ABOUT MT. HIBOK HIBOK
Mt. Hibok Hibok is an active stratovolcano located on the island of Camiguin. It has erupted five times in modern history, the most recent one occurring in 1951 and killed over 3,000 people.
Despite its past explosive nature and being under constant monitoring by PHIVOLCS, the volcano is quiet today and has become a popular hiking destination. The volcano has six hotsprings – namely Ardent Spring, Tangob, Bugong, Tagdo, Naasag, and Kiyab, and three craters – Kanangkaan, Itum, and Ilihan.
WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT IT
Mt. Hibok Hibok presents a daring challenge to adventurous souls. After all, not very many can claim to climb a volcano. That said, as long as you coordinate properly with the authorities and follow all advisories, a hike up Mt. Hibok Hibok should be a safe one.
Aside from the bragging rights, Mt. Hibok Hibok has a charm that lies primarily in its rich and abundant forest vegetation. This is a great attraction for those who loves to be immersed in a sea of fresh green scenery. Its trails are adorned with mosses and ferns, some of which are edible (pako salad anyone?). But before you gorge yourself, don’t forget your LNT principles!
HOW TO GET THERE
Important Note: Permits need to be secured at the DENR office in Mambajao before hiking any of the Camiguin mountains.
To go to Camiguin, take a flight to Cagayan de Oro (CDO). From CDO, take a two hour bus ride to Balingoan Pier, where there are ferry trips going to Camiguin throughout the day. Arriving at the island, you can take a habal habal to your preferred jump off points either at Yumbing or Ardent Spring.
There are also flights from Cebu to Camiguin, so if you wish to avoid sea travel, you can get a connecting flight through Cebu.
THE TRAILS OF MT. HIBOK HIBOK
The Yumbing trail is considered an easier one while the trail that starts at Ardent Spring presents a more challenging option. Both can be covered in a traverse dayhike.
If hiking up the Yumbing side, the crater lake can be reached on the way to the summit. There is a small lagoon and a clearing where you can rest and take in the surrounding scenery. The trail to the summit is steep with the presence of sharp rocks and pitcher plants. At the summit on a clear day, you can see the mossy crater lake, White Island, and surrounding islands.
DID YOU KNOW?
Camiguin has been nicknamed the island of volcanoes, having seven in all. Mt. Timpoong at 1,450 meters above sea level is higher than Mt. Hibok Hibok (1,332 MASL) , but the latter has grown more popular, no thanks in small part to its explosive activities.
MORE TRAVEL GUIDE TO MT. HIBOK HIBOK
- Gear up! Make sure you come prepared. Visit our Outdoor Gear section to know what you need to bring.
- Safety first! For outdoor safety tips and reminders, visit our article on Outdoor Safety.
- Always remember to Leave No Trace (LNT). For more responsible outdoor practices, visit our Leave No Trace (LNT) article.
“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” – Greg Child