This is now on our third day of the tour in Negros Oriental and the only destination in mind is the Twin Lake. Well, if you haven’t read our day 1 and day 2 itineraries please click the links below.
We started a bit late than our usual days and even late compared to most of our trips within Cebu Island. Two (2) members of the team left early and headed back to Cebu City as they have some other things to work on that day.
Getting to Twin Lake in Sibulan-San Jose Negros Oriental
Anyway, we checked out and left the hotel at around 07:30AM and went to a small carenderia called “baroroy” in San Juan St to grab breakfast and coffee. Then around 08:15, we left and proceed to San Jose town where the intersection going to Twin Lake is located. Travel time from the city going to intersection is just less than 30minutes and from the intersection going up to the twin lake’s registration booth took us a bit longer since we are not familiar with the road and there are lots of road repairs.
From the intersection in the highway is just 13.5KM. Your landmark will be of course the signage and the asphalted road beside a coastline with posts. Before you can proceed to the lake, you will be asked to pay the entrance fees at the registration booth.
While my wife is paying the entrance fees for all of us, I snooped at the back of the booth and grabbed some pictures of the lagoon.
From here, it is still around 900 meters going to the drop off area going to the lake. We still have to walk for at least 80 meters in a cemented smaller road or you may take the stairs at the side of the road.
Welcome to Lake Balinsasayao
Lake Balinsasayao is one of the crater lakes that rises at 1,000 feet above sea level. The Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park has an a total land area of approximately 8,000 hectares and Lake Balinsasayao has a water surface area of approximately 76 hectares and over 90 meters deep at the middle of the lake. Notice the fogs, well, this place is really cold.
Getting to Lake Danao from Lake Balinsasayao
To get to the twin lake of Balinsasayao you can either rent a boat or just ride a kayak or better yet, use the trail at the side of lake balinsasayao. If you’ll rent a boat, you could reach the other end of the lake at around 15minutes. Of course there is someone who will paddle the boat but you are always welcome to help. Once you get to the opposite side of the lake, you’ll have to walk or climb to a trail for just 5 minutes to get to another trail going down to Lake Danao or going up to the watch deck.
Lake Danao is a bit smaller than Lake Balinsasayaw. It only have 148 hectares of water surface.
Activities and Adventures you can do in Twin Lake
The very first thing you can do there is trekking. It’s a bit difficult though when it’s raining since the trail will be very slippery. The next is boating. You can rent a boat in an hourly rate and paddle around the lake or do a kayaking. The last one could be just relaxing at the watch deck or at any of the cottages there. Oopps I almost forgot, you can also swim there but you just have to sign a waiver as they don’t have a life guard there. We tried to ask if we will be allowed to fly a drove but unfortunately, NO. According to the guide there was an incident there that the drone was attacked by the birds and there drone crashed at the middle of the lake and they have not recovered it.
At around 11:00AM we climb back to the drop off area and have some snacks. We tried their home made cupcake made of ferns, they call it fern cupcake. All of us haven’t tried it yet until that time and it was delicious…really. You’ve got to try it when you were there.
At around 12:00NN we heed back to Sibulan wharf then to Cebu. We passed by again at the whale shark watching area but this time, there are only few tourists roaming around as whale shark watching activity closes at 12NN.