Bansud Municipal Park and Plaza | Things to do in Bansud-Oriental Mindoro
|Open:||Plaza is open anytime, but boat rental is available only at 5am - 6pm.Takes about 45 minutes to to|
|Address:||Brgy. Poblacion, Bansud, Oriental Mindoro|
Visiting Rosacara Rolling Hills offers a panoramic view of the bay (Tablas Strait) and the gently sloping hills of Barangay Rosacara. Paired with Rosacara River, Rosacara Rolling Hills is a laid-back place to spend a weekend to go camping, stargazing, and swimming. What makes this place distinct is the smell in the air. The hills smell of hagonoy, a variety of oregano that is known to disinfect open wounds and aids in its fast healing. The hills are mostly covered with tall grass, while other areas are being plowed with crops such as rice and corn. When viewed from above, the plow marks create an optical illusion where the hills seem to be swaying—thus, "rolling", where the hills got its name. An orchard of various fruit trees can also be found here, such as coconut, mango, lanzones, rambutan, calamansi, and banana.
Rosacara River is a good cool-down destination after exploring the Rosacara Rolling Hills on a midday. This wide river is swamped with various fish like tilapia, eel, catfish, and murrel. Turtles also inhabit the river. One of its features, the Batong Buyawa, is a rock that is shaped like the spine of an alligator. The locals built a hut near the Batong Buyawa where visitors can stay and have a picnic. Below the hut is a rock wall that's about 2-meter high and steady water of the river that is about 2-meter deep. The place is ideal for deep-water freesolo.
Manihala Falls comprise of two waterfalls, Manihala Falls 1 and Manihala Falls 2. Manihala Falls 1 is more dramatic and accessible, requiring only 10 minutes of trekking from a cemented road. Meanwhile, Manihala Falls 2 is about 30 minutes away from Manihala Falls 1 and passes by a Mangyan community. While you can reach Manihala Falls 1 on your own, reaching Manihala Falls 2 requires a guide as you could get lost easily. You can hire a guide (P300/group) from Barangay Hall in Manihala, before heading to the jump-off of Manihala Falls. The main waterfall, Manihala Falls 1, is ideal for family and friends looking for an accessible nature trip. Aside from swimming and having a picnic at the falls, visitors can also go fishing here. The common types of fish found in the area are tilapia, catfish, mudfish, and eel.
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