Camiguin is home to 7 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, the Ardent Hot Spring Camiguin is a location not to be missed.
I have put together this complete guide of Ardent Hot Springs including how to get there, how much it costs and what to expect!
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WHERE IS 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 Ardent Hot Springs.
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HOW TO GET TO ARDENT HOT SPRING MAMBAJAO
The best way to get to Ardent Hot Springs is to rent a scooter in Mambajao and make your own way out to this awesome Camiguin hot spring.
I rented my scooter from Camiguin All In One for 350 pesos per day. They have many scooters to choose from and they can also help you to organise tours in Camiguin.
ARDENT HOT SPRING ENTRANCE FEE
The Ardent Hot Spring entrance fee is 30 pesos.
There are also sheltered tables and chairs around the outside edges of Ardent Hot Springs Camiguin which are available for rent for 150 pesos.
Taking a dip in Ardent Hot Springs
WHAT TO EXPECT AT ARDENT HOT SPRINGS
As I mentioned earlier, Ardent Hot Springs sits at the foot of Mt. Hibok Hibok volcano which is where the thermal water is derived from. The water temperature is around 40°C that is slightly cooled on the way down to the lower pools.
Ardent 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 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 at Ardent hot spring
ARDENT HOT SPRINGS – CONTINUED
Ardent Hot Springs is around 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 Ardent Hot Spring Mambajao is the best remedy for muscle pains after a long day exploring around Camiguin Island.
If you’re hungry, there is a small cafe that resides at Ardent Hot Spring selling local cuisine dishes and a variety of drinks and snacks.
The best time to visit Ardent Hot Springs 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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Cascading pools at Ardent Hot Spring
A smaller thermal pool at Ardent Hot Springs
WHERE TO STAY NEAR ARDENT HOT SPRINGS
Camiguin Island has countless accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Camiguin to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. 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 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, 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 private bathroom. Recommended for solo travellers, couples and friends.
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Another option for accommodation in Camiguin is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals on Camiguin island.
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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Ardent Hot Springs, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
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