Beautiful Lakes in the Philippines and Where to Find Them


If you need a change of scenery from your usual beach trips, the Philippines is gifted with beautiful lakes to explore. To get you started, we’ve gathered some of the most beautiful lakes you can add to your next itinerary:


📍Lake Bulusan, Sorsogon

Bulusan lake is situated at the foot of Mount Bulusan giving you a wonderful view of its rainforest. They’ve also provided a cemented trail for the tourist so you can enjoy a leisurely walk around the area and get a closer look at the place.

What we love:
🌋  Great view of Bulusan Volcano
🛶  Can rent boats, kayaks, and canoes to explore the area



📍Lake Bababu, Dinagat Islands

Why it’s worth to visit? There’s an underwater cave that connects the lake to the open sea! Did we mention that it’s the longest underwater cave in the country?

What we love:
🏊  Ideal for swimming and snorkeling
🛶 Activities like cave diving and kayaking are available



📍Lake Holon, South Cotabato

Lake Holon is considered as one of the rising tourist attractions in South Cotabato. This mesmerizing lake was hailed the cleanest inland body of water in the Philippines (2003-2004).

What we love:
🌳  Set near a beautiful rainforest
⛺  Ideal for camping
💦  Cyrstal clear water and peaceful surrounding



📍Lake Carolina, Davao Oriental

Though not actually a lake (it’s more of a tidal creek or lagoon), this place is the locals’ secret paradise. It has green brackish waters where you can go for a swim and an ideal environment to relax after a long day of beach hopping.

What we love:
🍉  Ideal for picnic
💦  Cold water perfect for swimming
🛶  Perfect location to do kayaking



📍Lake Venado, North Cotabato

Lake Venado is considered as the smallest and highest lake in the country. Often referred to by locals as Lake Linaw—which means clear, this lake offers a majestic view of Mount Apo. 

 What we love:
🌄  Great view of Mount Apo
⛺  Amazing place to go camping
👣  Great hiking trails


Photo credit:
Lake Holon: @quennielao
Lake Carolina: @jepepilapil