Lake Danao in Ormoc City

Lake Danao Ormoc City Tacloban Leyte Volcanic Crater Violin Shape Water Elevation Size Kilometers Mountain Range Depth Fishing Giant Eel Depression Fault Rock Formation Tour Guide Distance Location Lake Danao is located in Ormoc City, 125 kilometers away from Tacloban City in Leyte Province. As Ormoc’s main natural attraction, Lake Danao is a violin-shaped lake 2,100 feet above sea level and three kilometers long; hemmed by cloud-capped mountain ranges of undetermined depth; wild animals roaming its surrounding forest; hunter’s paradise; lake said to be the habitat of giant eel. Geologists believe this lake is volcanic in origin, like the popular Taal Lake in Tagaytay City. It is a depression produced by the Leyte Central Fault, an active fault passing through the lake area in N-S direction. Most rock formations that surrounds the lake are andesitic volcanic rocks. At more or less 700 meters above sea level, Lake Danao lies on an altitude similar to Tagaytay, making the area cooler than the average Philippine temperature. Continue reading

Lake Danao National Park in Leyte

Lake Danao National Park LeyteLake 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 Continue reading

The Leyte Mountain Trail

Mahagnao LakeThe Leyte Mountain Trail is an outstanding trekking area which starts from the Mahagnao Natural Park in Burauen to Lake Danao Natural Park in Ormoc, a distance of approximately 40 kilometers. This rainforest tour of three to four days takes you to the beautiful lakes of – Mahagnao, Malagsum, Casudsu-ran and Danao. Be amazed by the spectacular Guinaniban Falls, and the breathtaking view of mountains, forests, plains and the island of Samar and Leyte from the crest of the central Amandiwing Mountain Range. Enjoy the heady profusion of tropical flora and fauna including colourful insects, Continue reading

The Camotes Islands, Cebu

Camotes IslandsLegend has it that Spaniards who arrived here came upon some natives farming. When asked what the island’s name was, the natives replied “camotes” (sweet potatoes), thinking they were being asked what they were harvesting. This is just one of the charming things about the Camotes Islands.

The Camotes Islands are made up of the islands of Pacjian, Ponson, Poro and Tulang. Collectively, they are called “The Lost Horizon in the South” because of their unspoiled beauty. Continue reading