  • Help with transfers from airport or sea ports of Camiguin
  • Motorbike rental
  • we can arrange any ECO-tour, SNORKELING or DIVING around our dream island for you
  • FREE use of all facilities of our main resort just a few minutes away (800 m) Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat & Dive Resort

VILLA VOLCAN Prices & Policies:

Opening PROMO Rate:

  • daily rate per room for 2 person 1,000 Php
  • weekly rate - 10% discount
  • monthly rate - 20% discount

Check-IN: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Check-OUT: 7 a.m. - 12 a.m
at the reception of Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat & Dive Resort

Everybody ready for some DIVING & ECO-TOURS?

new boat 2016

 

Our brand-new Suzuki Super Carry Jeppny is sure ready for you.
Whether for marvellous Sightseeing Tours around beautiful Camiguin, Day trips to awesome Mantique Island Nature Park, or for fantastic Dives from the Beach & Shore of our dream island, this is definitely the best, comfortable & amazing mode of transport.

 


Do it the Island Style!

A new Milestone in the history of Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat & Dive Resort!

new boat 2016

 

On March 15, 2016 we launched our NEW  DIVE  BOAT!

.....it all started with a dream....


The dream of a proper dive boat without the typical outrigger, BUT very comfortable for relaxed DIVING, with easy entrance of the water and a robust leader to come out of it, based on a model of the Dive-boats “Flukkas” we operated during our many years in Egypt.

Thus combined with:

  • the power & knowledge of nearly everything,  from our good friend Dodong Sagrado, who was the foreman while building the resort before
  • his perfect place for boat building, directly on the beach, close to our resort
  • ready to use mahagony & acacia wood
  • the brothers Abello & Winston Dahang, who are excellent local boat builder in the 3rd generation already
  • Faustino Calamba, Santi Malaque & Juner Bangot, great painter & welder... all from Camiguin
  • Bomex a striking local artist, known for superb free hand lettering & drawing
  • and many helping hands of the fisher folk from Yumbing, who helped to launch our new dive boat

Thank you so much to everybody who made this dream comes true!

A glimpse into… Camiguin Volcan Beach’s Hidden Treasures Eco Tour

Mangroves

Just south of Taguines Lagoon around a sleepy little bend in the road lies Katunggan Mangrove Park.  The obscure little gem is one of the many stops included on our ECO-Tour “Hidden Treasures of Camiguin”.  This wondrous collection of Black Mangroves is guarded by a lone watchman who can be found quietly sitting just inside the entrance.  Sign into the logbook before you proceed along the bamboo paths suspended over the wetlands and out into the myriad of roots reaching up through the dense substrate of the high tidal pools.

There are hundreds of Black Mangrove (Avicennia Germinans) marked for protection and countless seedlings among them growing out from the shoreline into the sea.  One can walk along the bamboo bridges taking in the views of this ethereal place or if brave enough even stay overnight in one of the huts looking out to the ocean.
Camiguin Island has always had a green vision.  This project, amongst others, shows the efforts being made by the Municipality of Mahinog to perverse the island’s natural wonders.  This opens up an excellent opportunity to educate the people so that future generations will continue their traditions and understand the importance of its protection.  
This species of mangrove differs from the red mangrove in that its roots extend out horizontally under the waterlogged sedimentary soil and then vertically up toward the surface. When the tide is low, these roots, or pneumatophores, supply air to the underground root system. This adaptation allows the Black Mangrove to live in a habitat where its competitor’s cannot.  The surface of these aerating roots is spongy.  Fishermen have been known to use these roots to make corks for fishing nets by shaping the roots into floats.

Another adaptation of this magnificent plant is its ability to excrete out absorbed salt allowing it to live on the edge of the sea or in brackish waters.  Each leaf has special pores that excrete the salt through the leaves often giving them a whitish color.  
Reproductive adaptations, viviparity and propagule dispersal, give the mangroves an increased chance of survival.  Seedlings germinate while still attached to the parent tree. Seeds sprout into 1 inch (2-3 cm), lima bean-shaped propagules before dropping into the water below.  The pods can float for long periods of time, sometimes up to one year, before the sapling finally finds a sedimentary bottom and takes root.
This collection of mangroves has the dual purpose of acting as a barrier protecting the coast and providing the coral reefs with a nursery area and food source.

Mangroves protect the shoreline area from being ravaged by passing typhoons, large waves and flooding. They help prevent erosion by stabilizing the sediment within their roots. They also maintain water quality and clarity by filtering out pollutants.

These mangroves host many species of fish, microorganisms, algae, crustaceans, mollusks, amphibians and birds, to name but just a few, some of which are threatened or endangered.  This habitat provides a constant supply of leaf litter, an essential part of the food web while offering refuge to young creatures from large predators. Many will spend at least some portion of their lives within the protective roots system, while others will continue to live out their lives feeding and nesting within the mangroves.

Without these beautiful plants out shorelines would slowly wash away.  Rainwater would bring land sediments out to the pristine reefs shrouding them and blocking out the sunlight they need to flourish. Many important fish, invertebrates and other wildlife would lose their habitat needed for reproduction. The fishing industries would suffer a dramatic decline as a direct result of the depletion of our waters due to the lack of healthy mangrove habitats.