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Sunday, December 11, 2022

The 2nd Camiguin Dive Festival Revisits Stunning Marine Life, Boosts Dive Tourism in Region 10 | Motourismo

Words by Arabelle Jimenez
Photos by Ram Yoro, Kurt Chan
Yvette C. Lee, and Mantangale Alibuag Dive Resort


Burias Shoal teeming of fish and soft corals. Photo: Ram Yoro



The 2nd Camiguin Dive Festival recently concluded its month-long underwater photography competition participated by 20 divers from different parts of the Philippines, capturing the beauty of Camiguin's lush marine life. 


The event, which kicked-off last October 24, 2022 is organized by the Department of Tourism - Northern Mindanao headed by DOT 10 Regional Director Marie Elaine Salvana-Unchuan, in partnership with the Local Government Unit represented by the Provincial Governor of Camiguin Hon. Xavier Jesus D. Romualdo, who provided a big role in making the event happen. The 2nd Camiguin Dive Festival is also supported by the Camiguin Tourism Office headed by Candice Borromeo-Dael, and with the assistance of Project Coordinator, Kurt Chan.


DOT 10 Regional Director Marie Elaine Salvana-Unchuan dives the lush Burias Shoal. Photo: Ram Yoro


“I would like to commend our Dive Tourism Stakeholders who have shown immense passion, appreciation, and concern for our dive sites here in Region 10," Department of Tourism Region 10 Director Marie Elaine Salvana-Unchuan reveals. "Your love for diving equates to its sustainability and the preservation of our treasured dive sites will forever be a source of honor and pride for all of us,” she added. 


The distinguished panel of judges are luminaries in the Philippine scuba diving industry, who are also multi-awarded international underwater photographers composed of Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving (PCSSD) Commissioner Yvette C. Lee, award-winning marine cinematographer Bo Mancao, and renowned underwater photographer and tech diver Ram Yoro. 


Media Diver Arabelle Jimenez poses by a bouquet of corals in Burias Shoal. Photo: Yvette C. Lee


The awarding ceremony was held on December 4, 2022 at the Camiguin Convention Center in the Municipality of Mambajao. For the announcement of the 2nd Camigion Dive Festival winners, please go to Dive NorthMin's Facebook page here.


DOT Region 10's Camiguin Dive Festival was first mounted in 2019, signaling its deeper involvement in the growing dive tourism market. It also showcases Camiguin’s rich biodiversity, and aims to promote the area as a world-class diving destination.


Marine life sightings:


Snowflake Eel in Banaug Shoal. Photo: Kurt Chan



Camiguin Clam Garden. Photo: Mantangale Alibuag Dive Resort


Batfish in Mantigue Island. Photo: Ram Yoro


A school of Jackfish in Mantigue. Photo: Ram Yoro


Sea turtle in Mantigue. Photo: Ram Yoro


Sea fan in the Old Volcano Site. Photo: Kurt Chan




The success of the second edition of Camiguin Dive Festival is an important step in promoting responsible dive tourism in Misamis Oriental and Camiguin.  The psychedelic, aquarium-like underwaters in this part of Northern Mindanao is truly what divers' dreams are made of.


Sponsors: 

Cebu Pacific, Roxy, Quicksilver, R.O.X


Partner Resorts: 

Balai sa Baibai, Camiguin Soul Divers, Mantangale Alibuag Dive Resort, Kokomo Dive Resort (Scuba de Oro), Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat and Dive Resort, Kurma Freedive Camiguin


For more information, please visit:

Dive NorthMin

Department of Tourism - Northern Mindanao Office


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