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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Negros Occidental: Mambukal Mountain Resort - Know How

TRAVEL DATE: May 12, 2013 (latest)

A trip to the Province of Negros Occidental wouldn't be complete without visiting the long-famous Mambukal Mountain Resort. Since I was a kid, Mambukal (Mambucal) has been first on the list for the vacation getaway place for the family.

Mambukal Mountain Resort
Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort belongs to the Municipality of Murcia and is located on the eastern side of Negros Occidental and 45 minutes travel from Bacolod City. It is being managed by the provincial government for it to be regularly maintained. The roads going to the resort are good so the journey is very comfortable and convenient.

TRAVEL TIP: The best choice for commuters is the local mini-bus called "Cebro". Cebro is like a small coach bus but non-airconditioned. You can find the Cebro Terminal at Libertad Public Market or you can wait along Libertad Extension street for Cebro buses passing by. Fare is around PHP 40.

Arriving Mambukal Resort, the Entrance Fee for adults is PHP 50, and for kids, you can negotiate or do your "tawad" moves (bargaining) so it will be free of charge. Day Cottages' costs start from PHP 300 to PHP 1,000 depending upon the size and location of the cottage.

Mambukal Cottages
Day Cottages
Mambukal Cottage with family
Together with my Lovely Family

For an overnight stay in the resort, you can rent a Cabana which cost PHP 1,000 to PHP 3,000 again depending upon the size of the cabana, number of persons to accommodate, and location of the cabana. The cabanas are all air-conditioned and have comfy beds. You may find the updated pricing of the cabanas from Mambukal Resort's official site here.

Mambukal Cabana 1Mambukal Cabana 2

Mambukal Cabana 3
Mambukal Cabana

Mambukal Resort is a perfect place for families because it houses a lot of activities which are both child-friendly and "adult-friendly". Pools, mountain hike trails, waterfalls, and boating trip are some of those interesting activities to expect.

Boating trip at Mambukal
Boating Trip

TRAVEL TIP: Always bring your umbrellas, jackets, and raincoats because the weather in the mountainside is very peculiar and inconsistent. The moment you arrived in the place in the morning, the weather is hot. But in the afternoon, the weather quickly changes and trust me, the rains are always strong! :)

Heavy rains at Mambukal
Heavy Rains on the afternoon 

Here's my what-to-do-list when visiting Mambukal Resort:
  1. Boating Trip
  2. Slide For Life Zipline
  3. Sulfur Spring (For viewing only)
  4. Hanging Bridge and Seven Falls
  5. Dipping Pool
  6. Swimming Pools
Mambukal Boating Trip
Mambukal Boating Trip
Slide For Life Zipline 

          Sulfur Spring                               Way to Bridge and Falls 

Warm Sulfur Dipping Pool

Mambukal Dipping Pool
Dipping Pool
Mambukal Swimming Pool
Mambukal Swimming Pool

TRAVEL TIP: Better bring your own cooked food or raw food to grill - they have some grilling stations in every cottage and cabana. If you did not bring any food, don't panic because they have a food court area which is comprised of some local restaurants such as Enting's Special of Sagay City, Negros Occidental.

Grilling Fish at Mambukal
Fish-Grilling at Mambukal

Bring fruits at Mambukal

Mambukal Food Court
Mambukal Food Court

I highly recommend you to stay overnight in the resort because the weather gets colder at night time and it's such a perfect place to relax, unwind, and free yourself from the busy city life. The place is peaceful and serene, and actually some roads don't have lamp posts. This darkness brings a weird and relaxing energy somehow.

TRAVEL TIP: If you love taking good care and collecting different kinds and colors of flowers, there are a lot of flower shops lined-up near the Slide For Life Zipline. The price of flowers start at PHP 30 and up depending on the kind at color.

Mambukal Flowers
Mambukal Flower Shops

Frankly speaking, I am a proud Bacolodnon and a proud Negrosanon and I am more proud of the tourist destinations my province have to offer. :)

Proud Bacolodnon

Mambukal Entrance
Mambukal Entrance

18 comments:

  1. Hi Sir, Thank you for a very informative description about Mambukal. I'm from Cebu. I am planning to go there next month. If I arrive in Bacolod, I just have to look for the Cebro Terminal at Libertad Public Market to get a ride going to Murcia?

