Top 10 Tourist Spots in Negros Oriental

5. Lake Balanan

Lake Balanan Negros Oriental

Lake Balanan by Carlo Marco Simpao on Flickr

Lake Balanan is one of the beautiful tourist spots in Negros Oriental tucked in the forested mountains of the province. This a perfect place for nature lovers or couples where the magnificent view of the lake, mountains and forests surely captures the heart. It is a freshwater lake fed by three tributaries (Lamarao, Balanan and Nasig-id Creeks) surrounded with mountain ranges being clad by lush vegetation.

The lake covers a total surface area of 24 hectares with an elevation of 285 meters above sea level making a cool and refreshing atmosphere. History has it that the lakes was formed on 1925 by a 6.8 magnitude tectonic earthquake that made the falling rocks and soil from mountain ranges dammed the Balanan River, thus Lake Balanan existed. Some amenities in the lake includes swimming pools, a restaurant, a treehouse, rooms and cottages.

The best thing to do here are kayaking and boating. A romantic walk with your partner around the lake following the trail is a recommended thing to do. Unfortunately, signs are everywhere saying that swimming in the lake is strictly prohibited.

 Lake Balanan is located in Siaton, Negros Oriental.

6. Twin Lakes: Lake Balinsasayao and Lake Danao

Lake Balinsasayao

Lake Balinsasayao by christopher lepaopao on Flickr

Lake Danao

Lake Danao by Ace Reston on Flickr

Lake Balinsasayao and Lake Danao are two of the major tourist destinations in Negros Oriental, both are crater lakes separated by a narrow mountain ridge. The lakes rises 1,000 feet above sea level and have a maximum depth of 90 feet. They are part of the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park covering a total area of 8,000+ hectares.

Even though there are many people who visit here, the lakes are still well-preserved. Lake Balinsasayao is more accessible than Lake Danao so interested tourists take Lake Balinsasayao route first. Few kilometers up the mountain from the registration area, one can find a viewing deck that offers a beautiful panoramic view of the entire lake. Again, this is a perfect place for nature lovers. The best things to do here are swimming, trekking, day camping and paddle boating. Explore Lake Balinsasayao or visit its twin lake, Lake Danao, using a paddle boat.

 Lake Balinsasayao and Lake Danao lies within the municipalities of Valencia, Sibulan and San Jose, Negros Oriental.

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