Guide to Philippines’ Natural Thermal Springs
The country of the Philippines is made up of more than 7,000 islands, and most of these tropical paradises have hot springs. Unlike other countries where the spring water is generally contained in spas or therapy centers, most Filipino mineral springs are open-air, some even sitting in mangrove copses.
The weather in the Philippines makes traveling there for hot spring bathing accessible year-round. It rarely is below 21 °C (70 °F) or above 32 °C (90 °F).
Here we’ll highlight some of the awesome hot springs on the two largest Filipino islands: Luzon and Mindanao.
On this northernmost giant, you’ll find Manila, the Philippine capital. Strangely, this island is famed for both its industry (around the highly populated city) and its rural farming. Places like the Batad Rice Terraces and Mayon Volcano are must-see attractions on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. Also a must-see: the rock pools of Sibol Hot Spring.
You can camp right beside the Sibol Hot Spring and probably should since there are so many pools and mineral waterfalls to experience. The Seven Bowls waterfall feeds the spring, and it’s named such because the water collects in seven large tiered basins, all of which are open to swimmers.
To get to the Sibol Hot Spring, you will have to hike. Visitors have commented that the trail is fairly easy and doesn’t take any particular skill to complete.
Another gem on Luzon island is Bokal na Mainit Hot Spring, where the mineral spring is funneled into a sort of waterpark. It’s tradition when visiting Bokal na Mainit to take a picture with the resort’s statue of King Kong. If you’d like to hang out for a while by the spring, you can book a stay in one of the resort’s many villas.
Other hot springs on Luzon:
- Panicuason Hot Springs Resort
- Hidden Valley Springs
- Calidus Laguna Hot Spring Resort
- 88 Hotspring Resort And Hotel
- Luisa Ridge Hot Spring Resort Spa
- Sol Y Viento Mountain Hot Springs and Resort
- Puning Hot Spring and Restaurant
- Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks
- Manleluag Spring National Park
- River View Hotspring Resort and Hotel Asin Road
- Asin-Tuel Hot Springs
- Hapao Hot Spring
Mindanao is known for its pristine, postcard-worthy beaches. Therefore, it’s no wonder that this second largest Filipino island is considered the country’s ‘surf capital.’ However, for those looking for hot springs, Mindanao won’t disappoint.
Take, for instance, Tangub Hot Spring, where the hot water is hidden until the ocean pulls back at low tide. Only then can you see the spring basin. It is one of the rare places where you can bathe in mineral water but see and smell the spray of ocean saltwater. Visitors are warned to beware of the barnacles that grow at the bottom of the hot spring and can be pointy. Shoes are highly recommended while bathing.
Another Mindanao treasure is Lake Agco Natural Hot Spring & Cold Spring. Here you can bathe in and hike the nature preserve, then cool off in the cold spring. Several canopied areas allow for rest outside of the water. Waterfalls run down the rocky slopes and it’s really something memorable to see the clouds of steam rise over the treetops.
Other hot springs in Mindanao:
- Mapaso Hot and Cold Spring
- Alubijid Hot Spring
- Sigacad Hot Spring
- Guinoman Hot Spring
- Vergara Hot Spring Resort
- Mado Hot Spring National Park
- Mambucal Hot Spring
- Mainit Hot Spring
- Sang’ngawan Hotprings Falls
- Marawer Hot Spring
- Davao Del Sur
- Buso Hot Spring
- Kanlawig Hot Spring Resort
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You’ll find great food, ancient forests, and hot springs galore on these islands. Book a hot springs holiday to the Phillippines soon. You’ll be glad you did in this country of more than 7,100 islands.
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