Located just outside Bacolod City in the town of Murcia, Negros Occidental is the resort of Mambukal. This Philippine mountain resort sits at the foot of Mount Kanla-on which is an active volcano. Mambukal resort is known for three things, one is the hot springs, the second is the seven waterfalls and third is the large fox bats that circle the resort.
HOW TO GET THERE:
From Manila to Bacolod City – 55-minute Airplane Ride (via Bacolod-Silay International Airport). Sea Travel is also an option.
From Cebu to Bacolod City – 30-minute Airplane Ride (via Bacolod-Silay International Airport)
From Bacolod City to Murcia (Mambukal Resort) – a 25 (usually by private car) to 45-Minute Drive. Commuter Vehicles bound to Murcia are located at the Northwest side of Libertad Public Market. First trip starts at 7:20AM until 7:00PM for about Php 35.00 one way.
Hot Dipping Pools
Mambukal is a must visit for any traveler in the Bacolod area.”
Mambukal Resort is actually classified as a primary hot spring since it has geothermally heated mineral groundwater from Mt. Kanla-on. Soaking in Mambukal’s sulfur water is an effective way to relieve pain and itching. The waters contain minerals like calcium, magnesium and sulfur compounds which go right through your skin to soothh aching muscles, ease joint pain, arthritis, ligament damage and improve blood circulation in the body.
Hot Springs Pools
There are actually two hot spring dipping pools. The first one is really designed for families and children. Chairs and tables are available around the spring and the temperature is somewhat cooler than the smaller hot spring.
The smaller hot spring is designed more like a Japanese Ofuro. In sense, it is more for an adult than children but they are allowed in. The smaller hot spring cost twice as much as the first dipping pool.
“The bigger dipping pool is half the price of the Japanese Ofuro, smaller dipping pool.”
7 Falls of Mambukal
On top of Mt. Kanla-on is a flowing spring of some of the freshest water you can find in the Philippines. As the water flows down the mountain is runs over a series of seven waterfalls, each one different from the other. You will need to be fit to hike up the mountain to see all seven falls plus one has to hire a guide to accomply you.
The park prohibits the public from hiking the waterfalls without one of the resort’s guides being present.
For those, like me who thought, “Hey I will swim in all seven falls.” Swimming is not allowed in four of the seven falls. After hiking up half a mountain in the humid, tropical air those waterfall pools sure look inviting. Allow several hours for the hike up the mountain and be advised that the majority of visitors never make it to the seventh fall. The seventh fall is actually the best one, the cleanest water, least crowded and yes you can swim in that one. Here at Backpack Bill, I want everyone to enjoy their trip to Mambukal Resort so here is a tip to seeing the seventh fall.Just tell the guide you just want to see the seventh fall first, they will ride you up the mountain on a motorcycle, then you will have to do a little hiking to the fall but the trip is so worth it. Plus it is far easier on the feet and body to go down a mountain than up it. Here is an older video I made of us going to the seventh fall.
Okay, my friend, you have hiked the seventh falls or cheated like I did and your feet are tired. One then can head over to the restaurant and get something to eat or enjoy a cool refreshing drink.
While a lot of visitors bring their own food and drink to make a picnic of the day, there are some restaurants on-site for those without.
I have tasted some of the food, and while it will not win any food awards, the food there is not too bad. As far as price-wise, it is more expensive than what you would find outside the resort but that is to be expected. In summary, higher than normal but not in the take advantage range.
You have refueled your body and now you are feeling refreshed. Maybe grab another cold beer or shake and head outside.
Find yourself a nice lounge chair and look up. Its time for some bat watching. I always thought that bats just come out at night but here at Mambukal resort, the bats fly around day and night.
The best advice to really enjoy all that Mambukal resort has to offer is to get there early. Pack a large amount of food and drink. The resort offers small roofed huts that you can rent for the day. If you are planning on doing any barbecuing. there are grilling stations available. Just be sure to stop at any of the little roadside stores along the way to get some charcoal or oling as they call it here before heading into the resort. Bring your swimming trunks, towels, sunscreen and of course your camera.