Laguna: Lake Pandin

Located in the City of San Pablo in the province of Laguna, Lake Pandin is one half of the Twin Lakes and also one of the Seven Lakes of San Pablo.

Lake Pandin has a total surface area of 20.5 hectares and an average depth of 63 meters or 207 feet. The lake is separated from the nearby Lake Yambo by just a narrow strip of Land. Collectively known as the twin crater lakes, both can be found in Barangay San Lorenzo in San Pablo City.
Reminds me of the film lake placid.
Despite being smaller, Lake Pandin is deeper than Lake Yambo. It is also said that the waters of Lake Pandin is the most pristine of the Seven Lakes of San Pablo.


Bamboo rafting anyone?
Here's what you'd see at the other side of the lake

According to legends, the twin lakes were named after two ill-fated lovers of olden times. Pandin was a very beautiful woman who was cursed not to step on the earth. While Yambo, the passionate and eager suitor, would do anything for the love of Pandin. Sadly, because no one told Yambo about the curse, he made Pandin step on the earth. Immediately, the ground shook accompanied by heavy rains. Some say the ground swallowed the lovers, others say they just vanished. Afterwards, the place was quickly filled up with water and eventually became lakes. Ironically the two were separated by only a narrow strip of land much like the curse that prevented them from loving each other.
Lake Yambo as seen from the piece of land that separates the two lakes
I was lucky enough to be invited by the parents of my Grade 8 students to join them in their annual Father and Son Camping. Although we didn't actually camped (we stayed in a resort) the sense of outdoor adventure came in the form of heading to Lake Pandin to eat lunch. To my amazement, lunch really is a great motivator to anyone because in order for us to get to the lake, we had to walk about a kilometer or more and everybody had the drive to complete the trek. 
Ahhh clear day!
When we reached the lake, balsas with food were there waiting for us and they were manned by at least two local women.  There were almost 100 of us in the group, but amazingly we were able to fit on several of the balsas. Once everybody were boarded on their respective balsas, it was rowed and pulled (there was a rope attached from one end of the lake to the other) towards the center of the lake. While in transit, our group munched on our supply of cooked shrimp, liempo, paco salad, and local desserts. 
Yum yum yum!

Our adventure didn't end there. Our main destination was actually the far end of the rope. There, you could find the shrines of San Pablo, Sto. Nino, and Mother Mary. There is also fresh water flowing through the tube placed by the locals for drinking and washing purposes. Some kids enjoyed swimming while the dads (and I) spent our time chatting and snapping pictures.
Somebody's gonna swim later!
Mr. Santiago doing some film poster-ish pose.
Just when we were about to leave the shrine, heavy rain fell. Lucky for us the balsas have built in roofs to protect us from the elements. It was such a sight to behold. The once greenish lake turned white and the vastness of the lake seems to be one with the skies. It reminded me of the movie The Mist. The heavy rain delayed our plan to hike up to the narrow strip of land to view (and probably visit Lake Yambo. Instead, my co-teachers and some kids enjoyed swimming in the lake. The idea of monsters kept on visiting my mind but it was not an unknown giant creature that made me go scampering back to the balsa. It was a large warty cane toad swimming a few meters from my face that ruined my moment. Since my ego was crushed, I found an escape by joining some brave kids who were heading up the strip to check out Lake Yambo.
Rain rain go away come again another day!
Despite the heavy rain, we still managed to reach the top and had a glimpse of the Lake Yambo. There was a local safety officer station there. He's more than willing to answer your questions about the lakes. (Even the number of people who drowned there.)
Raft race! Sadly we lost...
We went down back to the balsas contented. (I'm happy that no one brought up the topic of the toad.) Several minutes later, our balsas were cruising back and immediately upon reaching the other end of the lake we rushed back to our rented jeepneys. Our trail is now muddy and I saw several slippers sucked down never to be seen again. 
Cameo role again.

