Sara and I resolved to head up to Twin Lakes Natural Park this earlier Sunday. I experienced been there after in advance of (with a British expat named Mark), but this was my sweet small Jelly Bean’s to start with vacation up there. We selected a Sunday since from time to time we have brownouts (scheduled kinds lasting from 8-5PM) and it was shaping up to be a scorcher early. And considering the fact that I had been there when prior to, we Possibly would not get misplaced, which is often a additionally.
It’s a wonderful ride as a result of the again roadways of Candau-ay (our barnagay/township) and – wanting to rate ourselves (my justification for becoming lazy) – we stopped for sodas along the ferry pier in Sibulan, in which the RoRo and normal ferry’s do their docking dance all the day long concerning Negros and Cebu island.
The actual access highway to Twin Lakes is a person of the high points of the journey, rising 300 meters/ 1000 feet up from the sun-kissed coast. It could possibly not seem to be like a huge elevation achieve, but the big difference in ambient temperature was soon quite evident and most welcome.
On accessibility highway up to the park.
Took a soda break by pier in Sibulan
Alongside the way there is a cafe known as Azalea which is mainly constructed into the side of a cliff. Boasting a beautiful panorama around a single of the valleys top up into the reservation, it was also the most tastefully decorated restaurant I experienced found on the island. We didn’t remain for lunch, but we did cease on the way back again down for mango shakes. Oh yeah, sports supporters: There’s oftentime for mango shakes……
The highway up to the park is a bit demanding at situations, obtaining been washed out by torrential rain floods a number of occasions. At one particular place, Sara had to hop off the bike even though I bravely negotiated one notably tough area. Quickly, even though, we arrived at the Visitors Heart the place we duly signed in and I paid out the 100 peso foreigner payment and she paid out her 10 peso Filipino/a charge.
Uh, they figured out I was a foreigner……..
A different kilometer or so and you get there at a reception/restobar region wherever we parked our bikes and headed into the resto for a rapid snack. Satiated with pineapple juice and crackers we then descended a steep street/path (which was a bitch on the way again) to the very first lake. Lake Balinsasayao is named just after a fowl who is no longer in home there do to their specially tasty saliva (uh, yuck) which is built into the spit delicacy regarded as birds nest soup.
Picnic region following to restobar.
The water was a bit large in locations.
Cool upside down flower bush.
There are small picnic regions strewn along the initial lake but we sauntered previous them and followed a remarkably properly maintained trail that followed the shore of the first lade up and all-around to the 2nd lake, which is a little more secluded and serene than the very first. It was a really stress-free hike accompanied by the mating phone calls of cicadas and wonderful, neat breezes that wafted through the jungle canopy. (Ok, possibly it was not actually a jungle cover – it just appears cool.)
Picnic place together path.
The path is very nicely taken care of – comprehensive with banisters!
At the second lake there was a compact group of pupils on a biology discipline trip, some local fisherman accumulating little fish, and a German expat named Christian who was good firm. Christian and I at some point slid into the refreshing lake and floated about for a little bit, extolling the wonders of the Philippines, when Sara chatted/flirted with the Filipino fisherman. Later on, we all just sort of sat, sharing idle discussion and just taking pleasure in the attractive temperature and serene environment.
Sara out on a significant floating log.
The only enable down was not observing any monkeys.
Ah well, there is always next time.
So, if you at any time obtain on your own on the island of Negros, rent a scooter/bike, pack your bathing go well with and towel, and check out Twin Lakes Organic Park. It is perfectly really worth the journey.
I also put up a two element video of our vacation on YouTube: