Camiguin Island: Island Born of Fire
The island is part of the Northern Mindanao Region, and second of the smallest province in the Philippines. The capital of Camiguin is Mambajao, which is the largest both in area and population in the province. The name born of fire in the island, its because of the active mountain called Mt. Hibok-hibok. The island also known of their sweetest Lanzones, and they annually celebrated the Lanzones Festival in every month of October.
The picture is one of the most popular tourist spot in Camiguin, and that is Ardent Hot Spring. In the heart of the island bubbles this mineral pool with water around 40 degrees Celsius. Mist rises from the heated waters that run down the vents on the active Hibok-Hibok volcano. The Ardent hot spring is located in Esperanza Tagdo, Mambajao, Camiguin. The hot spring is the most visited in the island both local and international tourist. The entrance fee is 50.00 pesos. They have also dotted with picnic huts and tables, and cookout spaces, all rented out for a minimal fee.
During the weekends and on public holidays, the springs can be very busy with local holiday makers, but during weekdays, you will often find yourself alone taking a hot bath under the high trees of a tropical forest. After relaxing the hot spring, they have dressing home available and also a comfort room.
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How to Get to Camiguin
There is a small domestic airport in the capital Mambajao, currently there are no direct flights from Manila to Camiguin. The most convenient option is to book a flight from Manila to Cagayan de Oro City. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly daily to Cagayan de Oro from Manila City. Time flight is approximately 1.5 hours.
From Laguindingan Airport, transfer to van bound to Agora Terminal. Magnum Shuttle Service to Agora Terminal can be found outside in the arrival area, fare is P200 per person. From Agora Terminal ride a bus bound to Balingoan Terminal. The fare from Agora to Balingoan is around 150.00 pesos.
Get off in the Bus of Balingoan Terminal, and get a ticket for ferry going to Benoni Port of Camiguin. The regular fare is 170.00 pesos with a travel time approximately 2 hours, and walk to Balingoan Port which is just beside the terminal. Upon arrival in Benoni Port, there are jeepneys and vans going to Mambajao, travel time is about 1 hour.