The small town of Alegria on Cebu is the perfect base for so many adventures. We arrived at our hostel, dropped our bags and and looked at the clock. With three hours of light left, we asked the hostel owner if there was a waterfall nearby and she told us to get on a bus and visit Mainit Hot Springs. We crossed our fingers and hoped to visit a gem and in the end it was one of my favourite spots nearby Alegria.
The bus will drop you at the side road leading towards the hot springs where many locals will tell you it is too far to walk or it is closing shortly. It does close at sunset but you can definitely walk as it only takes 20 minutes to stroll up the hill. The walk was interesting in itself as you walk past lots of farms, houses and kids playing on the road.
As you feel yourself getting deeper and deeper in the jungle you will finally reach the entrance station. The Mainit Hot Spring entrance fee was 20 pesos or 40c USD. You don’t need a guide from here but many locals may request to accompany you.
The road veers off through the yards of several huts and begins to follow the winding stream. My anticipation began to build as the sound of flowing water intensified. Unfortunately because of the rain the path to the waterfall was closed, which would have only made this location more amazing.
We arrived at the hot spring and there were about 20 locals hanging out in the different pools. The pools are different temperatures and sign posted with the temperature. I asked one of the locals how it is so specific and he said it is always the same with a tiny fluctuation. One hot spring was 42 degrees, which was incredibly hot. So hot in fact that we had trouble getting in unless we lowered our bodies very slowly into the water.
The other hot spring was a much more comfortable 36 degrees, like an open water jungle spa. Sitting in that hot spring looking up at coconut trees with the last light of the day glowing in the sky reminds me how beautiful the world is and how lucky I am to be able to experience new places. Hanging out here with a group of friends at sunset is probably the ultimate way to end the day in Malabuyoc.
One of the locals told us the extremely hot water of the Mainit Hot Spring can help your skin, arthritis and a number of other ailments. Filipinos all seem to have great skin so maybe this is their secret!