Maquinit Hot Spring: Frequently Asked Questions Answered
Our Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions about Maquinit Hot Spring
We understand that planning a trip to a remote place anywhere in the Philippines can bring you a lot of questions that you are concerned about. In this post, we are answering different questions about Maquinit Hot Spring in Coron, Palawan base on our latest knowledge and on our experience. So, let’s dive in!
1. Are there any changing rooms or showers at Maquinit Hot Spring?
Yes, there are changing rooms, showers, and rest rooms in Maquinit Hot Spring. These are basic facilities for the convenience of all the visitors. They are well-maintained and clean. Just bring your own shower kits like soap, shampoo, comb, change of clothes and towel.
Please note that these facilities are shared by both men and women. But you know what? You can just get off the pool and head back straight to your hotel and take a shower there. That’s what most people do.
2. How to get to Maquinit Hot Spring?
By speed boat or traditional boat via a tour package
In case you have booked a tour package, then rest assured as transportation won’t be something you need to worry about. Your mode of transportation to get to your destination will be through a boat ride. However, if you want to take your transportation to the next level and arrive in style, you have the option to choose our speed boat. Both methods of transportation will guarantee a comfortable and enjoyable journey to your destination. This way, you can sit back, relax, and take in all the beautiful sights while we take care of the transportation for you.
By public transportation like tricycle
Now, if you prefer a public transportation, your best option is the tricycle. Depending on where you are in Coron, the tricycle fair ranges from P200 to P250. It usually has a maximum passenger seating capacity of 4. For taller travelers, you may find it small and may want to rent another one for your convenience. The ride will take you about 30 minutes to get there.
By motor cycle rental, "mot mot" or scooter
If you are a motor cycle rider, you can go to the town and rent a motor cycle. Here in the Philippines, two-wheeled motor bikes are called “motor” regardless of its engine capacity. Some motor cycle enthusiasts call it “mot mot”. The rent ranges from P400 to P800 per motor cycle. Note that the price depends on the duration of the rental, season, specific model, and other necessary inclusions like helmets, insurance, and other services. Just take a walk along the main road of Coron and you will easily find them.
By private van
If you are booked outside of Coron, your most convenient way is via a private van. Check with your hotel if you can rent a van to go to Maquinit Hot Spring. The price range would depend with your hotel so we can not give you exact advise about this.
While this option is not the most convenient, it can be fun to see the town, the small souvenir shops, or discover small restaurants and other business establishments. From the town proper of Coron up to Maquinit Hot Spring, it will take you about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Start early and bring lights because the last few kilometers have no light posts. A better option is to go there on foot and go back to the town via a tricycle.
3. How much does it cost to enter Maquinit Hot Spring?
Based on the official Facebook page of Maquinit Hot Springs, this is the current price matrix as of April 1, 2023:
|Senior Citizens and Persons with Disability (PWD)||P214.29/pax|
|Children, 3 to 10 years old||P150.00/pax|
|Children, 2 years old and below||Free|
|Residents of Coron, Busuanga, and Culion|
|Senior Citizen, PWD, Students, and Children||P150.00/pax|
|2 years old and below||Free|
|Senior Citizens and PWD who are residents of Coron and Busuanga (for the 1*50 Senior Citizens/PWDs)||Free (every Tuesdays only)|
Other fees that you need to know
|Big open cottage||P300.00|
|Small open cottage||P200.00|
|Corkage fee (wine, liquor and other hard drinks)||P500.00|
All residents of Coron, Busuanga, and Culion must present any valid government-issued ID before entry. Maquinit Hot Spring management will accept IDs taken with a mobile phone provided they are clear and readable.
4. What time does Maquinit Hot Spring open and close to visitors?
Maquinit Hot Spring operating hours is from 8AM to 8:00PM. The gate closes to visitors at 7PM. So if you are going there by foot, start early as it take around 1 hour and 20 minutes to get there.
It is more favorable to visit Maquinit Hot Spring in the later afternoon or in the evening. Just a reminder that the resort can get really busy during this parts of the day.
5. Where is Maquinit Hot Spring located?
Maquinit Hot Spring is located about 5 kilometers away east of the town proper of Coron.
6. What is the temperature of the water at Maquinit Hot Spring?
The temperature of the water at Maquinit Hot Spring ranges from 38°C to 41°C. Do you know that in August 20, 1884, French naturalist and explorer Alfred Marche documented that the temperature was 41°C. On a Facebook post in 2016 by the Maquinit Hot Spring management, they confirmed that the temperature was still the same 130 years after.
7. Is Maquinit Hot Spring saltwater or freshwater?
Maquinit Hot Spring is saltwater. In fact, it is one of the few saltwater springs in the world. The only saltwater hot spring in the Philippines. The saline water is heated by an underground volcanic activity that is then pushed upward to the ground.
8. Is Maquinit Hot Spring safe to swim in for children and the elderly?
Yes, it is safe to swim in Maquinit Hot Spring. As a matter of fact it has several therapeutic benefits. Some of the claims, though, is not backed by any scientific studies so take it with cautions.
Some cautions before you soak in the water. The temperature of 41°C can dry your skin and hair. Also, if you are pregnant, or senior citizens, or with medical condition, please check with your doctor first before going to Coron. Lastly, always keep hydrated.
9. What is the best time to visit Maquinit Hot Spring?
We recommend visiting the Maquinit Hot Spring in later afternoon or in the evening. This is to take advantage of the cooler temperature and avoiding sunburn. This is also a good time to cap of the day after an enjoyable island hopping in Coron Island with your family or friends.
In our Exclusive Island Speed Boat Tour, Maquinit Hot Spring is our last destination. The ambiance of the place towards the evening is enhanced because of the dim lights and the steam from the hot water.
10. Can I bring my own food and drinks?
Sure, you can bring your own food and drinks. They also sell food and drinks, just ask any of the crew or approach the store. However, if you bring your own food and drinks, please be reminded of the following:
11. How long should I spend time at Maquinit Hot Spring?
The answer to this question is more of a personal preferences. The key consideration here is to always listen to what your body feels and tells. If you are feeling dizzy, lightheaded or nauseous, get out of the water immediately.
Tips for soaking in Maquinit Hot Spring:
In Summary: Maquinit Hot Spring FAQs Answered
We hope that this post has steamed away any uncertainties, answering your burning questions about the “one and only saltwater hot spring in the Philippines“, the Maquinit Hot Spring. As always, remember to tread with respect and soak in the hot spring responsibly.
With its natural healing properties, stunning scenery and tranquil atmosphere, Maquinit Hot Spring offers the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate. Whether you are a local or a tourist, this hot spring is definitely a must-visit attraction in Coron, Palawan.