One of the best things to do in Dumaguete is to explore the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park. The twin crater lakes known as Balinsasayao and Danao, rising 1000 meters above sea level, are the prominent features within the national park located on the western side of Mount Guintabon.
WHERE IS BALINSASAYAO TWIN LAKES & HOW TO GET THERE
Balinsasayao Twin Lakes national park is located 14.5 km from Dumaguete in a village known as Sibulan. Balinsasayao is one of the best Dumaguete tourist spots not to be missed.
The best way to get to Balinsasayao Twin Lakes is to rent a motorbike in Dumaguete for 500 – 800 pesos per day or you can rent a car for 1500 – 2000 pesos per day. The journey time takes around 1-hour.
MAP OF BALINSASAYAO TWIN LAKES DUMAGUETE
Rowboat on Lake Balinsasayao
WHAT TO EXPECT AT BALINSASAYAO TWIN LAKE DUMAGUETE
Balinsasayo Twin Lakes National Park is open Monday – Sunday from 8am to 5pm. Lake Balinsasayao entrance fee is 50 pesos for local Filipino’s and 100 pesos for tourists.
The twin lakes of Balinsasayao and Danao have formed from a volcanic eruption some 10,000 years ago and the 90 meter deep craters over time have filled up with water from rain and stream deposits, resulting in the two lakes, separated by a narrow mountain ridge.
Hundreds of species of forest trees, fruit-bearing and flower plants dominate the vegetation around the lakes. On top of this, Twin Lakes Dumaguete is a famed spot for bird watching enthusiasts, playing home to many different species of bird, the most popular being the Flaming Sunbird.
Lake Danao at Balinsasayao Twin Lake Dumaguete
A Flaming Sun Bird at Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park
WHAT TO EXPECT AT LAKE BALINSASAYAO – CONTINUED…
There are 2 main viewing platforms at Twin Lakes Dumaguete, the first is located next to the main carpark/restaurant that overlooks Balinsasayao, the larger lake of the two. The second viewing platform is a 1km hike around the edge of the Lake Balinsasayao towards the narrow mountain ridge and this is where you’ll find a 3-tiered watchtower that overlooks both Lake Danao and Lake Balinsasayao.
If you prefer not to hike and want to take a paddle boat ride with a local across the lake, it is possible to rent the boat for 250 pesos per the hour. Alternatively, you can rent a kayak for 100 pesos and paddle out on to the lake yourself.
Across the lake, you can also visit the Olayan Waterfall and rock pools which were the highlight of my adventure to Balinsasayao Twin Lakes National Park. You will have to take the boat or kayak to get to the falls and then it is a short 10-minute hike through the jungle before you reach the Olayan Falls. My friends and I swam in the shallow rockpool beneath the falls which we had all to ourselves.
Hiking to Lake Danao at Twin Lake Dumaguete
Olayan Falls at Balinsasayao Twin Lakes
BALINSASAYAO TWIN LAKES – THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
There is a strict No Drone Zone at Balinsasayao Twin Lake Dumaguete. Recently, there was an incident that involved a native bird attacking someones drone mid-flight and resulted in the bird being killed and the drone crashing into Lake Balinsasayao.
Unfortunately, you cannot swim in the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes as the water from the lakes sources the town of Dumaguete and it needs to stay as clean as possible. There are also volcanic components in Lake Balinsasayao which are not very good for your skin.
The motto at Balinsasyao Twin Lakes is ‘Take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time, leave nothing but footprints’.
Dumaguete City has a range of accommodations available to suit all kinds of travellers. Whether you prefer a private room in a hotel or a budget backpackers/homestay, Dumaguete has you covered. To look and book an accommodation in advance click HERE.
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST NEAR BALINSASAYAO TWIN LAKE DUMAGUETE
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Happy Adventuring 🙂