LAKE DANAO PARK
Lake Danao is located in the northern part of Pacijan Island, one of Camotes Islands’ smaller islands in Cebu Province.
It takes around two hours to reach Camotes by boat, ferry, and other water crafts. If you came from Cebu City, it is preferable to take a ferry from the port of Danao in Cebu's mainland.
The lake has a shape of a guitar whose park is the entry point in accessing the lake itself. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island.
When I visited this place with my sister and brother-in-law, the place was quiet since it was not season, but started to get noisy when a jeepney-load of guests came. The place is for those who love nature. I said that because I overheard someone who says "It's not beautiful... it looks like the Amazon". Shocking for me to hear that comment!
The Park is north of Mangodlong and Santiago Bay, and about 30 minutes to the towns of Campo and Union.
The Local Government of San Francisco (Camotes) takes charge in maintaining, preserving, and developing the whole area as eco-tourism as well as educational facility.
The lake is also popularly labeled as the Lover’s Lake. For some obvious reasons, it is serene and has romantic appeal for couples or lovers to be at.
You’ll be mesmerized by the tranquility of the place, which is harmonized by the singing birds on the trees and the gentle blowing breeze. The park is best not only for couples but also as a picnic area for families and friends.
FLORA AND FAUNA
Lake Danao has diverse flora and fauna that lives and survives within and around the lake. The most noticeable plants surrounding the lake are the coconut trees and some hardwood species planted by the locals living by the lakeside.
There are diverse plants found around the lake – cultivated and natural. Some of the cultivated plants include corns, yams, sweet potato (that is the literal name for “camote” from which the island got its name), and some vegetables.
Locals also develop their traditional way of curing (minor) ailments by using indigenous medicinal plants.
In the lake’s fresh water a number of fish species can be found, such as tilapia, etc.
The lake is also home to some wild ducks, purple herons, and some migratory birds.
For lovers and couples, it is the most romantic way of being together and sharing intimate time in this serene lake. You can rent a small boat and just paddle around the lake’s shores. Just in case you want a life jacket, these are also available at the park's management office.
It is some sort of a motor-powered boat that can accommodate more than 10 people for a ride around the lake. This boat has sits and tables for visitors to use in case they want to enjoy some food and drinks while touring the lake and enjoying the scene.
Sakanaw Cruise is PhP500 and allows up to 15 persons. It was just waiting there when we arrived but unfortunately we don't have much time to get a ride.
During the one-hour cruise on that boat, you’ll have the chance to step on an islet in the middle of the lake where you can take photos with the lake’s wonderful view.
You just ask the management of Lake Danao Park when you arrive the place. This simple ride is the photo below...
ENTRANCE & SCHEDULE
The entrance to this lake is actually not close to the lake. It's about a kilometer from the main entrance. It was like the usual 'checkpoint' by military officers and so we had to stop. I think this 'checkpoint' is established in this location to prevent gate crashers from entering the park without paying a dime.
To help keep maintain the lake and its park, the local government asks visitors to pay an entrance charge per person (PhP10-15).
The park opens at as early as 6 in the morning and closes at 6 in the evening.
Right by the lake side, there are established facilities for those who wish to stay for a day or longer to enjoy the area. Here are some of them...
Snack Bar and Food Stuff
When we arrived I noticed a place that looks like a bar--you know, those places with open sides with sits surrounding the taller serving long tables. Well, they do not only serve drinks (coconut juice, etc.) but they also offer special menu such as sizzling meat dishes.
Yes, they also have pools available. I think there are two pools--for children and for adults. Of course, there are dressing or shower rooms available, which look pretty clean and well-kept. By the pools, you can use sits, loungers, etc. And this is just close enough to that bar I mentioned.
I should have asked how much it costs to use the pool! Next time, I will... and probably will avail their facilities.
Huts & Chairs
If you are bringing a group or family with you, you can surely have a place to spend your day's picnic by availing their tables, huts, chairs, among other facilities for rent.
Okay... I will update this again next time I visit this place. I'm sure there will be more development and great facilities coming up.
Enjoy Lake Danao Park!
MORE BEACHES & RESORTS
There is only one lake on this island, and Lake Danao is the largest one in the province of Cebu.
Now, you may continue searching for some fantastic beaches on the island. Just click the links below to open another page. Enjoy!
Bano Beach Resort
Bellavistamare Beach Resort
Borromeo Beach Resort
Buho Rock Resort
Flying Fish Resort
Greenlake Park Resort
Harbor View Family Resort
Keshe Beach Resort
Lake Danao Park (this page!)
My Little Island Hotel
Masamayor’s Beach House & Resort
Mangodlong Rock Beach Resort
Palanas Beach Resort
Payag Beach House Resort
Santiago Bay Garden and Resort
Santiago Public White Beach
Sunset Bay Beach
Sunset Vista Resort
Tulang Diot Island
Vall Hall Resort
White View Beach House Resort