Lake Balinsasayao In Dumaguete – Visitor’s Guide

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One of the best things to do in Dumaguete is to explore Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park.

The twin crater lakes known as Balinsasayao and Danao, rising 1000 meters above sea level, are the prominent features within the national park located on the western side of Mount Guintabon.

I have put together this complete guide to visiting Lake Balinsasayao including how to get there, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive.

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WHERE IS LAKE BALINSASAYAO?

Balinsasayao Twin Lakes National Park is located just 14.5 km from Dumaguete in a village known as Sibulan.

Click here to see the location on Google maps.

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BALINSASAYAO TWIN LAKES TOUR

The best way to visit Twin Lakes is to book a full-day tour to see the highlights of Dumaguete.

The Twin Lakes Natural Park and Dumaguete City Tour is the most top-rated tour with great reviews and hundreds of bookings.

This comprehensive tour includes a visit to Balinsasayao Twin lakes and also a tour of the must-see highlights in Dumaguete City such as Rizal Boulevard, Sansrival cafe, Silliman University, and more!

All this for less than $35 USD.

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HOW TO GET HERE

If you choose not to do a tour and want to visit DIY, you can rent a motorbike in Dumaguete for 500 – 800 pesos per day or rent a car for 1500 – 2000 pesos per day, and make your own way to this location.

The journey time from Dumaguete to Twin Lakes Natural Park takes approximately 1-hour.

OPENING HOURS & ENTRANCE FEE

Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park is open Monday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Lake Balinsasayao entrance fee is 50 pesos for local Filipino’s and 100 pesos for tourists.

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT LAKE BALINSASAYAO

The twin lakes of Balinsasayao and Danao formed from a volcanic eruption some 10,000 years ago and the 90-meter deep craters over time have filled up with water from rain and stream deposits, resulting in the two lakes being separated by a narrow mountain ridge.

Hundreds of species of forest trees, fruit-bearing, and flower plants dominate the vegetation around the lakes.

On top of this, Twin Lakes Dumaguete is a famed spot for bird-watching enthusiasts, playing home to many different species of bird, the most popular being the Flaming Sunbird.

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Lake Danao
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Flaming Sun Bird at Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park

BALINSASAYAO LAKE

Lake Balinsasayao is one of the best Dumaguete tourist spots not to be missed.

There are two main viewing platforms at Twin Lakes Dumaguete, the first is located next to the main car park/restaurant that overlooks Balinsasayao, the larger lake of the two.

The second viewing platform is a 1km hike around the edge of Lake Balinsasayao towards the narrow mountain ridge and this is where you’ll find a 3-tiered watchtower that overlooks the Twin Lakes.

If you prefer not to hike and want to take a paddle boat ride with a local, renting the boat for 250 pesos per hour is possible. Alternatively, you can rent a kayak for 100 pesos and paddle out onto the lake yourself.

Across the lake, you can discover the Olayan Waterfall and rock pools which were the highlight of my adventure to Balinsasayao Twin Lakes.

You will have to take the boat or kayak to get to the falls, and then it is a short 10-minute hike through the jungle before you reach Olayan Falls.

My friends and I swam in the shallow rockpool beneath the falls where we had all to ourselves.

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Hiking to the Twin Lakes Dumaguete viewpoint

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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

There is a strict No Drone Zone at Lake Balinsasayao. Recently, there was an incident that involved a native bird attacking someone’s drone mid-flight and resulted in the bird being killed and the drone crashing into the lake.

Unfortunately, you cannot swim in the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes as the water from the lakes sources the town of Dumaguete and it needs to stay as clean as possible.

There are also volcanic components in the lake which are not very good for your skin.

The motto at Balinsasayao Twin Lakes is, ‘Take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time, leave nothing but footprints.”

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Olayan Falls

WHERE TO STAY IN DUMAGUETE

Dumaguete has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.

See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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8 thoughts on “Lake Balinsasayao In Dumaguete – Visitor’s Guide”

  1. Super excited to find this article, one of the only recent ones online for twin lakes! I’m heading to Dumaguete in January to visit family & was looking for places to visit around the city. Thanks for the tips!

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    • Hello, I am not quite sure what activities they have currently. Though when I was there we were only able to head out on to the lake via boat.

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