Sorsogon - A Hot and Steamy Affair in Irosin

Irosin is an entry and exit point to Bulusan Volcano National Park. Upon reaching this quiant town, I went to the public market and ordered fried tilapia and rice for lunch. Afterwhich, I took a tricyle and asked the driver to bring me to the hot springs in San Benon. This town is known for its hot springs as it sits at the base of one of the most active volcanoes in the country, Mt. Bulusan.

With all the activities and the travels I've been doing in the past days, a dip in a hot spring will definitely ease my aching body. I certainly deserve to relax and have a rejuvenating swim!

The travel from the town proper to the hot spring is around 20 minutes, through the national hi-way then turning right to Brgy. San Benon. Please note that there are unpaved roads before reaching San Mateo Hot and Cold Springs, so be prepared.

Mateo Hot and Cold Spring Resort is quite popular with its hot and cold springs in a natural setting. They have rooms where you can stay if you wish to spend overnight. They also have a canteen that serves food and several huts with grilling stations if you just want have a weekend bonding treat with your family and friends.

I paid the entrance fee of 35 pesos. Since I am alone, I asked the security guard if I could leave my things with him so I could enjoy the pool without any worries. Good thing he agreed! Thanks po!

The pool is hot at first, but after a few minutes of soaking myself, I got used to it.

The water is clear which allows you to see the bottom of the pool that is made up of stones. The sulfuric properties of the spring is quite relaxing.

I enjoyed the hot water as it relaxes my tired muscles, a great reward after experiencing two firsts in Sorsogon - top loading and kayaking!

On my way to this resort, I remember seeing another hot spring resort along the way. So, after about an hour and a half, I hopped into a tricycle to try another hot spring, the Nature Hot Spring Resort. It's just 5 minutes away and the fare is just 10 pesos.

The resort is quite new. It features swimming pools with hot to lukewarm water. Entrance fee is at 35 pesos.

Available around the pool are picnic cottages. They also have shower and dressing rooms, and a grilling station if you wish to grill some barbeque or fresh seafoods.

Accommodations are also available.

Rates are as follows:
12 NN - 12 MN - PHP 800
06 PM - 08 AM - PHP 600
*rooms are equiped with a televison set and aircon

At the time of my visit, they are constructing a big cabana which will house the massage area, an ideal place to unwind and have an more relaxed vacation.

The naturally heated water at the hot spring resorts in Irosin will certainly relax your muscles from all the stress. I highly recommend that when you're in Sorsogon, reward yourself with a great relaxation getaway by visiting Irosin's hot springs!


From Sorsogon City, take a jeepney bound for Irosin and alight at the town proper. Travel time is about 45 minutes. From there, hire a tricycle to Brgy. San Benon and tell the driver to bring you to San Mateo Hot and Cold Spring or to Natural Hot Spring Resort. Travel time is about 20-25 minutes, fare is 50 pesos.

This is part of my solo adventure in Sorsogon that happened last October 21-23, 2011. Sorsogon is the 43rd province on my list. It's my 12th solo trip and marks my 4th time to set foot on Bicol Region (Region 5). Join me as I discover the different sights I saw, places I've conquered and activities I did in this southernmost province of Luzon.
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  1. As I was waiting for my pc to finish the usual processing of works I do every day, I took the chance of visiting your blog. Good thing there's a new post which I've enjoyed reading again. :)

  2. Mervs, isang partner na lang kulang. saya talaga umikot sa pilipinas. i want to trek to mt bulusan's summit. pag tahimik na lang.

  3. Cool, I've been to Irosin before but that was about seven years ago. The visit to a hot spring resort was just about the only thing I could remember. Hehe.

  4. @Glen - Thanks po... hope you could visit it too! maybe soon?! Thanks Glen! :)

    @dong ho - isang partner? wala nga kong kasama eh... wahahahaha!!! oo nga eh, sa ngayon daw kc closed pa din cya kc active na active ang volcano.. di ko maalala kung anung alert level...hehehe! thanks Dom! :)

    @nagbabasang pinoy - super na-relax talaga ako dyan... sarap! thanks po... :)

  5. hi! thanks for visiting our place. yup, Mt. Bulusan now is still on alert level 1. hopefully maging tahimik this summer para maakyat ulit..

  6. Wow! cool blog! I am Dave from Davao and I just added you in my blogroll. I saw your Davao post, sana makabalik ka :)

    My newly started blog is: http://www.trailsandlifestyle.blogspot.com

  7. Good thing I stumbled upon this. I'd be going to Sorsogon this April and you just gave me possible places to visit.

  8. wah namiss ko tuloy lalo ung sorsogon...pumunta ka dun sa dulo nyan kung san lumalabas un mainit na tubig at parang umuusok talaga sa init..naalala ko tuloy grabe lokohan namin nun naliligo kami diyan....^_^

    1. ahehehe! super njoy talaga dyan... yum ba yung pipe na pinanggagalingan ng tubig.. i stayed under it eh... hehehe! :) Thanks Brian!

  9. @Anonymous - yeah, one of the staffs in the park told me... sana next time maka-climb din ako dyan.. thanks po.. :)

    @Dave - Thanks po... I've added you too! :)

  10. Nice blog ;-) I was just looking around to prepare myself for our Freedom Climb 2012 (Mt. Manabu) tomorrow June9-10.

    As i continue scrolling down, the picture of San Mateo (A.K.A. San Benon) Hot Spring in Irosin, Sorsogon caught my attention. Then I realized that I'm already missin' my hometown. Irosin is a small town where people live their simple lives. Simple yet a very peaceful place.

    You should've visited also the church located at the top of the hill with a huge grotto, passing by the stairs like of the Grotto in Baguio City. From there, you can almost see the whole town proper.

    Anyway, thank you for visiting some parts of our town. Thank you also for this wonderful blog.

    ***This is actually my 1st time to comment in a blog ;-)

  11. How much is the fare from Legazpi to Irosin?

    1. Less than P200, aircon bus or van

  12. Hi Sir. Im Jessa from Daraga, Albay.
    its my first time to visit your blog.sayang po ngayon ko lang navisit.tsk.
    interested po ako sa adventures.
    i really like to be just like you, traveler and adventurer.
    Im starting to post my mini adventure in blogspot (bicol po muna.LoLs).
    Sayang nga po at may mga namiss akong ipost before.
    Anyways, I really like your blog Sir.
    May nagrecommend po sakin to visit San Benon hot spring, sinearch ko po muna siya sa net kung worth it po talaga kasi Irosin (malayu-layo po samin) and also to check if accessible and affordable (ang tinype ko po sa search engine SAMBINON.LoLs) at natagpuan ko po blog mo.
    Very detailed po siya and the shots are amazing.
    Sana makapunta ako soonest sa Irosin.
    At sana buong Pilipinas din po. ^_^

    PS : sensiya po parang nag essay na ko.LoLs.

  13. pwede po ba magdala ng foods sa resort?


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