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My Journey to Balut Island Paradise, Part 3: Sabang Sulfur Hot Springs

This is the 3rd in a four-part series on Bariles’ Balut Island Paradise trip last year courtesy of Dolores Hotels and Resorts.

Read the first two parts there by clicking on the links below:

Part I:  On Board M/V Song of Dolly

Part II:  Olaniban, Enchanted Island

Olaniban Island

The story on Balut Island Paradise continues….

Now that we have all transferred our things into our two motorized bancas, and with the waves becoming larger, we went on our way and left behind Olaniban Island, which still remained as mysterious and enchanting from afar as when we first encountered it upon our arrival a few hours earlier.  Next stop is the Sabang Sulfur Hot Springs.

In a few minutes, we were at cruising speed, passing by Balut Island‘s beaches and thick coconut plantations until we approached Patuco Cove.

Patuco Cove


That’s our vessel M/V Song of Dolly II loading sacks of copra to be sold in GenSan City. It will go back to Mabila Port to pick up passengers for GenSan later.

Patuko Cove, according to our boatman has been since time immemorial the refuge of ships and boats everytime a storm hits the channel. It is also an entry point of shipping vessels coming from GenSan City or Malita, Don Marcelino or Jose Abad Santos, Davao del Sur. It looks more like a pirate’s cove to me though, straight out of a scene from a Fernando Poe movie. During the time we were passing through, saw many fishing boats at berth, their operators on a brief furlough before travelling out into the sea or relaxing after a voyage.

Patuko Cove Eateries on stiltsFishing Boats @ Patuko Cove

From there, our two motorized bancas proceeded to the northeast part of the coastline of Balut Island in Barangay Lipol where the Sabang Sulfur Hot Spring is located.  After an hour or so of uneventful, relaxing trip, we arrived at Sabang beach which, instead of sand was fully covered with football sized rocks.  It was difficult wading through the knee-deep water because our feet kept falling on the crevices between these rocks.  We finally reached the springs which were equipped with roofed concrete gazebos obviously for picnickers.


Eventually, we discovered that there are actually two Sulfur Hot springs, the bigger one having a diameter of 16 meters wide.  Instead of water though, it looked like boiling bluish mud, with a temperature of 80 degrees celsius.  Before the area was bought by the RD Group of Companies, it was used by local folks to dress chicken and pigs before being cooked.  The smaller spring on the other hand was utilized as a natural facial spa before but nobody from our group was daring enough to try putting the hot mud on the face.

The Smaller Sabang Sulfur Hot SpringPicnic Area of Sabang Sulfur Hot Springs

The group stayed on for a few more minutes to grab some snacks courtesy of Dolores Hotels and Resorts‘ staff until finally it was time to head back to Mabila Port and spend the next few early evening hours at Villalobos or Bullet Island before boarding M/V Song of Dolly II at midnite.

Check out the last part of this Balut Island series by CLICKING HERE.

About Avel Manansala

Avel Manansala aka Bariles, is a native of a bustling city down south of Mindanao Island. He is a consultant on Blogging, Social Media, and Marketing . He is co-founder and head of the SoCCSkSarGen Bloggers and manager of Google Business Group (GBG)- General Santos. You may add him to your circles on G+ - If you need more info on any of these fields, please leave him a message.

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  1. Lantaw says:

    nice adventure bai

    Lantaws last blog post..Nagsasa Cove: exploring the south side

  2. Samara Fae says:

    Ohhh… you should have tried putting mud on your face. Feels heavy but when you rinse after, you could feel your face firm and fresh. I’ve tried it at Lake Agco years back. 😀

    The pool has a weird shape. Is that still one of the hot springs?

  3. dimple says:

    huhuhu.. i miss BALUT ISLAND so so so… the last time i was there, uhugin pa ako.. di ko pa ma appreciate ang ganda niya..

    dimples last blog post..STUDENT VISA for the UK Released – April, 2009

  4. Leonard Pe says:

    balik tayo doon ba!

  5. BrAvO SiX says:

    wow…! interesting island hopping escapades..

    sana magiging regular at dumami pa ang mga sea trips papuntang balut island…

    how i wish i can go there…

  6. gensanite says:

    “a promise, is a promise” ka talaga, KUY… ang tagal na nitong adventure mo na ‘to… mabuti na lang at nagka-oras ka dito sa post na ‘to… at tuwang-tuwa ako sa “kicker” mo; “to be continued”… hahaha…

    keep ’em coming, KUY!!!


  7. rosilie says:

    Wow! I haven’t been to this place yet. Pwede ba mag adtu ang bloggers dira sir?!!!!

  8. Edzel L. Rice says:

    Wow, its nice destination for an individual who is looking for underwater activity…aside from unspoiled beaches,theres a lot of tourist spots which you can see the difference from the other places…One of this is Olanivan Island (Lupig pa ang Boracay …promise!)and the Sabang Farm(Daw swimming pool….super init..gabukalbuakl….Ihehehe…..Ive been there because of my recent work there as one of the staff in newly establish business of RD Group of Companies(Sarangani Transport and Trading Corporation)…Its an opportunity to be there for free ….Its a beautiful experience when we went there because of its unique and wonderful place,perfect for ambiance of relaxation…till her..I have so many to tell but i thinks its enough for the meantime..hehehe….se yahh..

  9. jai cawa says:

    there’s a new developed beach resort located at Barangay Laker namely Tuke Maklang Beach Resort.. white sand, fresh air, vibrant water, etcetera! the place is astonishing, daig pa ang boracay! but then its not yet entirely discovered .. :(( but still the place was totally blessed and with the big help of the Mun. Mayor Cawa , everything’s seemed to be perfect!

  10. cairo says:

    great to know more about this place! thanks for sharing! would love to be there as well…

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  12. sheen says:

    yah edzel rice. .hehe same tau, ive been there as ur replacement . . super nice place, super lupig ang boracay ever!
    hey. . for those who wish to go there. . sakay lang sa M/V Song of Dolly-3, barato lang ang fare. . promiz! i’ll be ur guide. . see yah. .

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  14. meljie salcor millona says:

    napakaganda talaga ng lugar ng balut at sarangani .oo totooi na subra pa ito sa boracay ..actually lahat ng part na mga islands na ito ay may kanya kanyang ikabubuga na kagandahan..pure white sand..ang hilimg ko lng talga if madidiscover na ito sana lng i maintain parin ang kalinisan na lugar na ito..the blue ocean and clean and white sand

  15. hp says:

    really missed this place “The Sabang Sulfur Hot Spring”,
    it was formerly owned by “Young Baro Diantan”.
    will never forget this place forever!

    1. bariles says:

      @hp, are you from Balut? Would you happen to know the history of “Sabang Sulfur Hot Spring”? Thanks.

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