So after our fun Mantigue Island escapade, my family and I then proceeded to Ardent Hot Spring Resort in Camiguin Island. Since it’s been a few years since our last Camiguin Island trip, we didn’t know that this Camiguin tourist spot has been renamed. Apparently, it’s now called Ardent Hibok-Hibok Spring Resort and it’s now being run by the local government of Camiguin.
Ardent is a natural hot springs resort. The fresh and hot sulfuric flowing water comes from Mt. Hibok Hibok and its temperature can reach as much as 40 degrees Centrigrade. Sulfur in water has therapeutic effects. It can help address health concerns like skin diseases, asthma and rheumatism.
There are a few pools at Ardent. The water temperature in each pool also varies. This one below is the main pool. Sometimes, you can see mist rise from the water, the temperature of which usually starts at 33 degrees Centigrade. Be careful when you swim here, though, as the pool can be as much as 6 feet deep. Be ready to tread!
This pool below, on the other hand, is about 3 feet deep and has cold water. So after you swim in the pool with hot water (which can help open the pores of your skin), take a dip here (cold water can help close the pores of your skin).
There’s a smaller wading pool at the bottom of this pool. That one contains the 38-40 degrees Centigrade water. It’s pretty small, though, and all you can do pretty much is just sit and soak! But please take my word when I say that you should never leave Arden Spring Resort without taking a dip in that pool
Ardent Hibok Hibok Spring Resort Camiguin is open 24 hours. The Camiguin local government has also put up other facilities such as a bar and restaurant, a canteen (located nearer the pools), conference hall, camping grounds, picnic sheds and tables as well as various types of accommodation (airconditioned dorm rooms, family rooms and duplex cottages).
You can rent one of these picnic sheds for Php 70.00 (first 3 hours only, succeeding hour – additional Php 10)
This is one of the camping areas within the compound where you can pitch a tent on. This one’s a few meters away from the pools.
Here are some of the Ardent Spring Resort Camiguin Island rates:
Entrance fee: Php 30.00 per person (adult) / Php 15.00 per child
Tent / Camping fee (overnight): Php 125.00
Shed rental: Php 150.00 (family size) / Php 70.00 for smaller sheds – first 3 hours only; succeeding hours – Php 10.00 per hour
Barbecue grill rental: Php 20.00
Ardent Spring Resort Rooms:
Duplex cottage (airconditioned, with own CR): Php 1,200 per room per day (good for two people)
Additional bed: Php 175.00
Family room (airconditioned, with own CR, good for 5 people): Php 2,750.00
Dormitory rooms (airconditioned, with CR, good for 7 people): Php 3,080.00
Economy room: Php 250.00 per head per day
How to get to Ardent Hibok Hibok Spring Resort: (please consult this Camiguin Travel Guide first if you wish to know how to get to Camiguin Island)
Ardent Spring Resort is located in Mambajao, the capital town of Camiguin. You can either rent a multicab, tricycle or habal-habal to reach Ardent. Multicab rates usually start at Php 350.00 (rates have been “standardized” by the local government, apparently, as per consultation with the local multicab drivers). Call Ardent at (088) 387 0508 to be sure, though. The resort also offers transport services.
Meanwhile, if you want to stay in a resort-hotel within Mambajao proper, you might want to consider this Camiguin resort my family and I stayed in.