The furrowed flank of Mt. Hibok-Hibok rises majestically behind the capital town of Mambajao. The sharp-edged ridges, down whose sides run deeply cut channels from past magma flows, pose a great challenge to mountain climbers. One has to be seasoned enough to climb and manoeuvre over loose rocks and boulders in order to reach the volcano’s peak and be rewarded with the sight of its crater lake and a spectacular vista of the entire island of Camiguin. On a clear day, one can see on the horizon the silhouette of its neighbours, the island of Bohol, Cebu and Negros.
Around the summit of Mt. Hibok-Hibok are several small craters filled with water. These craters were small cracks in the volcano’s peak, where once lava flowed, and which hardened into bowl shapes and eventually filled with water and formed shallow lakes. Being active, numerous steam vents and outlets are at the sides and apex of the volcano.
The volcano can be approached from its base in Barangay Esperanza in the municipality of Mambajao. Climbers have to traverse dense forests and springs that bubble out of the ground. Different varieties of plants, especially ferns, grow under the cool shade of the trees. The sides of Mt. Hibok-Hibok, which were deposited with volcanic ash and other volcanic materials, were rendered very fertile. The famed sweetest lanzones of Mambajao and other crops are cultivated on these rich slopes.
This is Mt. Hibok-hibok as taken from White Island, Camiguin, Philippines. On its right is its volcanic dome named Mt. Vulcan where the Via Cruces can be found. It is considered an active volcano with its recorded earliest eruption in 1827 and the latest eruption in 1952. Nowadays, Mt. Hibok-hibok is considered a popular hiking destination. Its peak will take about 3-5 hours to reach.