Camiguin is home to seven volcanoes and subsequently, there are a number of thermal pools that can be found on the island and the Ardent Hot Springs are the most popular.
Set at the foot of Mount Hibok Hibok, Ardent Hot Spring Camiguin is a location not to be missed.
I have put together this complete guide to visiting Ardent Hot Springs including how to get there, how much it costs and what to expect when you arrive.
WHERE ARE THE ARDENT HOT SPRINGS?
Ardent Hot Springs is located in Mambajao on Camiguin Island in the Philippines.
From the main tourist area of Mambajao, it’s approximately a 10-minute drive to reach the hot springs.
HOW TO GET TO ARDENT HOT SPRING MAMBAJAO
The best way to get here is to rent a scooter in Mambajao and make your own way over to these awesome hot springs in Camiguin.
I rented my scooter from Camiguin All In One for 350 pesos per day. They have many scooters to choose from and they come with a full tank of gas.
ARDENT HOT SPRING ENTRANCE FEE
The Ardent Hot Springs entrance fee is 30 pesos.
There are also sheltered tables and chairs around the outside edges of the spring which are available for rent for an additional 150 pesos.
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Taking a dip in the springs
WHAT TO EXPECT
As I mentioned earlier, these hot springs sit at the foot of Mt. Hibok Hibok volcano which is where the thermal water is derived from. The water temperature is around 40°C which is slightly cooled on the way down to the lower pools.
The hot springs are man-made pools surrounded by lush rainforest and the water is transparent with a tinge of blue. For a man-made structure, they’ve done well to make this place a tranquil experience for visitors.
The water cascades from the top of the valley and is divided into four separate pools. The two larger pools at the bottom are the most inviting and there is an arched footbridge between them.
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The larger pool
The springs are approximately 1.5 meters deep with plenty of space to hang out in the thermal pools or around the edges on the concrete steps.
A dip in the hot springs is the best remedy for muscle pains after a long day exploring Camiguin Island.
If you’re hungry, there is a small cafe that resides at Ardent Hot Springs Resort selling local cuisine dishes and a variety of drinks and snacks.
The best time to visit is on a weekday when it is less busy as the weekends draw many local families and it can get very crowded at these thermal pools.
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A smaller thermal pool
WHERE TO STAY IN CAMIGUIN
Camiguin Island has countless accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Bintana Sa Paraiso
I personally stayed at Bintana Sa Paraiso and can’t recommend this place enough! They have 2 properties, one is on the beachfront in Mambajao and the other is high in the mountains in Binunsarun. It’s currently one of the best 5-star accommodations in Camiguin featuring a restaurant, swimming pools, sea views, and mountain views! The rooms are modern and spacious with private bathrooms, air conditioning, flat-screen tv, and a kitchenette. Breakfast is also included for all guests.
Mid Range: Tongatok Cliff Resort
Tongatok Cliff Resort is your second best pick for accommodation in Camiguin. Located on the cliffs overlooking Tongatok Bay, the resort features a restaurant, room service, bar, garden, terrace, and free wifi. The units are fitted with air conditioning, flat-screen tv, a private bathroom, a large patio, and ocean views! Breakfast is also included for guests.
Budget: Pabua’s Cottages
Pabua’s Cottages is the best budget accommodation in Camiguin. Featuring beautiful gardens, a shared kitchen, free wifi, and room service. The units are basic but perfect for a few nights’ stay, featuring a seating area, flat-screen tv, large bed, air conditioning, and a private bathroom. Recommended for solo travelers, couples, and friends.
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY, SEE MY COMPLETE GUIDE ON WHERE TO STAY IN CAMIGUIN ISLAND.
WHAT TO PACK FOR THE PHILIPPINES
When visiting the Philippines, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;
- Sunscreen – the Philippines sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
- Quick-dry travel towel – the most compact and lightweight towel for traveling.
- Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
- Backpack – The Nomatic 30L Travel Pack is the ultimate backpack for everyday adventures.
If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;
- GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
- Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
- DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.
MORE PHILIPPINES TRAVEL GUIDES
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- El Nido: El Nido Island Hopping
- Coron: Coron Island Hopping
- Boracay: 15 Things To Do In Boracay
- Siquijor: 3 Day Siquijor Itinerary
- Bantayan: 15 Things To Do In Bantayan
- Malapascua: 11 Things To Do In Malapascua
- Camiguin: 13 Best Camiguin Tourist Spots
- Romblon: 12 Epic Things To Do In Romblon
- Tablas: 10 Things To Do In Tablas
- Carabao: 7 Best Things To Do In Carabao
- Dumaguete: Best Dumaguete Tourist Spots
- Sumilon Island: Sumilon Island Itinerary
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