When it comes to out of town trips, we usually go for the countless beaches and mountains we have here in the Philippines. But as the weather (finally!) gets colder, here’s a different idea you can try for your next vacation: warming up at a hot spring!
It’s believed by many that hot springs actually have therapeutic benefits. So if you’ve got aches and bumps that need soothing or you just simply want to relax, you know where to go! To help you out, we’ve got a list of five hot springs you can find in the country. Time to grab your friends and family and make some plans!
1. Ardent Hot Spring
First on our list is a hot spring you can find in Camiguin! Probably the most popular one among Camiguin’s hot and cold springs, the Ardent Hot Spring can be found on the foot of Mt. Hibok-Hibok, an active volcano that supplies the hot spring water.
It’s truly a nature lover’s paradise because you get to soak up in thermally heated water surrounded by a lush landscape and stone walls. The hottest pool reaches a temperature of 40°C and is usually the most crowded pool. However, it’s highly recommended that you only spend 15-20 minutes in it to avoid any negative side effects on your body.
Once the 15-20 minutes are up, simply take a break and head to one of the cooler pools. One of them even reaches up to 6 feet in depth, making it perfect for swimming! Once your body has cooled down, you can always head back to the hottest pool for another round.
Ardent Hot Spring can be found in Esperanza Tagdo, Mambajao, Camiguin.
2. Asin Hot Springs
Baguio is a very popular tourist destination regardless of what time in the year. During summer, people like to flock to the city to escape the scorching heat in Metro Manila. During the Ber months, people still head up to enjoy the colder-than-usual weather. Should the cold start bothering you or you just want to loosen up after a long trip to Baguio, there’s a nearby hot spring that may just be what you need!
Located in Nangalisan, Tuba, Benguet, Asin Hot Springs is just a 30-minute or so drive from Baguio. Believed to be a result of the nearby dormant volcano, Mt. Cabuyao, the Asin Hot Springs can be enjoyed through the handful of resorts found within the area.
Accommodations can be found in resorts like Palm Grove Hot Spring and Mountain Resort, and Neverland Mountain Resort. So if you want to extend your stay and enjoy the Asin Hot Spring even more, you’ll have no problem doing so!
Asin Hot Springs can be found in Nangalisan, Tuba, Benguet.
Palm Grove Hot Spring and Mountain Resort can be found in Asin, Nangalisan, Tuba, Benguet.
Neverland Mountain Resort can be found along KM 12 Lasong, Tadiangan, Asin, Nangalisan, Tuba, Benguet.
3. Manleluag Spring Protected Landscape
We have more than 30 protected landscapes in the country that’s under the care of the government. One of them is the Manleluag Spring Protected Landscape, which is located in Mangatarem, Pangasinan. A trip here will immerse you in nature, especially if you decide to explore the mini forest. Expect to see some wildlife roaming around freely. Should you want to rest, you can also rent a cottage for you and your group!
The park’s main attraction, however, remains to be the hot spring pools. There are three pools that are open to the public, including one that’s even meant for kids! The pool closest to the spring itself is a favorite among tourists. Though small in size, it has the hottest temperature that’s perfect for a soothing and relaxing swim.
The Manleluag Spring Protected Landscape can be found along Romulo Highway, Mangatarem, Pangasinan.
4. Maquinit Hot Springs
What sets Maquinit Hot Springs apart from the others on this list is the fact that it’s one of the few salt water hot springs in the entire world. Located in Coron, it takes a 30-minute trip to get here from the town proper. Many tourists also opt to head here after hiking up the nearby Mt. Tapyas. Sounds like a great idea, especially with all the aches and pains you get after a solid hike. A word of warning though: don’t just jump into these hot springs the moment you get a chance!
“After climbing Mt. Tapyas, a nice, relaxing dip in hot water is just what I needed and I could not wait to just dive right in. Big mistake. It’s really hot!” says Bernisse C. in her looloo review. These hot springs have a temperature that ranges from 37°C to 40°C so remember to get in slowly and carefully to allow your body to adjust.
“It’s advisable to stay there for a maximum of 20 minutes, get up and cool yourself down for fifteen minutes before taking another dip,” Bernisse C. adds. “Oh, have I mentioned where it gets the heat? Apparently, there in a non-active volcano under the hot springs.”
Maquinit Hot Springs can be found along the Coron Busuanga Road, Coron, Palawan.
5. Puning Hot Springs and Sand Spa
If you want a trip that’s equal parts adventure and rejuvenation without going far from Manila, Puning Hot Springs and Sand Spa is a perfect destination for you! Getting to the spa will surely be a highlight for adventure junkies because you’ll need to go on a 4×4 off-road ride through the lahar canyons and flowing creeks of Mt. Pinatubo.
It can be a pretty bumpy ride so you probably won’t waste time trying out the spa treatments Puning has to offer. For those who want to just unwind and laze around in hot water, the hot spring pools are a must try. Puning’s pools get their water from the Sacobia River, which is thermally heated by Mt. Pinatubo. These pools are located on multi-level outdoor terraces, guaranteeing a great view of the mountains and the surrounding area.
Puning Hot Springs and Sand Spa can be found in Sitio Target, Sapang Bato, Angeles, Pampanga.