Philippines is within the Pacific Ring of Fire, thus the country has a couple of volcanoes in the area. The country is not exempted to earthquakes too. However, I have not heard of Cebu having a volcano in the island. But since the island is located on top of a certain fault line, we have places where there are hot springs. One of my self-proclaimed mission is to find a hot spring area in Cebu where I, myself especially, can enjoy a natural hot tub bath. Successfully, I found two places where I can enjoy them. For the meantime, I went to the Southwest of Cebu. I've never been to the West area of my own land. So it was an interesting adventure for me and my co-blogger, Milove. We were already at the Southeast so we just had to wait for a bus that would go to Samboan which is the Southernmost Municipality of the Southwest. Together with my small cousin, we all waited for a bus at around 7AM. It took only less than 30 minutes to arrive to Bato, Samboan. From that point, ride another bus towards Montaneza, Malabuyoc. For us, we went somewhere first before the spring, which I will be sharing here in the blog too.
It takes 30 minutes to an hour to go from Samboan to Malabuyoc using a bus. If you are unsure where to stop, you can tell the assistant driver who collects the pay where your destination is because they will be the one to tell the driver to stop for you.
This is where you should stop when you are at Montaneza. Across the drop-off area is a group of motorcycle for hire. The hot spring is located 3 kilometers away, so it is best to ride a motorcycle, besides it only cost PhP20.00 per person. A child under the age of 8 years old doesn't need to pay a fare.
The area looks really amazing, it was quiet and the wind was cool. It was a cloudy day when we went there.
This is the entrance of the spring:
Entrance fee is 20 pesos per person for locals while 40 pesos for foreigners.
There is a parking space for people who bring cars too.
|The view of he entrance from the inside.|
Getting in you will find details about the hot spring, it is best to read it especially for first timers, like me.
The following photos are on the way to the spring:
|There is a small fall here.|
The spring doesn't only offer hot springs, but also a normal cold spring so after dipping in the hot water, you can cool yourself down to avoid getting dizzy.
You can rent out some tables where you can put your food and stuffs together if you are in a big group and you brought your own food. Another option is to buy some food within since there are some people who prepared some food and sells them.
A restaurant and behind it is where the comfort room is located.
The photo above is the massage area. I am not sure if you have to pay for this separately since I didn't dare having myself a massage and I forgot to ask as well.
You can hold on the hand rails especially when you are so wet and the land seems slippery to walk on.
Those two tubs from the photo are the hottest tubs, the closest from the photo with fewer people is the 42.6 degrees Celsius, while the other next to it with more people is the 36.1 degrees Celsius.
I dipped on the hottest tub first and it was really hot. I had to slowly touch and dip myself. The tub was just 1 foot deep so it's either sitting down, or floating is the only way, no way to swim.
Even putting the face down the water in that heat was really difficult. Floating with the back facing down was best, or floating with the head on top of the water.
The second hottest pool was comfortable enough to play and swim. Although all the pools are really hard to swim in since the tub is really shallow and narrow so sitting is better than swimming especially if there are more people inside the tub.
This pool above has the lowest temperature of 35.8 degrees Celsius, so kids mostly prefer to take a dip on that area.
After taking a dip, it is best to lay down in the cool river. It feels so relaxing. Don't stay long in the hot spring. The longest would be 10 minutes because it makes a person lose consciousness.
When you start feeling dizzy, put your whole body in the river to cool the body temperature.
|See our co-blogger enjoying the sight of the people having fun in the area.|
After an hour of dipping, we just changed clothes and left the place. We had to catch the bus early to be able to go back to the city at the earliest time possible.
We were able to ride a motorcycle from the parking space and paid the same amount as we went out of the same drop off point.
The place was really quiet and there were few shops where we could buy something to eat. We haven't had lunch yet and the food inside was quite pricey for the budget.
We walked towards north to look for a bus and to look for a place where we could sit down as we wait and to be away from the eyes of other people who are curious about us and to be safe as well.
This is the view from the bridge towards the East. When the sky is clear, Negros island is totally visible from here. The water from the river is from the Mainit Spring.
Finally, after five minutes of walk, we were able to find a place to sit down as we wait.
After around 15 to 30 minutes of waiting we were able to spot a bus that will go to Samboan. There were really few cars that passed the place, it felt like we would even have to wait for an hour so that a bus would pass by.
We were so happy that we could leave the place at 1 to 2PM.
Overall, it was a great experience for me. I liked it and enjoyed the activity. I would want to go there one more time and more.
Guess, I have to visit the other location really soon since it is closer to me than this one.
For questions and inquiries or comments, they are highly recommended and welcomed.
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