Reconnect With Nature at Cabintan Natural Hot Spring

Upon looping around the beautiful community of Cabintan, province of Ormoc for 3 days. I have seen lots of pretty spectacular places in the Barrio and I am not expecting that it has a lot to throw to me as an adventurous person.

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The jump off point to Cabintan Hot Spring is at the Cabintan proper. Dubbed as “barrio” by the locals. We actually hiked and do some river treks upon getting top the secluded Cabintan Hot Spring. It took us around 45 minutes before we get to the place.

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Cabintan Hot Spring has 2 separate natural and untouched pools with different temperatures. Can you even imagine a better way to de-stressed from a week’s worth of work?Aside from its natural hot spring, beside on it is a small natural yet untouched pool that has a very cold as ice water.

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Since we are still on a hot season, you don’t have to worry because aside from this natural hot spring from keeping you warm, it will also make you reconnect with nature as our season transitions into the cold.

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After we enjoyed the trek from Alto Peak, we took our lunch in the area as I wanted to get in touch with nature while feeding up our tummies. Jeramil and RJ are the ones who prepared for our simple lunch.

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Our descending trail hikes going to the place was well paid-off. The scenery was simply stunning.  Our scenic trek took us 45 minutes before we finally reached the untouched hot spring.

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Who could have thought that in the middle of a tropical rainforest in Cabintan, Ormoc City is the Hidden Natural Hot Spring where only nature’s greens and waters will envelope you.  Thanks to Dong, RJ and Jeramil for bringing me here in the place with waters both hot and cold.

“This is one of Gods natural gifts.Lets give value of sustaining these gifts for our children and grandchildren so that in time, they will remember and thank their grandparents for taking care of these resources.”

-Pocholo Aragones Franco-

#Leave No Trace


This sponsored travel would not be possible without the help of  Mr. Pocholo Franco, the VP of Ormoc City Tourism Council. Ormoc City Tours by Fran-con Viaje International , Supercat by 2Go Travel , Cabintan Local Eco Guide especially to the Morales Brothers and family. Most of all, to Mayor Richard Gomez and Ormoc City Government for making this adventure possible.

#OrmocPH # WonderfulOrmoc #VisitOrmoc #CabintanHotSpring

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Sulpatara Peak: A Peak That Stands Majestically Below Alto Peak

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After almost 2 hours of steep descending trails from Lake Janagdan, another secluded mountain that is really an eye-opener especially to those mountain climbing/trekking enthusiasts.

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The exit point of Mt.Janagdan:Looks could be deceiving, indeed!. It seems so near yet it was still an hour away.

When we left the majestic breathatikng view of Lake Janagdan I was really happy when I finally saw the target road only to be mortified that it is still about 1 hour away. OMG! thanks! (I am not good in descending trails really!)

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My happy face when when we finally reached the target road to Sulpatara Peak!
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Selfie! With the PNOC Drill area background 🙂
This segment of the trek is somewhat exposed to the sun. I saw a lot of wild strawberries, called “binggit” by the locals,abound especially during the summer months. This part also could be your way going to Alto Peak.
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A welcome treat!
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The geothermal potential of this place is manifested by the sulfur vents beneath, and the volcanic soils that mat the campsite area. The entire trek beyond Janagdan takes around 4-5 hours (slow pace). But for me it only took 2 hours – and brings you in full view of the majestic Alto Peak.
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A surprising trail to Sulpatara Peak!

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The trek proper going to Sulpatara Peak will take you to even more secluded and majestic that is similar to the summit assault of Alto Peak. The trail going to Sulpatara area is only gradual, which is good! The trail is set on a forest with an impressive array of flora and fauna.

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After 30 minutes of a relax hike, we finally reached the area where sulfur vents beneath, and the volcanic soils that mat the campsite area. I smell something mephetic that is really stinking my nose. So if you have a sensitive nose, make sure to bring a mask to cover it up.

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Sulpatara Area: It is not yet the peak!

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The rocks withing Sulpatara Area was surprising. Since it is my 1st time to be in a place like this, Iv’e got dumfounded how the trees looks like in here! It’s like they were burn by humans but isn’t it.

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Here you go! I was surprised that there is also a campsite in here! Who could have thought that this place can be suitable for camping.

