Tubod: A Swimming Pool of Flowing Waters in Minglanilla, Cebu


In Cebu, “tubod” is usually understood as a natural flow of ground water or a spring. It is one of the natural wonders in the Philippines where the Filipinos are proud of. A lot of people, plants and animals have been benefiting from this so called “tubod”.

Because of the natural flow of this fresh water spring, swimming pools have been built in the entire country just to delight locals and foreigners of the icy-cool “tubod” which flows freely to the pool with very minimum processing to clean it entirely.

One very interesting swimming pool in Cebu is the Tubod Flowing Waters or simply known as Tubod by a lot of locals. It is a resort with a free-flowing swimming pool found in a secluded area in the mountainous area of Minglanilla, Cebu. Other “tubod” pools in the Philippines can be found in Cagayan de Oro, Siquijor, Camiguin and a lot more. One of the most famous areas with these kinds of pools is Iligan, which has Dela Mar Spring Pool, Timoga Spring Pool, El Lauriento Swimming Pool and Mimar’s Springway Resort to name some of them.

Tubod Flowing Waters Resort

Tubod Flowing Waters Resort

People enjoying at Tubod

People enjoying at Tubod

Another view of the swimming pool

Another view of the swimming pool

Tubod Flowing Waters Resort in Cebu has one of the prime swimming pools found in the Philippines and it has been one of the most visited swimming pools by neighboring Asian tourist especially Koreans and Japanese who sometimes lease the entire resort for a month or two. These foreigners study the English Language here so they can absorb the lessons fast because of Tubod’s relaxing ambiance.

Room Accommodation at Tubod

Room Accommodation at Tubod

Tubod Flowing Waters Resort is one of Cebu’s finest. It has been blessed with multiple natural springs that had never been dried down even during the El Niño season. The people in the area have bathed themselves in the coolness of these tubod for generations.

One of the many concrete statues at Tubod

One of the many concrete statues at Tubod

Tubod also provide a hearty catered meal, a refreshing plunge and a relaxing room accommodation. They also housed some of the indigenous birds of Prey in the Philippines inside their bird sanctuary. One can experience the best Filipino service and hospitality they provide once you stay there. It’s the perfect place for weddings, seminars, birthday parties and business meetings.

Crocodile in a nearby Pond

Crocodile in a nearby Pond

Lisa at the Cave

Lisa at the Cave

Tubod amenities includes 4 large swimming pools for both adults and children, several conference hall which can house up to 300 person, cottages, basketball court, fish for fun, outdoor billiards,  restaurant, cave with flowing spring, butterfly sanctuary, pool slides and a grilling area.

Tubod Flowing Water Rates

The entrance fee at Tubod is P100 per adults and P50 per children under 8 years old. A standard single room, good for two is priced at P1,200, while a standard family room, good for four, is P2,000. A deluxe single room with refrigerator and is good for two is P1,600 while a good for 3 is P2,100. A deluxe family room for 4 is P2,600, for 6 is P3,500 and for 8 is P4,000. The fee for an excess person in a room is P350. An air-conditioned dormitory type room which is good for 10 is priced at P3,500 while a non-air-conditioned is P2,500. The Tulip Function Room which can accommodate up to 300 persons is P4,000 while the Aster Function Room with a maximum capacity of 150 is at P2,500.

Services of the Resort

Tubod also provide food catering services for any occasion. They provide flower arrangement services, LCD projector and sound system rental and they provide airport and seaport transfers. At Tubod, customers can bring their own food without corkage fee and the resort provides grilling services.

How to get to Tubod and Contact Information

From the airport or seaport, you can take a Taxi or Car-for-hire going directly to Tubod. Just be sure to tell the driver to turn on the meter or negotiate the price first. It is about 1 hour and 30 minutes ride from Mactan Airport and 1 hour ride from Cebu seaport. Alternatively, you can also take a jeepney or bus going to Minglanilla or Naga (a town ahead) so you can save on fare. Going south, the corner going to Tubod is found at the right side. The signboard is visible enough for one to notice. Once there, you can ride a “habal-habal” (motorcycle for hire) or a tricycle. Tubod can be contacted at (+63) (32) 272-3467 or 272-8717. You can also email them at aike75@yahoo.com.

What are you waiting for? Get that swimming gear out of your storage and invite your families and friends to chill at Tubod Flowing Waters Resort. Tubod is definitely one of the best places to experience the perfect getaway.

Tubod

Tubod

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  1. Grant says:

    yes nice place, have been there many times. I brought some of my friends from USA and they like it so much; never expected it to be refreshing indeed.

  2. cebu trip says:

    Very nice blog and pictures , is this in Cebu? entrance is only P 100 pesos?
    I think I will visit such place…

  3. nash says:

    r u open in evening time??…cause we want to go there around 10pm…

  4. hana tabaranz says:

    just wanna ask how to reach this Tubod flowing waters?

    i’d be leaving from IT park, Lahug cebu city..

    thankx ;)

    • Mark Maranga says:

      Hana,

      This will be the cheapest way to go to Tubod Flowing Waters:

      From IT Park take an Ayala Route Jeepney (04L). Then from Ayala take a Labangon Route Jeepney (12L) and stop at Punta Princesa Church (Our Lady of Lourdes Parish). From Punta Princesa Church, you can see a lot of Naga/Minglanilla Route Jeepneys; take one and ask the driver to drop you at the corner of the street going to Tubod Flowing Waters – it can be found on the right side and a big signboard can be seen. Then lastly, take a “habal-habal” (motorcycle for hire) or tricycle going to Tubod Flowing Waters.

      Enjoy!

