Perched in the highlands of South Cotabato is the town of Lake Sebu, home to the indigenous T’boli and Ubo tribes and an emerging eco-tourism and adventure destination in Southern Mindanao.
Known for its majestic waterfalls, lakes, rivers and springs, and with its rich biodiversity and culture, Lake Sebu is starting to hit big in the tourism landscape of the region. Its main attractions include Lake Sebu, the biggest of the three lakes that dot the town and an important watershed in the region being the source of water of the provinces of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat.
Aside from the lake, tourists also troop to this part of Mindanao to see the Seven Falls in Barangay Siloton. From the name itself, it consists of seven majestic waterfalls with the water coming from the outflows of the Lakes Sebu and Siloton. The first two waterfalls are easily accessible to tourists while the others require some trekking. But the best way to see these waterfalls is by riding a zipline that passes above five of them!
With all the attractions that the town offers, it is without a doubt that Lake Sebu is one of the best places in the country to experience unique culture, appreciate the beauty of nature and enjoy thrilling adventure. A paradise on its own right, make Lake Sebu one of your unfogettable travel experiences in your journey to Mindanao.
How to Get There
General Santos City is the usual jump off point to Lake Sebu. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have daily regular flights to General Santos City International Airport from Manila, Cebu and Iloilo.
From General Santos City’s Bulaong Terminal, catch a nonstop Marbel (Koronadal) bound Yellow Bus Line (YBL) from Bulaong Terminal, travel time is approximately one hour and fare is P75 (as of 2013). At Marbel Terminal, catch a van to Lake Sebu (travel time takes 1.5 hours). Alternatively, you may ride a bus going to Surallah, travel time is around half an hour and fare is P25 (as of 2013) and transfer to a jeepney stationed at Surallah Terminal going to Lake Sebu, a forty-five minute journey for P35 (as of 2013) with last trip usually at six in the evening.
Going Around and Away
Habal-habal or motorbike is the main mode of transportation around the town, minimum fare is P10. Meanwhile, jeepneys going to Surallah regularly ply the main road of Lake Sebu with the last trip at around 4PM. If you miss the last trip, a habal-habal can take you to Surallah for P50 fare.
Where to Stay in Lake Sebu
A trip to Lake Sebu can be done on a day if you are coming from General Santos City but there are accommodations in town for those who prefer to stay a night or two.
Punta Isla Lake Resort
Sitio Toku-fol, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
Budget: As low as P1000 for room good for 2
Contact No: +63919515015/+639052895134
Lemobung Lodge and Restaurant / Tourism Lodge
Poblacion, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
Budget: As low as P100 per person
Contact No: +639206033554
Balben Family Cove
Contact No: +639165126256
Estares Lake Resort
Barangay Poblacion, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
Contact No: +639159885175/+639484895385
Merl Garden Spring Resort
Barangay Lake Lahit, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
Contact No: +639194577221/+639258140524
Tonez Farm Resort
Contact No: (63-83)238-3011 / +639278819461
EL Galong Waterpark Resort
Sitio Tukofol, Barangay Poblacion, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
Budget: As low as P900 for room good for 2
Contact No: +639185065222
Dolores Lake Resort
Sitio Tukofol, Poblacion, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
Contact No: (63-83)552 4435 / +639175214666
Mountain Log Resort
Barangay Poblacion, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
Contact No: (63-83)236-1052/+639175746729
Nadine Lake Resort
Contact No: +639071153289
Sunrise Garden Lake Resort
Contact No: +639277500888 / +639092217614
Mountain Lake Eco Resort
Barangay Bacdulong, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
Contact No: +639173265281
Things to do in Lake Sebu
- Visit the Seven Falls: Hikong Alo, Hikong Bente, Hikong B’Lebel, Hikong Lowig, Hikong Ukol, Hikong K’Fo-I and Hikong Tonok; Ride the zipline and or go trekking to get closer to other falls
- See Lake Sebu, Lake Lahit and Lake Siloton
- Ride a boat or kayak in Lake Sebu
- Go on a boat tour of Lake Sebu and visit its 12 islets (Approximately P 500.00 per boat with a tour guide, good for 8-15 persons)
- Check out T’daan Kini Falls
- Trekking to Virgin Forest
- Visit the T’boli Museum
- Immerse with the arts and culture of T’boli and Ubo tribes
- Experience Tboli’s fascinating culture at School of Indigenous Knowledge and Tradition (SIKAT Cultural Center)
- Go on a culinary trip with the different tilapia recipes
- Celebrate with town’s Helobung Festival every 9th to 11th of November
- Mobile signal is of major networks are present
- Some hotels have free wifi
- No ATM in town
- Big hotels/resorts accept credit/debit card