South Cotabato: The Seven Falls of Lake Sebu

Lake Sebu

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.

Lake Sebu
View from the zip line

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.

Lake Sebu
The immeasurable Waterfalls Two or “Hiking Bente”

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 School of Living Traditions, Punta Isla Resort, Lemobung Lodge and Restaurant, Balben Family Cove, Estares Resort, Merl Garden Spring Resort, Tonez Farm Resort and Artacho Resort.

Lake Sebu
Hikong Along or Waterfalls One

How to Get to Lake Sebu

General Santos – Lake Sebu

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, there’s a direct van going to Lake Sebu.

General Santos – Marbel – Lake Sebu

Alternatively, you can catch a nonstop Marbel (Koronadal) bound Yellow Bus Line (YBL) from Bulaong Terminal, travel time is approximately one hour and fare is P100 (as of 2017). At Marbel Terminal, catch a van to Lake Sebu (travel time takes 1.5 hours) but schedule is unpredictable and limited. Alternatively, you may ride a bus going to Surallah, travel time is around half an hour and fare is P30 (as of 2017) and transfer to a jeepney stationed at Surallah Terminal going to Lake Sebu, a forty-five minute journey for P50 (as of 2017) with last trip usually at six in the evening.

Davao City to  Lake Sebu

Take a bus from Davao Ecoland Terminal to Marbel. Travel time is at least four (4) hours and fare is around P350 (as of 2017). From Marbel Terminal catch a van straight to Lake Sebu or one via Surallah.

Lake Sebu
Ride the zip line to see the other waterfalls!

Where to Stay in Lake Sebu

Sunrise Garden Lake Resort

Sunrise Garden Lake Resort Resort
Barangay Lake Seloton, Lake Sebu
Starts at 800 PHP


El Galong Waterpark Resort

El Galong Waterpark Resort
Poblacion, Lake Sebu
Starts at 900 PHP



  1. Marc Ryan

    Saw this while searching. A trip to Gen San, Lake Agco Kidapawan, Lake Sebu S. Cotabato and Gumasa Beach in Sarangani. Pretty interesting tour of Mindanao. I like Mindanao, despite what the media are portraying, it’s a peaceful province. 🙂

  2. pascual de la cruz

    … i thnik the last paragraph needs editing…
    kiamba is too far away from and out of way of surallah…

    1. Lakwatsero

      Thanks for this informative input Pascual 🙂

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