If you are looking for a place where you can relax and forget your job for a while, why not visit Pandin Lake?
Pandin Lake is part of the Seven Lakes and the most famous lake located at Brgy. San Lorenzo in San Pablo, Laguna. The lake has a depth of 180 feet. It is roughly 3 hours away from Manila and a perfect weekend getaway if you wanted to escape in city hustle and bustle.
HOW TO GET THERE?
Ride any bus bound in Lucena (Cubao/Buendia Terminals). Ask the driver to drop you off at SM San Pablo. From there, ride a jeep to Simbahan or City proper. Then, ride a jeep to Ilog. Don’t forget to tell the driver to drop you off in front of Pandin Lake.
WHO CAN TRAVEL TO PANDIN LAKE?
As of February 2022, you need to secure a Baranggay permit in Brgy. San Lorenzo as soon as you get there. You also need to present your vaccination cards. It will only take 5-10 minutes to get a permit. No additional test is required.
At the entrance, there is a local guide or kids living there that can assist you. We pay them 50Php during our visit. It took us about 10 minutes to reach the lake.
BAMBOO RAFT RATES
The bamboo raft can accommodate 8 persons. We chose to rent our raft and it costs 1200PPHP (600php/pax). The food is included. They served fresh grilled tilapia, liempo, shrimp (okoy), rice, pako salad, and bottled water. We also bought fresh buko (an additional 25Php). The dishes are truly exceptional!
For budgetarian, you can pay around 400Php (with foods) for every balsa ride for every group minimum of 4pax.
APPRECIATE THE BEAUTY OF NATURE
I actually hate crowded and commercialized places. I rarely go to the lake because I’m not a good swimmer and it doesn’t buy me. Until my best friend asked me if I can go with him to Laguna and the rest are history.
When we ride on a bamboo raft, I feel the calmness of the water, hear the sounds of birds and see how the fish swims. Literally, what I need right now. Such a hidden gem!
Since phone signals are not present in the area, you will definitely enjoy the place. You can also swim but the local guide will require you to wear a life vest for your safety. The water here is clean and cold. Lake is enchanting effortlessly beautiful and inviting.
We weren’t able to go to Yambo Lake (on the other side) because we want to maximize our time. By the way, the tour is limited to 2hours only. Walk-ins are welcome. We only spent less than 1000PHP. The best time to go is on weekdays. You mainly have the place all to yourself.
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