The island of Camiguin lies in the Bohol Sea in the south of the Philippines. It is a small pear-shaped, volcanic island between the islands of Bohol, to the north, and Mindanao, to the south. Camiguin and Mindanao are only separated by a narrow strait. It is difficult to access Camiguin directly. There is however a twice-weekly flight between Cebu and Camiguin operated by a small aircraft. Accommodations are few and rather basic. It may be due to its relative isolation, which has preserved its way of life. It is indeed easy-going, peaceful, hospitable and astonishingly friendly. Traffic is sparse all over the island and the pace is slow. But what makes the island so special is its number of volcanoes. Seven in all! Some dormant, others still active. It gives the island its fantastic relief and its incredibly rich eco-system. Tropical, lush vegetation blesses Camiguin with plants, fruits and flowers. Each house literally blooms with a variety of colorful flowers. Mangoes, papayas, bananas, pineapples, coconuts, ‘lanzones’ – for which the island is well-known in the Philippines - are growing everywhere. Fresh water is found in great quantity too. There are a few dramatic waterfalls, torrents and rivers, hot or cold springs from volcanic origin, lagoons. So much water enables the natives to grow rice. Some small rice-terraces can be seen here and there like in the Indonesian archipelago. The sea is clear and apparently rich in fishes. Most of its inhabitants are fishermen. There are not many sand beaches. They are narrow, but pleasant and are made of black sand of volcanic origin. Butterflies are particularly beautiful and diverse on the island. But there is also a great variety of birds and snakes. Roads are usually narrow but good. They seem to meander through an immense tropical garden rich with trees, plants and flowers. The coconut groves are everywhere in this island, shading the roads from the blazing heat. No wonder it is densely populated (70,000 inhabitants). People are friendly and smiling. Happiness, despite a relative low standard of living is rampant. ‘Hello, friend!’ is the most widely greeting foreigners will hear throughout the island. But this ambient happiness may have its price. Enormous boulders which scatter the island are but a reminder that Mother Nature may not always be so lenient. In 1871, there was a devastating eruption. The latest eruption from Mount Hibok-Hibok (1,300 m) dates back from 1951. It is easy to go around the island in one day. The ring road is about 70kms long. There is a great sandbar a few miles away from the north-west coast, easily accessible by outrigger. It is locally known as White Island.