Lake Sebu: Magnificent Seven Falls

Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Hikong Alo (Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato)

Already blessed with dozens of lakes, Barangay Seloton of the Municipality of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, has natural attractions that are must-see for waterfalls fanatics: Seven Falls. Cementation of access road paved the way to the booming of tourism of these natural wonders for the town. Imagine, not only one, but SEVEN magnificent waterfalls are waiting for you there.

The first falls has a T’boli name, “Hikong Alo”, and is 35 feet tall. You can already see it in just a few steps, though the water is murky and swimming there is prohibited. There’s nothing much to do there aside from picture taking and picnicking on the cottages beside the river. You can also see locals harvesting kuhol or snails at the riverbanks.

Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

The trail to the first falls (Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato)

Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Cottages along the stream (Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato)

The second falls named “Hikong Bente” can be found 40 meters downstream of has a height of 70 feet. You need to go down for about 774 steps to be able to see its entire beauty, though you can still see Hikong Bente on the view deck beside the road if you’re lazy to go near it.

Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

The highlight of your trip (Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato)

The real highlight of the place is its 180-meter high zipline, which is said to be the highest, longest, and scenic zipline in Southeast Asia. The first part of zipline is 740 meters long, where you will whizz through the jungle canyon overlooking the stunning three waterfalls (Falls 3, 4, and 5). The second part has a length of 420 meters and offers another dreamy flight across the vast forest. Even the foreigner that was with us was truly amazed and wasn’t disappointed travelling thousands of miles for this one-of-a-kind experience.

Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Falls 3, 4, and 5 can be seen when you ride the zipline (Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato)

If ever you forgot to bring your camera, you can rent a GoPro there so you can capture the thrill of your zipline ride. Also, there are photographers there with their zoom lens, ready to take pictures of you enjoying the flight.

Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Tarp indicating the other falls (Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato)

Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Hikong Bente, viewed from the road (Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato)

Other falls such as Falls 3, 4, and 5 can be seen while on a zipline. While the Falls 6 and 7 is hard to trail to, and hiring a guide is a must if you want to go there. For now, the Falls 1 and 2 are the only places accessible to the public. Here is the complete list of the Seven Falls on their T’Boli names:

  • Falls 1: Hikong Alo
  • Falls 2: Hikong Bente
  • Falls 3: Hikong B’Lebel
  • Falls 4: Hikong Lowig
  • Falls 5: Hikong K’Fo-I
  • Falls 6: Hikong Ukol
  • Falls 7: Hikong Tonok

To complete your visit there, don’t forget to patronize their T’boli-inspired souvenir items.

Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Souvenirs (Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato)


RATES

  • Entrance Fee
    Adult – P20
    Senior – P15
    Student – P10
    Child – P5
  • Parking Fee
    Vans, Truck – P30
    Cars – P20
    Tricycle, Motorcycle – P10
Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

It is said to be the highest, longest, and scenic zipline in Southeast Asia (Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato)

  • Zipline*
    Weekends/Holiday – P300
    Weekdays – P250
    GoPro Rental – 250
    Photo CD – 100
    *You need to register and fill out a waiver
  • Miscellaneous
    T’Boli Costume Rental – P50
    Stationary Zipline – P50
    ATV – P500 (30 minutes)
Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

T’boli kids (Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato)


DIRECTIONS

  • From General Santos City:
    Proceed to Bulaong Terminal and prepare P100 to ride the Yellow Bus Line bound to Marbel (Koronadal) for an hour. Upon arriving at Marbel Terminal, ride a van to Lake Sebu which will cost you an hour and a half and P30. Then, ride a jeepney at Surallah Terminal bound to Lake Sebu. The fare is P50 and will take you almost an hour to get to the destination.
  • From Davao City:
    Ride a bus from Davao Ecoland Terminal to Marbel. Get ready to spend P350 fare and four hours on the road. Refer to above when already at Marbel.
Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Falls 3, 4, 5 (Seven Falls, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato)


WHAT’S NEARBY

  • Lake Sebu
  • Surallah Monument
Surallah Plaza, Surallah, South Cotabato

Surallah Plaza, Surallah, South Cotabato

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