Water Forms

Lake Danao: A Guitar-Shaped Lake in the Province of Leyte


Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | May 03, 2016
Lake Danao: A Guitar-Shaped Lake in the Province of Leyte

  It’s Lake Danao!

Lake Danao is located inside the Lake Danao Natural Park in the Province of Leyte. It is 650 meters above sea level and is shaped like a side-view of an acoustic guitar.

The lake is situated on an elevation similar to Tagaytay, thus, giving a cool gentle wind when you’re in the area and, just like the Taal Lake in Tagaytay, it was formed after a volcanic eruption. 


Lake Danao was formerly called as Lake Imelda. On February 3, 1998 it was renamed and declared as Lake Danao National Park and is protected by the National Integrated Protected Area System Act of 1992.

The lake takes an important role to the province. It supplies water for irrigation to rice fields and potable, drinking water to the different towns of Eastern Leyte.

Lake Danao National Park is one of the top tourist destinations in Ormoc City. If you’re looking for a relaxing place perfect for meditation and at the same time breathe some fresh air, Lake Danao is a must-visit place!

Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of Lake Danao at the view deck. You can enjoy boating, swimming, kayaking and fishing as well as exploring and camping on its mountains.

There are picnic tables available in the area. The place is also ideal for retreats and family picnics.

For a memorable and enjoyable experience, have your lunch at the floating cottage while you’re cruising Lake Danao!

For more information, contact Ormoc City Tourism Office at (053) 255-2983 or 255-2635.

(All photos of Lake Danao courtesy of Ms. Karen Tiopes | DOT Eastern Visayas)

How to Get There

Currently, there are no direct flights to Ormoc City from Manila. From Manila, you can fly to Tacloban (estimated cost Php2,700++, round trip, 1 hour 20 minutes). Then hire a van or ride a bus (2-hour trip) plying to Ormoc City, Leyte.

Or if coming from Cebu City, you can take a slow boat (5-hour trip) or a fascraft (2-hour trip) to Ormoc City.

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