Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bukidnon: Back to the Nasuli Spring of our Youth

With the summer continuing to torment us with its intense heat, my friends and I went for another weekend escapade to simply cool down and chill. We have been doing this the past two weeks and fortunately we did not have to go too far as our hometown Malaybalay City is surrounded by nearby waterfalls, rivers and springs. On Holy Thursday, we basked underneath the cascades of Dila Falls and dipped at the ice cold Gantungan River in CEDAR, Impalutao. Exactly a week after that, we conquered the extreme downhill along the cliff and bathed in the basin of the less-explored Magubo Falls, also in Impalutao.  For this particular weekend, we went swimming somewhere closer, not only to our homes but also to our hearts—Nasuli Spring Resort in Brngy. Bangcud, Malaybalay City.

Nasuli is a fresh water lagoon and used to be the most popular picnic spot in Malaybalay. Way back in high school, we used to frequent this place for a quick and cool getaway. It is only about 15 kilometers from the city proper and is best known for its ice cold water and deep natural pool suitable for diving and swimming. I bet most local folks belonging to my age bracket and older have experienced swimming or at least visiting this place at least once in their lives. It is but fitting that after several years, I am revisiting this place again with my old high school friends.

Just before reaching Bangcud barangay proper, we turned right and traversed the unpaved barangay road as the spring is still approximately 500 meters from the highway. A wooden signage welcomed us as we parked near the concrete dressing room. As we walked our way to the pool and I noticed that grassy grounds flanking both sides of the road are now fenced with barbed and interlink wires. 

Nasuli was first developed and maintained by American missionaries belonging to the Summer Institute of Linguistics. The missionaries reside here along with their families for decades. After their mission was completed years ago, the property was turned over to the original owners who now maintain the place.

It was refreshing to discover that after many years, Nasuli still look like the same old spring resort we knew and loved. It was not improved but yet it did not deteriorate either. The old stairway leading down to the elevated concrete walkway, the tall trees surrounding the lagoon and the deep blue green water are exactly the same as we remembered. The platform at the middle of the lagoon which was previously unreachable for me as I didn’t know how to swim way back then is still there. I smiled and challenged myself to set foot on it this particular day.

After taking several photos, we wasted no time and took the plunge. The water is still as ice cold as it was before and the chill brought back memories of several summer past.  Pablo and Calvin took turn jumping from the diving board and into the 15-foot deep lagoon while Haru and I were not as brave and contented ourselves in jumping from the elevated walkway.  Funny how this no-frills spring resort brought back the child in each one of us that we hardly notice the time passing by.

And then it was time to face the challenge I self-imposed. I have to reach the platform in the middle of the lagoon. So I descended into the base of the diving board, stepped into river bed and upon reaching the deeper part, waded and swam until I finally reached my desired destination.  After many, many years I finally set foot on this platform and the “achievement” brought good laughs to me and my friends.  

We spent more than two hours jumping and swimming in Nasuli until a little past noon time when we decided to leave. We changed clothing at the dressing room and then took more photos at the entrance. As we made our way out of the spring resort, we take home another set of happy memories which this spring of our youth once again brought about. 

Travel Tips:

1. Nasuli Spring is about 15 kilometers south of Malaybalay City proper.

2. From Malabalay, you may take a non-airconditioned bus or multicab going to Valencia City. Tell the conductor or driver to drop you off at the entrance of Nasuli in Barangay Bangcud.

3. The road going to Nasuli is at the right side of the higway going to Valencia City. From the highway, walk about 500 meters to get to the spring resort.

4. Entrance fee is only 10 pesos. There are no stores nearby so bring your own food and drinks. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited inside the resort.

5. There are also no available accommodations for overnight stay.

6. As the lagoon is 15-ft deep, take extra care when swimming. There are no lifeguards around so it is better to come here in group to ensure your safety.


  1. Hi Earl. Would you happen to know what time do they open? Thanks

  2. Thankyou for posting this s ER t of pictures and story. My kids learned to swim here. We were part of the SILMission. What a privilege to live in your country.


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