Highest Zipline in Southeast Asia

DURING OUR family’s visit to General Santos City and South Cotabato last month (May 24-25) we got to visit the famous Seven Falls of Lake Sebu, courtesy of our good friends: Kuya Bob Gerada and the still honeymooning couple, Ryan and Liezel Briones.

Marielle and Nikka as they are about to take off in tandem.
Marielle and Nikka as they are about to take off in tandem.

Needless to say, Marielle (almost 11 yo) and Johan (9 yo) were ecstatic to find out that another zipline adventure awaited them in Lake Sebu.

And this is no ordinary zipline for two important reasons:

  1. At 600+ meters above the ground at its highest point, it is supposed to be the highest zipline in the whole of Southeast Asia, or at least that’s what its operator claims.
  2. It has a one-of-a-kind spectacular view: Falls Numbers 2, 3, and 4 of the famous Seven Falls of Lake Sebu!

Zipline at Lake Sebu 06 (bong - FB profile)

As usual I took the lead and zipped solo. I’m no newbie with ziplines but I have to admit that the height surprised me and, for a split second, scared the hell out of me. But like all other ziplines, once you are on your way there’s really nothing left for you to do but to enjoy the ride and – in this case – the view.

Marielle and Nikka (12 yo daughter of Ryan and LIezel) followed after me in a tandem zip. Their expressions captured in my camera (and the official photographers’ cameras) are priceless! Marielle is already a veteran with ziplines but like me the unexpected height overwhelmed her. ‘Twas Nikka’s first time so you can just imagine the previously unknown emotions that she experienced in the zipline of Lake Sebu.

Last to zip away are Marie and Johan, also in tandem. They too have their own frozen state of mixed shock and exhilaration in spite of the fact that they are also already zipline veterans.


I have to tell you about the view! In one word: SPECTACULAR.

I’ve tried other ziplines with great views, like the one in Lignon Hill in Legaspi City with its majestic view of Mayon Volcano in the background, or the one in Eden Fields in Davao with a panoramic vista of Davao City in the distance. But the Seven Falls zipline in Lake Sebu is something else altogether.

Within a few seconds of leaving the first platform, you’ll be awed by the 70-foot Falls Number 2 slightly to your right.  And then at about a 3rd of the way you will have a clear top view of Falls Numbers 3 and 4 cascading one after the other. Except perhaps in photos, it is not very often that you get to view waterfalls from the top and at that distance.

It. Is. Simply. Stupendous.

In the second and slightly shorter segment you will have all three falls (Falls Numbers 2, 3, and 4) in perfect view the entire zippin’ trip.

Did I already mention the length of the zipline? There are actually two segments with a total length exceeding one kilometer (first segment: approximately 740 meters; second segment: approximately 420 meters), making it one of the longest ziplines in the country.

To see (and experience it for yourself) is to believe so go ahead and schedule that trip already. Of course you can view a slideshow of our photos here to give you a preview of what’s in store for you when you get there. :)

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