The one and only in the country where you can swim to a pool of pure soda water! Bura Soda Water Swimming Pool is the only soda water pool in the country which is filled with soda water. The volcanic springs of Bura fill two pools with fresh, clear soda water.
Located in Bura, Catarman in the beautiful tourism island of Camiguin, the pool boasts a scenic beauty of fields and green rolling hills. Two large pools are available for both adults and kids. The water in the pool is cold, clear and clean and is maintained on regular basis.
The soda water swimming pool is very inviting, refreshing and good for swimming. Picnic area is available for rent in a very cheap rate and barbecue grilling is permitted. It has great scenery over the fields and the seas as its cold water provides a refreshing splash to bathers and picnickers.
According to the locals, the water used to “taste like” pure soda water. Soda Spring Swimming Pool provides a good place for swimming and you’re NOT supposed to drink the water. Bubbles making their way up from the bottom of the pool are still very visible.
HOW TO GET THERE:
From Mambajao it is 23 kilometers to the Bura Soda Water Swimming Pool. The first 20 kilometers are on the national highway (counter clockwise) and then the road climbs 3 kilometers up in the foothills of Mount Hibok-Hibok. The road is mostly concrete with a few short stretches of dirt/gravel road. This trip can be combined either by a visit of the Old Volcano and the Sunken Cemetery.
Natural springs in Camiguin is a result of pressure from an underground source in the earth, in the form of volcanic activity. The result can be either cold water coming from underground or flowing water at elevated temperature such as a hot spring.
Since Camiguin is a volcanic island with four stratovolcanoes within the island, one would expect that there will always be hot springs all over the island. Actually the hot springs are concentrated at the east side of Camiguin and the west side is filled with cold springs. A luke warm spring which combines both spring sources is yet to be discovered – which would be great specially for aging folks.
One of them is Santo Niño Cold Spring located in Sagay Town and is approximately 2.4 km off the national highway in Catarman, Camiguin island
Santo Niño Cold Spring is a natural cold spring that flows down from Mt. Mambajao and is filtered by layers of minerals from the mountain, therefore it is naturally clean.
Sto. Niño Cold Spring main pool measured at 25 meters by 40 meters and a dip of 4 ft to 8 ft. The water then flows into a smaller pool built for children. The crystal clear water is about 20°C which is sprouting from the sandy bottom.
Locals believe that bathing in Santo Niño Cold Spring for an hour or more in the refreshing waters of the pools would make your skin feel smoother and look younger.
Located in Bonbon, Catarman a huge cross marker has been installed by the Provincial government to mark the community cemetery that sank during the 1871 volcanic holocaust. Years ago, gravestones were visible during low tide. Today, the sunken cemetery has become an interesting diving site.
As history tells about the volcanic activity from 1871 to 1875 in Catarman, on February 16, 1871, earthquakes began to be felt on the island, which increase in severity until April 30 when a volcanic fissure opened up 400 yards southwest of the village of Catarman, northwest of Hibok-Hibok Volcano. Mt. Vulcan was born and continued erupting pouring lava into the sea at the same time gaining in height and width. In 1875, the Challenger expedition visited the area and described the mountain as a dome, 1,950 ft (590 m) in height, without any crater, but still smoking and incandescent at the top.
The town of Catarman was destroyed and portion of the town sank beneath the sea. The settlement moved to where the town center is presently located and today, all that remains of old Catarman are the ruins of the ancient Spanish church, a convent and a bell tower.
The Sunken Cemetery of Camiguin Island marks the swept remains of the island’s rested locals. Driven underwater when Mt. Vulcan Daan erupted in 1871, the large cross erected in 1982 has served the town’s people, as well as the tourists, a scenic spot to memorialize the departed buried there.
The island of Camiguin is of volcanic origin composed of four stratovolcanoes. To give you an idea what a stratovolcano is, the video below is a documentary about the Krakatoa Volcano in Indonesia which violently erupted in 1883, just a few years after Mt. Vulcan’s eruption.