On a clear day, the blue of the sky is reflected in the water of the Twin Lakes, Lake Balinsasayao and Lake Danao. The lakes are embraced on all sides by narrow mountains thick with exotic plant-life. When mist obscures the mountains, the area looks like something out of a fairytale or legend. Just like traveling to a mystical land in a story, getting to the Twin Lakes is something of an adventure, but once a visitor arrives, the relaxing atmosphere will wash away any unwanted stress.
Getting to the Twin Lakes
The Twin Lakes are two small but deep freshwater lakes nestled in the Cuernos de Negros mountain range. Because the steep mountain roads are unpaved in areas, it can be a challenge for a visitor to get to the lakes. By public transport, a bus takes people to the junction for Twin Lakes, near the town of Sibulan. After that, the rest of the journey is by motorbike. A long, rocky, unpaved road leads up the mountain from the junction to Twin Lakes. Visitors must navigate this road on their motorbikes. However, if this does not sound appealing, some hotels in Dumaguete offer jeep tours of the area, with expert drivers to take people up and down the unpaved road.
Twin Lakes – Nature Pure
Once a visitor arrives at the lakes, a deep breath of the fresh mountain air should clear away any residual anxiety from the ride up. The area is home to many types of wildlife, including monkeys, leopard cats, and monitor lizards. There are even a few endangered species near the Twin Lakes, as well as some interesting vegetation. Visitors can hike trails and possibly catch a glimpse of some of the wildlife.
After trekking the nature trails, a refreshing swim in one of the Twin Lakes can be a perfect way to cool down. Visitors can also hire a kayak and go boating. A restaurant offers lunch with a view of the lake, or, for people who bring their meals, picnic areas are scattered around the area. Other activities include carp fishing and overnight camping, as long as visitors bring their own gear. There is nowhere around the Twin Lakes to rent fishing or camping gear.
For the nature enthusiast visiting the Philippines, the Twin Lakes are a wonderful place to visit. The hiking trails, clear lakes, and exotic flora and fauna are sure to lift the spirit of anyone who finds peace in the outdoor environment.