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Lake Holon Travel Guide: A Serene Destination In Mindanao

LAKE HOLON (T’Boli) – All You Need to Know

Lake Holon by Rawen Balmana

Travel Guide: How to get to Lake Holon in T’boli South Cotabato

On every mountain you climb, you have a different journey. Some were okay, some were harder to climb than the others, and some, you can’t seem to forget, especially when it boasts of a glistening lake at the end of the trek.

Camping in Lake Holon photo via Lake Holon FB Page
Camping in Lake Holon photo via Lake Holon FB Page

Mt. Parker or Melibengoy is a stratovolcano located in T’boli, South Cotabato in Mindanao and its gem is its caldera lake, Lake Holon. Lake Holon is a picturesque lake and totally different from other lakes you might have visited in the past. It is eerily quiet but the kind you appreciate because it’s not every day you experience something amazing. It is in a secluded area where you can be friends with nature.  Government officials even confirmed that the Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta) was spotted in the barangays near the lake.

If you haven’t been there, this is the right time to plan your trip. Here is your ultimate Lake Holon Travel Guide.

How To Get There

If you’re coming from Manila, book a flight to Davao then ride a bus going to Koronadal, South Cotabato which will take 2-3 hours. When you arrive in Koronadal, ride the van which says “Direct T’boli” which will take for about an hour and will bring you to the Municipal Tourism Office.

After that, another hour should be allotted for the skylab trip which will lead you to the jump-off point of one of the most beautiful and exhilarating trek you’ll ever take.

Additionally, if you’re coming from Gensan, you must ride a service van headed to T’boli. Note that the trips are limited so in case you missed it, take other routes from Lake Sebu and Midsayap.

When You Should Go

The best time to visit Lake Holon is in the summertime when the trails are dry and you get a day of full sunshine because you wouldn’t want to miss a thing about this place.

What You Need To Wear and What You Should Bring

When you’re going on a hike, you need to wear proper clothes that are comfortable, put on proper hiking shoes and wear proper pantsuit that can keep you safe from thorny grasses which can also cause itchiness. Don’t forget to bring a jacket with you too for you to wear in the evening in case it gets super cold.

You also need to bring at least basic mountaineering gear in your trip.

Lake Holon
Lake Holon Photo credit: fechi fajardo via / CC BY

What You Will Experience

The trail before you reach Lake Holon is already a sight in itself. Different native flowers are abundant there and there are many types of greenery and you’ll be amazed by how they’re soothing to the eyes and the restless soul. Nature is as far as your eyes can see and that’s a long stretch. Lake Holon is both magical during sunrise and at night when it’s quiet.

Although the climb will be nothing short of challenging, you will thank yourself for trying it once you reached your destination. Both the trek and the destination are unforgettable so make sure you reserve all your energy for this trip.

Things To Do

For starters, you can soak your feet in the cold water and let the school of tiny fishes befriend your toes; it’s quite enlivening and a unique experience.  You can go swimming too and float idly; it’s a great way to observe your beautiful surroundings. If you plan to make a bonfire, don’t forget to bring with you some snacks to make s’mores (graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars); these are all safe to bring with you without getting rotten.

There is also ATV Adventure for a thrilling experience of the terrains of Mt. Parker as well as water sports like kayaking and water sports lake tour which are a must if you want to make the most out of your trip and horseback riding for the more laidback type.

Lake Holon by Rawen Balmana
Lake Holon Photo credit: rawen balmaña imagery via / CC BY-SA

Other Tips

Knowing your mental strength determines the outcome of your adventure. It will help keep a positive attitude and can do as well as make quick judgments about directions, conditions, and most especially, safety.

Even if you’re with a group, you need to have a sound mind and perseverance because climbing sure has its share of pains and obstacles.

You also need to observe proper mountaineering ethics and attend basic training.

Sources: Pinoy Mountaineer, awanderfulsole.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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