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Cebu has plenty of options for taking a dip, including cold springs!
Cebu is full of places where you can beat the country’s tropical weather: from white-sand beaches to cascading waterfalls, there are options left and right. When it comes to keeping cool, Cebu island also hides a handful of unique treasures: freshwater springs. Apart from providing a chill experience, these natural springs in Cebu may also bring healing powers for both the mind and the body. If you want a relaxing retreat in one of these natural springs in Cebu for your next adventure, read on!
Guiwanon Spring is one of the most relaxing places in Tabogon, Cebu.
Image: “Guiwanon Cold Spring. Tabogon, Cebu” by Marcelino Rapayla Jr. is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Guiwanon Spring, a pristine site about three hours north of Cebu, has two spring pools: one shallow and one deep. The deeper one is around 6 feet and is situated near a huge balete (a species of Ficus) tree that provides enough shade from the heat of the sun. The color of gin-clear water spring also shifts from green to bluish green.
This place is also ideal for family outings especially during hot seasons.
Image: Kansanto Spring, Badian Facebook Page
Another great place to cool down is Kansanto Spring in Southern Cebu. The spring water in this dipping pool comes from the famous cool waters of Kawasan Falls. Since the pool is wide and deep enough to dive in, it a great place to paddle and swim. Around the pool are cottages surrounded by flora which makes the location also ideal for a relaxing lunch.
If you need healing from body pains, head to this miraculous spring!
Image: Sogod Cebu Facebook Page
According to locals, the waters of Binaliw Spring are capable of healing any form of sickness since there is a grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes beside the spring. Visitors can take pleasure in taking a bath in the flowing river, although devotees usually fetch water in this spring to drink or use as an ointment to heal wounds. There are no cottages, but the place is heavily surrounded by enough trees to hide you from the sun.
Gakub Springs cold pools are situated within a mangrove area in Dalaguete, Cebu.
Image: Cebu Philippines Facebook Page
Along with the stunning scenery in Dalaguete, one of the town’s pride is Gakub Spring, a spot that is home to fresh cold springs. Tourists traveling around southern Cebu can come to the invitingly cold springs to cool down. The pools’ spots are directly under the sun, but there are also cottages and trees around them to provide shade for guests.
Location:Cambuhawe Spring Swimming Pool, Balamban, Northwestern Cebu
Cambuhawe Spring offers more space for swimmers.
Image: Balamban’s Best Facebook Page
Here is an option if you want a bigger pool of spring water: Cambuhawe Spring. The spring features an Olympic-sized swimming pool containing cold and clean water straight from the mountain spring, making it ideal for swimmers who want to avoid chlorine. After diving all day, you can relax under the trees and breathe in fresh mountain air. Cambuhawe Spring is one of the places locals go to for a quick weekend getaway or swimming exercises.
For centuries, natural springs have brought amazing wonders to everyone. Given that this pandemic has caused a lot of stress, dipping in one of these springs will surely take your mind off things and cleanse your body. While visiting, just remember to keep your distance and observe proper health protocols!
Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions wherever you go. Have a great trip!
About Shanice Reyes
Shanice Reyes writes to buy herself good coffee and bike parts. When she's not writing, you can find her playing Ultimate Frisbee, traveling to new places, or hanging out with her dogs and tarantulas. Though she has an irrational fear of heights, she'd love to try sky-diving one day.
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