What I love about seeing nature’s wonder is the unexplained feeling that it passes on to me. Acquiring peace from our inner self when we are out of nowhere is really hard, but when we commune with our mother nature, we will always get the peace of mind that we have longed for. It’s not that we totally evade from the realness of life because that’s our real world, but at least we give ourselves a chance to see the world in other perception. There are always more beneficial ways to celebrate life than resolving on our comfort zone. And that is something we should constantly learn, because life is not about duplicating the things that we already used to but somehow doing the things that are new to us.
A natural wonders of Negros Oriental that is shrouded in the lush scenery green mountains of Sibulan, It is located just a few kilometers away from the town of Dumaguete City. The awesome paradise of Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park has been possibly the most visited natural wonder in the entire Negros Oriental Province. It is, without question the must-visit tourist destination that one can never miss to explore.
The twin lakes are two small crater lakes disunited by a retentive and not wide, elongated ridge in a void space wreathed by four different Mountains facing the west, east, north and the south. They are situated along the easterly part of the Talinis mountain range, which are volcanic in origin.
Coming up on an aberrant bandwagon of life was what brought my two little itchy feet on this secluded destination. I’ve been to Negros Oriental province remarkably in Dumaguete City several times, possibly because there’s something in the “City of Gentle people” that invariably makes me wanted to go back. And that is because I haven’t explored much of the natural tourist destinations of Negros Oriental.
They said going to places you’ve never been is the most exciting thing you could ever have, and barely so when me and my cousin decided to visit Balinsasayao Twin Lakes was really exciting. I actually never got a line of lakes that are twin, so it was exactly what caught my attention.
Since the common transportation going to secluded destinations in the Philippines is Habal-Habal (Motorcycle). Me and my cousin ride a Habal-Habal going to Balinsasayao Twin Lakes. According to our driver (Kuya Rhengie), a few years ago the road giving way to twin lakes was not yet concreted. A lot of travelers before who really challenged from steep trails leading to the twin Lakes. Thus then I imagined how jouncy the ride was, how those travelers would able to manage the 13.5 kilometers of rides going to the Lakes.
But every bit they said there’s no steep trails for adventure seekers, it’s actually what adventure all about.
While we made our way to the Twin Lakes, I saw an elongated ridge that is peacefully situated on its own innate state. Kuya Rhengie told me that the Mountain I have seen was actually where the Twin lakes is located. So my excitement sprung up and I couldn’t wait to see it with my naked eyes. It was too hot during our visit, because the road going to the Lakes is facing the vast Island of Negros and juxtaposed to the Island of Cebu. Soon enough we arrived at the registration area, where we have to pay our entrance fee including the motorcycle (Habal-Habal).
From the entryway, it was a steep trail due to the hilly road going to the lake. Carrying two passengers on a motorcycle is not advisable, so I suppose I have to apply the quotes that says “sacrifice oneself so others can ride”. Precisely, I went down from the motorcycle and I let my cousin enjoy the ride and I started to walk, up until the motorcycle can carry two passengers again. Soon enough, we have officially set down on the main entrance where we have to walk again going to the welcoming mouth of the twin lakes.
The long awaited time has arrived. I was awestruck in awe as I have seen the clean, serene, fresh and cooling breeze of an air coming from the peaceful lake and the perennial plant that are stunningly standing beside the lakes, with their elongated stem with a well formed branches and the leaf sways whenever the wind blows.
I was standing on a rock facing the lake, communing with mother nature as I have talked to her and said you’re just so beautiful no matter what they say.
Merely a question slowly crawling to my mind and says, where is the other lake? Hence, I found out some tourist who’s riding a boat going to the other lake and I see it, not challenging, but it’s a way far easy and of course a cool way of grabbing the chance to finally feel the essence of floating on a lake. But an adventure seeker like me, I took the other way, I got to touch the other lake with an extra challenge where I can exude clear liquid from my sweat glands.
At 900 meters rocky trail was eventually the exact choice if happen you wish to hold a real adventure. The trail has a banister on a right side where the color of it is resembled to the big elongated stem of the trees. Leading to the second lake is fun, you’ll see the different forest species like birds, butterflies, ants and many others. You’ll also discover the toilet on a forest in which I thought was just a piece of design but turned out an interesting thing.
