Information about Sunken Cemetery
Sunken Cemetery is a place is widely known for being the resting place of the thousand people who has lost their lives in the past. The giant cross in the middle of the blue sea is the mark that will let every visitor know that there was once a city with a lot of people and a culture that sunk due to an unfortunate accident.
History and Geographical Location
The story of the sunken cemetery can be traced back during 1800s. The Old Vulcan was an active volcano in Camiguin and has a record of four eruptions in History.
Its first eruption was dated back in 1827, the second was in 1862 which killed hundreds of people. The third and the most destructive was in 1871, which made the Camiguin Island with their popular Spanish Church (known today as Gui-Ob Church) and the community cemetery sunk under the sea. It sunk deeper when Mt. Vulcan erupted once again last 1960s.
A huge cross was placed by the local government to serve as a mark of the sunken cemetery. It was originally a hard wood, but they’ve replaced the materials to stand for a long time. While every November 1, most locals offers flowers and wreaths along the shore to remember their ancestors buried deep underwater.
Sunken Cemetery is located in Barrio Bonbon, Catarman the province of Camiguin. Most guests ride a van bound to a short trek to Mt. Vulcan where they can see an overview of the Sunken Cemetery. It can also be accessible by the shore with a short banca ride to visit the cross.
Aside from the sightseeing, most guests enjoy a short dive under the cemetery where guests can see different coral reefs and aquatic animals under the water. Some professional divers can even find some of the remains of the old gravestones that now serves as habitat to the marine life underwater.