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“Interesting trip from Dumaguete” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao & Danao

Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao & Danao
12 km west of the town of Sibulan, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines
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“Interesting trip from Dumaguete”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Along with waterfalls and hot springs, twin lakes offer another cool trip to do from Dumaguete, either on your own, or with an organised tour, that a few operators do from Dumaguete

Visited March 2013
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“Unspoiled nature looking as at dinosaur's era”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Twin Lakes Balinsasayo & Danao, Negros Oriental
Twin Lakes National Park is known as one of the main tourist destinations in Negros Oriental, so we started to organize our trip to Twin Lakes (known also as Lakes Balinsasayo & Danao) as soon as arrived to stay in Bahura Resort and Spa near Dauin. Local tour agency asked for >2,000 php/person for the tour to the Twin Lakes (our company consisting of 5 persons), which seemed too expensive. So, I was recommended to hire a van, It cost 4,500 php. As the distance from Dauin to the Twin Lakes is about 45 km, it seemed also rather expensive, but after the trip I understood that it was just OK, because the road from Sibulan to the Twin lakes park (about 20 km) is awful, and driving there requires special efforts and some courage. Actually, it took more than an hour to climb up this road. In major, it lacks in any kind of cover, and is formed by wet clay and stones. The road is so narrow that it requires a real art for two oncoming vehicles to pass each other, especially with steep slope 100-200 m in depth from one side of the road. For all that, the way is with no doubt worth driving (although is not recommended for those who do not resist harsh ride), you can see a lot of fantastic mountain views and see real rural life of Filipino people in their tiny houses covered by dried palm leaves, with buffaloes sleeping in small ponds, goats and dogs everywhere, and bright cocks. Close to the Twin lakes park, the road passes two small lakes with trees growing in their centers just from the water, and giant ferns appear in the lush forest surrounding the road. By the way, giant ferns could be seen only in highlands, at altitude >600-700 m above sea level. Since the road is very uneasy, it is important to have a good driver there. The driver whom we hired turned out to be excellent driver, which seems important taking into account the road; he was also nice guy and we hired him then to go to Casaroro Falls (contact information: his name is Jun Inid, he calls himself Jim-Jim, mobile # 0063-929-526-4535 and 0063-928-878-6124, e-mail raquel_inid@yahoo.com.ph).
After paying entrance fee (100 php/person) we arrived to a parking, and the larger lake Balinsasayo was in a 5-min walk downstairs through the forest. There was a pier with large kayaks and fellows waiting for somebody to travel across the lake (250 php/hour). Not a tourist was there besides our group. All five of us together with the driver entered the boat and headed to the opposite side of the lake. First, we crossed lake Balinsasayo to come to a narrow mountain ridge separating it from the second smaller Danao lake. There are stone steps upstairs through the forest, and at about 70 m high above the lake level it comes to a pavilion from which both lakes are seen, and you can come down to see Danao lake, which is totally wild, with no kayaks and beaches. There are also footpaths to walk in jungles around the lakes, but we were advised not to come because they were slippery after rains. Therefore, I walked only 100-200 m into the jungles by one path in the jungles; by the way, I found there a leech on my foot. When we returned down to our boat, we continued our way around the lake, and saw fantastic jungle views at the banks, with tree roots dangling to the water, blooming wild bananas and ferns that made the forest ancient-like. It was easy to imagine a dinosaur walking in it. And actually, our filipino fellows showed us large python sleeping on tree branches just above our boat! In some lake coves we have seen small beaches, but they were heaped with dry tree branches etc. and seemed not too much attractive for swimming. Our lake trip was 2 hours long, roundtrip 6 hours long, but the impression was as if we visited some kind another world. Unexpectedly, it looked completely untouched, no tourist crowds and hotels and restaurants there, and it seems good thing that the road to the Twin Lake Park is so uneasy. It is completely inaccessible for large tourist buses, and this keeps this magic place unspoiled.

Visited January 2013
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