Don’t get us wrong. We love a good beach. But since the Philippines won the geologic luck of the draw when it comes to number of breathtaking bodies of water, we’re putting the spotlight on the other natural beauty we’ve also fallen in love with. (And this is not a question of who wins in the war of waters. We think they’re all uniquely beautiful!)
Here’s our pick for the eight of the most beautiful lakes in the country:
1. Lake Carolina (Baganga, Davao Oriental)
A secret paradise, the water in Carolina Lake is just so clear that it sparkles when touched by the sun’s rays. The turquoise color also compliments the verdant hues of green that surrounds the lake. For those who love the outdoors, it’s no secret that nature is replete with stunning colors–and Lake Carolina is a testament to that.
2. Taal Crater Lake in Talisay and San Nicolas, Batangas
Taal Lake is probably the most photographed lake in the Philippines, and not only because it cradles the world’s smallest active volcano: depending on the weather, the lake can turn into dark blue-green or silver-gray and the view is incredibly stunning!
Within the Main Crater Lake is a small island known as the Vulcan point, the world’s largest island within a lake (Main Crater Lake) on an island (Volcano Island) within a lake (Taal Lake) within an island (Luzon). That’s probably a lot to process, but it makes Taal Lake unique. Just look at that view!
3. Siit Lake (Sulu)
The lake is slowly gaining popularity because of its naturally heart-shaped form. It’s located in the less populated province of Sulu in the southern part of the Philippines and while going here might not be easy (around 469 kilometers land travel from Cagayan De Oro City), wouldn’t you agree that it’s one of the perfect destinations for love month?
4. Lake Holon in T’boli, South Cotabato
Going to this hidden gem isn’t a walk in the park–you’ll have to walk for three to four hours under the canopy of towering trees–but it’s definitely worth it. The place is dreamy with the lake’s waters shimmering in an emerald hue and there’s also a campsite by the lake shore so you can rest while admiring its beauty. Want a date with nature? Make sure you’re up at the break of dawn to catch the sunrise. With the calmness of the lake, the peaceful surroundings and the cool breeze, the experience would definitely be memorable.