Tuesday, September 30, 2008

one day for nature - Mambukal

on my second day in Bacolod, my auntie surprisingly brought me to Mambukal Resort. a resort under Mt. Canlaon which is known to have seven waterfalls. I didn’t plan to visit this place as i was able to visit this nine years ago. But since she insisted, i decided to go.

Mambukal is about 45minutes away from the city if you travel by bus. we passed by the town of Murcia which has a large area of sugar canes. upon reaching the resort, she left us there for us to enjoy the place. it was quite different as it was years back.

the local government is the one managing the resort this time. they developed this large area into a big nature park. before it only has swimming pool and the seven waterfalls.

this time, a lot of villas were built within the area. a medium size campsite in one area, a conference hall near the gate entrance and a simple food park.

we were not allowed to visit the waterfalls due to continuous rains during the previous days. they say that it’s not safe. but the place now offers more things to do and to see this time.

a viewsite for bat watching as thousands of bats are believed to be breeding in this habitat. they live on high trees and they group in multitudes.

there’s a dipping pool that offers naturally hot water coming from Mt. Canlaon. one can enjoy swimming or simply dipping in this medium sized pool.

there are two other bigger swimming pools within the area under big trees. quite a soothing place to relax with nature.

since we were just enjoying the place, we explored the lagoon area that offers boating. perfect for group who are into paddling.

on one edge of the lagoon is a bridge and a dam-like structure. water current from here is quite strong.

the resort is also a home to a butterfly sanctuary. it holds hundreds of butterflies of different species within a butterfly garden. we had the chance to see the different types of butterflies flying from one flower to another.

as a whole, this area is really one good place for group activities and overnight parties. it also caters conferences and seminars. i recommend this place since it’s just a drive away from the city and that part of its income goes to the protection of the bats and other natural treasures within its area.

21 comments:

estan said...

maganda na ang lugar nato di kagaya before na sira sira. The trail to Mt. Canlaon is also a good hiking area.

Antoine GF said...

oooh! i've been here before Dong...! 2nd r. hs paq...thanks for posting this...

my friends used to tease my teacher to dip in one of the hot pools because she has athritis, hehehe.

may sulfur something din di2...ganda talaga ng place.

Carver said...

I'm so glad you went back and shared all these wonderful photographs with us. That looks like somewhere I could go to again and again. Beautiful.

Luke Wiley said...

Beautiful streams!

Nanaybelen said...

nice place too. mukha ngang maganda for overnight group activities . mukhang secured naman ang place

Rio said...

wow! sobrang ganda ng resort..mag eenjoy tlga ang mga bibisita sa lugar na ito.mukhang bago pa ito at hindi pa masyadong puntahan ng mga tao o dahil tag ulan ngayon?
yung pool ang ganda din.sana makapunta din ako dyan.=)

sophia said...

Wow, Mambukal certainly looks AWESOME =) I love reading about stuff like this. Provides some sort of "de-stressing" therapy amidst all the chaotic things happening in life. Cheers!

salingPUSA said...

looks like the local government did a good job there. Hope other LGU's do the same......

Share my point of view... said...

That is beautiful! I wouldn't mind returning many many times.

Tink *~*~* said...

This looks like a lush and beautiful location to take a hike and just commune with nature. Thanks for sharing it!

Tink *~*~*
My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

REDLAN said...

first and last na pumunta ako sa mambukal was 2005. may yun kaya allowed kami na pumunta sa falls pero hanggang third falls lang kami. at hindi allowed maligo sa first 3 falls kaya sa stream na lang kami naglublob. nakita mo yung balon ng sulfur. pwede dun mag boiled ng itlog. hehehe. siguro ngayon mas develop na ang mambukal. malapit lang talaga. hindi siya stressful. gusto mapuntahan ang mt canlaon mismo next time.

Raft3r said...

dong, sali ka sa contest ko!
dali!

Nyl said...

wow!there is really nothing like nature. i love the flowing water.

tina said...

wow. wow. what a nice place it is... malagay nga sa "must visit" list ko. hehe. nice pictures and thanks for sharing your trip. ill remember this one.

atticus said...

haaay. ganda.

tutubi said...

i've been to bacolod once but never got to explore the place. i miss those days na nagbabad lang ako sa tubig

eye in the sky said...

beautiful greeneries. always nice to see cascading waters.

Heart of Rachel said...

It must a rich place of natural beauty. I think it's great that part of the proceeds earned from the place goes to the preservation of nature.

I hoe you enjoyed seeing all those butterflies in the garden.

mimi said...

kanami! ^_^

Skippyheart said...

ah such a beautiful place! =) parang very peaceful and relaxing dyan...

Erick said...

dom
pumunta ka din dun sa 7th falls?

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