Mindanao, the second biggest island of the Philippines, harbors some of the grandest waterfalls in the country. More than Maria Cristina and Tinago of Iligan, Tinuy-an of Bislig, or Asik-Asik of Cotabato, there are more scattered on its vast forest land including Seven Falls of Lake Sebu.
Situated in highland town of South Cotabato, the Seven Falls is an amazing natural wonder in Barangay Lake Siloton of the municipality of Lake Sebu. It consists of seven waterfalls with strong water coming from the outflows of Lake Sebu, an important watershed in the region. The outflows goes to Lonon River and catches by the smaller Lake Siloton before cascading from Hikong Alo (first waterfalls) to Hikong Tonok (seventh waterfalls) and finally to Allah River.
The first two waterfalls are the easily accessible among the seven – Waterfalls One or “Hikong Alo” is standing at 35 feet while Waterfalls Two or “Hikong Bente” is 70 feet tall. Getting up close to the other five (Hikong B’Lebel, Hikong Lowig, Hikong Ukol, Hikong K’Fo-I and Hikong Tonok) is quite an effort but they can be easily seen by riding the zipline that starts at Waterfalls One.
While the trip to Seven Falls of Lake Sebu can be done on a day if you are coming from General Santos City, there are accommodations in town for those who prefer to stay overnight. Among them are Punta Isla Resort, Lemobung Lodge and Restaurant, Balben Family Cove, Estares Resort, Merl Garden Spring Resort, Tonez Farm Resort and Artacho Resort.
How to Get to Lake Sebu
From General Santos City, one can go to Lake Sebu by public transport by taking the nonstop Marbel (Koronadal) bound Yellow Bus Line (YBL) from Bulaong Terminal. In Marbel Terminal, transfer to another YBL bus for a short ride to Surallah. Then transfer to a jeepney in Surallah Terminal to Lake Sebu, then to a habal-habal to take you to the waterfalls.