Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Sharing with you our trip to Lake Sebu last November 5, 2015 with my office mates Ma-ann and Jean. For our annual trip, we decided to visit Socsargen. After beach bumming in Gumasa Beach Glan, Saranggani we explored Lake Sebu in South Cotabato. As mentioned on my post about Gumasa beach, we don’t have itinerary for this trip but we know how to get there. On the second day of our vacation, we headed to the terminal in Gensan and took a trip to T’boli via van, fare is P140. Ate, one of the passenger is kind enough and gave us directions and tips about our destination. We left Gensan at 9am and after  almost 4 hours, we alighted at the pick up point and luckily there are 3 habal-habal as if they are waiting for us to arrive. They gave us choices of accommodation – from home stay in T’boli houses for P250 per head with free breakfast. There are also resorts depending on your budget, for more info you may inquire at their Tourism office. We negotiated the rate of the tour and Kuya gave it at P300 for half day.

We then proceed to our accommodation at Mountain Lodge, it’s in the second level of a tree house that has 2 double deck inside, perfect for the three of us. It has also a terrace where you can just chill and enjoy the view of the lake and native houses. The rate for overnight stay is P900 with private CR, no TV and fan room only. You don’t actually need air condition because the place is already cold. After checking in, we prepared for our next activities – chasing waterfalls. We had lunch at one of the turo-turo (carinderia) I ordered balbacua (beef) a famous soup in Mindanao. Weather was not so good, it rained that afternoon while we are on the road going to our destinations.

Day 1 – half day tour

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First falls – Hikong Alo

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Prices for your reference

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I tried the traditional T’boli attire for P50

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774 steps to Falls #2 plus wild monkeys – as per Kuya but we took Habal Habal to the next falls

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Second falls – Hikong Bente

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Approved!
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The barateras – no budget for zipline. We’ll no guts for now lol
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T’nalak weaving center

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We bought dinangdang (grilled banana with butter and sugar) for our merienda
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Our tour guides – don’t worry it’s safe to roam around Lake Sebu. They are welcoming to tourists. You may wish to have sundo, please contact Kuya Rolly at 0926-110-3157.

After the tour we went back to the resort and prepare for dinner. We order grilled tilapia 5pcs for P160.

 

Day 2: Set our alarm to 04:30 am but everything’s already packed the night before, ready to go our next destination. Decided to leave the resort super early to catch the first trip to Marbel, that is where we will take another trip to Cotabato to meet my IG friend Gerald but unfortunately due to distance, the two girls decided not to join me. I had to cancel our Asik-asik Falls in North Cotabato because I don’t want to go alone. Well there’s always a next time, I will just there with my other friends.

05:30 am when we were greeted with these lotus flowers, Kuya Rolly said that it’s the best time to

Good morning! The Lotus flowers are seen as early as 5am to before noon time.

It's a sign of a beautiful day

You can rent the boat for just P30 and feel free to explore the lake.
You can rent the boat for just P30.00 and feel free to explore the other side of the lake.
My friends Ma-ann and Jean with Kuya Rolly who gave them Lotus flowers.
Ma-ann and Jean got a flower from Kuya Rolly our guide
These are for you.
To more travels with these two – Barateras

After thirty (30) minutes we left the resort without eating breakfast. Our habal-habal contacts are already waiting for us. Just a five minutes drive to the UV Express terminal bound for Gensan. Fare is only P30 each but we paid for P50. The van will leave every 30 minutes or earlier depends on the number of passengers on board. UV Express fare to Marbel is P70 and then Marbel to Gensan is another P170. My total expense is P1,709 including the souvenirs I bought.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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