Punta Isla is perhaps the most popular resort in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato for many possible reasons. One is that, its infrastructure is built beautifully. The garden provides small nooks where children can play hide and seek. It also has an open restaurant for walk-in costumers aside from those who are staying with them. Their restaurant boasts the most number of tilapia recipes in their menu. And speaking of billeting with them, they also offer a reasonable accommodation package with prices ranging from 950/night ($22) good for to people to 2,000/night ($46.50) good for 18 people.
Punta Isla also offers catering services, garden wedding packages, baptismal and birthday reception venue, seminar and conferences venue, and other occasions your family wishes to celebrate. It also boasts its floating restaurant with a giant tilapia on its roof, boating, and kayaking. If you wish to go swimming, the resort has a swimming pool too.
Considering that it is very accessible, people will immediately think of Punta Isla when they want to spend summer vacation in Lake Sebu. But aside from that, I believe that Punta Isla is a one-stop shop for travellers since it also offers guided tours for their guests.
Here is a regular 2-day Lake Sebu guided tour itinerary offered by Punta Isla.
Expected arrival is at 11:00 AM then lunch by 12:00 noon. After lunch, you will be taken on a lake tour. The lake tour might take longer so be excited. Dinner will be served at 6:00 PM followed by a short cultural show showcasing T’boli dances, songs, and musical instruments. Be prepared as well. You might dance with the performers.
Breakfast is usually served around 7:00AM and I recommend that you try their native coffee. By 8:30AM you will visit the workshop of Lang Dulay* (there is a separate article on this here) where you learn how dreamweavers make tinalak. You might want to bring some extra cash because you will surely love the tinalak cloth. By 9:00AM you will proceed to the 7 Falls Adventure Park. Don’t chicken-out on the highest zipline in Asia. Try it! At around 10:30AM you should be at the T’boli Museum then at COWHED by 11:00AM. Your tour ends with a hearty lunch at the resort by noon. (*Lang Dulay’s workshop can be optional.)
Tour rates start at 2,500 ($58) for two people but it will be lesser if you come in groups. If there are 8-10 people in the tour, you will only pay 1,780 ($41.40). You just add 100 ($2) during peak season.
How to get there?
The resort offers transportation packages good for 15 persons at 12,000 ($280) from Davao City to Lake Sebu to Davao City. If you are from General Santos City or Cotabato City, the round trip transportation package is 6,800 ($158) for 15 persons. If you are from Marbel, Tacurong, or Isulan, the round trip transportation package is only 5,300 ($123.25) for 15 persons.
If you are the backpacker type of traveller, just follow these instructions.
From Davao City, you take a bus ride to General Santos City (3 hours).
From General Santos City, you may take a bus or van going to Marbel (1 hour).
From Marbel, you have an option to take the direct route to Lake Sebu by van (1.5 hours).
You may also take the longer route option that is dropping off at Surallah from Marbel (30 minutes) and take a bus or van to Lake Sebu (1 hour).
For more information about Punta Isla Lake Resort, please contact them at +63919-451-5015 or at +63905-289-5134. For reservations, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*All prices are in Philippine Pesos unless stated otherwise.
*Rates may change without prior notice.