San Mateo Hot and Cold Spring Resort, Irosin Sorsogon


Sorsogon was never really one of the places I wanted to visit. Maybe because I don't know what this province offers. But being my adventurous self, I thought that maybe this is a good time to visit this place. Exploring a place that's not so main stream is definitely fun. Our original plan was to tour around the Bicol area for Holy week. But a week before, the tour agency texted us that it wasn't pushed through because there are no enough joiners for that particular tour. At first, I was quite disappointed because I was already looking forward to see the buntandings in Donsol. Whale shark encounters are very exciting! Oh well. Maybe next time. And because of that, they offered a refund or asked us if we wanted to join other tours. Choices are Cagayan and Sorsogon. And we chose Sorsogon. We do not have enough time to look for other Bicol tours that offer whale shark encounters in Donsol due to our busy sched and because upon researching before, there are no other travel agency that offers such activity. The main deciding factor in choosing Sorsogon was the fact that we wanted to look for a lobster as Sorsogon is very abundant in sea foods. Haha! And because part of the itinerary was a stop over at Cagsawa Ruins. I really wanted to see Mayon up close. 

Kakanon Bicol

on the way to Sorsogon

And it happened. This is one of the most memorable trips I had as this is the first time my boyfriend and I are travelling solo together. Due to many reasons, we cannot really travel together that often. Because you know, responsibilities. =))

We departed the night of March 23rd. I tell you, it was a really looooooooooooooooong drive. Kudos to kuya Eddie for a job well done and a smooth drive to and fro our destination. We departed at 9PM and arrived after lunch to our destination. Which is San Mateo Hot and Cold Spring Resort. Well, not really. Planned itinerary for that day is island hopping. But upon arriving at the Matnog port, there are no more available boats. So instead of being disappointed, we have to be flexible. We first went to the resort and had our island hopping the next day, which by the way is very fun.

Kakanon Bicol

Stop over at Kakanon Bicol for breakfast.

Kakanon Bicol


on the way to Sorsogon

San Mateo Hot and Cold Spring

San Mateo Hot and Cold Spring Resort, situated at the the base of Bulusan volcano is the go to place of those who just climbed Bulusan volcano because of its relaxing springs and nature-ish backdrop. It is also the go to places of the locals if they wanted a quick relaxation. There are a lot of guests during our visit. Maybe because it's a holiday and the locals also wanted to relax. Most of the guests brought their own food. There are grilling stations for the guests as well as sinks scattered in the area. 

San Mateo Hot and Cold Spring

San Mateo Hot and Cold Spring

San Mateo Hot and Cold Spring

There are cottages around that's for rent. Rents costs 200-250 depending on the size of the cottage. Entrance is 35 pesos. If you're planning to go around Sorsogon, you should include this in your itinerary. Not only you'll be able to mingle with the locals but also you'll be relaxed with the springs and nature -ish ambiance. There are two man made pools. One is a hot spring and the other one is warm. Both is relaxing but I prefer the hot one. 

I think it'll be more relaxing if there are only few people, but then again, since it's a holiday.. the place was very crowded. Nonetheless, we enjoyed dipping in the hot pool. 

After relaxing in the hot and cold springs, we went straight to the guesthouse to refresh. We stayed at Mahogany Grand Lodge. After resting for a while, we looked for a restaurant or a place where we can eat fresh seafood. But since it's holy week and a holiday as well, we weren't able to look for it. And actually, we really don't know where to look for it. All we know was we wanted to eat fresh seafood. So not to spoil the night, we tried Mango Grill. Me and my boyfriend can both agree that their grilled squid is delish. We really enjoyed the food together with good conversations.

Mango Grill

We really didn't have that much activity on our first day but we're kinda tired because of the travel time it took us to get to Sorsogon. Every second is worth it though as our island hopping and the activities we did the next day are very fun. I am just so happy that we explored Sorsogon. :) 




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