Lake Balanan: A lake born from an earthquake



Around 5 in the afternoon of May 5, 1925, the town of Siaton hit a 6.8 magnitude earthquake which triggered a landslide that created a natural dam, called Sampong (meaning to close). This blocked the waters of Balanan River and caused to form the Balanan Lake.


The freshwater lake resembles a figure of eight in which the narrowest point between the two main portions of the lake is only 90 meters wide.Mountain ranges served as a beautiful backdrop of the lake and it was surrounded by three tributaries in the northern part. These are the Lamarao Creek, the Balanan Creek and the Nasig-id Creek. The lake is 25 hectares in surface area and 285 meters above sea level.



It was off season when we visited the place so there were only four of us who were guests of the resort. The other two were a couple and decided to stay overnight with their tent since there is a camping site around the lake. It was said that the lake has a humid tropical climate with two seasons, a dry season from November to April and a wet season for the rest of the year. 



There are cheap cottages that you can rent around if you want some barkada reunion or family gathering during weekends. A staff told us that there are a lot of guests who would come and have a picnic during Sundays.


You can also rent floating cottages so that you can spend a fun picnic with the bam while floating on the lake. This small trip to Balanan lake came spontaneously  and we only came for sight seeing. So we didn't bring any food with us. And it was already 4 in the afternoon when we arrived the place, so there was a little time to explore the whole resort.




The lake was surrounded with huge trees that would serve as roof during dry and sunny seasons and the stones that piles up on the corner are filled with moss. If you are from an urban area, this place will make you appreciate the beauty of rain forests. 


They also have hotel rooms for those who want to spent a night or a long-weekend staycation and as of now, they only have eight rooms.
  • Room rates:
  1.  Big Rooms - 2,000php/night (Good for 4 persons, Max. Add. 3 pax, 200php/pax)
  2. Small Rooms - 1,500php/night (Good for 3 persons, Max. Add. 2 pax 200php/pax)
BIG ROOM 



 SMALL ROOM


Since there were no guests checked in, we took the opportunity to see how their rooms look like and I was amazed because it was spacious and child friendly. The glass windows are all facing the lake, so every morning you will be greeted by a very relaxing ambiance.


There are some locals who go to the lake to catch some fishes for food. We met a young boy who told us a few things about the place like him and some of his friends jump off the cliff and also catch fishes.


There was also a swimming pool filled with fresh flowing water located on the downside of the resort. Actually, it was consists of three pool, one was for the kids and the other two were for the adults.


Entrance fee is 50php for adult and 25php for children under 12 years old. This includes trekking, use of swimming pool and comfort rooms. 

Here are some of their facilities rates:
      • Zipline                                         150php/head
      • Picnic table                                  50php whole day
      • Restaurant table                           75php whole day
      • Conference Hall                           1,000 day used ; 2000php/day overnight
      • Staff House                                   2,000php/night (Max. 10pax, 200php add. pax)
Other activity facilities rates:

      • Boat                                               200php/hour (good for 8 persons)
      • Kayak                                            150php/hour (good for 2 persons)
      • Triyak                                            200php/hour (good for 3 persons)
      • Pedal Boat                                     100php/hour (good for 2-3 persons)
      • Floating Big                                   250php/hour (good for 10-15 persons)
      • Floating Small                               100php/hour (good for 8-10 persons)
      • Camping Fee                                  150php/person



How to get there:

You can take a bus from Dumaguete City going to Siaton with a travel time of approximately 3 hours. You can ask the bus conductor or the driver to drop you at the habal-habal station or the town maket of Siaton. Basing from my research, you can haggle with the habal-habal driver  for a resonable price. 100/person is already enough for a one-way trip to the lake and always ask for a mobile number of the habal-habal driver to fetch you since there are no available habal-habal drivers on the area.

But in our case, we went there using our own transportation and the downfall of the trip is the road going uphill. Travel time from the national highway is approximately 30 minutes and you have to go through t the 10 kilometers bumpy narrow road. But I tell you, it is worth it! :)

18 comments:

  1. Wow the lake looks stunning! And I'm surprised with the range of amenities the resort offer. Are you allowed to swim within the lake? Or sa pool ra jud? Hehe

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    1. You are allowed to swim if you really know how to swim. Sadly, there are no lifeguards around. :)

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  2. Amazing rates. Very affordable! The lake is beautiful. It's quite far from the city but for sure, it's worth it. Perfect for those who want to relax and chill.

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  3. Wow, I never heard about this lake in Negros yet, and this is merely another interesting lake to visit. I like how you included a little narrative of origin of this Lake. This will surely be penned on my bucket list. The room is good, and knowing that there are still additional activities to do here is good enough to travel to.

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  4. Beauty born by chaos! Who ever thought it was not there before 1920s? I like the bamboo beds in the small room. Looks comfy enough for me to sleep around the whole day. Siaton sounds funny. Reminds me of the word "siawon," which is a perfect word to describe Carlo Olano of kalamicebu.com. Haha!

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  5. Love the rates and you can camp, too! It looks like a very nice place to do some soul searching. And you seem to have the place all to yourselves, too! :D

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  6. What a nice lake to go to! The place is nice and the rooms are affordable. We need a #HIBsters trip there!

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  7. Love the quick history of the place never knew that an earthquake created that lake. The prices are good and not that pricey!

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  8. Nice ang swimming pool and zipline. I'm interested to read more about this place. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Ah. Lakes usually form out of water settling in a basin-like depression but this is something unique! A landslide. Beauty from disaster. Nothing like Mother Nature.

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  10. Affordable rooms.. wow.. i gotta go there. WAIT FOR ME LAKE BALANAN...next year..

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  11. Wow, nature never failed to amaze me. This place looks serene and is really beautiful. By just looking at the pictures and reading your story, I felt like I am in the place too wherein I can hear the birds chirping, the sounds of the leaves as the winds blow. I can feel the breeze that touches on my skin. And Oh, I really love to try boating in there and after getting tired of it, have the well deserved rest in their cozy accommodation. Uggghhh.. I must go there soon. Added to my bucketlist.

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  12. Nice! The lake looks so serene. I would love to have a vacation to this place one day.

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  13. I've been to Siaton once but we stayed at a friends house for a burthday celebration. We then went to Bahura beach resort which is on a neighboring town of Siaton. Would have I known about lake balanan, I would totally want to visit even for a day tour. :)

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  14. Wow, that place really is quite beautiful! And what's equally beautiful are their rates! I imagine it would serve as an excellent place to find some solitude and soul-searching. :)

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  15. YES! another place near Dumaguete. I'll surely include this place whenever I'm back in Dumaguete. =)

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  16. Seeing your photos makes me miss the province na nuon! So pretty! Daghana gyud ug nindot na places sa Duma diay nu? :)

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  17. Another interesting place in NegOr. I should be checking out your province soon since it is back to Region 7. :)

    Judging from the smile of your BF, the place is definitely worth it! hehehehe

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