Sibulan, Negros Oriental

“When you’re young you think that you’re going to sail into a lovely lake of quietude and peace. This is profoundly untrue.”

After visiting Casaroro and Pulang Bato waterfalls in Valencia, I decided to go to to the twin lakes in Sibulan. I rented a motorcycle for php250 for 12 hours in Dumaguete because it will be impracticable for me to commute and transferring from one mode of transportation to another.  It best that you rent a motorcycle for your tour.

How to get to Sibulan, Negros Oriental

From Dumaguete City, you can either ride a tricycle for php10 or take a bus via Bais or Manjuyod going to Sibulan. It will only take you less than 30 minutes to get there depending on the traffic situation in the city. Sibulan is the neighboring municipality of San Jose, Negros Oriental and it is 5-6KM away from Dumaguete City.

From Liloan Port, Santander Cebu is only 30 minutes boat ride for php62. First trip is 5:30am from Cebu and the last trip is at 8pm from Sibulan Port back to Santander.

The Twin Lakes

These lakes are main tourist attraction when you are in Sibulan, Negros Oriental. The location of the lakes is 25KM away from the Dumaguete City.  You can take a bus going to Sibulan via Bais or Manjuyod and ask the driver to drop you off at San Jose boulevard. There is a road sign to the left informing you that this is the way to the twin lakes.

There are habal-habal that can take you the twin lakes and back to the San Jose. From the national road, another 15KM uphill ride going to the lakes. It is best to go there during daytime since the site is far from the town proper.

While on your way towards the site, be ready to be amazed of a wonderful nature scenery and you can also stop by to take some photos. I personally enjoyed my journey going to the lake. You can even have a overview of the South Cebu on you way. You will need to pay an entrance fee of php50 and php12 parking fee.

Lake Balinsasayao

Lake Balinsasayao is one of the lakes in Sibulan, Negros Oriental. Another 900 meters uphill road that you need to take before you can reach the actual lakes. There is also a restaurant which prices are fair enough then you have your lunch or have a cup of coffee set up with the view of the lake.

Lake Danao

Lake Danao is the twin lake. You can either reach the other side through kayaking then a short walk for about 2-3 minutes or through mountain side trek for about 15-30 minutes from Lake Balinsasayao.

Travel Expenses           

  • Boat Fee (Siquijor Port to Dumaguete) – Php 170
  • Terminal Fee – Php 15
  • Breakfast – Php 100
  • Motorbike Rent (12 hours) – Php 250
  • Gasoline – Php100
  • Casaroro Falls entrance fee – Php10
  • Pulang Bato Falls Entrance fee – Php 30
  • Lake Entrance Fee – Php 50
  • Boat Fee (Sibulan to Santander) – Php 40
  • Bus Fare (Santander to Oslob) – Php120

Sample Itinerary

  • 4:30 am – 6: 30 am – Traveled from Siquijor Port to Dumaguete Port
  • 6:45 am – 7: 30 am – Breakfast in Dumaguete
  • 8:00 am – 10:00 am – Visited Casaroro Waterfalls
  • 10:30 am – 12: 30 pm – Visited Pulang Bato Falls, Malabo Falls and Sulfuric Vent
  • 12:45 pm – 2:30 pm – Traveled from Valencia going to Sibulan to visit the Twin Lakes
  • 2:30 pm- 4:00 pm – Visited Lake Balinsasayao and  Danao then lunch at the park.
  • 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm – Departed from the Twin Lake and off to Sibulan Port
  • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Boat transfer to Santander then bus ride to Oslob, Cebu


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