One of the major tourist attraction in Negros Oriental are the beautiful Twin Lakes – Lake Balinsasayao and Lake Danao. Nestled in the range of Mt Talinis, it is a natural wonder shrouded with lush greenery and vast ecosystem. The two lakes, separated with a narrow mountain ridge, are part of a protected area which covers more than 8,000 hectares.
It is about an hour’s drive from Dumaguete City by car or van. You can also take a bus or a small jeep and get off at the sign for Lake Balinsasayo along La-laan, San Jose. Fare is around Php 15. There you will see a lot of motorcyles for hire (also known as “habal-habal”) to bring you to the Nature Park. Fare is around Php 200 per person.
Upon arrival at the tourism office, you will be asked to register your name and address. Entrance fee is around Php 30 per person (Php 100 for non-Filipinos). The rate for childen is around Php15, while children below 7 years old may enter for free.
Things To Do
Hiking – Make sure to wear your most comfortable shoes as you will do a lot of hiking. You can choose to trek to the second lake, however the trail is a bit steep and slippery.
Boat ride – You can take a boat ride around Lake Balinsasayao. You can ask the boatman to take you to the point where you can get off the boat and hike uphill towards a view deck where you can see Lake Danao. You can see both lakes from this point.
Fish spa – Just dip your feet into the water and tiny fishes will nibble on your dead skin and calluses.
There are small cottages where you can sit, eat, and relax. You can also bring your own food and drinks (no alcoholic beverages allowed). There are also snacks and meals served at the small restaurant with a fantastic view of the lake.
“To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment.” —Jane Austen