Mainit Hot Springs boasts man-made pool basins with concrete seats for visitors. Mainit is the Filipino word for 'hot'. The concealed yet well-known Mainit Hot Springs is situated in Sitio Mainit, Barangay Montañeza, Malabuyoc, roughly 126 kilometers down the southern part of Cebu.
The Mainit Hot Springs has a cluster of four pools with varying water temperatures, which range between 36 °C and 44 °C. The spring water is crystal clear.
Studies from PHIVOLCS (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology) and the Department of Energy finds the source of heat comes from a fault line linked to Negros Oriental. The temperature also connects to the hot volcanic rocks beneath the Monteza River, the primary water source of Mainit Hot Springs.
Locals say that before Mainit Hot Springs became what it is today, some engkantos lived there. These are mythical creatures that are often referred to as elves or fairies.
From Cebu City’s South Bus Termina, take a bus bound Santander that passes by Barili. Inform the conductor or driver that you are getting off at Malabuyoc so they can drop you off at the designated stop in the town. After alighting at the stop, you can walk or take a motorcycle to the hot springs’ entrance. Otherwise, you can take a private car straight to the hot springs.
Since the hot springs are located outdoors, it is best to visit between December and May, when there are fewer chances of rainfall. The hot springs are open daily from 7 AM to 4 PM.