One of the best things during our 3-week adventure was our visit to Lake Sebu. This charming town is named after the famous Lake Sebu where the T’boli tribes congregate and chose as dwelling place. As such, their lives revolve around the lake.
We want this Travel Guide a straight-forward one:
How to get to Lake Sebu:
Lake Sebu is part of South Cotabato, the nearest airport is in General Santos. From the airport, go to Bulaong Bus Terminal. There is already an AC van that goes directly to Lake Sebu. Fare is Php150/person. At Lake Sebu terminal, there are ready habal-habal motorbike drivers that would can bring you to your accommodation. Expect to pay Php100.
Where to stay at Lake Sebu:
Lake Sebu has many accommodation options ranging from Php850/night good for 2pax.
Situated usually around the lake or near the mountain so you have a really nice ambiance.
We stayed at Sunrise Garden Lake Resort which is the only resort in Lake Seloton. As the name suggest, sunrise there is top!
Other options: Monte Cielo Resort, Tolento Lodge and Mountain Eco Resort are other options too.
Where to eat at Lake Sebu:
Resorts and accommodation offers the usual Tilapia meal, chicken and veggies. We highly recommend Bob Nowong Restaurant. Nice owner Debbie, amazing food, great service and romantic. Lots of choices and offers different taste when you get fed up by all the Tilapia every restaurant offers. If you want to enjoy a Tilapia, there are some local sugbahan/carinderia along the way. We love Ginataang Tilapia (cooked in coconut milk and turmeric).
Something different to do:
If you are not into zipline, waterfalls and photos wearing T’boli traditional clothe, try to Rent an “owong” a traditional T’boli boat and go around the lake. Ask your guide about it. Visit Bundos Fara, age 51, and learn brass casting which is passed on to him by his father. He has been casting brass since he was 8 years old.
Also check out School of Living Tradition (SLT), Lang Dulay “The Master Dream T’nalak Weaver” Weaving Center and The T’boli Museum that houses lots of gong.
Lake Cebu Tourism office trained the motorbike drivers to guide tourists around. Php500 is the tour guiding/driving fee for the whole day of tour (4-5places), half day is only Php300 (you go 2-3places).
So, when are you going to book a ticket and experience Lake Sebu?
If you want to get more ideas to help you in your travel planning, you can read my previous blog: 7 Exciting Things You Can Do Around Lake Sebu