Lake Sebu and the Seven Falls
“The villages around the lake have been turned into an independent municipality called Lake Sebu after being a former village of Surallah.
The T’boli and Ubo tribes have been the traditional dwellers of the lake. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources have recognized, through Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2, Series of 1993, the claim of these tribes that the lake and its surroundings are under their ancestral domain.” – wikipedia.com
There are two options, one air-conditioned bus with signboard Marbel (Non-Stop), fare costs approximately PHP 80.00 and the other one is non air-conditioned bus with signboard Marbel – Polomok, fare costs approximately PHP 50.00 each with stop to Polomok town to pick-up some passenger.
We both enjoyed our orders. The Chicharon Tilapia is so crispy. Sarap papakin.
There are still more Tilapia dishes to try for which I loved to try to but since we’re just two who we’ll be sharing we just settled ourselves to order certain dishes. We even haven’t finished it all.
Aside from eating sort of Tilapia dishes, one can also go boating around the lake. The calmness of the lake and the serenity of the surrounding were perfect for a boat tour.
We left after awhile and went to COWHED. It’s just a walking distance from the resort.
COWHED is like a pasalubong center where souvenir items and crafts are available. We also found some clothings for sale, which I assume they are T’nalac fabrics which the tribe is known for.
We also saw a museum along the street which can be walked for 5 minutes from COWHED.
Seven Falls. We left COWHED and moved on to our next destination, the Seven Falls. It was the same driver who took us to the Seven Falls.
The Seven Falls is a range of majestic falls lined-up one after the other. The common transportation to get to there is through motorcycles (habal-habal). From the town proper it took us about 15 minutes to get to the Seven Falls area.
Entrance fee to the Seven Falls is PHP 20.00 for adult and PHP 5.00 for children. Discounts are available for students with ID and senior citizen.
Our driver accompanied us as we walked down the path to Dongon Falls, one of the seven falls in Lake Sebu. We were so excited walking as we hear the sound of raging water coming from the falls.
This ain’t the main affair yet, it was just a sample of what to expect about this trip. Our guide then accompanied us to the Seven Falls zip line center.
The zip line costs PHP 250.00 each. The Seven Falls Zip line is said to be the highest in South East Asia at a stunning height of more than 600 feet.
Instead of fear, me and Maricar were so excited to do it.
When all was set, we started to slide along the suspended cables. Waaah! I couldn’t describe how I felt that time but I was in awe seeing the view beneath me.
It feels like flying. I took a video of our ride but I’ve decided not to post it as I want you to see and experience it on your own. This ride is a must try. The experience is priceless. It’s all worth it.
Upon landing, we transferred to another zip line area to get to the other part of the zip line center (different one). When we reached the other end through a zip line ride once again, we were accompanied by our driver guide to take a closer look of the falls we saw during the ride.
I can see rainbow.
The path to the falls is a little muddy.
I can’t think of any words to describe it, it’s just so magnificent.
We went back to the zip line center and rested for awhile. It was so exhausting walking through the path.
It was already 3:00 PM so me and Maricar decided to go back to the town proper. I would like to trek down to explore more of the falls we’ve seen earlier during our zip line ride but we have no time left for that, maybe next time.
We paid our guide/driver PHP 250.00 for the transport service.
At 4:00 PM, we left Lake Sebu and went back to General Santos City.
If there’s a place that exceeded my expectation then it would be Lake Sebu. I actually haven’t expected a lot about this place but this place is endearing. A place with rich in culture yet offers real adventure.
- Lake Sebu is a safe place to travel
- The most common transport around Lake Sebu is motorcycles (habal habal)
- Try to eat different types of Tilapia dishes in Punta Isla Lake Resort
- Explore the Seven Lakes through the zip line ride
- Discover more of the culture of T’boli tribes by doing a home stay
Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
Punta Isla Lake Resort
Contact Number: +639194852910