By ROCAYA SUMNDAD OTICAL YAHYA
Among the beautiful spots that a tourist should not miss to see is that freshwater lake in Lanao del Sur, one of the provinces of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
Don’t mistake it with Maranao’s pride Lake Lanao, but Lake Dapao is a deep water lake located isouthwest of Lake Lanao that has its own unique and mystical traits.
It is one of the deepest lakes in the country, reaching a maximum depth of 120 metres.
It has an estimated surface area of 1,011 hectares.
The lake receives water from local run-off and several small rivers.
In 1965, the lake and its vicinity was declared as a protected national park under Republic Act 4190 that covers an area of about 1,500 square kilometres.
Plants growing in the lake includes hydrilla and the filamentous alga.
The lake is also rich in fish that includes dalág, Mozambique tilapia, common carp, goby and catfish.
Lake Dapao can be reached either from Marawi City, Cotabato City or from Lanao del Norte.
From Marawi, one can only drive about an hour going southwest along the Don Narciso Ramos Highway which leads the road towards Maguindanao and Cotabato City.
From Lanao del Norte, one can traverse from Sultan Naga Dimaporo going to Malabang to turn left to Pualas. (Photos sourced from Facebook. RSOY)