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“A lovely way to spend the day!”
Review of Lakes Pandin

Lakes Pandin
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Reviewed 20 February 2016

Four of us had a lovely trip to Lake Pandin in San Pablo, Laguna. We left early to avoid heavy traffic. The lake is difficult to find so when you ask for directions from the locals, make sure you ask for baranggay Santo Angel or simply "ilog". It is a 15-minute walk to the lake from the makeshift parking lot. A little girl serves as guide to the village where the rafts are. Make sure you have PHP50 for the parking fee and a little more to tip the little guide.

Our delicious lunch on the raft consisted of grilled bangus (milkfish), rice wrapped in banana leaves, tiny shrimps cooked in coconut milk, fern salad with salted egg, and bananas. The Filipino dessert called "halo-halo" is also available if requested.
It was so peaceful and breezy on the lake that one could easily nod off. Tina Abrego, the President of the cooperative that operates the tours to the seven lakes, and Ruel Tolentino manned the raft. Once you get to the other side of the lake, there is a short hike to the top to see Lake Yambo, the twin of Lake Pandin.
The water was clear and cool but we did not swim. Just sitting there and admiring the beautiful surroundings was pleasant enough. On the way back home, we took the long route along Laguna de Bay which was more scenic and had less traffic. Our short stay on the lake was a lovely treat on a warm, sunny day.
To book the tour, call Tina at 09079952983. You can make special requests for lunch.

8  Thank cedangeles
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Reviewed 24 January 2016

Every time we have a balikbayan relative or our company has a foreign visitor, I always bring them to this place. Best time to go here is around 10am. It is advisable to contact Ms. Tina ahead to ensure that there is food and available raft upon your arrival. Standard lunch set includes rice, pako slad, grilled tilapia and fresh water shrimp in gata. The desserts here are delicious too but they are selling this seperately.

3  Thank Ghost P
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Reviewed 1 November 2015

Our cousin had heard of this place, she lives in Manila. We had a little difficulty finding it with the GPS - but it was worth the wait.

It's a beautiful lake with cool bamboo rafts, and food prepared for your journey.

Once we were being paddled out on the lake the sun went in and it called. It was a nice reprise from the heat. We had boiled shrimp, rice, bangus and halo halo.

Not to be missed. Young kids assist you with anything you might carry from the car to the lake. Very cute and polite young men working for a tip. We engaged more than we needed - because they were so polite and helpful.

Why not - it's different than what what most westerners are used to.

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Reviewed 25 October 2015

No negative thing to say. Felt so relaxed...and even full. Eating grilled pork and fish, shrimps and pako salad with only your hands in the middle of the lake made a perfect combination. Had three stops within 2hrs - grotto, a short trek to view the yambo lake and to ride a tree swing. Hesitant at first but still went for a swim in the lake - no regrets. The place was so quiet and calm and the people were also hospitable and nice. An experience that you'd want to do again.

5  Thank RM P
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Reviewed 22 July 2015

Bamboo rafts are rented out for 2 hours at a time, costing Php180 per person. Bring your own food or place a reservation for the raft and meal package, it's Php360 per head. The food package includes, bottled mineral water, steamed rice, grilled tilapia, fern salad, fried taban and banana.

Life jacket is mandatory for those who'll go swimming.

Fruit flies abound, bring wind proof candles to ward them off.

To get there:
1. Get on a Lucena bound bus, and ask the conductor to drop you off in San Pablo City. Coming from Makati, the trip is about two hours, ticket price is Php120.

2. Beside the 7eleven store near the cathedral is where the jeepneys that will take you to the lake are. Signboard should say "ILOG," and fare is Php8.

3. From the drop off point, there is a 10 minute trek to get to the lake.

16  Thank berjimo
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