Lake Danao is located in Ormoc City in Leyte Province, 125 kilometers from Tacloban City. Lake Danao is a violin-shaped lake on the mountains of Ormoc, and is Ormoc City’s primary tourist attraction. Located 2,100 feet above sea level and at a length of 3 kilometers long, the lake is a great place for boating, kayaking, or fishing. And the area around the lake is also ideal for sight-seeing, camping, trekking, picnics and retreats. 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. The lake supplies potable water to at least seven towns in Eastern Leyte including Tacloban City as well as the source of irrigation for ricelands in some municipalities like Dagami, Burauen, Pastrana and Tabon-tabon. At 650 metres (2,130 ft) above sea level, Lake Danao lies on an altitude similar to Tagaytay, making the area cooler than the average Philippine temperature.
At the entrance of the national park, locals sell freshwater shellfish called “Tulya” which can be cooked in so many ways such as adobo, sauteed or soup.
Lake Danao can be reached through Ormoc City, which is a 125 km. from Tacloban City ( 2 to 3 hour ride). Long and violin-shaped, Lake Danao is hemmed on all sides by cloud-capped-mountain ranges. These mountains contain lush virgin forests with endemic flora and fauna. At 700 meters above sea level, the lake has a cool temperature of 21 -26 degrees Celsius and is said to be the habitat of giant eels.