    Thanks. btw my name is toni.

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    1. Hi Toni! Good to hear that you enjoyed reading my Mambukal trip details. Yes, there are several cebro buses in Libertad Public Market and these cebros have the signboard Mambukal - Libertad".

      Hope you'll enjoy your Mambukal Trip this May! I would love to hear your travel stories soon.

      Keep traveling!
      Dan ^^

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    2. Thank you very much Dan! Looking forward on it... :)

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    3. Hi sir dan...just want to know is there any private behicle like taxi from bacolod to mambukal? And how about the source of transportation from mambukal-go back to bacolod city? I am planning to get there with in this month..pls. help... thank you & god bless

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  2. Hi, Dan! I love you blogs! I am traveling with friends to Bacolod this May. :) I'd like to ask if you have any idea how to get from Don Salvador to Mambukal? We plan to try the Everest Zipline in Don Salvador before going to Mambukal.

    Thank you.

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    1. Hi Rannmay! Thanks a lot and good to hear you're having a good time reading my travel blog. Honestly, I now envy you with your plans of visiting the Everest Zipline in Don Salvador as I myself haven't tried it yet.

      Anyway, Don Salvador and Murcia (the province where Mambukal Resort is located) are just beside each other. You may opt to ride a Don Salvador bus from Bacolod South Bus Terminal and ask the driver where the everest zipline is located specifically. From Don Salvador to Murcia, you can ride a bus bound for Bacolod that will stop by Murcia. Alight at Murcia plaza / market and ride a cebro bus or tricycle going to Mambukal Resort.

      Hope this helps!

      Keep traveling ^^,

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  3. Hi Dan, Im Ben from Cebu. Thanks for this post. Great info. I will be travelling solo to Bacolod for my bday and would like to go to Mambukal. What day is the best day to go? Can i stay at the dormitory type?

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    1. Hi Ben! Glad to know you found my blog informative. Well, typically, as in any travel destination in the Philippines, it's best to visit Mambukal during the sunny season, January to June. It's fine visiting the place during the rainy season if frequent heavy rains is not an issue for you.

      Yes, you may stay at the dorm area, however, it's quite far from the pool area and it's a bit secluded. Suggest you rent a cabana instead.

      Keep traveling! "",

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    2. wow! didn't expect the quick reply. actually my bday is on October...hehehe...guess going there on weekends would be a good idea...dont wanna be alone on the resort on weekdays...scary...read a blog that a korean national committed suicide in the resort! waaaahhh...

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    3. Hi Ben! My Birthday's on October too and I tried celebrating my bday at Mambukal for an overnight stay. It was raining that time but bearable. :) Yes, I do agree, better for you to stay on weekends so there'll be more tourists.

      Opt to book the cabana instead.

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  4. thanks for the recommendation, but im on a tight budget...hahaha..hope everything will go smoothly... :)

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    1. How's your travel Ruben? Hope you enjoyed your stay at Mambukal Resort!

      Keep traveling! "",

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  5. hi dan, im from iloilo..i want to go there but i want to know if the cabana is for reservation only...?should i call for reservation or i just go there and ask and get the room?

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    1. Hey! If it's not peak seasons, cabanas can be easily booked and are available. But during March-May and as well as December, prior bookings are recommended.

      Keep traveling! "",

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  6. hi dan, im planning to go there next month with my friends.. is there any transportation from mambukal going back to bacolod?

    thanks :)

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    1. Hey! Yep there is :) There are mini-buses leaving regularly, just outside Mambukal.

      Keep traveling! "",

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  7. hi, do you have updated contact number for this? thanks

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    1. Hey! Sorry I no longer have the contact number of Mambukal. Anyhow, you may contact directly the Negros Occidental Tourism Office as they are the one managing the resort.

      Keep traveling! "",

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