DO-IT-YOURSELF HIGH-IN-THE-SKY AT LAKE SEBU, MINDANAO

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DO-IT-YOURSELF HIGH-IN-THE-SKY AT LAKE SEBU, MINDANAO

Lake Sebu, Philippines, High-in-the-Sky,Mindanao

The mountaintops of Lake Sebu provide the perfect stage for a zipping adventure. The high-thrill act is now whizzing the mountain wild of the lakeside villages of Lake Siloton and Lake Lahit in Lake Sebu, considered the summer capital of the province of South Cotabato.

I hired a habal habal (motorcycle) for P30.00 (one way) to bring me to the zip line area.The zip line only operates along the second falls up to the fifth since the first, sixth and the seventh falls are 1.2 km off the four falls. The Seven Falls is a series of river plunge along the mountain forests of Lake Sebu.

There is an entrance fee at Falls Number 2 set at P 20.00/ head. I had photo ops near the falls, then went to the zip line area but nobody was there. My habal habal driver decided to fetch the zip line crew upstairs. When he came back, he told me to wait for a little bit longer because the crew members were eating their merienda (snacks).

Then the zip line moment came! Whew! Nobody is in line. The rain has just stopped. That is why I have the zip line all to myself! Wooooot!

“You are up here in the Seven Falls,” said one of the crew members. “And we assure you that it’s going to be a unique and happy experience. No athletic ability is needed here,” he assured me.

The harness drapes around my back, chest, legs, and hooks onto the metal trolley. I asked him what the weight limit is for the harness. He said the limit is 170 kilos. So I am safe.

This is the Seven Falls Zip Line.

As I hang with the 3/4 inch cable above me along the 700-feet-deep foliage, I wanted to scream, but nothing came out of my mouth, except for ha ha ha! With my body extending forward like superman, hands slumping, hair raging in the gush of misty winds, I flew at 120 kilometers per hour toward a hardly visible spot in the distance. I saw a carpet of trees and bushes in fiery colors of green, hill-walking trails and the regal falls opened up beneath my feet with no structures to break the spell in an area inhabited by bird-monkeys, butterflies and tarsiers.
LUPAD (native dialect for flying)
For that first zip, I looked to my right side to see the mesmerizing falls, then I looked down and marveled at the wonders of nature. “Dear God, you’re truly amazing!” is all I can utter. It was an exhilarating feeling!  I can’t explain the happiness I felt.
Lake Sebu, Philippines, Zipline
 Flying high at 700 feet deep, 700 meters long zip line 
As I get to the other end, the zip slowed down and rocked to a stop, the jolly crew cheered. And asked me if I am all set to do it again at the other tower.
Lake Sebu, Philippines, Zipline Crew, Zipline Team

Lake Sebu’s zip lines provide thrills for young and old alike, as long as the riders have no fear of heights. They said you have to be intimately involved with the cable in order to achieve bliss.

At the view deck after my first zip line wala lang parang tanga lang ha ha ha! 

The first zip ride took only 38 seconds, but why rush it? The crew suggested a slower ride with an appropriate wind breaker to slow down the speed in order to better appreciate the sights. On the second zip, the ride was full of sights of more trees, falls, falls, falls and falls—the sight of the gushing falls below. It’s over, finally, in 15 seconds.

Lake Sebu, Philippines, Zipline Adventure
Zip at the second line 400 meters long, done in 15 sec.
Lake Sebu, Philippines, Zipline Adventure, Lake Sebu, Falls,
Beautiful Falls

Zip-lining is a sport that requires floating through the thick forest while linked to a network of solid wires strung between stands.

Lake Sebu, Philippines, Zipline Adventure
Combined weight of up to 170 Kilos is allowed.

In between, the zip line hits the speeds of 100 kph. The dual zip lines, one traverses 700 meters and the second, 400 meters, strung over mountains, trails and seven falls at 700-feet deep—the record-holder among zip line operators in terms of height.


The slant of descent, the length of cables and the aerodynamic form all go to the speed and length of the ride. Added amenities hang over the zip line such as the trailing, bridges, rest rooms. Now that they have laid down the foundation for zip-line touring in Lake Sebu, the provincial government is already looking to expand and enhance the experience.

Lake Sebu, Philippines, Zipline Adventure Rates

In the next months, they said they plan to open further expansions such as cable cars, a gazebo, stick insect and butterfly farms, and tarsier and bird-monkey watching in their own sanctuary as the new adventure outpost.

