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Address: Barangay Bonbon, Mindanao, Philippines
Description: The whole capital of Camiguin, with its cemetery, sunk under the sea. In...
The whole capital of Camiguin, with its cemetery, sunk under the sea. In the following years, the sunken land and the gravestones can still be seen. when the tide is low. But in 1948 until 1953, Mount Vulcan erupted again, sinking the whole area deeper, to around twenty feet. In 1982, a large cross was built on the solidified lava to mark the site that became the graves of the ancestors of the Camiguin people. It has become a sunken cemetery. http://www.silent-gardens.com/camiguin-sunken.php
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Nice landmark

The big cross is the landmark. We explored, we climbed to the top. There was a staircase within and a nice experience for a photo souvenir in this adventure. We crossed from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Amsterdam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The big cross is the landmark. We explored, we climbed to the top. There was a staircase within and a nice experience for a photo souvenir in this adventure. We crossed from the shore to this landmark. We really enjoyed this tour.

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Davao City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

It's indeed one of the most interesting (and yes, awesome!) landmarks of Camiguin - even without doing snorkel. Since the sunken cross is the only attraction, one hour is more then enough for your stay.

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General Trias, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

It is probably Camiguin's most famous landmark. The niches are taken out and the sunken cross was the only thing left throughout the cemetery. You can do snorkeling on your way to the giant cross situated a few 20 meters across the shore.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The view was interesting. We were not able to do snorkling but I was told that it was an interesting view at the bottom when one gets to do this. Maybe next time we visit we can see what is in the bottom of the water swamped area. Guide and bangkero were pretty accommodating and knowledgeable about the area and... More 

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Gove, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Our group of 10 or so caught a Bangka boat from the mainland across to the Sunken cemetery, which is the only way across. There isn't much to see on the cemetery itself, but the view back to the mainland is beautiful and it is a great place for a photo op. You wouldn't spend more than half an hour... More 

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Iloilo City, Philippines
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I love everything Camiguin but Sunken Cemetery can be disappointing. Maybe because I visited this place before with those crosses - really a sunken cemetery. Now, it is hyped, complete with vendors and what can you do there? Just photo op..I hope they will promote the snorkeling and just taking these silly photos.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Unfortunately we visited on a day of terrible weather, so couldn't do much more than look at the cross. We were told that snorkelling was good at the site but in poor weather, and poor visibility this was out of the question. Even the tacky souvenir sellers were kept confined due to the weather.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Just for have a look at the cross I wouldn't visit the place, but for snorkeling it's an amazing place. Tons of corals just under the surface and also a lot of small fishes, we even saw a a sea snake and giant clams. For snorkeling you have to hire a guide on the otherside of the road and pay... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The Sunken Cemetery is a memorial to the lives lost during the 1871 volcanic eruption of Mount Vulcan, and sits on top of a cemetery that was swallowed by the sea during that eruption. It's quite a sight, a large cross just off the coast, and arrangements can be made to reach the monument. One can also snorkel, but we... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Although a shrine to those that lost lives - this is very much a tourist attraction and photographic opportunity. There are a number of tacky gift shops on the approach to viewing this memorial.

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