This information is as of Feb. 15, 2009.
The place has the distinct smell of sulfur, including the water, more especially the water coming out from the source. Since the water is warm (not hot), smoke is noticeable at the surface of the water.
No booking, no entry. Tel. no. 430-9250
Total travel time: about 1 hr. 30 mins.
How to go:
1. Take a bus at North Bus Terminal. Travel time: about 1 hour.
2. Tell the driver or conductor to drop you at corner Duyan, Catmon. Fare: P50.00
3. At corner Duyan, take a single motorcycle. Fare is P20.00 per person. Travel time is 10-15 mins. This is 5 km from the corner.
4. Entrance fee: Local: P100.00 per head; Foreigner: P300.00 per head.
5. From the entrance, walk at the side of the mountain for 5-10 mins.
6. There are tables for rent there. Near the pool: P500, P300 further away.
Esoy Hot Spring. No booking, no entry. This is because the place is small and can accommodate only a few people or just one group at one time.
From the entrance, trek at the side of the mountain for 5 to 10 minutes.
The pathway is safe because of the railings. The railings extend down to the pool below.
The pool down under.
Wall of stone.
River way below the pool, about 5 meters down.
About 1 meter from the Coleman is a drop to the river below.
The entire pool. Beyond the bamboo fence is a direct drop to the river below, about 5 meters down.
Just 1 kick and you are at the other side. However, swimming is not really applicable for a hot pool, in this case, hot spring. Hot pool is meant to be enjoyed sitting down, relaxing, and talking. Benches are installed at the edges of the pool where my mom sits.
Trek back up.
Wall of forest at the other side.
My yellow/white gold wedding ring has turned to bronze. This is due to the sulfur in the water. However, the ring returned to its original color in less than a week. There’s no worry about it because gold won’t tarnish.