Amazing Azalea

An unexpected beauty is how I would describe Azalea. A cafe/resto that sits on top of a mountain where you can view nature’s priceless elements: the sea, a stream below, and the vast mountains of Sibulan.

Riding our bikes from Dumaguete to Sibulan, about 19km.

Riding our bikes from Dumaguete to Sibulan, about 19km.

Riding the coastline of Sibulan is breathtaking.

Riding the coastline of Sibulan is breathtaking.

A quick stop to hydrate and take a photo.

A quick stop to hydrate and take a photo.

At the foot of the road going to Azalea/Twin Lakes.

At the foot of the road going to Azalea/Twin Lakes.

I highly recommend to ride the habal habal when going up to Azalea. Cycling up there is strictly for hardcore bikers only.

Ride the habal habal. Cycling to Azalea is for hardcore bikers only. Believe me.

We finally made it up!

We finally made it up!

Entrance to Azalea Restaurant.

Entrance to Azalea Restaurant.

"It ain't ain't over 'til it's over." Became our motto for our non-stop adventures.

“It ain’t ain’t over ’til it’s over.” Became our motto for our non-stop adventures.

The grand view from Azalea.

The grand view from Azalea.

Once up there, one must have a cup of coffee and a cookie.

Once up there, one must have a cup of coffee and a cookie.

And of coures, I brought my own pumpkin seed snacks. Never without my seeds.

And of coures, I brought my own pumpkin seed snacks. Never without my seeds.

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Off the beaten path, 19 kms north of Dumaguete, in San Jose, is Azalea – a restaurant perched 289 meters above sea level on a mountain slope overlooking a spectacular ravine. Just 8 kilometers further up the mountain is the popular tourist destination, the Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao – 2 rain-filled craters 918 meters above sea level. Azalea is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life in Dumaguete without straying too far.

This is the exact same route to take going to Lake Balinsasayao. Take the highway from Dumaguete going north, passing through the Municipality of Sibulan. After around 14 kms, you’ll see the big sign on the left side of the highway saying “Twin Lakes (Balinsasayao and Danao)”. Take a left on this junction. You’ll start gaining altitude. You should see Azalea on your left about 5.2 kms from the junction. 8 kms further up the mountain takes you to Lake Balinsasayao.

(source: http://www.coconutinsider.com/)

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5 thoughts on “Amazing Azalea

  1. Thank you very much for your very nice photos of Azalea. I love that place, too. It inspires me of what a Filipino architect can dream, and, indeed, create! Continue with what you do and feature! =) Mahusay!

    • Azalea is half way point going to the Lake. I suggest you rent a habal habal for the day and pass by Azalea for an afternoon coffee once you’re done seeing the lake.

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