One of the more popular watering spot in the Caibiran Municipality is the spring water located in Barangay Villa Vicenta. Locally known as Mainit or “warm” in English is a popular venue for people who believe in its healing prowess.
The Mainit Hot Spring has a man made pool basin with concrete seats which provide comfort to visitors. Surrounded with greenery the Mainit is considered a gift by the Diwata to its local folks due to the scarcity of doctors years ago. The mineral rich waters are believed to treat a wide array of concerns. Since then people from all walks of life have come to visit this haven.
The Mainit watering hole has not only heated waters available but also a flowing cool spring water in its river located just below the man-made basin. A small pool near the river bank is believed to be hot enough to cook hard-boiled eggs.
The pool is fed by water coming from Mt. Suiro, a dormant volcano that last erupted in the year 1939. Its geothermally heated groundwater was one of the basis for the possibility of having a geothermal plant in the Biliran province. Less than 5 kilometres away is the exploration site of the Orka Energy now Nickelasia.
The Mainit Hot Spring has a makeshift dressing room and a single open cottage for eating.
How to Get There in Mainit Hot Spring
Via Tacloban City – DZR Airport
Major Carriers serve direct Manila-Tacloban flight at least thrice a day. Travel time is 65 minutes. Cebu bound tourists can take the Cebu-Tacloban flight. From Tacloban City, shuttle vans and buses are available in going to Naval, capital of Biliran Province. Travel time is 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Via Cebu City – Mactan International Airport, Mactan Cebu
Nearest international airport. From Cebu city fast crafts are available to Ormoc City. Travel time is 3 hours. From there you can take shuttle vans directly to Naval. Travel time 1.5 hour.
There is a direct overnight voyage Cebu to Naval. Please check this link for more information.
From Naval Town Proper
Hire a private transport to take your directly to Barangay Villa Vicenta, Caibiran.
Go the local way; Go to the Naval Public Terminal and ask for the jeepney directly to Caibiran proper. Starting from Caibiran proper, ride a habal-habal going to Villa Vicenta.
Budget Travel Guide
For a capacity of 9 persons or more in a small multicab, pay approximately Php 2500 or hire a habal-habal (good for 2 persons) Php 500 for its exclusive use.
Regular face is Php 50 per passenger and discounted fare is Php 45 per passenger to the students/ senior citizens.*
- You should not travel after 5 pm especially when the weather is not good.
- Purchased your supplies needed for the trip. There is sari-sari store in the island.
- Bring SPF protection and make sure your camera battery is full
- Bring enough cash. No credit card/ atm in the island.
- You can buy fresh fish from the day’s catch. But be sure to bring food in case you don’t like fish.
Mainit Hot Springs provides a relaxing break from sight-seeing.
When you visit Mainit Spring you have to experience the adventure in Kinaraha Falls, 15 mins walk from the Mainit Hot Spring.
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