Aside from the vibrant beach resorts in Cebu, a number of cold springs await tourists who have an insatiable thirst for natural springs. Scattered in the outskirts of the remote towns in the island of Cebu, spring waters are evident in municipalities like Tuburan, Balamban, Dalaguete, Tabogon, and Carmen.
Located in the town of Tuburan is the Molobolo Spring, a favorite hang out and side trip destination of both local and foreign tourists. Tuburan is gifted with the abundance of springs, which explains the evolution of the town’s name. Additionally, the word “Tuburan” comes from the Visayan dialect “tubod,” which means spring.The cool fresh water that comes from the Molobolo Spring flows directly to a large rectangular pool, where visitors can rejuvenate their parched bodies from the heat of the sun. During high tide, the water from the cold spring flows out to the sea, which is just in close proximity to the spring pool.For a fee of Php5 (adult) and Php2 (children aged 7 to 10 years old), you can already take an invigorating plunge into the cool waters of Molobolo Spring. There are also cottages which you can rent for a minimal fee of Php150 (small cottage) and Php300 (big cottage). Visitors can bring their own food. Assorted souvenir jewelry boxes, adorned with colorful sea shells, can be bought for just Php30 or Php50 a piece for the small boxes, while the big ones cost about Php100 to Php200.You can either ride a bus from the North Bus Terminal or the South Bus Terminal. There are several buses that will pass by Tuburan. Another option is to take a V-hire that takes the trans-central highway route.
For more information about the spring resort, you may contact the Mayor’s Office at (032) 463-9318 or (032) 463-8085. Molobolo Spring is maintained by the local government.
Still situated in Tuburan is another tourist attraction, the Mantawihan cold spring. This well-liked destination offers tourists a chance to enjoy the quietness and beauty of nature. The cool and refreshing spring water gives a soothing and relaxing feeling to one’s body.Aside from spring resorts, there are many other spots in Tuburan you might consider visiting. Have an adventure-filled trip as you visit their Marmol Cave, which has awe-inspiring scenery. You can also try stopping over at the Tuburan Church, which was built in 1857 but still bears an elegant and opulent facade. If you’re lucky enough to visit the town of Tuburan during the month of June, you can join the Tuburanhons in celebrating the Tubod Festival, which is their annual festivity in honor of their patron saint San Antonio de Padua.
The Obong Spring is situated in the municipality of Dalaguete, which takes about two and a half hours of travel time from the city. This spring is a very popular side trip destination, especially during the summer. Tourists and locals enjoy taking a plunge into the fresh water pool or just stopping by for a while to enjoy the calm and soothing environment. The Obong Spring is a mix of both fresh and salt water. This is so because during the high tide, the continuous flow of the spring water tends to mix with the sea water that is just in close proximity to the beach.Obong Spring is an ideal place for barkada escapades or family summer getaways. For a minimal fee of only Php10, you can have an invigorating and unforgettable experience with one of nature’s priceless gifts.
The spring can be reached by taking a bus from the South Bus Terminal. There are a lot of Ceres or Sunrays buses that pass by Obong Spring. Just instruct the bus conductor to drop you off at the Obong Spring’s unloading area. You may visit this link: http://www.everythingcebu.com/cebu-nature-escapades/obong-spring/ for more information regarding Obong Spring.
Another place that’s perfect for the entire family and friends to relax and unwind is the Uragay Spring. Otherwise known as the Uruguay Spring, this oasis is located in the quiet and unassuming town of Carmen, some 42 kilometers north of Cebu City. This cold spring has a large pool that goes more or less as deep as 8 feet. There are also a couple of cottages available for a minimal fee. It would be best for visitors to bring their own food and beverages as there is limited source within the vicinity.You can reach Uragay Spring by taking a bus from the North Bus Terminal. It usually takes about an hour or two to reach the town of Carmen. You can ask the bus driver or conductor to drop you off at the Carmen public market. From there, ride a motorcycle or “habal-habal,” which will cost you about Php15 to reach the spring.
Located in Balamban, a remote town that is dubbed as the shipbuilding capital of the Philippines is the Cambuhawe Spring. This cold spring is fondly visited by locals and tourists alike, especially during the summer. With its huge swimming pool, you can have a refreshing plunge into its cool fresh waters.Entrance fees are collected at a minimal cost, which is used for the maintenance of the swimming pool. Balamban can be reached in approximately one to two hours from the city. You can ride a bus from the South Bus Terminal or travel via V-hires that pass through the trans-central highway.
The Guiwanon Spring is a fusion of both fresh and sea water. The spring water comes from beneath the pool, which is adjoined by salt water during the high tide. As this spring isn’t fully developed like other cold spring resorts, it has retained its natural beauty. The visitors can’t help but be tempted to take a dip into its cool waters. Tourists usually just drop by the place to take a plunge for a while since there are not enough cottages to cater to all visitors. But, for those who enjoy a cowboy kind of escapade, they can opt to relax or have a picnic under the shade of a giant tree beside the pool.The Guiwanon Spring is located in Tabogon and can be reached by taking a bus from the North Bus Terminal.
A) Tuburan, Cebu
B) Dalaguete, Cebu
C) Carmen, Cebu
D) Balamban, Cebu