Things you need to know about Ponong Lake in Samboan Cebu
We’re off to Ponong Lake, a point of interest in Samboan Cebu, surrounded by dense mangroves and palms. Here are 8 things you probably didn’t know about this hidden wonder:
Landmark in Samboan Proper
1. It’s not actually a lake but more of like a semi-closed lagoon facing Tañon Strait.
Mangroves or locally known as bakawan
Saltwater intrusion makes its water brackish. This makes it suitable for breeding Tilapia, Bangus, Danggit and many more. The local tourism unit plans on introducing fishing activities for guests. The catch is weighed and then cooked to the guest’s preference. Sounds like a fun afternoon bonding activity for the whole family!
2. It is hidden in a town famous for its grand waterfalls (Aguinid, Bonbon and Dau).
Navigating with a rope
Just recently formally introduced as a tourist spot, it’s not getting the attention and government support it deserves. Heck, some locals in Samboan haven’t even been to the place!
3. Accessible via trike or private vehicle, it’s just five minutes away from the national highway.
Nipa roof design
After a full day of trekking to the three waterfalls under the scorching heat, this is good news.
4. Swimming is not allowed in the area.
Reconnecting with nature
During low tide usually in the morning, waters are only about 4 feet. This is probably also needed to keep the water crystal clear to the very least.
5. As of the moment, there’s only one nipa-roofed raft used to accommodate visitors.
Reflection on the water
Ropes attached to the mangroves are used to reach the far ends of the lagoon. The tour usually takes about 15 to 30 minutes depending on the time allotted for selfies. Laughs. The guests can get a chance to get their pictures taken on the biggest mangrove in the area and also the “stranded-on-a-raft” theme on Isla Bonita which looks like you are navigating in the Amazon.
Stranded at Isla Bonita
Well, last sightings were in the 1960s. But the thought that they once roamed these waters just adds to the thrill and excitement. Remember the movie Lake Placid? Laughs.
7. The Manolong frequents the area.
Time for relaxation
The obligatory bakawan cover photo
The postcard-worthy Ponong Lake of Samboan
It is a bird that dives into the water to escape predators. Other types of migratory birds also visit the area late in the afternoon to feed and rest.
8. No entrance fees! Just a friendly tip to the guide.
With our knowledgeable guide Dennis Fuentes
We were lucky since we had a guide who’s not only knowledgeable, but also very innovative. He passionately shares his plans for improving the value offered by Ponong Lake. Thank you for going out of your way in accommodating us, Dennis Fuentes!
How to get to Ponong Lake in Samboan Cebu:
Ride the Bato-Barili Ceres bus route from Cebu South Bus Terminal in Cebu City. The bus leaves every hour starting 2AM.
Bato via Barili Bus
I recommend taking the 6AM trip so that you can visit various points of interest in Samboan. Ask the bus conductor to drop you off at Ponong Gasoline Station in Samboan. From there, you can ride a tricycle or a motorcycle to the destination and pay not more than 10 pesos. Last trip back to Cebu City is 7PM from Samboan. I recommend taking the 5PM trip just to be sure.
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