Let’s take ourselves back to the birth place of our country’s national hero and head over for a trip to where famous attractions like the hot springs and Pagsanjan Falls are located. Laguna is coined to be the resorts capital of the Philippines. I never get tired of visiting the place; with so many tourist spots in the area it’s really difficult to conquer the province. Though difficult, it isn’t entirely impossible. Check out my other Laguna adventures at Lake Pandin and the different waterfalls in Laguna.
If you haven’t guessed it yet, this next write up is about (drumroll) Bato Springs which is right in the heart Laguna. Though the place can be found within Google Maps it would still be advisable to look for the huge sign to Bato Springs.
Here is a map on how to get there.
If you’re commuting: Ride a JAC Liner bus to Lucena. There are available terminals at Pasay Taft, Cubao, or Buendia. Total Fare would be 218 pesos.
Inform the bus conductor to drop you off at Maharlika Highway San Pablo. Again, don’t miss the sign to Bato Springs. Once you reach the signage it should take about 10-15 minutes to get to the main entrance of the resort.
To warm you up, think of a hot summer day where you would want to kick back, relax, enjoy jamming to good old 90’s music, soak your skin under the sun and take a dive into cool waters. That’s definitely something that could take all the stress off from the work week.
I fancy beach bumming (even without a beach body) but when the last resort is to have a quick fun dive in the pool, I would recommend Bato Springs. The place is situated near two magnificent mountains, Mt. Cristobal and Mt. Banahaw which could explain the cool breeze we felt while we were there. Bato Springs is just a quick 2-3 hour drive from Manila.
The place is recommended for your barkada out of town getaways, couple dates, team buildings and family outings. You’ll enjoy this place on a scorching summer day but during the rainy season expect to soak on icy waters.
The pools above are only 3 ft, which is ideal for kids and for people who do not know how to swim. The water was clear at the time we visited. You might read some reviews about it not being so, I am sure this depends on how many people are at the vicinity at the time and not to mention the weather is also a factor.
The place is the perfect for those who would prefer an affordable resort but would not sacrifice quality of spending time bonding with nature. Get a chance to enjoy the resorts amenities for a really cheap price. Here is a quick breakdown of expenditures:
1. Saturday Sunday and holidays– 80 pesos
2. Week days– 70 pesos
3. Overnight– 125 pesos
It is said that the Bato Springs existed back in the 1980’s. Not sure though if the place has garnered enough reputation to become a summer go to place. So far, based on observation it was already fully booked during our stay last November. Considering that this is a non-peak season at that time. I’m sure a lot of folks would enjoy going to the place during the summer time. Aside from the man-made springs, the place also includes a swimming pool.
Expect the resort to have cottages, cabins and other amenities such as gazebos and public rest rooms. For the full price list of amenities visit: their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/batospringsresort
Though there are available cottages we opted for the more traditional and thrift option, which was to camp in for the night. It wasn’t all that bad. Once in a while it is nice to connect with nature, sleep under the stars (with the mosquitoes), listen to the crickets chirping, light up a bon fire and roast marshmallows and hotdogs. The pitching in of tents costs 100 pesos per tent. But this depends on the size of the tent. We brought our own food and some other cooking materials as well. In the meantime, food is also available at the resort. Since we were staying overnight, we made sure to bring enough food till the next morning.
Midnight swimming at the man-made spring like pool was an extreme challenge. The water stayed at the same temperature even when the sun was set high during noon time. (No, I did not measure the temperature of the water; it was just really cold to swim in).
The place is so calm and serene. Way different from the city where you hear nothing but the sounds of traffic, horns honking or all that revving engines passing you by on a smoggy street. Here at Bato Springs, we had a blast just enjoying the company of nature and making remarkable memories together.
What are you waiting for then? Plan a budget friendly trip next summer season. Just some of the things you’ll have to reminded of before visiting the place:
– Bring insect repellents
– Extra blankets to keep warm
– Extra clothes
– Emergency lights
– Ice and enough water
– Booze (lots of it)
– Charcoal for grilling
– Food and if you’re planning to cook your own meals be sure to bring along electric burners or the camping gas stoves.
If you’re planning to go there, simply inquire for rates or book a reservation. Here is the number to call: 09265822822.