Hibok-Hibok Volcano

Hiking in Camiguin

Hibok-Hibok volcano (1320m), which last erupted in 1951 (when nearly 600 people were killed as a result), provides a dramatic spark – no pun intended – to the island’s interior. Housed in a building about 525m off the main road is the Philippine Institute of Volcanology & Seismology (Philvolcs) Station, which monitors the volcano’s activity. A hired motorcycle or multicab will take you there to see the lacklustre equipment and memorabilia of past eruptions. Just past here is a small shop-cum-cafe.

In dry weather, it’s possible to climb the volcano, but it’s a demanding three- to four-hour steep, rocky climb (nearly the same time for the descent) and you need to be reasonably fit. From the peak you can see Bohol, Cebu and Negros on a clear day. Most resorts can provide guides (per group of four or fewer P1200, plus admission P500 and environmental fee P200); aim to leave around daybreak.