It was indeed a real adventure as my sweat is slowly coming out from my skin. We keep on our trek until we could finally reach the second lake. I immediately noticed the 3 storey viewing deck that offers the panoramic vista of the twin lake. We then take hold of the chance to go on the upper viewing deck to see the innate beauty of the lakes from above. The cold breeze kissing my surface and I think it is the best time to have our rest after our long trek. The second lake is fenced in by different green trees and plants and it is deeper than the first lake. According to kuya Rhengie our driver, who happens to be our guide also, he said that no one have had ever reached the underside of the lake because it is too deep.
Afterwards on, our short rest, I finally went down to get closer to the second lake. I saw the large trunk of the trees that has been peacefully lying down for I guessed quite long already. It serves to be the bridge if you bid to get closer to the lake. After taking pictures and communing with its beauty I decided to go back and look for my cousin and our driver since it was only me who went down to the second lake.
Another backbreaking 900 meters of trek going back to the first lake had challenged my two little itchy feet. Only when we almost reached where have get started, I saw a perfect spot to climb on a tree and had my signature pose facing the calm lake. I called my cousin’s attention if she could get a picture of me standing on a trunk of the tree. Good thing she’s kind enough to say yes to my plea. We keep on our trek and soon enough we have made it up to the main entrance of the lake.
At the main entryway, there’s a viewing deck, a beanery and a souvenir shop. Hence we decided to have our rest, have some refreshments and my cousin bought some souvenir items.
Another fun filled day for us, we wish to stay more, but we sustain to leave to visit other tourist attractions in Negros Oriental. The “Pulang Bato Falls”. I’ll post on my blog soon.
But before we made our way back to Dumaguete City, I wonder how could it be if I tried to swim in the lakes? I’m sure the water is frigid because of green trees nearby and will surely pacify my jaded body. But in whatever case, I won’t dare to swim in the lakes. It is more than enough that I conform to them both.
“Leave only footprints, take only pictures, no graffiti! No litter “.
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THINGS TO DO
If you desire to add an extra spice during your visit. The activities below will surely build your visit extra special and fun filled experience.
How to get to Balinsasayao Twin Lakes
You can book a flight going to Dumaguete City, since Dumaguete City is the entry point. The minute you arrived in Dumaguete City go straight to the jeepney terminal. Ride a PUJ (Public Utility Jeep) going to Amlan and get off at the juncture in La-laan in San Jose. Fare is PHP 15 and may take 15-20 minutes of road travel time. Simply keep your eyes on the left side of the road as you made your way because you’ll see a signage that says” This way to Balinsasayao Twin Lakes”. From there hire a motorcycle (Habal-Habal). They charge you PHP 200 each person that’s good for back and forth. Be careful as some local drivers offer high price. You can as well rent a motorcycle if you have your drivers license with you at Dumaguete City. A day rental can cost PHP300- PHP350 and can already take you to places you wish to travel to.
What to bring with you
Please don’t forget to bring your water. If you like to swim in the lakes, then bring with you an extra T’shirt.
Where to stay in Dumaguete City
The Gazebo Pensionne House
Address: Cervantes St. Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines.
Telephone number: (035) 255-0579
Tel.Fax: (035) 255-6246
Mobile number: +63 927-750-8356 (Globe)/ +63 919–973-1170
Facebook: The Gazebo Pensionne House.
*Single – (Bed good for 1 )- PHP 700
*Double – (Bed good for 2)- PHP 800
*Twin- sharing – (2 single beds good for 2)- PHP 850
*Family – (1 king bed & 1 single bed good for 3, with refrigerator)- PHP 1,200
*Family – ( 1 king bed & 1 double deck good for 4, with refrigerator) PHP 1,400
* Extra bed PHP 200
*Extra Person PHP 150
Note: Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
Fully- Air Conditioned rooms, with private toilet & bath, Hot & cold shower, cable TV, PABX telephone system, stand-by generator, 24-hour room & housekeeping services, snack & coffee shop, laundry & pressing services upon request, WIFI connectivity, safe & spacious parking space, friendly & courteous staff.
Why I chose to stay in the Gazebo Pensionne House?
Because they are not just offering very affordable price, but their room charge per units is also comes with free breakfast.
They also offer affordable land tour by visiting the well known tourist destination of Negros Oriental such as, Casaroro waterfalls, Pulang Bato falls and Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park. Just look for kuya RENGIE PROVIDENCIA OR NENENG LAURENTE. Mobile Number: +63 927-750-8356