Year-End Trekking in Catmon

Heard about a Hot Spring destination in Catmon some time ago; so, the gang of wanderers decided to pay the place a visit as a year-end getaway.

Another day of fun and nature-lovin’ with some friends slash colleagues. Dec 30th, Yr 2013 Location: Catmon, Cebu – Esoy Hot Springs

T’was quite a long drive (a passenger’s observation) and quite steep too.

How to get there: Stop at JM Poultry in Catmon Ride a motorcycle-for-hire (Habal-habal) to Esoy Hot Springs.
If you’re driving…just drive straight up the road beside JM Poultry When you reach an intersection, go left and drive straight again. The other way leads to a cemetery 😉

You’ll then come across a white gate on the left side of the road.

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     Walking down a long and winding    stairway to our table

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           Life Jackets

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           The Hanging Bridge

Just below the bridge is a cave where hot spring water trickles.

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               And so the trek begins…

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        Waterfall-like spring …

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Around 15-mins later, we reached the end of the trek. You also have the option to jump. The climb to get to the top of Ka-Tinggo is pretty challenging and you have to be extra careful; one misstep could be dangerous.  The drop is short, but it’s worth it.

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   Catmon’s 100meter Ka-Tingo falls and its 150-ft-deep catch basin water

The resort does not allow walk-in guests. RESERVATION IS A MUST!

For Reservations, contact Esoy Hot Springs 4309250 09218133296

For meals, the resort does not serve or cater food (meals), but they do have a small store with a few drinks and snacks. And, NO CORKAGE. Yey!!

Entrance : P100 Cottage: P500 Life Vest: P50 (required when trekking)

Now, the fact that there is a hot spring in Catmon got me wondering if there is a volcano nearby. Turns out, there really is. Mount Catmon is listed by The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) as one of the 355 inactive volcanoes in the Philippines.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_inactive_volcanoes_in_the_Philippines

The municipality of Catmon is home to Mt. Tabayag (in Brgy. Duyan) which is believed to be an extinct volcano due to the existence of a hot spring flowing underneath it —  Mainit Hot Springs (aka Esoy Hot Springs). Cool, eh?

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