Baslay Hot Springs A Hidden Gem In The Jungle

Baslay Hot Springs is located a little outside of Dumaguete, at the base of the Cuernos de Negros mountains, which is an ancient volcano in the Central Visayas region.

Being so close to Dumaguete, Baslay Hot Springs is the ideal destination for adventure seekers looking for some quick excitement. However, this isn’t just for just any regular tourist as it can be a little hard to find.

You also need to be prepared for steep steps, a few minor river crossings and to get your feet wet.

In Baslay, these hot springs are also referred to as the “twin springs” and is a favourite area for mostly local tourists and locals in Dauin.

It has been claimed in local folklore that the sulfuric therapeutic spring water helps to revitalise and is also an effective remedy for various skin conditions.

The water temperature is around 38° to 40°, but it certainly felt a lot hotter to me!

Where Are All The Tourists?

Several years ago, Baslay Hot Spring was the leading tourist area in Negros Oriental until it was destroyed in 2011 by Typhoon Sendong.

As a result, the hot spring is currently neglected and the area is braved by just a few wanderers and adventure seekers. Sadly, following super Typhoon Sendong, the existing facilities were not repaired.

However, there has been talking by the Municipal Council (Sangguniang Bayan) to raise some funds to assist in the reconstruction of the amenities of Hot Spring along, with other development in the area.

Ecotourism is on the rise in this area with nearby Casaroro Falls leading the charge, so I hope they are able to develop this area just enough to make it a bit more enjoyable as it does have massive potential in my view.

Boiling Hot Water!

The water here is unlike anything I have ever experienced. At the actual thermal source in the mountainside, it is literally boiling.

This water is coursed down into four man-made pools that are remnants of what remains after Typhoon Sendong hit in 2012. This water is combined with the cool spring water that flows from further upstream to make it bearable.

However, if you do plan to enter the hot spring’s water, do so at your own risk.

As mentioned, the water is very hot, with even the steam produced by the water creating a sauna effect that will have you sweating just standing next to it.

You can easily do this trip in half a day but if you are planning on staying a little longer, make sure to take along some drinks and snacks with you. There are absolutely no stores or restaurants close to the hot springs.

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You can see the steam coming off the water in the rapids

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This waterfall feeds down into the thermal water spring

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The water from this waterfall is cold and fresh mountain water

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Small thermal streams trickle into the basin of this waterfall

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How to get there

Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific fly to Dumaguete from Manila twice daily with the flight taking just over one hour.

After about a half an hour drive you will find a little sari-sari store on the right side of the road with a big sign advertising “Highland Brew Coffee”. This is the jump-off point to hike down to the hot springs. There are a few friendly locals around who can assist.

There is no public transport to here so you would either need to hire a motorbike in Dumaguete (approx P350/day) or negotiate with a local tricycle driver or habal-habal (motorbike taxi). You need to keep an eye out for the “Highland Brew Coffee” sign on the roadside. This is the jump-off point to hike down to the hot springs.

Dezza´s Tip

It is important (not imperative) to find someone with local knowledge to take you here, as it isn’t so easy to find. You can easily do this trip in half a day and is absolutely well worth the effort if you can manage it. Make sure you take swimming attire and plenty of water as it does get hot with all the thermal activity.