Sunday, January 6, 2013

Camiguin Island - Ardent Hibok-Hibok Spring Resort

After exploring Katibawasan Falls we headed off to visit the Natural Hot Springs Resort or the Ardent Hibok-Hibok Spring Resort with my travel buddy Gino Go. It is one of the main attractions and one of the most popular natural hot springs in Camiguin Island. The hot spring is specifically situated in Esperanza Tagdo and 6 kilometers Southwest of Mambajao.

Ardent Hibok-Hibok Spring Resort is surrounded with beautiful landscapes, decorative plants and huge tropical trees. Six Natural Hot Swimming Pools are available with different water temperatures and could actually reach up to 39 Degrees Celsius. It is hot because of Mt. Hibok-Hibok, this is an active volcano of Camiguin Island. They called as Catarman Volcano and it is part of the Pacific ring of fire.

Ardent Hot Spring offers bar and restaurant, kiosk (canteen), cottages, picnic sheds and tables, camping ground, papillon garden. An air-conditioned rooms are also available.

 Facilities and Accommodation Rates

Facilities are also available for rent at Ardent Hot Spring: For grill station you have to pay for Php20.00 only. Family Size shed Php150.00 for first 3 hours and Php10.00 per hour in excess of 3 hours and Php70.00 for Regular size shed/table for first 3 hours and Php10.00 per hour in excess of 3 hours.

 For accommodation packages, Php1200.00 per room/day for air-conditioned duplex cottage (4 units) with own CR this is only good for 2 persons and Php175.00 per head for an extra bed. You could have their family rooms valued at Php2750.00 per room/day, good for 5 persons. Dormitory rooms (4 units) are also available at Php3080.00 per room/day, good for 7 persons.

 Pool Guidelines

The pool opens 24/7 and swimmers are encouraged to wear proper swimming attire for women should wear a bathing suit or short pants and for men should wear a swimming trunk or short pants. Children without guardians are not allowed to use the pool and use of any soap or shampoo at the pool is strictly not allowed. Avoid eating, drinking and smoking at the pool.

An entrance fee of Php30.00 for adults and Php15.00 for kids. For more inquiries, you can contact Ardent Hot Spring Resort at +63 (088) 387-0948.

It was unfortunate that we were not able to enjoy the hot spring due to scarcity of time and another exciting attractions await for us. So go, enjoy soaking with their natural hot springs, very peaceful and verdant surroundings.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Goodbye 2012 - Thank you for the Sweet Memories and Happy Moments

A quick recap for what I have accomplished during the year and hoping to accomplish more travels and blessings in the coming year. My short list of all time favorite places ever and accomplishments over the past year.

January - First time in history to witness Sinulog Festival in Cebu City honoring Senior Sto. Nino. The Sinulog Festival is held every year on the third Sunday of January and is one of the grandest and most colorful festivals in the Philippines. 

February - Celebrating my first year in Academic Forward Thinking, Inc. Congrats to me! Hehehe. 

March - Bio Challenge, in celebration for Earth Hour. Earth Hour observed in cities all over the world since 2007. The aim for this event is to raise an environmental awareness about the need to take action on climate change and we should protect our Earth and the environment in a small things but a huge impacts in our daily lives. I am so happy to be part of this event and I learned new things for this challenge.  

April - Exploring Bohol - Bohol offers so many great tourist spots like Chocoloate Hills, White Sand Beaches, Scuba diving, Watching Tarsiers, Sagbayan Peak, Mag-aso Falls, Baclayon Church and Loboc River.  

May - Canigao Island, a little paradise in Matalom, Leyte. Enjoy the Island that is surrounded with white sand and clear sea water. 

June - Puka Beach - is located on the Northern tip of Boracay Island. A beautiful beach, white sand as you can see. I really love this beach in Boracay. 

July - Gibitngil Island - A Funtastic Island or the untouched paradise of Medellin. Jump High with their 30-40 feet cliff diving. A funtastic day with my UBers family.  From Left to Right; Jhoncin, Gino, Me, Tin-tin, Erchel, Ryan, Aaron, Atty. Glenn, Steph and Kim.
August - Company Anniversary at Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort and Spa Cebu, Phippines. Imperial Palace is located in Mactan Island. For more info you can visit at 

September - Hundred Islands in Pangasinan - Amazing Islands in Pangasinan Province and situated in Alaminos City. A great escapade for the month of September and a close encounter with the snake... Hehehe. 

October - Mt. Kanlaon- I conquered Mt. Kanlaon in Negros Oriental the country's largest active volcano and Visaya's highest mountain and  it stands at an elevation of  2,435 Meters Above Sea Level. Unfortunately, we were not able to reach the summit because the weather was misty. Still hoping for the next climb and reach the Peak of Mt. Kanlaon. 

November - Mt. Lanaya (Kalo-Kalo Peak) - is located in Barangay Legaspi, Alegria, Cebu. Towering around 720 Meters Above Sea Level. An exhilarating and breathtaking climb I've ever had and I've been here twice. 

December - Calauit Safari Park- Dubbed as the little African Safari in the Philiipines and is located in Calauit Island, Busuanga, Palawan. Covering an area of 3,700 hectares and was declared a game preserve and wildlife sanctuary in 1977.

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