As a traveler, I always appreciate nature at its best and that’s what I got when I went to the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park in Sibulan, Negros Oriental. Twin lakes of Balinsasayao and Danao are divided by a narrow mountain ridge and surrounded by mountains ranges. It is a long trip towards the lake but, trust me when I say that it will all be worth it when you get there.
The drive from the highway towards the lake is not boring at all despite the long drive. I was in love with the view that I even ask my friends to stop to take a picture with the scenery. There are cottages available on premises so you can bring food and snacks but remember to be responsible and practice CLAYGO (clean as you go).
Nature at its best. The serene waters of the lake and the cold breeze from the mountain are what makes the place perfect for relaxing. There are activities that you can do on the lake that includes boating, sightseeing, hiking, fish spa, and you can even go take a swim. The lake has a viewing deck for the second lake. What we did was we rent a boat paddle and paddled our way across the lake towards the viewing deck. There is a trail for those who want to hike if you don’t want to rent a boat.
After the viewing deck, my friends and I decided to go to Olayan Falls. It’s just small but it is spectacularly perfect. We enjoyed the falls and spent about half an hour bathing in the cold waters and played like little kids. We decided then to go home but before that, my friends and the beau challenged themselves in taking a dip in the green serene waters of the lake. I, of course, declined. Aside from the fact that I am not a good swimmer, I am scared of taking the chance. Thanks for those lake monsters in the movies. 😀
What you need to pay
Entrance fee Php 10.00 for locals / Php 100.00 for foreigns
Parking fee Php 10.00 (motorcycles) / Php 25.00 (car) / Php 50.00 (van/SUV)
Cottage Php 50.00
Paddle Boats Php 350.00 (good for 6 persons)
How to get there?
If you are from Dumaguete, you can ride a PUJ that is bound for Amlan and get off at the La-laan in San Jose juncture. Same thing if you came from Sibulan port. The fare would be Php 15.oo and it will take approximately 15 minutes to get there.
No other concrete road in the San Jose juncture that leads to the lake. You don’t have to worry, aside from the signage along the road, you can ask your driver to drop you off at Twin Lakes, local drivers would know. From there, you can then hire a motorcycle for hire (habal-habal) for Php 400.00 for 2 persons already.
The lake is quite far thus, the high fare price. Some of the motorcycle drivers might give you a higher price, don’t fall for that. The normal price should be Php 400.00/2 person and that is a 2-way price.