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Visiting Bayongan Lake Nov 22, 2017

Visiting Bayongan Lake

Location Google Map: Bayongan Lake, San Miguel (municipality), Bohol (province), Philippines

En Route
After Cambugsay Hills, Lars and I started heading for another man-made lake - Bayongan Lake. The lake was formed after damming a river in 2007 to irrigate the rice fields. From Bohol Dairy, we veered-off the highway into a narrow dirt road parallel to an open flood canal that extended for several kilometers until it reached Bayongan Lake. There is no easy way to get to Bayongan Lake. You need to take this long and narrow dirt road until you get there.

Bayongan Lake
I was amazed when we got there. Unlike Malingin Lake, Bayongan Lake has this esoteric stillness to it. Its placid waters, calm air, open expanse, quiet demeanor and isolation were almost poetic. You would want to have your own weekend cottage by this lake. There was no one guarding it nor did I see staff. It was just there, as if made to be left alone in its quiet solitude (although the park itself is apparently well maintained). There were a handful of students with their motorbikes. Obviously, this is a popular dating place specially at dark. A little further from the dam is a nipa hut on top of a floating bamboo raft. The water cascades down a sloping spout into a narrow open canal where water is fed into the rice fields. The dam itself is 855m long and 35.5m high.

Visiting Bayongan Lake
water flowing down from the dam

Possibilities
I couldn't help my mind race off to other possibilities. With the land's flat terrain, this could be an ideal campsite or simply a picnic spot for an afternoon chill. Again, the cottage-by-the-lake idea persisted. The lake could be seeded with prize-catch fish and be open for public fishing where fish is charged by the kilo. A cottage, a fishing spot, smores by the campfire, etc. This place was teeming with wonderful possibilities.

Ending Thoughts
Ironically, Bayongan Lake is the most fascinating thing I've seen in Ubay, and it's not even listed as a tourist attraction. It's not seen as a body of water in Google Maps and in Maps.Me, the lake can only be seen from a micro-zoom. It's too beautiful to be kept a secret. But it's not easy getting there. Should you decide to make this trip, make it in the afternoon and stay to witness the sunset and bring a picnic spread...lounge chair, chilled wine, cheese, etc. You'd be glad you did.

Thank you for tagging me along, Lars!

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Ubay Google Map

Google Map Ubay, Bohol, Philippines

tourist attractions in Bohol tourist attractions
  • Camp Karis Camp Karis - area site used for camping, weddings, seminars, training, etc. specialize on christian camping ministry
  • Ubay Green Park Ubay Green Park - former dump site turned into an eco-friendly park
  • Henson Beach Henson Beach - public beach close to the port
  • Sinandigan Beach Sinandigan Boardwalk - do not go here, the boardwalk is neglected and rotting!
  • Ubay Stock Farm Ubay Stock Farm - breeding farm for native pigs, native chickens, carabaos and other livestock
  • Kapayas Dam Cambugsay Hills - also known as Malingin Dam, Mother Dam and Ilaya Reservoir. It's an irrigation dam with a park. The nearby hills are said to be healing
Ubay Travel Info / Tips
  • Jewel's Nook is the only cafe in town - a/c, serving only espresso P50 but NO WIFI
  • you can buy Bahalina (aged, decanted and alcoholic coconut sap) at the Public Market for P75/half gallon
  • there are 2 stores serving good P10 sikwate (native chocolate drink) and P10 puto-maya at the Public Market...just ask around
  • tricycle ride around the city is only P8/pax
  • trisikad ride around the city is only P5/pax
  • laundry is only P25/kilo, minimum of 3 kilos, for pick-up after 2 days
  • Southern Buses at the Public Market leave Ubay for other parts of Bohol
  • market day is Monday
  • Ubay-ubay Festival is the town fiesta held every January 28-30

Ubay to Cebu City by boat (as of July 2017)

  • M/V J&N Carrier - 10am Monday-Saturday, 12am Sunday
  • M/V J&N Ferry - 10pm Sunday-Friday, no Saturday trip

Ubay to Leyte by boat (4-5 hours) (as of July 2017)

  • Ubay to Bato
    • M/V Lady of Smile (or Lady of Charity or Lady of Guadalupe) - 1pm daily
    • MBCA Star Sirius (or Mama Mary or San Isidro 9) - 8:30am daily
    • MBCA Neriboy Allen Rey (or Mama Mary Irvin or San Isidro 5 or San Isidro 6) - 10am daily
  • Ubay to Hilongos - M/V Leopards Sea Runner or Leopards Adventurer 1, 9am daily

Ubay to Pitogo (Bohol) by boat (as of July 2017)

  • MBCA Bobong B - 11am daily
  • MBCA Bobong A - 4pm daily

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