Sunday, February 21, 2010

Cold Spring, Hot Springs, and Katibawasan Falls - Camiguin



katibawasan fallsHaving become a tourist magnet, it is not surprising to find that Camiguin is concentrated with natural wonders. First of all there are seven volcanoes on this one island (Mount Vulcan Daan, Mount Mambajao, Mount Karling, Mount Uhay, Guinisiliban Peak, Tres Marias Mountain, and Mount Hibok-Hibok). Thus, it has earned the distinction of having the most number of volcanoes per square kilometer than any other island on earth (it has a total land area of 238 square kilometers). Add to that a number of springs--hot and cold, which include the Ardent Hot Springs and the Sto. NiƱo Cold Springs. The island even has water that tastes like champagne wine or soda pop at the Bura Soda Pool (though I have no idea why it naturally tastes that way).

Camiguin also has a few waterfalls--the tallest one being the Katibawasan Falls, which measures up to be 70 meters or approximately 230 feet. I say it competes with Bisay Falls at Mt. Kairukan, though I'm not quite sure which is taller.

And no, I did not want to stay at that expensive hotel you see in the latter part of the photos (the 'Camiguin Highland Resort'). I got hustled into staying there because all of the cheaper cottages next to the beach were booked and the driver of the FX truck was not willing to take us to the other side of the island unless I paid a hefty fee. Thus, I ended up staying at this very nice and very expensive hotel that apparently even President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo once stayed at.

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