Katharina Goes Places: Lake Pandin

As a breather before we push through with data gathering for our thesis and review for various exams, we decided to drop by a lake near the area – Lake Pandin.

Lake Pandin is one of San Pablo’s seven lakes. It has it’s twin lake named Lake Yambo. This gem lies beneath the forest of Barangay Sto. Angel. It is a few minute walk from the busy highway with only a tiny dirt road enough for motorcycles leading to the said marvel.

Supposedly, my friends and I would meet 7AM but Pat and I overslept so we managed to leave the campus at around 10AM already. Also, we lost few hours because we followed a wrong guide, with instructions telling you to go to Sta. Cruz first before actually riding a jeep to San Pablo when there is actually a jeepney straight to San Pablo. So, if you’re interested in visiting Lake Pandin, too, here’s a How To Get There guide for you to save more time and effort!

How to get there?

If you’re coming from Calamba, Los Baños or Calauan:

  1.  Ride a jeepney directly to San Pablo proper.
  2. Walk from the final stop inside the public market to the 7/11 located near the church.
  3. Ride a jeepney going to Ilog and tell the driver to drop you off in Brgy. Sto. Angel, just in front of the entrance to Pandin Lake. You would easily notice this since there is a huge sign with PANDIN LAKE written in bold letters.
  4. You’d be welcomed by kids outside the entrance (there kids act as the local guide) and you get to decide whether to get a local guide (payment for local guide actually depends to you) or simply ask them for directions and walk on your own.

From Sta. Rosa, or Biñan:

  1. Ride a jeepney to Balibago Complex. 
  2. In Balibago, there is a van station. Ride a van to San Pablo city.
  3. Follow the rest of the instructions above.

From Alabang:

  1. You can either ride a van straight to SM San Pablo at Festival Mall or ride a bus to Lucena and alight SM San Pablo
  2. Follow the rest of the instructions above.

Upon reaching Lake Pandin, the locals would ask you if you’d want to avail the raft with food (Php 400.00 per head) or the raft ride alone (Php 220.00 per head). The raft ride lasts for 2 hours. They also offer fresh coconut for only Php 25.00 and a complimentary bottled water for everyone.

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It is a very picturesque scenery! Of course, my friends and I did not let the opportunity of taking nice photos pass. Though, you must be very careful of your belongings because the lake is 80 ft. deep. No one would want to dive for your phone down there! 😅 You can also swim (with vest provided, of course). You will also be given the chance to take a peek at Lake Yambo which is only a minute hike away from Lake Pandin.

 

Aside from the very captivating beauty of Lake Pandin, the locals are also very friendly and accommodating. We also had the chance to share our raft with two other travellers like us! Horay for making new friends!

Want to see more of the photos from this trip? Check out Guiller’s photoset on behance. Here’s the link!

To more adventures together,
cath2

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Catherine is a 20-something BS Nutrition student of the University of the Philippines, but her heart screams for the art. She is a freelance creative and model, an artist and a writer, and an advocate of human rights and the environment.

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