Hot springs are love and therapy for the body, but aesthetically, sometimes they look all the same to me, especially when they are enclosed in swimming pools. Which is why I was in for a pleasant surprise when I made my way up Siraan Hot Spring in Anini-y, Antique.
Siraan Hot Spring is on top of a rugged gray outcropping with a view of the sea. So, while I immersed myself in the spring’s hot, sulfuric waters, I also took in the blue of the sea and the sky.
Spring with a view. Though the origin of the spring’s name “Siraan” is not confirmed, staff said that the spring waters usually had white specks on them (probably from sulfur), which resembled powder bits from a woman’s face whose powder or foundation has been ruined (“nasira”).
Siraan Hot Spring offered far more visual treats than a single view of the sea, though. The curious explorer in me was amazed with the various shapes and sizes of rocks, and how the view of the sea changed as I climbed and moved from one rock to the other. Trees shooting up from the gray and yellowish rocks were a bright contrast, as well as a welcome shade, for the hot spring’s guests.
Gingerly skirting my way through the edge of the outcropping – extra carefully, as the rocky sea was just at my side – I found rocks in different shapes and colors, a few trees hidden from the usual view of guests, and some more breathtaking angles of the sea.
Nogas Island in the distance is just 15-20 minutes away by pumpboat. According to local legend, Nogas and Anini-y were lovers separated by an enraged mermaid – she helped Nogas win over Anini-y but was not invited to the lovers’ wedding.
For Siraan Hot Spring guests who do not fancy skirting the edges of rocks to catch breathtaking views, there is a viewing deck which also offers a spectacular view of the sea and seashore. Also, if you walk around the cemented area of the property, you will find interesting man-made structures.
More than just a hot spring, Siraan offers probably as many unique and beautiful views of the sea as the number of its colorful rocks sculpted by wind and sea.
How to get to Siraan Hot Spring, Anini-y:
If you are coming by plane, the closest jump-off point to Anini-y, Antique is Iloilo City. From Iloilo, take a bus bound for Anini-y, Antique from the Molo bus terminal. The white Diana Ross buses usually ply this route. Travel time is around 2 hours and fare is Php 80. Ask the driver to drop you off at Siraan Hot Spring. An alternative mode of transportation is via van, from Iloilo’s van terminal. Entrance fee to Siraan is Php 20.
Where to stay:
Siraan Hot Spring has rooms for accommodation. Rates start at Php 600 (good for four people).
For inquiries, call (+63)9174989652 or (+63)9473156766.