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Sunken Cemetery
Photo By Dexter Maneja

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Photographer: Dexter Maneja

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  • Title: Sunken Cemetery
  • State/Province/Region (required):
  • Country (required): Philippines
  • Nearest Area: Camiguin
  • Nearest Town: Camiguin
  • Description: As the rising sun clears away the shadows of the previous night over the island of Camiguin, an imposing silhouette of a large cross stands guard over the location of the old capital of the island. Due to a fatal volcanic eruption of Mount Vulcan, the sea now hides the old capital, which was founded during the Spanish era. 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. Now, it is one of the world's most unique diving sites.
  • Brief Directions: The sunken cemetery used to be part of the old capital of Camiguin. Mount Vulcan had four recorded eruptions. Its third eruption in 1871 sunk Cotta Bato and its cemetery under the sea. Remnants of the structures and gravestones were still seen during low tide but the fourth eruption in 1948 buried the area deeper by around 20 feet. In 1982, a large cross was built on the solidified lava to mark this old gravesite.
  • Best Season: Summer
  • Gear: Nikon D40x with kit lens

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