The Maquinit Hot Spring in Coron, Palawan is one of the few saltwater hot springs in the Philippines that would really give you the real time experience of what it feels to be immersed in a large hot tub. With an unusually cold wind coming from the sea and the mountain, you may want to try dipping your fingers and your toes first. At 39 to 40 degrees Celsius, it can be unbearable when you totally immerse yourself without first trying some parts of your body. Actually, you will feel how your body reacts to the cold air and the hot water when you dip into the hot pool. It is like having the cold wind touching the skin of your face and the hot water soothing the lower half part of your body.
Full immersion, immersing the body up to your shoulders at a temperature level between 39 to 42 degrees Celsius for 5 to 30 minutes helps you relax as well as promotes metabolism, which is beneficial for the skin and joint problems. However, the heat may increase blood flow and can potentially overload the heart.
Dipping in the hot spring is not recommended for the aged and for those who have cardiovascular problems. Dipping in hot springs or even a mere hot tub can land your heart in hot water, because the sudden or extended immersion in hot water may superheat your body and stress your heart.
Immersing in hot water is potentially dangerous for people with known or suspected heart disease. When you submerge your body in hot water, your temperature rises, but your blood pressure drops. When your body is superheated, your blood vessels dilate, the heart rate and pulse increase to counteract the drop in the blood pressure.
In general, the use of hydrotherapy in various forms and temperatures produces different effects in the body. Regular use of the natural hot saltwater pool significantly decreases your tension, fatigue, and mood negative state points.
Photos taken August 19 2017 at the Maquinit Hot Spring, Coron, Palawan, Philippines
Watch the sunset while you dip
Because the pool is located at the side of the seawater, you can actually watch the sunset or sunrise from where you stand or sit in a dip.
The mangrove trees surround the area. You will notice that the shallow water in the mangrove area leads to the pools. With the ongoing development, you can tell the design and layout has been nicely conceived by the owners.
Start your trip to the place at about 3 pm. You will most likely reach the place in 30 minutes or so. Do not go there from 9am to 3pm. Your skin would likely get scalded from the heat of the sun and of the hot water.
This may give you some insights about the resort
The Maquinit Hot Spring is composed of three pools. That would be the main pool and two smaller pools. It has a viewing deck that looks out to the bay and gives you a good view of the pools.
The water is actually heated by an underground volcano. Because it is nestled between the hills and the bay, you can taste the saltwater mixed with the hot spring water. The owner then built the rock pool so it catches the water to provide a much better and safer place for the guests whenever they want to dip or swim.
There are cottages for rent and a small shop where you can stay and have a drink or eat light snacks. The experience was really awesome.
Entrance fee is P150. The resort is open from 8am to 10pm, but stops taking guests at 8pm.
How to reach the Maquinit Hot Spring
Sitio Maquinit, Barangay Tagumpay
Mobile: 0917 819 5327 or 0918 344 4633
From Coron Town proper, you can take a tricycle for a P300 to P350 pakyaw cost. The driver will wait outside the resort for 2 hours, but you can bargain or add some more pesos if you want to view the sunset from the pool.