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Cruisin’ Lake Pandin

This tour is part of our christmas getaway following the sun in San Pablo via Viaje del Sol. View related post here.

If you’re out to try something different, try the local cruise on a balsa in Lake Pandin. A project of the local government of San Pablo, this initiative aims to promote the beauty of the “seven lakes” and help give additional income to the women of Pandin.

The lake tour rate is pegged at Php180 per head. There’s really no minimum number of persons required. I think they will be open even if you are a solo traveler. Better to make prior reservations though. Call or text Mr. Mandy Marino at 09175016694 and he will refer you to the people who will arrange the tour.

Our adventure started with a 15 to 20 minute-hike to the lake. It’s a difficult walk, (especially for someone without any exercise) but I had no choice but to endure it.

A few minutes later, we were welcomed by such breath taking view!

Lake Pandin is one of the famous seven lakes of San Pablo. The local “balsa” will tour you around the lake for a view of the surroundings. What makes it unique is that the community women serve as the paddlers. They were also the ones who prepared our food.

We made arrangements to have our lunch in the balsa. For an additional Php 180 per head, we were served delicious and fresh Laguna delicacies!

How to go there:

From Casa San Pablo, we took the tricycle going to Lake Pandin. Unfortunately, the driver didn’t know how to go there! It took us almost an hour before we reached the place. And the driver was charging us more than the Php 100 that we have agreed on.

The jeeps would be a safer alternative. In front of Casa San Pablo, jeeps bound to San Pablo town proper from Tanauan pass by. Get off San Pablo Plaza and ride another jeep going to Ilog Sambat in Barangay Sitio Angel. Get off the Lake Pandin parking space. Your guide should meet you there.

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