Our adventure ended with everyone wet but happy.

Getting there:


From Manila, board a bus heading to Lucena and ask the conductor to drop you off at San Pablo City. From there, you could board a jeepney that will bring you to a drop off point where you could walk to Lake Pandin. From there follow a path heading to the lake. It would take you at least 15 minutes by foot.

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Comments

  1. How much did you spend?

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    1. Hi there. i was paid for this trip. However, upon computing it I think one has to have a budget of at least 1,500 all in.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your experience. Do you have the contact info where we can book. Tnx again

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    1. Sorry, I don't have a contact number for Lake Pandin.

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  3. Thanks for sharing.
    May we know the contact details to book for the lake tour?

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    1. Hi there sadly I don't have a contact for a tour in Lake Pandin. Sorry.

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    2. Sion-092799789565

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    3. Is this a contact detail for Lake Pandin?

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    1. Here's a contact detail for Lake Pandin...

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    2. good day neil,pls check th e number, sobra ng one digit, thanks

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  5. Paano po pumunta kapag galing sa Manila? Thank you.

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    1. Hi, try Manila/ Pasay going to Lucena buses. Tel the conductor to drop you off at San Pablo City. From there ride a trike going to the jump off point.

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  6. makapit po ba sa kamay ni Jesus ang lake pandin? mga ilang oras po from Kamay?

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    1. Hi there! medyo malayo pa po ng konti mga 1 hour to 2 hours pa po.

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  7. How much all the expenses that you had when you reached there?

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    1. Hi there! I was sponsored and got my trip for free but upon checking the rates, here's what you should keep in mind.
      Transpo: P550-650 pax balikan
      Lake Pandin balsa rental P300-500 per balsa
      Food budget (It's up to you) but if magpapaluto kayo at least P500.

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    2. hello ask ko lang pwede naman magdala ng sariling food kapag pumunta jan? and also until what time pwede mag stay sa lake.. kasi di ba may bayad yung sa balsa gaya ng sabi mo po tapos po pwede ba mag swimming sa gitna ng lake? thnak you :)

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    3. Hi there! Yup you can bring your food. =)
      I'm not sure kung until what time pwede but you can swim in the lake. =)

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  8. Hi. Kailangan ba magpareserve sa resort para makasakay sa balsa, or hindi naman? Kasi my friends and I are planning to try the balsa lang.
    Thanks

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    1. Hi there! Hindi na po kailangan magpareserve. Kaso po pagmaraming guests you have to wait for an available one though.

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  9. You can actually skip all 6 lakes (asthey have nothing much to offer) and just go to Pandin.

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  10. Sir Question pag may sasakyan na dala saan pwedy mag park?

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  11. great lake indeed! We're just there yesterday and my inner child really jumped out of me as I swam in the green yet clear water.

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    1. May life vest ba? D kasi kami marunong lumangoy ng kasama ko. At pwd bang matour ang Pandin and other lakes in a day?Magkakatabi ba cla? Thank you.

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    2. Meron pong life vests. =) You can tour the lakes po but you have to be tehre early. Magkakatabi naman po sila.

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  12. Hi, Good afternoon may I ask how can I get book reservation. Thank you

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  13. Hi, Good afternoon may I ask how can I get book reservation. Thank you

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    1. Hi there! We just went there without reservation and it was the peak season. =)

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  14. Hello Neil! Is there a place nearby where we can stay overnight?

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    1. Hi there! Yes there are plenty of places where you can stay overnight. Lake Pandin is just near San Pablo City.

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  15. Is there any transportation going to Pandin via Tanay or Famy?I am from Antipolo and planning to visit Pandin.

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    1. Hi there Mavelyn! I'm not really sure but if there is a UV Express van that would go straight to San Pablo City then you should ride that. Pero if wala po, you may opt to ride a bus/UV Express van to Starmall Alabang. From there, you may follow the Getting there portion of my blog

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