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This area is where campers can also see the entire view of the majestic Alto Peak! (I apologize, I don’t have any pictures for that because the area was fully steamed up)

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Behind this campsite is the area where you can see the mud bath area. It is where you can see a boiling soil/mud that’s really showing that there is a volcanic activity in here.

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This is one of the best hikes!

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The area around Ormoc City is really mountainous and could serve as one of the next frontiers of Philippine mountaineering. Sulpatara Peak is a technical name for Sulfur mountain. This is 1100 meters above sea level situated below Alto Peak. So if you want to see the majestic view of Alto Peak (Mt. Amenduin) this place is the best!

If you are planning to do a summit climb to Alto Peak or Sulpatara Peak. You may contact Cabintan Local Eco-Guide  (CALEGUID).


“This is one of Gods natural gifts.Lets give value of sustaining these gifts for our children and grandchildren so that in time, they will remember and thank their grandparents for taking care of these resources.”

-Pocholo Aragones Franco-

#Leave No Trace


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This sponsored travel would not be possible without the help of  Mr. Pocholo Franco, the VP of Ormoc City Tourism Council. Ormoc City Tours by Fran-con Viaje International , Supercat by 2Go Travel , Cabintan Local Eco Guide especially to the Morales Brothers and family. Most of all, to Mayor Richard Gomez and Ormoc City Government for making this adventure possible.

#OrmocPH #WonderfulOrmoc #VisitOrmoc #SulpataraPeak

Mt. Lanaya in Alegria, Cebu:Trek With A Cause

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Aside from its peaceful environment, fine beaches and mesmerizing waterfalls of Alegria, Cebu.Who could’ve  thought that there is such mountain define by knife-edges slope facing the west. My third visit to the town of Alegria, Cebu was such an exciting an inspiring twist, a day hike traverse and tree planting ! Our route to its summit was through Legaspi trail.The angle of ascent throughout the trail averages 50-60°.

FB_IMG_1493271297877[1]Mt.Lanaya is a hundred meters away from the town proper of Alegria. Towering around 700 masl, Mt. Lanaya stands almost at a stark contrast to the surrounding mountain ranges near it.

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We started our trek via Legaspi trail and it is covered with loose stone, soil, and rocks which makes a climber slide down more often when not assisted but successful climbing without the aid of ropes is possible.

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Fortunately, the majority of the trail features landscape for secure footing, although it is still unforgiving in its steepness. Only one climber at a time can climb through the huge rock safely, as behind the rock face a steep drop-off exists.

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Those who are keen on witnessing the picturesqueness view of Alegria during sunrise may opt to spend two nights in the mountains, however, that will entail more planning and a bigger pack on your back.

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Personally, I prefer extended day hikes (hikes that take more than 5 hours). I find it more enjoyable because you can focus on the scenery without lugging a heavy pack on your back and have more time for side trips once you get down.

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Ram here!

For this adventure, I was happily met the group of travelers from Destination Dream lead by Ram.

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We started our hike at around 10 am . We started  a nice warm-up for the long hike. The terrain was even and how I wished it was the same the entire way.   We passed a section with huge trees and forest-covered on both sides and for a while, I forgot how grueling the next few hours would be.

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After the challenging trail of the first camp we had our lunch at Kalo-kalo Peak. It’s not technical, just a very long steep trail with some pine needles scattered on the ground which made it slippery.

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At this point, my companions were around 20-30 minutes ahead of me but the trail was easy to spot so I didn’t mind the solitude. It also enabled me to take photos of trees, although I couldn’t take as much as I wanted because it started drizzling and stopping for a break made the cold unbearable.

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Emerging from the mossy forest, I was welcomed by chilly winds and light drizzle, making my trek to the saddle camp, very cold. I ran into another cheery group and it felt nice to see their warm smiles as I began to feel miserably cold. After a few more steps, I stopped and marveled at some beautiful view on the top.

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After a good 30 minutes or so of assault, climbers we finally break through the summit clearing and move on towards Kalo-kalo Peak. The stone structure is dotted with plants, and climbers must take care in scrambling up the rock because there is limited space. For a 700-meter mountain, the view from the top is extremely rewarding. During clear mornings, try to look for a hint of your shadow cast onto the expansive Tañon Strait.

