A Day in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
|Lotus flower at Mountain Log Resort|
Our trip to General Santos, Sarangani, and South Cotabato is our second journey to Mindanao for this year, the first being our trip to Cagayan de Oro and Camiguin last February. We spent our first day in Glan, Sarangani (read full story here); our second day in General Santos City (read here and here); and our third day in Lake Sebu in the province of South Cotabato.
Lake Sebu is home to its namesake lake that is surrounded by lush hills and rain forests.
How to go there:
- Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly daily from Manila to General Santos City. The flight is approximately an hour and a half.
- From the General Santos Airport, take a multicab bound to KCC mall or the city proper. This will take around 30-45 minutes. Fare is Php 50.
- From the city proper, take a tricycle to Bulaong bus terminal. Fare is Php 8.
- At the Bulaong bus terminal, board a Yellow Bus Line bound to Marbel (Koronadal). We prefer the air-conditioned nonstop bus as it is faster. Fare is Php 107. Travel time is about an hour.
- At the Yellow Bus Line terminal in Marbel, take an ordinary bus to Surallah. Fare is Php 35. Travel time is about 45 minutes.
- At the Surallah Integrated Transit Terminal, take a shuttle van to Lake Sebu. Fare is Php 32. Travel time is about 45 minutes. The shuttle vans to Lake Sebu have two final stops. Make sure to tell the driver that you will alight at the very last stop, especially if you are going to Punta Isla Resort or Mountain Log Resort.
- From the very last stop, take a habal-habal (single motorcycle) to your resort. In our case it was Lake Sebu Mountain Log Resort located 600 meters away from the final shuttle stop. Fare is Php 10 per pax.
Where to stay in Lake Sebu:
While Punta Isla Resort is perhaps the most famous resort in Lake Sebu, we opted for the nearby low-key Lake Sebu Mountain Log Resort. We just did a day tour because we were pressed for time but we feel that to fully enjoy and explore Lake Sebu, you must dedicate at least a night or two.
Perched on a hill, Lake Sebu Mountain Log Resort offers cosy rooms for as low as Php 600. Entrance fee for a day tour is dirt cheap at Php 10. YES. Php 10. This already includes access to viewing and fishing deck, mountain-top view deck, and use of owong (local wooden paddle boat). They also have a restaurant where you can order refreshments and full meals, mostly tilapia dishes. The resort served as one of the camps of Cinemalaya's K'na: The Dreamweaver's production team.
|Lake Sebu Mountain Log Resort's restaurant|
|Going up the top view deck|
|View before going up the tower|
|Lake Sebu's verdant vegetation|
|Lotus flowers on Lake Sebu|
He agreed to bring us there for the price of Php 30 per pax. It was around 20 minutes away from the resort.
|The weaving center|
|Inside the weaving center|
|T'nalak table runners|
We were supposed to go to the Seven Falls because hubby wanted to do the zipline but rain poured had halfway. The habal-habal driver agreed to bring us to the falls at the price of Php 50 per person.
Where to eat?
We made a stop-over at Bob Nowong while waiting for the heavy rain to stop. We figured we would have lunch first.
|At the second floor of Bob Nowong|
|Nilagpang na Manok|
If you are in Lake Sebu and you are like me who's not into tilapia dishes, you'll definitely love it here in Bob Nowong. The place is cosy, food is great, and the service is impeccable.
The rain continued endlessly so we decided not to pursue the zipline adventure as it could be dangerous. A reason to go back perhaps.
Our trip to Lake Sebu concluded our three nights, four days journey through General Santos City, Sarangani, and South Cotabato. In the end, we were able to come back home safe and in one piece, unscathed and full of memories to cherish. Mindanao is not that scary after all.