  5. hana tabaranz says:

    got it…eynx much! ;)

  6. ♥unfathomed heart♥ says:

    hi mark,

    how much is the rental fee of cottages for those people who will not have an overnight stay?

    thanks much!

    and keep posting…your site is very informative! ;)

    • Mark Maranga says:

      Unfathomed Heart,

      Thanks! I can’t find the cottage rates at their official website but if I remembered it well, it’s about P300 (4 pax) to P600 (8 pax).

  7. hyacinth adventurado says:

    is it ok just to stay there for swimming…and will not stay for overnight?

    how much is the cottages?

    • Hyacinth,

      Yes you can. Overnight stay is not necessary. I think the cottages are priced at P500-P1500 depending on the sizes. If you are only a small group, just try to negotiate for a lower price, they will give you discounts if you ask.

  8. Naciancino says:

    How much is the cheapest rate of your cottages? We are only six persons to occupy. Or puede ba dli n lang mag cottage mo use lang mi swimming pool?

  9. mieldito miel says:

    hi? may i know if open bah ang tubod this coming semana santa?

  10. Htennek says:

    we’ll be there tomorrow. hehe. sana nde masyado marami tao. ang dami kasi namin almost 100. hehe

    nice blog btw. :D

  11. cheno says:

    good day….

    ahm… pwde ba makapasuk yung sasakyan chaka malaki ba yung da-anan? 20+ kami family trip… hope 4 rply.

    nice pool.XD

  12. Lhet says:

    pwede ba makadal ug food?

  13. April says:

    naa ba rules na pwede suoton if mangaligo dha sa pool?… hope 4 rply.

  14. Ken says:

    Nice place, punta kami jan bukas, hehehehehe

  15. Ken says:

    nice place, il be there soon.

  16. Emem Limbaga says:

    Hi!

    My friends and I are planning of having a get together on the last week of August 2011.I would just like to ask if your open for an overnight swimming, maybe from 8pm until 5am?how much will be the entrance and also the cottage?do we need to have a reservation or we can just do walk-in?

    Thank you!hope for immediate reply.

  17. fe san miguel says:

    hi gud am… my family and i are going to cebu on oct. 3 – 6, san ba maganda magstay ng cebu pero cheapest siya.. actually we are planning na mag side trip ng bohol… thanks.. na read ko yung article mo regarding kay kuya dodong sa bohol i try to contact him now… thanks… thanks sa blog mo… because of this nagkakaroon kami ng mga idea..

  18. joanna says:

    tanong ko lang po f kailangan pa bang magpa reserve bago pumonta sa tubod?

  19. Lovey Peterson says:

    Oh my gush!! This is a perfect place for my friends and BF… awesome!!

  20. rey says:

    hi.. ask lang ta ko kung pila ang ma bayaran sa room for 1 day? from 6pm to 6pm??
    pwede ba magdala food?? pwaede ba mi maka sugba2x??

  21. jhodilyn says:

    pila ang cattage nin.u ?

  22. Divine says:

    Hi, i’d like to ask if ok lang to bring pet like a dog / puppy?

  23. jade says:

    pwede ba mag kuha ang room for daytime use? mu out ra dayon inig ka gabie?

  24. fjk says:

    ask lang ko if php100 pa ba hantud karun ang entrance and if naa bay mga cottage ang tag pila?

  25. angelica says:

    i wiil ask if php 100 pa ba ang cottage gayun……hope to reply

  26. kwenz says:

    hi ask lang ko if allowed ba ang overnight swimming?and ang rate still 100 ghapon? then pila ang cottage at least 10 persons ang capacity?…please reply thanks a lot

  27. Cayron Family says:

    Dear: Tubod Flowing Water Management,,

    Hello :D
    May I ask if how many people can stay in a 500 peso cottage and in 1500 peso cottage?

  28. sweet says:

    pila ang cottage good for 2 persons?

  29. yanlyn says:

    pila diay ang cottage nin u mga 20+ raman me…..

  30. Elmer says:

    Is it really a flowing water from spring ?

  31. kent says:

    pwede ra mag dala og beer or hard drinks

  32. roxanne says:

    kuya mark pwede me nimo e-advertise diri…: ) – kuya mark okay nadaw ta for the website….

  33. trips and scoops says:

    it’s really nice please….we will go there tomorrow….

  34. Louvella Precillas says:

    pila ang cottage dri?

  35. jodel ebajo says:

    1,200 ang ila single room good for two.. wala na mas cheapest nga room besyd sa 1,200??

  36. juliet apostol says:

    tag pila ang entrance? ug naay overnight diha? then, tag pila ang cottage?

  37. Lyriea says:

    i really love to try this place but im here in I.T PArk Cebu City and it’s my first time to travel that far with some friends of course w/c is also new to the place. hope we’ll be safe

  38. florita serano says:

    how much time will be spent only in Php.2,000 and Php.2,600?
    does it takes 2 days?or 1 sleep only?

  39. Christine J says:

    Naay pwede e’rent na swimming attire? Pls. reply. Thanks.

  40. jennifer says:

    Hello . if Female, okay ra kung white tshirt and bathing shorts ang attire ? please respond .

  41. van jefford ricablanca says:

    Hello Good day,
    i would like to ask if free breakfast/lunch/dinner diha if mu rent tag room? ganahan jud ko makaanha, wa pajud ko kaanha. bisag taga Basak Pardo rako, and kanang 1,200 nga rate sa room. 24 hours ba na siya?

    Thanks. Godbless ! :)

  42. Marie says:

    hey guys!!!! we are planning to go here in tubod but can anybody answer may questions?
    1. how much is the entrance fee?
    2. will they charge us if we bring food and drinks?
    3. how much is the rent for the table and chairs? (9people) were just gonna have a day use
    4. are they selling refreshments? like shake, halo-halo or icecream?

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