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My travel buddy, Gari!
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Disclaimer:  We are not able to jaunt the mesmerizing Cancalanog falls because the group enjoyed swimming at the beautiful Cambais Falls .

Heres the full video on how we enjoyed the trail and conquered the summit of Mt.Lanaya.


I would like to thank Destination Dream especially Ram for the warm welcome of the group. It was a pleasure adventuring with you guys! Looking forward to more travels and adventures.

#DNDMLanaya #DNDM #TatakDNDM #DestinationDream

The Amazing Cave: A Unique Swimming Experience in the Crystal Clear Waters Of A Cavern

After jaunting within the beautiful spots of Cebu City and tried the adventure of Canyoneering in Kawasan. I suggested my friend, Millie, to explore the beautiful island of Camotes instead in Bantayan island for some reasons. She’s quite reluctant about it but I insisted. Because I am very much concerned about the time that will be consumed getting there.  Though it is not my first time to jaunt Camotes island, Cebu but I  am still eager to wander the place because of its island way of life and peaceful surroundings.

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We departed from Cebu City to Camotes island at exactly 6:00 AM via Ocean Jet. As we were in the middle of the sea all of us are worried because of the weather. It was raining and the waves really slap the boat.

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At exactly 8:00 AM we arrived at Poro Port and hurriedly rented a tricycle for our day tour in the island. We paid the tricycle rent for 1000 PHP.

So we first visited the beautiful white sand beach resort in Camotes which is the Santiago White Beach Resort. Since we are just for a day tour, I promptly brought them to the public area of the resort instead of staying in the Santiago Bay Resort. Around 10:30 AM, we had our sumptuous in lunch in one of the economical restaurants in the area.

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Before proceeding to our next destination, we make sure that we will have enough memories to leave. So we took a lot of pictures in the beautiful rock formations under the Santiago Bay resort.

Well, enough for that personal stuff, Lol! I know all of you are all excited with the Amazing Cave. So here is our next spot! The Amazing Island Cave and Resort. It’s good that I asked our driver, (I forgot his name) if what are the other beautiful spots to visit on the island aside from the famous Lake Danao, Mangudlong and whatsoever. So it was our driver’s idea to see visit the cave. According to him, the cave was opened 3 weeks ago.

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Photo from Amazing island cave FB page

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And here you go! The photo above is the main entrance going down to the cave. For you to see the beautiful and pristine cavern you have to prepare 25php for without life vest and 35Php with the vest. So we took the 35Php entrance since one of our friends is not that good in swimming.Lol!

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Amazing island cave is one of the eight natural caves and new in the island. This prominent cave is interestingly located on the island of Camotes on its northeastern side.

A lot of versions of interesting stories surrounding this cave can be heard from locals and those who claim to knowledge about this cave’s story.

At present, the cave is only basically developed to accommodate visitors from various places.
To keep the surroundings and the internals of the cave pristine and natural, only very few ‘developments’ are allowed to be implemented, such as making concrete steps from the entrance leading down towards the inside. This makes it safer for visitors to climb up and down, especially among children and older visitors.

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Stalactites and stalagmites. These are signs that the cave is old and the usual attraction feature for caves in general. They are not huge compared to other popular caves in the world but interesting enough to explore with this cave’s size.

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Here’s a quick peek on how I enjoyed swimming in the crystal clear water of cavern.

A post shared by Nhagz Torrecampo (@nhagzventures) on Apr 3, 2017 at 1:52am PDT


ABOUT THE AMAZING ISLAND CAVE AND RESORT

THE AMAZING ISLAND CAVE & BEACH RESORT IS LOCATED IN LUCBON,CONSUELO SAN FRANCISCO CAMOTES ,CEBU,PHILIPINES ,ITS PRIVATELY OWNED BY FRIENDLY, NATIVE, POOR,.SIMPLE & CHRISTIAN LOVING FAMILY.
THE CAVE IS CONNECTED TO THE OCEAN. THE WATER IS ALWAYS FRESH, CLEAN & COOLED. WHEN THE OCEAN IS IN HIGH MOOD THE WATER OF THE CAVE CAN BE VERY DEEP IN SOME OR MOST PARTS OF THE CAVE.PROTECTIONS , SIGNS ARE INSTALLED & LIGHTNING & SO AS LIVE GUIDE PERSON IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE …
INSIDE THE CAVE THERE’S A BEAUTIFUL & AMAZING SMALL ISLAND IN THE MIDST OF ALL These ROLLING WATERS WHICH IS PEACEFUL & VERY GOOD FOR RELAXATION & YOU CAN SEE THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THIS WONDROUS CREATION OF OUR CREATOR.

