5. Lake Balanan
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 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.