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April 9, 2012

Ardent Hibok-Hibok Hot Spring Resort, Camiguin Island

Ardent Hibok-Hibok Hot Spring is one of the most popular natural hot springs in Camiguin island. It is surrounded with beautiful landscapes and tall trees.
Ardent Hibok Hibok Hot Spring
Although the entrance is not appealing, I assure you that inside will not disappoint. The admission fee of 30 pesos for adults and 15 pesos for kids is a bargain compared to what you will get in return.
Entrance
Ardent Hot Spring is located at the foot of Mount Hibok-Hibok, Mambajao, Camiguin. The water is hot because of Mount Hibok-Hibok, also called as Catarman Volcano, an active volcano and is part of the pacific ring of fire. The natural hot springs here can reach upto 40 °C. There are six pools in Ardent Hot Spring, each has different temperatures and separated by tiers or layers.
Upper Three pools
The biggest is the third and can reach 6 feet in depth.
Third Pool
There is a mini waterfall from the third pool to the fourth. On the right is a canal, which brings cold water from the top. Maybe to balance the temperature.
Mini Waterfall to Bottom Pool
Canal from top to bottom pool
The bottom fifth and sixth pool are the smallest but felt hotter than the rest of the pools.
Bottom Pools
Ardent Hot Spring is covered with natural stone formations and huge tropical trees. Beautiful landscape and stone pathways surrounds the resort. 
Huge trees
Stone Pathways
There are huts, grill stations, cottages and dormitory facilities available for rent. They also allow overnight camping for Php125 per person. 

Facility Price Rates:
  • Grill Station – Php20
  • Family Size Shed – Php150 (first 3 hours)
    • Excess of 3 hours – Php10/hour
  • Regular Size Shed/Table – Php70 (first 3 hours)
    • Excess of 3 hours – Php10/hour
Cottages
Accommodation Price Rates:
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  • Duplex Cottage (Air conditioned with CR) 4 units – Php1,200/room/day (good for 2 pax)
    • Additional bed – Php175/head/day
  • Family Rooms – Php2, 750/room/day (good for 5 pax)
  • Dormitory Rooms (Air conditioned) 4 units – Php3,080/room/day (good for 7 pax)
    • Additional bed – Php175/head/day
Ardent is government-owned operated by the municipal government of Mambajao. This is great since every penny goes to the local government/people, which is doing a great job in conserving and improving natural attractions in the island. Also try Camiguin's Santo NiƱo Cold Spring.

Shower rooms and toilets are available.
Shower rooms and toilets
Like any other tourist attractions in the camiguin, this is a no smoking vicinity.
Smoke free tourist vicinity

Overall
Relaxing and helps removes stress. Great hanging out with friends. Overnight stay not necessary.

Ardent Hot Spring Contact Information:
+63 (088) 387-0948

How to get to Katibawasan Falls:
I recommend renting a multicab van for your whole stay in Camiguin Island. The driver will also serve as a tour guide on the whole island. We got Rico as our driver/tour guide for our whole stay in camiguin. Check Camiguin Trip for his contact details. You can also rent a Motorela or the local tricycle for a cheaper ride.



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