Nestled in Siaton, Negros Oriental, Lake Balanan is a recommended retreat for those visiting Dumaguete City.
Lake Balanan is a freshwater lake surrounded by lush tropical rainforest with the mountain ranges of Balanan in the East, and Nasig-id in the West. This placid lake is located in Siaton, Negros Oriental, about 55 kilometers south of Dumaguete City. Lodged deep in the mountains, the lake is primarily fed by the Lamarao Creek, Balanan Creek, and Nasig-id Creek, and flows out to the Balanan River.
Lake Balanan was formed in 1925 when an earthquake with a 6.8 magnitude on the Richter scale caused massive landslides in both mountain ranges. The landslide created a natural dam right across the southern end of the Balanan River and the water rose to become a figure 8-shaped lake.
Visiting the Lake
The magnificent views of the mountains, forest, and lake is worth the long drive to Lake Balanan. The drive is a 10-kilometer uphill route that is exciting as well as scary for some because certain parts of the journey passes by the edge of the cliff which are not protected by railings. However, you will see beautiful, natural scenery along the way that will keep you occupied.
The whole lake covers a total surface area of 24 hectares. The size of the lake makes it a great playground for activities like boating and kayaking. Swimming is prohibited in the lake itself but if you insist, the staff will let you sign a waiver stating that you take full responsibility for swimming despite the warnings.
With an elevation of 285 meters above sea level, its cool mountain air and the serene ambiance where only the sounds of nature dominate makes this an ideal retreat to unwind and rejuvenate. The lush rainforest is home to different plant species including more than 100 old Giant Balete trees. A variety of waterfowl have been sighted in the lush tropical rainforest that surrounds the lake including Egrets, Ducks, Herons, Gallinules, and Rails. There are colonies of bats and other wildlife that must be preserved and there is a proposal to protect the area as a Game Refuge and Wildlife Sanctuary.
In recent years, Lake Balanan was developed into a mountain resort that offers different accommodations and a variety of outdoor activities. Some of the amenities in the resort include the Balanan Hillside Pools, a set of four natural swimming pools carved out from the hills. Just imagine the excitement of sitting on the pool’s edge that is situated at the edge of a cliff overlooking lush vegetation. Other amenities include a gourmet restaurant, a treehouse, rooms, and cottages that are available for overnight stays.
While it is extremely relaxing to just sit down, relax, and stare at the lake’s placid waters, the more adventurous guests can opt to go to the zip-line, kayaking, fishing, trekking, and hiking on concrete pathways that wind around the lake. Taking a dip in Balanan Waterfalls is refreshing and invigorating at the same time. During the weekends, the place host many families who come here to have picnics in the cottages and swim in the pools.
Entrance to the lake and resort is ₱ 50 for adults and ₱ 30 for kids 12 years old and below. Entrance is free on Tuesday and for those staying overnight in the resort’s cottages. These are the rates for the use of the different facilities and amenities:
- 3 Swimming Pools – Free of charge
- Kayak – ₱ 150 per hour for 2 persons
- Triak – ₱ 200 per hour for 3 persons
- Pedal Boat – ₱ 100 per hour
- Banca (Small Boat) Tour – ₱ 50 per hour for 2 persons; ₱ 100 per hour for big groups
- Zip Line – ₱ 150 for sitting position and ₱ 200 for superman position
- Floating Cottage – ₱ 100 per day
- Picnic Table – ₱ 30 per day
- Camping fee – ₱ 150
How to get there
It is recommended that you go there with a professional tour guide to ensure your safety and comfort
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If you want to get there yourself, you can take a 1 hour Ceres Bus ride from the Main terminal in Dumaguete to the Siaton where you catn haggle with the local tricicle riders to take you the 10 kilimeteres Village of the lake
Swimming is not permitted in the lake unless you sign a waver.
Tour Operators offer day trips from 2,000 PHP per person
Open from 9.00am to 4.00pm daily