Toneam Outoftown Blog Center (Outoftownblog.com) – Earlier this month, Team Out of Town was invited to join other travel writers and TV crews on the inaugural flight of AirAsia’s newest route, Dumaguete.

Bahrain Sasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park Tourist Information Center

On our second day, we visited the Manjuyod sandbar and then went on a nature tour to Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Nature Park in Sibulan, Negros Oriental.

Kabalin-an Pond Hut at Balinsasayao Twin Lakes
Kabalin-an Pond Hut at Balinsasayao Twin Lakes
Kabalin-an pond in the twin lakes of Balinsasayao
Kabalin-an pond in the twin lakes of Balinsasayao

Twin Lakes Natural Park is a protected natural park surrounded by Lakes Sayao and Danao in Bahrain. Both are naturally formed by volcanic eruptions, Bahrain Sayao Lake, 90 meters deep and 76 hectares wide, and Danao Lake, 58 meters deep and 30 hectares wide. The name Balinsasayao comes from the birds that inhabit the lake and the surrounding forest Balinsasayaw. Danao is named after the Danao people who settled by the lake.

We checked in at the visitor center and paid the entrance fee before we got to the actual park. The team visited a small lake located next to the visitor center and then drove another five minutes to the park.

Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park Observation Deck and Restaurant
Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park Observation Deck and Restaurant

Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park is open daily from 8am to 5pm. The entrance fee for Filipino tourists is PHP 50, while the entrance fee for foreign tourists is PHP 100. Children 7 and under are free, with special rates available for students, seniors and residents of Negros Oriental/Occidental.

Attractions in Sayao Twin Lakes Natural Park, Bahrain

Travelers can choose to paddle, kayak or hike through the forest, or choose to relax and enjoy the tranquility of the lake.

  • Boat tour – Php350/hour, 6 persons
  • Kayak – Php150/hour
  • Trekking – Php300/hour, 3 persons
  • Cabin – Php100
  • Parking Fee – Php10 (motorcycle), Php25 (car), Php50 (van/SUV)

*Overnight camping is not allowed
*Prices are subject to change without notice.

Travelers should wear comfortable hiking shoes, rest for breathing, and always carry water with them. Drone flying is prohibited in the park because it attracts the attention of birds that inhabit the surrounding forest. Swimming and snorkeling are also not allowed. Travelers should pay attention to their rubbish, not their rubbish.

Lake Balinsasayao
Lake Balinsasayao
Balinsasayao Lake in Negros Oriental
Balinsasayao Lake in Negros Oriental
Lake Danao in Negros East, Singapore.Alice CC via Wikipedia
Lake Danao in Negros Oriental by Singapore.Alice – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

How to Get to Bahrain Sayao Twin Lakes Natural Park

Travelers from Manila can book flights to Dumaguete via the AirAsia website and mobile app. The AirAsia flight schedule to Dumaguete is as follows:

  • MNL-DGT – 4 times a week, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday (Z2 641), travel time is 1.5 hours.The flight departs at 7:00 am and arrives at Dumaguete-Sbrand Airport at 8:25 am
  • DGT-MNL – 4 times a week, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday (Z2 642), travel time is 1.5 hours. The flight departs at 9:05am and arrives at NAIA T4 at 10:25am.

From the city, travelers can rent a private car or take a habal-habal. Travelers are advised to only approach drivers from San Jose Tourism Habal-habal Drivers accredited by DENR, Provincial Tourism and LGU San Jose. Travelers may ask for their tour driver ID.

  • One way – Php200 per person
  • Round trip – Php400 per person
  • 2 persons per motorcycle

*Prices are subject to change without notice.

Park Schedule and Admission Fees

Hours of Operation: 8am to 5pm / Daily

Entrance fee:

  • Filipino Travelers – Php50
  • Foreign tourists – Php100
  • Children 7 and under – Free
  • Negros Oriental/Occidental Students, Seniors, Residents – Special prices may apply

*Prices are subject to change without notice.

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