2014 • 07 • 02
The Maquinit Hot Springs is one of the only few saltwater hot springs in the world. The 30-minute tricycle ride on the dusty road to the hot spring can be tough, but it gets rewarding once you have reached the spot.
Here, mangrove trees surround the area, as if guardians of the stunning beach. There are two available pools of warm saltwater at the site. The flooring and walls of the pool are covered in pebbles. The pool temperature plays between 37° to 40° Celsius. While it certainly takes time to adjust the body to the temperature, remember that it gets more soothing and more therapeutic later on. Just don’t stay in the water too long.
Nearest airport: Busuanga Airport
How to get there: From Busuanga Airport, ride a van to Coron Town Proper then take a 30-minute tricycle ride to Maquinit (P300-P400, two-way).
Where to Stay: Maquinit is open from 8 AM to 8 PM only; therefore, staying overnight is highly unlikely. Find affordable inns and hotels in the town proper of Coron instead.
If you have more time: Trek to the second tallest peak in Coron, Mt. Tapyas, then pamper yourself and nurse your muscle pains in the hot spring!
Regular entrance fee: P150
Discounted rates are as follows (present a valid ID upon paying):
Residents of Coron: P75
Senior citizens/Students: P120
Children aged 5-10 years old: P75
Children below 5: FREE
Photo by: Harry Balais