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Lake Balinsasayao
Province:  Negros Oriental
09° 21.673N   123° 10.796E
Listed in Gallery:   Lake

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The Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao
Lake 1 is Lake Balinsasayao, Lake 2 is Danao Lake (Danao is a dialect word for Lake)

Lake Balinsasayao is a Natural Park that is home to 180 species of dipterocarp and non-dipterocarp trees, 113 species of birds, 27 mammals, and 49 amphibians and reptiles.

The lakes are two small but deep crater freshwater lakes rising 1000 feet above sea level and separated by a narrow mountain ridge, situated in a hollow between four mountains, Mount Mahungot to the south, Mount Kalbasan to the north, Mount Balinsasayao to the east and Mount Guidabon to the west. Lake Balinsasayao lies to the northwest of the ridge and Lake Danao to the southeast. The area is surrounded by lush tropical greens and vegetation. Age old trees, giant ferns and other exotic plants and orchids are among its natural inhabitants. Wild rare vines freely cling to the barks of the trees. The Almagica Tree, the tallest tree of the Philippines growing up to 60 meters tall, can still be found here.
Activities allowed in the lake include swimming, fishing, boating, trekking and kayaking. There is a clean restroom and a small store selling beverages and light snacks.Most people bring their own packed meals for a lunch picnic in one of the cottages that may be rented.

How to get to the Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao:

From the capital city of Negros Oriental, Dumaguete, the town of Sibulan is 6 kilometers away and about 20 minutes road travel time. From a certain point you head up to the mountains, a steep and winding path, until you reach the area for disembarking. Finally you make a short descent to the lake by way of a man-made stairway made from flat stones. The majestic and serene lake slowly unfolds before your eyes as with the silhouette of the mountains behind it.

Waypoint narrative by: paulperez 2007     follow paulperez on Facebook

Additional narratives or blogs:
The Twin Lakes Natural Park is part of the 133,000 hectare Geothermal Reserve managed by the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC). The 8,016.50 hectares belonging to the Natural Park straddles three municipalities namely Sibulan, Valencia and San Jose all in Negros Oriental.

By the way, the lakes are contained in adjacent calderas 1000 meters and not feet above sea level and are separated by a ridge more than 20 meters in width. The lakes are completely surrounded by thick forests and lush vegetation of about 3,462 hectares spread over the Guintabon, Kabalin-an and Guinsayawan mountain ranges which serve as protection dikes to the lakes. Mount Guintabon is 1,262 meters above sea level and Mount Guinsayawan is 1,788 meters above sea level. Lake Balinsasayao has a surface area of 76 hectares and Lake Danao 30 hectares.

During the summer months, wild orchids that are on the branches of the Lawa-an and Almaciga trees are in full bloom.

By: Jac_Senagan 2009