Lake Danao National Park
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Continuation of my Bacpacking Leyte ( My 63rd province visited in the Philippines)
Visiting Lake Danao Park was not part of my itinerary. Yeah, totally unplanned. So here's why I ended here.
I supposed to be back in Tacloban for Sambawan tour on the next day after Kalanggaman island. I was in a rush to get to the Palompon's Terminal Station. Unfortunately, I missed the last van going to Tacloban. The last van was rented by a group of foreigners who also came from Kalanggaman island. I thought I was gonna spend a night at the terminal. Luckily, one of the locals approached me and asked where I'm going. He pointed out another route going to Tacloban. I stood in line and waited for the next van going to Ormoc city which cost 120.pesos.
After an hour and 20 minutes of travel from Palompon, I finally arrived at the Terminal station in Ormoc, City. Since it was just past 12 noon, I took a chance to orbit the place. Well, I'm already there so might as well explore more! I asked some of the locals about their famous tourist spots here and recommended Lake Danao Park to visit. Since I got a signal and 3G was available, I searched it instantly. Looking at the photos posted on the net, it seemed like it's similar to the seven lakes in Laguna. The photos and reviews posted on the net intrigued me and decided to just dropped by and see what it looks like before heading back to Tacloban.
I rented a tricycle to bring me to the place for just 200 back and forth. The travel time from the bus station to Lake Danao Park is just half an hour. According to experts, this lake is volcanic in origin like the famous Taal lake and lies on an altitude similar to Tagaytay which makes the place cooler than the Philippine average temperature.
Lake Danao is a guitar-shaped lake on the island of Leyte in the Philippines.The lake is covering an area of 148 hectares (370 acres). It is situated in the 2,193 hectares (5,420 acres) Lake Danao Natural Park, which also includes the Amandiwin mountain range. The lake is 18 kilometres (11 mi) northeast of Ormoc City.
I had no intention to go on swimming nor boat riding, All I wanted was to see and take a photo of the lake so that I can post it on my IG account As I explore some parts of the lake, I noticed its tranquility and very relaxing environment, the lake is a perfect place for swimming, boating, Kayaking, or fishing. Cottage can be rented from 300-500 pesos.It's definitely a must visit place in Ormoc. With its serenity and very calm water, there's no doubt why it's being called "the Sleeping Imelda"(old name of Lake Danao) because it's a perfect spot to meditate, picnic, and commune with nature.
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