Lake Balinsasayao and Lake Danao

The twin lakes of Lake Balinsasayao and Lake Danao are officially found in the Municipality of Sibulan in the province of Negros Oriental. Flora and fauna at the twin lakes are endemic to the area, therefore, making it as one of the few protected areas in the Philippines

Lake Balinsasayao is named after the Balinsasayaw bird while Lake Danao is named after the Danao people who were believed to have occupied the area.

The two lakes are found deep within the Cuernos de Negros at around 800 meters above sea level. Balinsasayao’s depth is believed to reach 90 meters.

The twin lakes are easily accessible via motorcycle or car and are only 12 kilometers away from the Sibulan town.

A small ridge which separates the two lakes can be accessed either via paddle boat or via foot trail. Getting to the top of the ridge that separates the two lakes is a viewing deck wherein you have a 360 view of both lakes.

Getting there

In Dumaguete, you can take a Bus from the Ceres Bus Terminal and hail a bus going to Bacolod, Bais, San Carlos, Gihulngnan, or Manjuyod. Inform the bus conductor that you will get off at the Twin Lake junction in Amlan.

People will then approach you for a ‘Habal-Habal’ ride going to the lakes. The ‘Habal-Habal’ roundtrip fare is priced at PHP 400.00 for 2 persons. Just be careful not to fall victim to overchaging. Always try haggling with the drivers.

Our recommendation is to rather rent a motorcycle in Dumaguete instead. Renting a motorcycle in Dumaguete will cost you probably around PHP 300 – 500 good for 24 hours (gas not included). Be sure to have a valid driver’s license.

Furthermore, you need to pay your entrance fee upon arriving at the entrance.

Filipino / Locals – PHP 25.00

Non-Filipinos / Foreigners – PHP 100.00

In addition to the entrance fee, there is also parking fee for your vehicle.

Motorcycle Parking – PHP 10.00

Car Parking – PHP 25.00

Van Parking – PHP 50.00

Things To Do

    1. Paddle Boat. Enjoy the tranquillity of nature. The paddle boat is good for 5-6 persons which include a boat paddler who will tour you around the lake. The rental fee for the paddle boat is PHP 350.00.

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    2. Trek to Lake Danao. Instead of taking the normal route to Lake Danao via the Paddle Boat, why not follow the trail instead? Just be careful as the rocks might be a bit slippery.

    3. Go Camping. Setting up a tent during the day is enjoyable, however, overnight camping is prohibited due to security reasons. 
    4. Grab a Snacks or Lunch. A viewing deck is found at the entrance of Lake Balinsasayao which also serves as a small cafe. You can buy your snacks or lunch here instead.

    Our Sample Lake Balinsasayao and Lake Danao Itinerary

    Below is a sample itinerary we have made. You can adjust the schedule to a more preferred time.

    06:00 AM – 07:00 AM: Wake up and Freshen up
    07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Breakfast at Hotel or Downtown Dumaguete
    08:00 AM – 09:00 AM: Travel to the Twin Lakes
    09:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Sightseeing and Activities at the Twin Lakes
    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Head back. Have lunch at Azalea Casitas.
    1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Back to Dumaguete / Hotel 

    You can complete our sample itinerary in just half a day. However, if you’re more adventurous, we suggest you rather adjust the schedule to the afternoon and visit Manjuyod Sandbar (The Maldives of the Philippines) in the morning.