Swimming does not come into your mind when you say you are travelling to Batanes. But do you know that they have beautiful beaches, and a pool which is called the Fountain of Youth, which is originally known as Rakuh a Idi Spring?
How to go here?
From the town to the spring…
Walk: Not recommended, the spring is very far!
Vehicle: It will take you at least 30 minutes.
Bicycle: It took us 2 hours haha.
Please take note that there is not a lot of public vehicles in the island. Locals usually use their motorcycle, bicycle, tricycle, or walk towards each destination.
It is better to arrange a tour with Amazing Batanes Tours for convenience.
Going to the Fountain of Youth
Our first visit to the fountain of youth is via bicycle. I searched for it in Googe Maps and it says we can bike for a few minutes. So, around 2PM, we got our bikes and started our journey to the fountain of youth! We were excited to go to the fountain because it was Busy’s birthday!
The path to the fountain was hard! There is a lot of zigzag roads and hills! It took us 2 hours before we reach the fountain. However the fountain is closed on Mondays 😆 because cleaning time is scheduled on Mondays and Fridays!
So, after looking around the place for a while, we went back to the town because it started to get dark.
Well… we just went back to the fountain of youth after we went back from Sabtang Island. This time we got a tricycle from Amazing Batanes Tours again hahaha. This is not actually included in our package, but we just got their services again. We do not want to exhaust ourselves in biking through Batanes again. 😆
We first paid the fees and registered. Fees for tourists are:
Entrance Fee: Php 50
Swimming Fee: Php 100
Tricycles parked in this area, then guests will take a short hike to the fountain of youth.
The path to the fountain of youth is a bit rocky…
Along the way, we found these rocks with holes. These are remnant of the kitchen of the houses. Each house has these rocks, so each partner rock is equivalent to one house.
Rules and Regulations
There are rules and regulations to be observed while inside the fountain of youth. We must always take care of the area.
There it is! Rakuh-A-Idi Spring or also known as Fountain of Youth.
The water was crystal clear and blue! It is clean because cleaning is done 2 days a week. The spring is just 3-4 feet so you will not be worried of drowning.
It was nice dipping in the pool… and taking our pictures!
The water in the pool came from the fresh spring water from the mountains, and it is collected through the hole below the Mama Mary Grotto.
There was also a beach near the spring. So, we went to the beach and explored it.
It was getting dark so there is a lot of shade to hide from the sun.
Busy and his friend Imac went to the ocean to swim, and I am just there… telling them to be careful 😆 the waves are strong and there is a lot of rocks.
We noticed that there is a lot of trash! People please avoid throwing trash anywhere, even the ocean! Locals think that these trash were from the ocean and were just carried to the shore.
I think the beach can be improved and can attract even more tourist if this is just regularly cleaned.
Overall our 3-hour visit to the spring was worth it! We highly recommend that you also visit the place even though usually there is a lot of people… uhmmm not that a lot…. maybe there were 15 people during our visit.
Happy and Busy’s Smileys
Value for money
For just a few bucks, the experience is worth it!
Well who doesn’t have fun while swimming? It is always fun!
Batanes Travel Guide and 5-day Itinerary at: https://happyandbusytravels.com/batanes-travel-guide-and-itinerary-for-5-days/