Cool water and picturesque landscape accurately describe Pandin Lake. Hidden in the city of San Pablo, the lake is a great place to relax and unwind.
Belonging to the famous seven lakes of the city, it has an area of 20 hectares and an average depth of 63m.
What was supposed to be a day of wandering around Sampaloc Lake turned into an adventure of a lifetime! With no extra clothes, we swam and hoped the sun would dry our clothes on the way back.
To reach the lake, you have to trek for around 15 minutes. No worries, the trail is pretty easy, and there is no need for a guide.
There are coconut trees all over the place. Be sure to take a photo. It’s stunning. Definitely Instagram worthy!
We passed by a cow ranch on the way to the lake. The place was so wide. I could imagine myself running around the area screaming my lungs out! Haha. Pretty crazy but I don’t know if the owner would allow it. There were around a hundred cows inside. They’d probably run after me.
By the time we reached Pandin Lake, there were a lot of other tourists. We had to fall in line.
One boat raft accommodates eight people; there were 5 of us, so another group had to be added. Each of us paid 360 pesos for the ride and food.
Lunch consists of tilapia, pako salad, shrimps, and rice. The pako salad is to die for! The best that I have tasted so far. The package also includes bottled water. An additional buko can be bought for 25 pesos.
Since the lake was packed with other people waiting in line, we were given a 2-hour time limit. Bummer, I know.
Anyways, the water was cold, clean and refreshing. Although swimming in it was a bit unnerving since you cannot see anything underneath. We were asked not to swim too far from our raft.
Another great addition to the area is a swing. It can take two people at a time since it’s pretty wide, but I had a hard time using it. The swing was placed a little bit high.
Termed as Pandin’s twin, Yambo / Yambu is located right beside Pandin Lake. A sneak peek of the lake requires a three-minute trek to the viewpoint.
How To Get There
- Ride a bus from Buendia or Cubao to Lucena (127 pesos)
- Ask the bus driver to drop you off SM San Pablo
- Ride a jeep bound to simbahan or bayan (7 pesos)
- From here, ride another jeep heading to Ilog (7 pesos)
- Ask the driver to drop you off at Pandin lake
Pandin Lake Rates
- Bamboo Raft with lunch = 360 pesos/pax
- Bamboo Raft without lunch = 200 pesos/pax
Tips and Reminders
- Camping around the lake is allowed
- Fishing rods are for rent for 30 pesos each
- Life vests are provided so don’t worry if you can’t swim
- Be sure to take your trash with you, don’t throw them in the lake
- Reserve beforehand to avoid the long queue during weekends and peak seasons. You can make reservations through Ms. Tina at 09079952983.
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Johanes is a digital nomad and a web content writer who loves to go on spontaneous travels. She likes to go camp under the stars and play with her dog and cats.