The Municipality of Murcia in Negros Occidental is the province’s premiere adventure destination. Foremost of its attractions is the Mambukal Resort nestled 1,200 feet above sea level, on the foothills of Mt. Kanlaon. This sprawling 23-hectare eco-tourism park offers all sorts of fun activities, from extreme to relax, whether going solo or with friends and family.
Trek and Dip
I have to admit, trekking Mambucal was an endurance challenge but all worthy of every sweat shed. Seven waterfalls punctuate the entire hike. Each of this waterfall pit stop is an amazing view of the powerful water breaking from rocks and spilling into a trail of rapids. A walk through the hanging bridge connecting huge trees is an exciting experience. Natural dipping pools from cold mountain stream abound in the trail perfect for cooling down throughout this adrenaline-packed hike.
Ramble and Paddle
There is so much to see and do in Mambukal Resort and a day is never enough to complete it all. It has a farm filled with dainty butterflies and flowers. Its preserved wilderness provides a natural habitat of endangered birds and fruit bats and these have become a must-see experience in its eco-trail. As the sun starts to soften, the wide lake becomes the favorite spot for serene kayaking or boating. I preferred to just chill with my afternoon coolers under the canopy of trees that surround it. The huge cold swimming pools are the kids’ all-time hang out where chuckles of joy seem to flow endlessly.
Fill and Burp
The only one thing that is not a challenge here is food hunting. In its restaurant area is a delectable fiesta of Negrense dishes, from sinfully sweet desserts to those hot off the grill seafood and chicken barbeques. Food is a sure treat here and surrendering to helpless burping is your only refuge.
Camp and Grill
Campsites are provided to those who wish to pitch tents. But for those who prefer a more comfortable accommodation may avail of the resort’s hostel services run by the local government. Day-trippers may also rent out full-service tiki huts. Whatever tickles your camping or picnic fancies, Mambukal Resort assures a delightful service.
Detox and Rejuvenate
After a series of energy-burning activities, visitors rehabilitate in the therapeutic hot sulfuric dipping pools. Mambukal is close to Mt. Kanlaon and its heated geothermal groundwater breaks into springs of mineral-filled wading pools. Its in-house spa offers massage service to cap it all up and giving its guests a cherished day of great outdoors and relaxation.
Hang loose and collect yourself. Experience Mambukal Resort.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Bacolod City
All commercial domestic airlines fly down to Bacolod City. Check their websites for promo fares and schedule.
From Bacolod, drive southeast, approximately 17-kilometer to the town of Murcia.
If taking the public transport, mini-buses can be found at Libertad Terminal. These regularly ply the Bacolod-Murcia route.
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