The twin zip line ride will cost you P250 per ride on a weekend, holidays, fiesta/ anniversaries. Entry fee to the waterfalls is P20 per person and the landowners get a 15-percent monthly share from the provincial government. They are likewise given priority for future employment.

You ought to try it too! Come visit Lake Sebu and experience the warmth and hospitality of the Tboli tribe and eat the freshest and biggest Tilapia you’ll ever see. Visit the Philippines!

71 thoughts on “DO-IT-YOURSELF HIGH-IN-THE-SKY AT LAKE SEBU, MINDANAO

  1. hello, i was glad to read your post, glad to hear good words about lake sebu. i was saddened however how you describe south cotabato as volatile province. describing it as such only puts south cotabato to another disadvantage. pardon me but there is no necessity for you to categorize south cotabato as volatile when in fact other provinces in luzon or even visayas is more dangerous than south cotabato. do you think tagging tourist areas like south cotabato as volatile makes it interesting for people to go there? hope you understand that you as visitors of south cotabato and lake sebu are the best witness how beautiful it is for other people to visit and not scare them. it saddens us-people of south cotabato, that people who've been there and haven't witness a volatile situation just put such adjectives to exaggerate things. PEACE!

  2. hello sir bernie, i think what the author mean is "considered the summer capital of the province of South Cotabato because of its volatile and temperate weather." i asked the author to rephrase the whole part so no one, like you, would misunderstood the whole volatile thing, hehe..

  3. @ Bernie peace be with you! I was referring to the volatile weather of South Cotabato, to quote my earlier posting…

    "considered the summer capital of the volatile province of South Cotabato because of its temperate weather."

    anyhow I rephrase my sentence so as not to offend you! Thanks for dropping by!

  4. Yes, I travelled alone, I took a taxi from the airport to Gensan proper then rode a yellow bus to koronadal city, then transferred to another bus to Surallah, then when I reached Surallah I rode a jeepney to Lake Sebu, I literally had to rely to locals for transport, coz I don't have an ITI it was spontaneous 'coz my main purpose was to cover the tuna festival which was postponed to a later date, that's why rather than spending all my 5 day vacation with nothing, I literally took upon the suggestion of my seatmate inside the plane enroute to Gensan.

  5. @ Leah thanks for dropping by!Yes must do ang lake Sebu ang ganda ng pilipinas! I recently went to west lake in Hangzhou, which Marco Polo had labelled as the most beautiful city in the world. Pero para sa akin mas maganda pa rin lake Sebu, kulang lang tayo sa promotion!

  6. Thanx chy!
    I will always remember go back again and again to Lake sebu, ang babait ng mga tao, the place is very peaceful, the heavenly taste of Tilapia freshly cooked from the lake to the grill. (btw we have camiguin trip for 2012 after the holyweek)planned route is davao-gensan-cdo-camiguin, reverse route going back to manila.

  7. promking first time ko kasi pong mag zip line nung time na yun sa Lake Sebu. Napangiti ako kasi napakaganda po talaga at napakaluntian ng view. yung pong 700 meters ay less than a minute lang po. Napakabilis ng mga pangyayari tapos agad. Ha ha ha!

  8. Oh wow! plunging down while on a zipline and having that beautiful falls in close proximity was probably an exhilarating feeling! Have you tried the longest zipline in Asia, the one in Bukidnon? That to me was also an amazing 'soar'. =)

  9. Kakainggit! super! Kahit takot ako sa height ay I am willing to grab this adventure. Buti may taga-kuha ka ng pictures. Magandang i-document ito hehe! I've actually seen this in TV and it really is amazing.

    Nice pics by the way.

  10. wow, another one on Lake Sebu! I was just watching the video of South Cotabato and many times over, it showed Lake Sebu waterfalls and zipline. Looks like it is my next destination!!!

  11. The packages aren't as expensive as I initially thought. I'd convince the wife to try it soon. I was also surprised to know that you travel alone. Hindi ba sya magastos knowing you don't have someone to share expenses with?

  12. What an experience like flying on that zip line! But for me the greatest challenge is the zip line of our own life. As long as we live we have all kinds of "zips" to "fly" until we perfectly accomplish them and we are ready to report to our Father in heaven our best accomplishment after "flying our own zip line"

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