Regardless of what people say, traveling with a child limits a lot of activities and possibilities and that’s just the truth. We all learn to live with it and do what we can. After all, as a traveling family, we have early on learned that traveling with our daughter is always more fun than traveling without her. It is especially helpful for us when we are arguing about things and not paying attention, like when we missed the turn to our rented farmhouse, and she was the one who said, “Guys, hey guys, there is our house!” We would have kept on driving and we actually were. It was a long way back. (Haha!)
On our last day in Dumaguete, Lia was well enough to go on a motorbike ride to the mountains. Even if Casarorowaterfalls was closer to our farmhouse, there was no way we were going to the waterfalls with Lia. There was some walking and hiking involved in a what they said a muddy sloped area. We opted for Lake Balinsasayao.
Keza M wrote a beautiful blog about her trip, which you can read here. She has a lot of tips and suggestions for those who want to visit the lake. Ours was a bit different because we had our own motorbike, rented for the entire duration of our stay in Dumaguete, so we had the opportunity to stop at random places along the road to take a break, take photos, or just enjoy the view. We even gave a farmer a ride to his house. We were passing a number of people who were walking and we were wondering if they always walked since there seemed to be no public transportation around, and how long it took them to walk to wherever they are going. To our estimate, if we hadn’t given the farmer a ride, it would have taken him an hour or two to walk the distance from where we picked him up to where we dropped him off. We waved goodbye to him and his family who were outside the bamboo and nipa hut as we drove away.
We were also with Giuseppe who was driving his own motorbike although sometimes we could not see him ahead. There were three of us on our motorbike and he was alone, so he was faster, especially when the road went uphill.
We arrived at the entrance where we parked our motorbike, registered on the logbooks, and paid the parking and entrance fees. We walked up the hill to the receiving area where a snack bar and view deck is. From there you can see the view of the placid lake, and if you are lucky, see unusual birds perched on the branches of the trees.
We walked down stone steps to where the lake is and some huts where we had a little picnic and thereafter rented a small boat, that came with a rower, to a small waterfalls on the other end of the lake. We took turns with the paddles. It was good fun.
The waterfalls is small and nothing special but can be a good place for a short dip. There are all kinds of tropical rainforest plants and trees on the sometimes slippery trail. We didn’t stay long enough. On the open-roofed boat, it can get very hot and a little trip to the waterfalls provided some respite from the heat.
There are other things one can do, like take a trek to the other lake, Danao. The men did it but Lia and I didn’t do it anymore. Instead we stayed on one of the huts by the view deck and took naps. Lia also took some time to explore the fern nursery and garden. She had fun with the flowers and butterflies.
On the way back, we had a late lunch at a restaurant called Azalea, which is situated right by the road and overlooks the sea that separates the island of Negros from the islands of Cebu and Siquijor. We recommend a stop to this restaurant because they have good food.
We made it back to Dumaguete in time to drop by the market for some fresh fruits and dinner. By sunset, we were back at the farm house and I was watering the plants in the garden. It was a nice end to our Dumaguete trip.