Hiding in the lush mountains of Negros Oriental is a breathtaking natural wonder called the Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao and Danao. Located 12 kilometers west of Sibulan town, these deep-crater freshwater lakes are protected natural parks enveloped by tropical rain forests.
It was a rainy morning when we left our guesthouse, Harold’s Mansion, in Dumaguete City. The weather wasn’t cooperating, but we decided to follow our planned itinerary and go on a trip to the lakes. Since we’re on a tight budget and couldn’t afford any off-road vehicle or package tour, we chose to travel via public transportation. We hailed a small bus on Rizal Boulevard that goes to the town of Sibulan. The journey to the drop-off point took about 20 minutes. From there, we hired a habal-habal (motorbike) driver to take us to the lakes.
Getting to the lakes was an adventure of sorts! The road was rough and bumpy. We had to overcome slippery hills, moon-like craters, big rocks, streams, and gravels on the road. It was a rocky ride, but we somehow enjoyed sightseeing along the way. The grueling motorbike journey took about an hour but definitely worth it!
The scenery that welcomed us was amazing. I was captivated by the splendour of this hidden paradise.
Both lakes are relatively small, but amazingly beautiful. The crystal clear waters are serene and enfolded by the vast mountains. I particularly enjoyed taking a refreshing dip into the cold waters and spending time on the viewing deck on top of the ridge between the lakes. The panoramic view we got from the vantage point was beyond words.
Going across to the other side of the lake on a small boat was also relaxing, thanks to the cool ambience, calm waters and tranquil surroundings. While paddling our way to the viewing deck, I relished the picturesque beauty of this nature’s masterpiece. The lush greenery of the mountains and misty atmosphere became a perfect backdrop to the sparkling lake waters, while the symphony of exotic birds and crickets was sweet music to our ears.
It’s such an amazing sight, a perfect respite from the carbon-filled city life!