Lake Sebu has seen its share of development in the years. Apart from the tranquil three lakes in this land of dreamweavers, the Lake Sebu Zipline has been a big draw — being the highest in the country and personally the most scenic as well. The #TravelMindanao team of course wouldn’t miss experiencing this one. Even if I had rode the Lake Sebu Zipline before, I was still excited to try it again. The group headed to Hikong Alu, the first of the seven falls in Lake Sebu where the jump-off for the zipline is stationed.
Hikong Alu Falls
We hired a few habal-habal for the day to take us around Lake Sebu. Hikong Alu falls was our first stop. There’s an entrance fee of Php 20 for the park. We headed straight to the falls which has significantly changed in landscape since the last major storm that passed by this area. The wide veil like pour still flows smoothly for Hikong Alu, only the surrounding land has changed due to landslide. Noticeable also at the bridge is a mock set-up for a zipline photo op. If one has no guts to try the zipline, they can still pose for a photo here. How exciting is that!
Lake Sebu Zipline
There was a maintenance ongoing when we arrived at the Zipline launch pad. We didn’t mind waiting more than an hour for operations to start. We settled having snacks and taking photos as we build our excitement for the ride. Finally, the staff signalled they were ready. We paid our Php 300 peso per pax ride fee and off we go. The beauty of this Lake Sebu Zipline is you get to zipline two times. Zipping at the speed of around 100kph, the view of waterfalls, rivers, treetops, cliffs and hills is simply overwhelming.
The first zipline at the height of 740 meters zips over the sheer drop of the second falls, Hikong Bente and you could see the other falls. The 2nd part at 400 meters speeds you up closer to the trees and catapults you faster to an exciting finish.
Hikong Bente Falls
The second falls Hikong Bente‘s majestic pour was taunting is to get closer. We quick made the short hike to the falls. The water gushing out was a lot stronger than the usual it was hard to take photos even if we were just from the bridge away from the falls. We still decided to get closer, following the rainbow created by the afternoon light striking the mist. We finally reached the end of the path where the towering Hikong Bente with all its might displayed before us. It felt so small being beside it. We left shortly as we were pressed for time. But it sure is amazing to see the seven falls again in different angles.
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.