There are numerous interesting places to dine out in Camiguin and this diminutive island has had a strong influence on local regional Filipino food. Famous sweet dishes such as pastel bread and Lanzones are available everywhere and definitely not too be missed, and in addition the range of seafood is outstanding.
In the main town of Mambajao, tiny local food stalls line most major roads after dark and you will also find specialist cuisines such as authentic Chinese, Italian and Spanish tapas. But, of course, there also many local Camiguin restaurants where different meat, fish and vegetable dishes are served from trays.
Elsewhere the larger beach resorts offer the finest variety and quality where again freshly caught seafood is the main highlight. There are a few really top notch fine dining establishments but in general eating out is very inexpensive.
The Camiguin bar scene can best be described as laidback, and where a little karaoke and live music is the only real alternative to a night spent in a hotel bar. You can usually find sports on TV at many places and, in downtown Mambajao at least, a weekend night out can be great fun with a good crowd of youngsters heading out to socialise. See our detailed guide to the best spots to dine and drink in Camiguin.
Recommended Camiguin restaurants
Simple home cooked pizza and pasta is the order of the day here and the décor and ambience makes for quite an authentic Mediterranean experience. The menu is a varied one with very basic Italian fare such as lasagna and spaghetti and a fairly good choice of fresh seafood. Portions are sizeable and there are all you can eat buffet nights at the weekend for extra special value. A great bet for unfussy budget diners.
Camiguin’s famous ‘floating restaurant’ is actually a collection of native style huts on a small island in the middle of a lagoon and one of the top picks for dining. The scenery and ambience is fabulous but the food is the real deal here and although not cheap is worth every peso. The menu is predominantly made up of seafood and includes premium king crabs, fish-head claypot soup and ‘Sugbang Baboy’ grilled pork. It is also a great spot for a late night tipple.
Roof Top Restaurant
This is a lively steakhouse and grill serving up sizzling hot plates, all American burgers and lashings of cheap cold beer. There is a comprehensive menu that also features supersized platters of TexMex and Cajun and its informal atmosphere goes down well with young groups and partygoers. Several nights a week there is live acoustic music and diners can watch live sports on TV until late. Located right in the heart of town and well placed for a city centre bar crawl.
Renowned throughout the region for its ultra successful bakery business, Vjandep now has an equally vibrant restaurant and bar serving up delicious local specialties. People come from miles around to taste the very best pastels (custard filled buns) around and ravenous diners can have their fill with a two course buffet for an incredible Php100 a head. It is a bustling little place and getting a seat is no easy task but nowhere else comes close to offering as much value for money. (website: www.vjandep.com)
Recommended Camiguin bars and nightlife venues
A breezy open air bar and lounge within a stone’s throw of the beach, this popular haunt offers a rousing mixture of live music, cheap beer and a vibrant expat clientele. There is karaoke and live sports on TV and makes for a good place for single travelers to mingle.
Green Tropical Pub
Run by a charismatic Austrian-Filipino couple, this cool and stylish place is a visual treat for the eye with arty wall murals and comfortable low seating. It serves up a range of imported beers at bargain prices, cool cocktails and well cooked local delights such as camaron rebosado deep fried prawns.