The Cave is located in Consuelo San Francisco Camotes.
FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CALL:
Edith – 63 – 9126 – 374848
Jc – 63 – 9482 – 200403
Emma-63 – 9195 – 679175
Jmmy-63 – 9302 – 239770


Special thanks to Miss Millie Morales for the all paid expense trip

#LeaveNoTrace

Fall in Love with Ormoc City’s Newly Discovered Natural Attraction, Sayahan Falls

After Lake Danao Natural Park astounded my two eyes and dumbfounded my adventurous spirit. The newly discovered natural attraction in Ormoc city blew away my mind, the Sayahan Falls.

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The Sayahan Falls is now considered as one of Ormoc City’s main natural attraction because of its crystal clear, emerald green and water as cold as ice.  This waterfall is located in the majestic mountain of Sitio Maglahug, Brgy Ga-as and it is 30 kilometers from the City proper of Ormoc.

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To see this hidden gem, you have to endure 30 minutes to 1 hour of trekking. The trail is not that easy, a bit challenging for those who don’t do cardio or workout, so I highly suggest that you prepare before planning a jaunt in this mesmerizing natural gift.  I do trekking but I still had a hard time going there, seriously!

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From Lake Danao Natural Park, we traveled to Sito, Maglahug, Barangay Ga-as  Tourism office then hired a tour guide going to the place. My friend and I trek our way going to the falls. I’m catching my breath during the trek but I enjoyed the scenery,

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We spent about 30 minutes of going there, a fast pace walk said the tour guide. You will spend 45 minutes to 1 hour if you will take it slow, At first, there is a plain road but after a few minutes you need to crawl, climb a bit and walk in a muddy man-made path then you will pass a trail like a jungle.

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photo credit: EVC Travel and Food Gallery

After a few minutes, you will see this amazing scenery. Wow! Who will not be fascinated with this luscious greens? As if you will see fairies any moment, it’s like an enchanted forest where magical creatures protect and take care of it.

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There’s a stream which is above it, is a man-made ladder before reaching the hidden falls. You can hear the gushing water, a sign that you are already near.

The weather is perfect, it’s not too hot on the day I visited the place and according to the weather forecast, there will be rain showers in the area. I’m a bit scared actually for I don’t know what to expect in the midst of the forest. Scary but exciting, right?

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Make sure that you will wear the proper trekking attire, actually going to Sayahan Falls is not part of my itinerary because when I arrived Ormoc and asked the locals on how to get there, they don’t even know what and where the place is. But since we are near to this attraction, my friend and I decided to quickly jaunt the place. I accepted the challenge of going there even I am not prepared.

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As you look from afar, you will see this picture perfect view.Nice!!!!

Then look at this.. See the water that is cold as ice?Just wow! One of the best spring waterfalls I’ve seen in my entire life. The hardship of going there really paid off with the amazing scenery. I salute the local government for preserving this wonderful God’s creation, unexploited indeed. It excites me to take a dip into the water.

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The place is really clean, so make sure to do your part in maintaining the cleanliness of this hidden waterfalls. It is our responsibility to take care of it so that many people can enjoy the amazing God’s gift natural creation. And for the next generation to cherish and protect. All the hardships of getting there were fade when I got to see the waterfalls. I enjoyed the beauty of nature by bathing and swimming.

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It’s very relaxing and exciting experience. I’m a person who loves to see the beauty of nature and I always wanted unplanned travels, Lol! Going to Sayahan Falls is one of the best travel experience of the year so far. It was unplanned and I don’t know what to expect but it turns out to a memorable one. Looks like it will be the start of more unexpected and unplanned travels for me.

Here’s a quick peek on how I enjoyed my visit in Sayahan Falls!

