Aside from waterfalls and mountains, the Philippines is also rich with lakes. Yes, lakes. If you thought that there are only the Laguna Lake, Taal Lake, Lake Sebu, and other famous lakes, you haven’t definitely heard of them all.
Between the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte in Mindanao, Philippines sits a really serene and calm lake called Lake Mainit. It is the fourth largest lake in the Philippines covering an area of 173.4 square kilometers and is also considered as the deepest in the country with the deepest point at 223 meters.
The name of the lake “mainit” is a Cebuano translation of the English word “hot”. This is mainly because it has two hot spring sources; thus, providing the lake a nice and warm water.
The lake is also home to a lot of flora and fauna. Two of the most popular creatures found in Lake Mainit is the tilapia and freshwater eel, locally known as “casili”.
There are stunning views of the mushroom-like islets in the lake. This is a perfect location for movie shoots and photography shoots. You might just also enjoy swimming here as the water is relaxing because of its warm temperature.
I haven’t got the chance to go to Lake Mainit but I would really love to go there and just be immersed in a simple and humble lifestyle even just for a short time.