I’ve lived most of my life in the Negros Island and yet, I happen to miss out on this gem. Shameful, just shameful.
Although now, I can proudly say that this Negrense has finally seen the breathtaking Lake Balinsasayao. And it was a stunner.Lake Balinsasayao is one of the three crater lakes rising to 1,000 feet above sea level in the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park. Lake Balinsasayao and Lake Danao are enveloped by a mountain ridge. Thanks, Google.
How to get there:
From Bacolod City, take a bus bound for Dumaguete (via Mabinay route) and get off at Sibulan, the town before Dumaguete City. You won’t miss the signage on the right hand side. From there, you can take the habal-habal for 45 minutes and costs around 300-400php roundtrip. It is a long and rocky trail up to the Natural Park.
From Dumaguete City, the town of Sibulan is approximately 20-30 minutes away and you’ll spot the Lake Balinsasayao signage on your left.
Entrance fee is 10php for residents of the Province and 100php for non-residents.
Here is the complete list of rates for parking, cottages and boating: Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park
Tip: Don’t miss the remarkable view and good food at Azalea Casitas and Restaurant.
Quick confession, I did not get to explore its twin, Lake Danao because of the slight rain and it was already getting late. Shameful, just shameful.
However, that’s a great excuse to be back again and spend a whole day here!