Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park is a natural park in the Philippines surrounding Lake Balinsasayao and Lake Danao in the province of Negros Oriental, 14.5 kilometres (9.0 mi) west of Dumaguete. It covers an area of 8,016.05 hectares (19,808.1 acres), with heights ranging from 830 to 846 metres (2,723 to 2,776 ft). The park is located in the Mount Talinis range, also known as Cuernos de Negros, in the southern portion of Negros Island, and spans across the municipalities of Valencia, Sibulan and San Jose. It was declared a protected area in 2000.
THINGS TO DO
Simply enjoying the view of both of the lakes is good enough reason to pay this gems a visit yet these activities may be able to add more spice to your day.
- Paddle Boating – Explore the vastness of Balinsasayao or visit Danao Lake on the other side on a paddle boat. Also try to see the waterfall that feeds both of the lakes with water.
- Get a Foot Spa – The waters of the lakes are teeming with life. Various species of fish live in it and they can be your ticket to a more relaxed stay. Simply dip your bare foot into the water and small to medium size fishes will come swimming towards it to feed on your dead skin cells and callouses. Another reason to say the best things are free
- Camp in broad daylight – Overnight camping may not be permitted but setting up a tent to relax in is not a bad idea either.
- Snorkel – Bring snorkel gears and witness the richness of life underwater.
- Free Dive – Lake Balinsasayao is said to be 80 meters deep and might be good enough to free dive.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Dumaguete you can ride a PUJ (Public Utility Jeep) going to Amlan and get off at the juncture in La-laan in San Jose. Fare is P15 and may take just 15 minutes. From there hire a motorcycle (locals call it habal-habal). 2-way fare is P400 good for 2 people. Be very careful as local drivers can be very mean with their prices. Some of them may charge P400 a person for a 2-way motorcycle ride. If that happens, you can always go back to Dumaguete to rent a motorcycle or scooter. A day rental can cost P300-P350 but that can already take you places.
From San Jose juncture, there is just one concrete road leading to the lakes. The roads are paved but the ascent can be very steep. There are sections where you will encounter blind curves so be extra careful with your driving. You will pass by 2 small villages before you reach the registration point where you will have to pay entrance and parking fees. For those who are bringing their own car, you can just pass through the National Highway going all the way to Amlan. Turn left at the La-Laan San Jose juncture and drive all the way up until you reach the registration point. From there the lakes are just a few minutes away.
WHAT ARE THE FEES TO PAY
- Entrance Fee – P25 (Local) P100 (Non-Filipino)
- Parking – P10 (Motorcycle) P25 (Car) P50 (Vans/SUV)
- Cottages – P50
- Paddle Boat – P350 for 6 people
SAMPLE BUDGET AND ITINERARY
- Renting a motorcycle
- Motorcycle Rental and Gas – P400
- Entrance Fee & Parking (Twin Lakes) – P35
- Entrance Fee Casaroro & Pulangbato Falls – P30
- Food – P200
TOTAL: P665 (can be less if you’re sharing scooter with someone)
- Hiring a motorcyle (habal-habal) and a driver
- Fare Dumaguete to San Jose Juncture – P15
- Habal-Habal and Driver – P600 (Twin Lakes alone is P300)
- Entrance Fee & Parking – P35
- Food – P200
TOTAL: P850 (can be less if you’re sharing cost with someone)
- Day Tour Clubbed with Casaroro & Pulangbato Falls
0600: Wake Up
0600 – 0730: Breakfast. Tidy Up
0730 – 0800: Travel to the Twin Lakes
0800 – 1200: Twin Lakes and activities
12:00 – 1300: Lunch. Rest.
1300 – 1400: Travel to Valencia
1400 – 1500: Casaroro Falls
1500 – 1530: Travel to Pulangbato Falls
1530 – 1630: Pulangbato Falls
1630: Travel back to HOTEL