Jaunting Tips:

  1. Make sure to check the weather before going to the Sayahan falls to fully enjoy the place and to avoid any untoward incidents as the trail is difficult.
  2. Keep the environment clean and eat before going there to avoid bringing so much stuff.
  3.  Bring water and enough food.
  4. Go there early to spend the entire day in the falls because the place is open until 2:00 PM
  5. Make sure to prepare yourself to go trekking.
  6. Travel in a small group of 1-10 persons.

How to get there:

  1. From Ormoc City, ride a jeepney going to Brgy. Lake Danao at Ormoc Jeepney Terminal across Public Market and Ormoc City Port.
  2. Drop off, and ride Habal-habal going to Sitio Maglahug.
  3. Register at Ga-as Tourism Office. Php20.00 entrance fee per pax and Php300.00 guide fee for 5 members in a group or below. For 6 guests or more, guide fee may vary for your own safety.
  4. Be prepared, 1-2 hours trekking/hiking to Sayahan Falls, currently the local government is working on improvements for a better access to this hidden treasure. Rest assured, a true beauty is waiting.

Disclaimer: Since I got the place via private vehicle. I took this travel guide from EVC Food and Travel Gallery. To see his awesome photo gallery click here.

If you are planning to visit Sayahan Falls and need a habal-habal who can pick you up from Ormoc City.You may contact mobile number: 09284285673 and look for Odel

Lake Danao Natural Park: Ormoc City’s Main Natural Attraction

The pleasing City of Ormoc has been marked by most people as City by the bay. It is the only port city and the largest city by land area in the Province of Leyte. The city has a stunning Ormoc bay that overlooks the beautiful Magsanga mountain peak.

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Before the destructive attack of the typhoon Yolanda in 2013. The city faced a devastating typhoon on the 5th of November 1991 that submerged some parts of the city.
After the two highly destructive natural disaster ruins the beautiful City of Ormoc they gently get back on one’s feet.

The people slowly return to a normal state of living and slowly regain one’s strength.Nowadays, Ormoc City tourist attractions are progressively getting the attention to many travelers from different places in the world. And one of its main attraction is the Lake Danao Natural Park. A guitar-shaped lake nestled in upper barangays (villages) of Ormoc City. It is simply the largest fresh water reservations in Western Leyte.

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The peaceful scenery of Lake Danao

Well, let me share with you about my invasion in the beautiful attractions of Ormoc City. This is actually one of the unforgettable travels I had so far because visiting the city of Ormoc is not really on my list.Over the weekend, my planned is to come over again to Camotes island since I was not able to see all of their natural attractions during my 1st visit way back last year.

It was a sunny Saturday at around 12:30 in the afternoon, I arrived Ocean jet ticketing office in the port of Cebu to get a trip ticket for Cebu-Camotes. It happened that the next trip schedule is 3:00 PM and I can’t afford myself to wait for 2 hours and 30 minutes before the next scheduled trip. I became impatient that time because I just came from working overtime and feeling exhausted. And that made my mind a sudden change for that weekend trip.

I quickly approached the teller and asked if there are any available sooner schedule to any Visayas destinations. The teller promptly replied, “Yes Sir! Naay para Cebu- Ormoc 1:30 PM”. (“Yes Sir! there is a schedule for Cebu-Ormoc at 1:30 PM” ). After hearing it, I was not hesitant about buying the ticket.  

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Since this is an unplanned trip, I immediately pulled up my Agoda online account and searched for cheap hotels that I can possibly stay in Ormoc City. I even posted on Facebook and asked assistance with some of my friends who knows about the City. Luckily, I have one virtual friend who’s originally from Ormoc and he just arrived that time from Cebu.  What’s even good about this unplanned trip was, he voluntarily accompanied me with my quick jaunts to the Lake and the newly discovered natural wonder of Ormoc which is the Sayahan Falls.

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After the 3 hours of traveling, I finally sat my adventurous spirit in the City of Ormoc and ready to get lost. And briskly started a dealing a motorbike to take me to Rizal street where the pension house that I booked is situated. Well, enough of my personal thoughts about on what I did during my first day in Ormoc. Lol! Because I just stayed inside the room and decided to hit the hay early.

