My family & I went to Lake Pandin on a whim, & on a holiday. This trip started from a series of unfortunate events to a great adventure! The uphill trek was tiring & maybe even dangerous, esp. to small children & Senior citizens, & those with health problems. We had an efficient & very courteous guide (Nathaniel), who, for a 12-yr. old, was quite a pro! Before we even started, he told us that demanding payment for the tour is not allowed! Huffing & puffing, we got there! It was like being in a mall's 3-day sale! Huge crowd! We waited for our turn. Took us almost 2 hrs. to get on the balsa. Ms. Tina, the dispatcher, was obviously overwhelmed. Her 'system' received a lot of complaints. In fairness, she tried her best, & did so with nary a complaint. When, finally, we got on the balsa, it was HEAVEN! our 'bangkeros' were young, but, good at their jobs, There was a guide rope that they had to pull along as we went to the other side of the lake. On that end was a 'parking spot' for the balsas - a perfect little nook - shady,quiet, & there was even a makeshift swing tied to a tree! Enjoyed the hour there swimming, taking pics, etc.Had to return as it was getting dark. on our way back, there were still a few people on their way in!! In all, Lake Pandin is highly recommended for tourists, local & foreign. Don't go there on a holiday, though!!