White Island

(c)Photo: Vince Arcilla

White Island off the volcanic island of Camiguin in the Philippines is an uninhabited white sandbar located about 1.4 kilometres (0.87 mi) off the northern shore of Mambajao. The island is generally horseshoe shaped, although the tides constantly resize and reshape its exact form. There are no trees or shelter of any kind, and it is composed solely of white sands.

Sandbars, also known as a trough bars, form where the waves are breaking, because the breaking waves set up a shoreward current with a compensating counter—current along the bottom. Sometimes this occurs seaward of a trough (marine landform).

Sand carried by the offshore moving bottom current is deposited where the current reaches the wave break. Other longshore bars may lie further offshore, representing the break point of even larger waves, or the break point at low tide.

White Island attracts thousands of tourists every year. The island can be accessed from Brgy. Agoho or Brgy. Yumbing in Mambajao about 4 to 6 kilometres (2.5 to 3.7 mi) west of the poblacion or town center. Small boats can be hired from any of the beachfront resorts that face the island.

Katibawasan Falls

A beautiful clear stream of water dropping more than 70m to a plunge pool where you can swim and picnic.

Located just 5 kilometers southeast of Central Mambajao at the foot of Mt. Timpoong is the Katibawasan Falls. Measuring about 250 feet high, the falls is a lovely clear stream of cool waters rushing down to a green rock pool surrounded by ground orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders. Ideal for a refreshing swim, its ice-cold water is the perfect antidote to the heat and humidity of the tropical heat.

Katibawasan Falls is one of the treasured gifts nature has blessed the island of Camiguin. According to the locals, Katibawasan Falls measures about 250 feet high, cascades to a rock pool surrounded by ground orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders.The falls rushes down into its green pool that is really refreshing for a good swim. Tourist are welcome to swim. It is an ideal place to cool off during hot and humid days. Giant ferns decorate the surrounding land, carpeting the spaces and huge trees and dropping vines provides the backdrop the falls.

Camiguin is an island province of the Philippines located in the Bohol Sea, about 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) off the northern coast of Mindanao. Known for its natural wonders, beautiful rural spots, historical events, festivals and unique delicacies, Camiguin is an island bursting with adventure.

Ardent Hot Spring

Locate in Esperanza Tagdo, Mambajao, Camiguin, Ardent Hot Springs Resort is one of the tourism highlights in Camiguin Island! Located approximately 10 minutes away from the tourist beaches of Agoho and Yumbing, in the mountainside of the famous Mt. Hibok-Hibok volcano, which supplies the hot and crystal clear water.

The volcanically naturally heated water comes right out of the forest with a temperature of just above 40°C. It is then mixed with colder water and guided into 4 separate pools which are beautifully arranged in cascades. The highest pool has the highest temperature at 40°C while the second pool which is the biggest is at about 35°C and perfect for swimming. The water in the remaining pools is colder and offer some refreshment after a hot bath.

Ardent Hot Springs Resort is located at the foot of Mount Hibok-Hibok, Mambajao, Camiguin. The water is hot because of Mount Hibok-Hibok, also called as Catarman Volcano, an active volcano and is part of the pacific ring of fire. There are six pools in Ardent Hot Springs, each has different temperatures and separated by tiers or layers.

The biggest pool is the third and can reach up to 6 feet in depth. There is a mini waterfall from the third pool to the fourth. On the right is a canal, which brings cold water from the top to keep the temperature at a tolerable level. The bottom fifth and sixth pool are the smallest and are hotter than the rest of the pools.

Ardent Hot Springs Resort is covered with natural stone formations and huge tropical trees. Beautiful landscape and stone pathways surrounds the resort leading visitors to the resort’s most frequently visited spots such as the spa and the restaurant.

Ardent Hot Springs Resort is also dotted with picnic huts and tables, and cookout spaces, all rented out for a minimal fee. If you wish to spend the night at the resort, you may rent a room for two or a family room.

During the weekends and on public holidays, the springs can be very busy with local holiday makers but during the week, you will often find yourself alone taking a hot bath under the high trees of a tropical forest.

Address: Esperanza, Tagdo, Mambajao, Camiguin

Note: Resort owner has no published website, email, phone.

Best to book a tour from local operators WHEN you get on the island AND after checking-in with your preferred resort/hotel/inn.