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After gaining consciousness on the next morning that is full of excitement. I got a chance to took a simple breakfast in a number one snack house in Ormoc, the Mayongs Bakeshop. I tasted their best seller cheeseburger that only cost me 40 PHP.

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At exactly 7:00 AM, my friend, and his Dad finally arrived riding on a motorbike. While driving up going to the mountainous part of the province, I was pleasantly surprised its rich green sceneries and the cool temperature. My friend told me that it is because the mountain going through Tongonan village is the second highest peak in Western Leyte. Also, the location of the lake is highly elevated and about 650 meters above sea level.

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After 30 minutes of driving a big sign along the street is waving that says “Welcome to Lake Danao Natural Park”. I quickly jumped to the motorbike and immediately moved nearer to the entrance and paid for the amount of 25.00 PHP.

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When I finally saw the spectacular Lake it was really astounding because it is really huge. Aside from that, the lake offers the very best of nature plus some exciting activities to enjoy such as kayaking, boating and enjoy the floating cottage. I was able to take a pleasant ride of their floating cottage that gave me an opportunity to experience and explore more way into the heart of the lake. While spending my time enjoying the ride between the lake, we had lunch as well as we requested someone to cook for us some sisig tab, “bland clamps from the lake”.

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There were a lot more activities to try in the lake but I had enough with their floating cottage ride. In this place, you can also enjoy a full body massage offered by some local therapist there. It only costs 250 PHP for an hour whole body massage.

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Before proceeding to our next destination which is the newly discovered waterfalls in Brgy. Ga-as which is the Sayahan Falls. I tried to have some chit-chat with the 2 kids who lives there who’s name is Clark and Brian. They told me a lot of interesting stories about the lake. Many divers attempted to dive to get the measurement if how deep is the lake. Unfortunately, no one was able to get the measurement successfully. But there is one story that makes my eye teary. I was told that the lake looks extremely attractive before the typhoon Yolanda. I can really see how tough it was for them. And it is truly inspiring that they are able to overcome and how the tragedy made them better.  This story makes me more proud being a Filipino because despite of the challenges we can still smile and remain optimistic.

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While we are on our way to our next destination, I discreetly smiled and realized that visiting the Lake Danao is one of the best travels I had and this is something I have always to share about with my friends. 

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I am so thankful that I was able to step my foot in such beautiful place. I am so grateful to spoke with the locals because it encourages me more to inspire people through traveling by sharing the experiences I had and the learning that I received from the people we encounter and interact with.

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Here’s a quick peek about this awesome and truly inspiring jaunt of Nhagzventures

HOW TO GET THERE?

Oceanjet
Oceanjet has trips every day.
Leaving Cebu City at 6:30 PM, 10:30 PM, 1:30 PM and 5 PM
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SuperCat (2Go Travels)
Supercat has trips every day.
Leaving from Cebu City at 05:45 AM, 11:00 AM, 04:40PM

Going to Lake Danao from Ormoc City Proper. You will witness the serene and beauty of the lake by traveling for about 30 minutes to one hour from the city proper. A terminal for jeepneys and multicabs bound for Barangay Lake Danao can be found near Ormoc City Public Market, just across Ormoc City Port. If you want more fun and adventure, you may also ride a habal-habal from Ormoc City. The fare is from 150 – 200 PHP depends on how you negotiate the driver 🙂

ABOUT LAKE DANAO

Lake Danao is a guitar-shaped lake on the island of Leyte in the Philippines.

The lake is covering an area of 148 hectares (370 acres). It is situated in the 2,193 hectares (5,420 acres) Lake Danao Natural Park, which also includes the Amandiwin mountain range. The lake is 18 kilometres (11 mi) northeast of Ormoc City, half an hour drive along the San Pablo – Tongonan and Milagro – Lake Danao roads.

It was originally named Lake Imelda and was declared a national park on June 2, 1972 by virtue of presidential memorandum issued by then President Ferdinand Marcos. Later it was renamed and declared as Lake Danao National Park on February 3, 1998 through Proclamation No. 1155 and is now protected by Republic Act No. 7586 otherwise known as the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act of 1992. 

Source: Wikipedia

“One Person alone can make a difference in the environment by changing their own behavior and being a role model for others”

#Leave No Trace

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There’s more to explore about Ormoc City.
Sayahan Falls Adventure will be posted soon.