We had contracted a car (taxi) for our site visits and the cost for the day was around P1,500. It sounds steep but when you consider that the taxi meter showed P800 just going there, that's just right. And we were four adults and two kids so we weren't really up for a commute. We could have rented a jeep, probably, but the people at Saltimboca kept referring us to taxi drivers. Hehe.
Anyway, Mambukal Resort was really a nice resort. The place was huge and it offers so many different activities. People can stay there overnight, their cheapest room costing P600 per night, but that kind of lodging would also mean you'd be so far from the pools.
Visitors pay P30 each as entrance fee (P10 for kids 11 years and younger) at the reception office (far away from the pools, this was also a hassle since my hubby had to go back and forth) and would also need to pay for every pool they want to swim in (P50 per pool per adult, P20 per child), so it is quite a hassle to be bringing money on you when you're wet and want to pool-hop. But, once you've paid, you need not pay again in case you want to dip in other pools and come back. Initially, we wanted to get the P600 fan room so that our kids would have somewhere to sleep in during the day but we can only check-in at 2 PM and we also found out that it was so far away from the only pool that has a kiddie pool. We decided to rent one of the cottages surrounding the kiddie pool instead for P300.
Because it was raining, it was also cold.
the right portion of this pool is the kiddie pool part at 2 feet, the other side is 4 feet deep
one 'treat' of swimming in this pool is that you get to watch 3 different species of bats and swallow birds all a-flying over you (these ones are perched on a tree, zoomed in using an iPhone)
the sulfur pool is just about 2 minutes away from the kiddie pool, which was fortunate.
best to start where those jets of water are, because that's the cold water
There's also a spa there for those who want a massage (for rates at The Blade Spa at Mambukal, click here)
You register before starting the trek up to the falls
Tatang who kept a firm hand on my son all throughout the trek
you pass by hanging bridges where one can go on a canopy walk for P50
most of the trail going to the first to third falls have makeshift bridges, steps and support railings so it's a real easy trek
the first waterfalls
the second falls (you can only go swimming in Falls 4-6 I think)
these lodgings near the canteen/restaurant area cost around P1,200/night, which is a fair deal...
bridge connecting the big pool area to the kiddie pool area
everything is lush and wet in this gateway to the Mount Kanlaon Volcano
sulfur pool at its purest
I only had some P300+ on me when I went to the food kiosks for some lunch. Most of the offerings were the usual seafood, pansit fare and none looked palatable so I decided to just buy chicken inasal (P65) and this ham and egg sandwich (P130). The food was okay and the sandwich proved messy to eat. Yes, feel free to bring in your own food as cottage rentals come with use of grill/barbecue area and Mambukal doesn't charge any corkage fee anyway.
plant sellers just off the kiddie pool and on your way to the sulfur pool
perfect for the outdoorsy and athletic ones, yes?