Lake Danao is located in the northern part of Pacijan Island, one of Camotes Islands’ smaller islands in Cebu Province.
It takes around two hours to reach Camotes by boat, ferry, and other water crafts. If you came from Cebu City, it is preferable to take a ferry from the port of Danao in Cebu’s mainland.
The lake has a shape of a guitar whose park is the entry point in accessing the lake itself. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island.
When I visited this place with my sister and brother-in-law, the place was quiet since it was not season, but started to get noisy when a jeepney-load of guests came. The place is for those who love nature. I said that because I overheard someone who says “It’s not beautiful… it looks like the Amazon”. Shocking for me to hear that comment!
The Park is north of Mangodlong and Santiago Bay, and about 30 minutes to the towns of Campo and Union.
The Local Government of San Francisco (Camotes) takes charge in maintaining, preserving, and developing the whole area as eco-tourism as well as educational facility.
The lake is also popularly labeled as the Lover’s Lake. For some obvious reasons, it is serene and has romantic appeal for couples or lovers to be at.
You’ll be mesmerized by the tranquility of the place, which is harmonized by the singing birds on the trees and the gentle blowing breeze. The park is best not only for couples but also as a picnic area for families and friends.
For lovers and couples, it is the most romantic way of being together and sharing intimate time in this serene lake. You can rent a small boat and just paddle around the lake’s shores. Just in case you want a life jacket, these are also available at the park’s management office.
It is some sort of a motor-powered boat that can accommodate more than 10 people for a ride around the lake. This boat has sits and tables for visitors to use in case they want to enjoy some food and drinks while touring the lake and enjoying the scene.
Sakanaw Cruise is PhP500 and allows up to 15 persons. It was just waiting there when we arrived but unfortunately we don’t have much time to get a ride.
During the one-hour cruise on that boat, you’ll have the chance to step on an islet in the middle of the lake where you can take photos with the lake’s wonderful view.
You just ask the management of Lake Danao Park when you arrive the place. This simple ride is the photo below…
ENTRANCE & SCHEDULE
The entrance to this lake is actually not close to the lake. It’s about a kilometer from the main entrance. It was like the usual ‘checkpoint’ by military officers and so we had to stop. I think this ‘checkpoint’ is established in this location to prevent gate crashers from entering the park without paying a dime.
To help keep maintain the lake and its park, the local government asks visitors to pay an entrance charge per person (PhP10-15).
The park opens at as early as 6 in the morning and closes at 6 in the evening.