July 14, 2016

Maquinit Hot Springs

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  • Hot springs aren’t usually associated with an island visit, but Coron is one of the few exceptions. There’s one hot spring in Coron town that everyone goes to, local or tourist: Maquinit Hot Springs.





    Maquinit Hot Springs is composed of three pools: a main pool that can accommodate at least 100 people, and two smaller pools that can hold at least 10. The best thing about the hot spring, however, is the fact that it is a natural saltwater hot spring. “Experts have told me it’s one of the very few natural saltwater springs in the world”, says Lia Ramos, whose family owns the very land the hot springs are found in.

    “It started as a small enclosure, holding no more than six people. As the water came rushing out, we kept on expanding the enclosure to what you see today”, she added.

    The best way to reach Maquinit Hot Springs is via tricycle at P100 per passenger, or P300 if you want the tricycle to yourself. It may sound like a dent in your wallet, but that’s already going to and from the hot springs.





    Saltwater hot springs are much more beneficial compared to freshwater hot springs thanks to more minerals present in the water. Both locals and tourists enjoy these hot springs and the multitude of health benefits it offers.





    It’s made even more unique with the presence of blue-green algae in its pools, seen by many as a form of “super food”. They used to clean it out, but have since kept it for its health benefits, completing the treatment you can get at Maquinit.



    GREEN IS GOOD. Or in this case, blue-green algae.


    Maquinit Hot Springs is also protected by a mangrove forest, ensuring it retains its natural charm for decades to come. It has a view deck that looks out to the bay which doubles as a dock for anyone who’s coming from Kayangan Lake.

    With its temperature hovering around 40°, it’s the perfect way to end your day in Coron. Whether you’re coming off of an island hopping tour or a hike up Mt. Tapyas, a dip at Maquinit will soothe your aching muscles, all while you marvel at its natural beauty.

    It’s also a great way to start your day, with the sounds of the sea mixed with the sounds of the forest giving you a boost in the morning.

    Maquinit Hot Springs is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., though they stop taking in guests at 8 p.m. A P200 entrance fee will let you use the pools throughout the day. There’s a small shop in the premises for anyone who wants to have a drink or eat light snacks, and cottages for you to stay in.

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