An early morning rise made me and my cousin’s overdue plan to visit Baslay hot spring, a place where we continually hear from my family who first went to the place 5 years ago. 5 years ago? Yes, I know how long it has been and to think, it’s just less than 20 km from where we are staying. I laughed at myself after I visited the place, thinking how come it took me so long to see this amazing local place.
My experience took me (with my family) only half a day to explore the place, yet, I would say, it was worth half a day to endure the place and to gain natural treatment for my body pain and so with my skin disorder, where even though the sulfur has a “rotten egg” smell, I feel how it rejuvenates my body and made all of us so relax the whole time we soak ourselves in the water. We even joke about how sleepy we were, and we thought we should bathe in the place for a lifetime as we really sense how calm life was.
Although we enjoyed doing that, we also came to know that due from the typhoon Sendong that took place last 2012, almost 85% of the place were destroyed. Regardless of the damage, it caused, a massive amount of water still flows in, and there’s a tube where cold water runs through in order to control its water temperature base on our preference. It may not be as comfortable area as what it was before, yet, it is a place worth our precious time. Before, there were huts to rest in (my uncle described to me how it looked like the first time they were here), which is needed if the rain comes in, right now it is widely open and no place to stop or rest during rainy days and the path to the top has been cut off, the trail going there has no route already, it’s been closed. Although for me, it is an adventurous way to climb to the top, yet, my family decided not to pursue our trek as the slope is unmanageable and is unsafe to our 10-year-old cousin who came with us. We were actually lucky to experience the place with the good weather so it was easy for us to check part of the course. If you can, you should do this, we were being told by the habal-habal drivers that the top section is where Apo Island can be visible and it will surely mesmerize us. Unfortunately, we didn’t, we thought of the family’s safety.
Never missed taking habal-habal from Dauin proper or near a public market to the Baslay Hot spring starting point. I sure you will enjoy this open transportation on the way to the top. Fortunately, the visibility of the weather is so clear that we could see the full view of Mount Talinis. I thought it was a reward for we started early in the morning right after sunrise. Our visit took place at the end of August 2016, which usually is a rainy season.
There’s no one in the place, not even a caretaker, I am unsure if this is how it should be since we didn’t meet any local nearby to ask with. Thus, our entrance was free.
Take a moment to stay longer in the pool, there were 4 mini pools in the center of the area and 1 bigger pool situated apart from the mini pools. These mini-pools are connected to each other. It is where we immerse ourselves. Why do I suggest to stay longer? It’s actually a healthy solution to every skin problem. I’ve been to few hot springs in the Philippines, and I totally love how it helps my skin problems. I tried in Pulang Bato Valencia, and was able to stay longer also in Camiguin Island’s famous hot spring. However, this Baslay hot spring is different from these places I referred to, its temperature for me is higher than the other 2 names mentioned. I can say we experienced from 36 to 40-degree temperature, which we can control manually from the fresh water coming out of the tube.
Applied sulfur into the body. Though I didn’t do this, my uncle and other family members did, they tried to get some sulfur from everywhere surrounding the area, and cover their body with it, seemed really a healthy way to me. I didn’t know its full benefits when you cover your skin with the sulfur, not until I did some research right after our visit. You may be surprised at its benefits, search in Google for more information. They actually enjoy applying the sulfur to their body, and let it stay for longer hours. It’s like having some free spa then.
We did our little picnic, a thing I love to do (but too lazy to prepare actually). We brought food with us, mostly sweets (just a coincidence), from moist choco cake to biscuits, chips, and water. It’s a must to bring food and a lot of water, for you will get to hike some couple of steps to down and up.
If you are a nature lover, loves to see how green the place is, you should try to come to this place, you won’t get bored from its rich color.
Author: Ferna Mae
Ferna is from the Philippines who travel spontaneously. Thrives to be more independent in her own skin. She first traveled The Philippines first before she embarked to other countries. She believes that by traveling, her undying crave for learning excites her in a more profound way. Her flexibility had proven her that time is genuine. As a former tour guide in the Philippines, she hopes that her travel experiences will give value to the aspiring travelers. Connect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org,