Remember those days when we were taught about different types of body of waters? Of course, lake is one of the list. Lake is defined as a large body of water surrounded by land. Several lakes can be found in our country and among the lakes which are known in the Philippines are Laguna de Bay,the largest lake, and Taal Lake situated in Luzon and Lake Lanao in Mindanao. Our country has 59 lakes and the origin of most lakes is a result of volcanic and tectonic activity.
My first travel for this year is in Lake Bulusan on the slope of Bulusan Volcano National Park located in the province of Sorsogon,southernmost province in Luzon. It covers a land area of 3,672 hectares and an elevation of 360 meters. It is currently being protected and maintained by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). What’s interesting about this lake is it is situated on the southeast flank of Mt. Bulusan, an active volcano.
You need to walk or you can take a ride for a 1 km distance from the main entrance of Bulusan Volcano National Park before reaching the lake. I opted to rent a motorcycle since I had my son with me and due to time constraints since we arrived there passed 2:00 pm. The motorcycle owner Mr. Glenn Belarmino who lives right in front of the park’s entrance is an agriculturist by profession and had previously worked in Hawaii, USA. While waiting for his Australian visa for a new job stint, he serves as a tour guide. He was very friendly and knowledgeable. He has shown us the extinct birds and shared all interesting facts about the place. We also passed by a foreigner couple who were busy picking up some fallen coconuts. The ride was quick but it was enough to experience the cool breeze of wind, to hear the relaxing tune of chirping birds, and to feel the calmness of nature.
One thing you will notice upon arriving at the lake is it’s surrounded by a virgin forest. Cutting trees is strictly prohibited in this area. Fishing, Kayaking and boat ride are just some but few of the activities you can enjoy while in the lake. It was our first kayaking experience. The boatman was very friendly as well. I asked him several questions like how old is the lake, the do’s and the don’ts, and a lot more. Peak season of tourists is during lent season. I paid Php 150 for a 30 minute kayaking.
The lake was also the venue of Ms. Earth 2013 and Sen. Chiz Escudero and actress/host Heart Evangelista’s prenuptial video. Check out their romantic video here.
I would like to thank the locals for preserving the lake and the Bulusan Volcano Natural park itself. Truly, I consider this as a hidden lake of the south. Though I have visited the province of Sorsogon numerous times and each time I get there I always find one reason to come back. The next goal is to climb at the summit of Mt. Bulusan.
How to get to Bulusan Lake:
1. From Sorsogon City, ride a jeepney bound for Gubat Public Market. Fare Php 10.00
2. From Gubat, ride a jeepney bound to Bulusan Public Market terminal. Fare Php 25.00
3. From Bulusan Terminal, ride a jeepney bound to Irosin. Inform the driver to drop you off at the entrance of Bulusan Volcano Natural Park. Fare Php 14.00
The Province of Sorsogon
Jeepney bound for Gubat
Gubat Public Market
Bulusan Volcano Natural Park Entrance
Mr. Glenn Belarmino, the agriculturist tour guide!
The hidden lake.
Mt. Bulusan Map!
Life is like a boat!
Our first Kayaking experience.
With my little man, Travis Gonzales!
Priceless moments with my son.