Tuesday, April 17, 2018

# Albay # Camalig

Sumlang Lake: A Place of Calm and Serenity

A place of calm and serenity. A perfect place to unwind and take a break from the daily grind. That's how I describe the Sumlang Lake.

Albay is popular across the globe because of the magnificent Mayon Volcano which lies within the land of the province. Just recently, a huge wave of tourists from different parts of the world including those visitors from the neighboring regions visited the province in order to witness the spectacular Volcanic Eruption which has lasted for almost three (3) months. The longest volcanic eruption that I have known. 

Image Credits: Philippine Primer

Mayon Volcano's popularity cannot be equaled by the passing of time. Ever since it has been the major tourist attraction in this province. Legazpi city, being the most accessible place from this tourist attraction has gained the highest percentage in terms of income and is now the center of development in the province. Business establishment owners such as hotels and restaurants flourished the city with a common thing in the mind. To see to it that they have a clear view of the Mayon Volcano. 

What Sumlang Lake Has to Offer?

It's just a lake! A small body of water. 

I agree with that premise. But the joy it could offer seems enormous. Needless to say, you may want to stay the whole day there just watching the Mayon Volcano. Riding those boats made of bamboo and decorated with locally-made seats which will give you picture-perfect photos. Life is beautiful!

This is the reason why the good things about Sumlang Lake spread across the social media in just a short span of time. People became curious and couldn't wait any longer to visit the place and experience the joy of being close to nature. 

My daughter was able to visit the place with her friends in 2016

While my hubby and I were only able to visit the place a couple of weeks ago. We have been planning to visit the place but the work schedule that we have makes it nearly impossible for us to go there. Finally, we made it!

Sumlang Lake
View of the Mayon volcano from the Sumlang Lake

Floating cottage
Hubby at the Floating Cottage

Sumlang Lake
Hubby and I while sitting in front of Socorro's restaurant in Sumlang Lake, Camalig, Albay

A Brief history of Sumlang Lake

Sumlang Lake is located in the town of Camalig, a first class municipality in the province of Albay known for its native delicacy, pinangat. The lake was used to be an ordinary body of water with full of water lilies and other vegetation. Through the concerted efforts of the head of the village, Punong Barangay Felipe Noe M. Napa Jr., and the village council, a clean-up drive has been initiated. Upon seeing the possibilities of being a tourist destination, the council has worked for the recognition of Sumlang Lake as another tourist spots in the province.

The Local Government of Camalig, Albay has been very supportive of this endeavor and not long after, the provincial government of Albay has included the Sumlang Lake as one of the tourist destinations in the province.

How to Get to Sumlang Lake?

If you are coming from Manila traveling by land and you want to drop by the place without first going to Legazpi City, you can stop at the municipality of Camalig and look for Sumlang village. 

If you will be coming in via plane, you may refer to the map below for further details.

Sumlang Lake
Map going to Sumlang Lake from Legazpi City Airport

The place is more or less 30-minute ride from Legazpi City Domestic Airport. You can hire a taxi to take you to the place or you can choose to use other public transportation such as jeepney via Camalig or Guinobatan. 

Fees and Other Charges:

Here are the fees you have to expect when visiting the place.

Parking fee - Php 10.00/20.00 ($0.20/0.40)
Entrance Fee - Php 20.00 ($0.40)
Balsa (bamboo boat) Tour - Php 25.00 ($0.50) for 30 minutes
Kayaking - Php 50.00 ($1.00) for 30 minutes
Aqua Biking - Php 50.00 ($1.00) for 30 minutes
Floating Cottage - Php 300.00 ($6.00)  for 1 hour (Good for 8-10 persons) 
Use of Washroom - Php 5.00 ($0.10)

There are stores in the area where you can buy foods. Additionally, a fine dining restaurant, Socorro's Restaurant can be found in the area.  

You can also find souvenir items and Pilinut candies in the 'Napa Carpet Industries', one of the successful producers of abaca-made products in the province with a showroom near the area. 

On the final thought...

Sumlang is a small village and the place where the lake is located is within the residential area. the road entering the main area of the lake is a barangay road where only one vehicle could enter. Both sides of the road are filled with houses of the residents. 

I hope this concern will be given due attention by the local government.

On the overall, Sumlang Lake is a great place to visit.

Sumlang Lake

Here is a short video that was taken during our visit to the place. Enjoy watching!

The video was originally uploaded to Sharon S Lopez YouTube channel and was embedded at Bitlanders 

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