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“Relaxing Holy Week” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Pandin

Lake Pandin
San Pablo City, Luzon, Philippines
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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Paranaque, Philippines
2 reviews
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“Relaxing Holy Week”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

My First time together with my family in San Pablo last week on a Holy Thursday to Black Saturday.

We enjoyed our stay in TAhanan Hotel, with a nice view from our room, clean room, accommodating and very nice staff.

It was breathtaking to experience the balsa ride at Lake Pandin.

A different experience joining the procession during Good Friday.

People at the dagatan boulevard were very nice. the vendors were entertaining and offered good local food.

Visited April 2014
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Manila, Philippines
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9 attraction reviews
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“A boon or a bane?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Book a raft ahead of time. Check my blog: neca the explorer to know how to get there and for contact numbers to reach to reserve the raft. Walk ins wait a lot longer if no luck so better book ahead of time.

Here you get to see how difficult it is to pull the raft to move through the ropes and how these women manage to pull it without hurting their hands. Much to my experience, I enjoyed it mostly because of the locals. Watching them chat and make fun of one another is a boon. Seeing their simple yet extraordinary duties to their community. I'd consider it a bane to witness how climate change affected the community. There's a fish pen with tilapias in the lake. If the changes in water temperature continues and people wouldn't do something about it, this once beautiful lake that we still have now will vanish sooner or later and will only live through our memories.

Visited April 2014
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Great community project!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Definitely go here if you are in the neighbourhood. The tourist project is a major income for the villagers living at the shore of the lake, especially for the women. Before tourists came here and the raft trips were offered, the source of income for the men was fishing. It caused pollution of the lake. Then the women were given the opportunity to offer raft trips and food to tourists, this didn't only raise their income, but also their dignity. Morever, the lake is very clean nowadays.

Visited April 2014
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Eston, Canada
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“peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

What a relaxing afternoon!! Sunny, wonderful weather. Excellent lunch provided with the trip. Lush scenery, and refreshing cool water. In away it was good our son is too small to go on rapids or else we would have never considered this trip. Now I plan to make it again!!

Visited March 2014
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Pasig, Rizal, Philippines
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“So serene”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

The weather was quite gloomy when we went to the lake. Lucky for us it didn't rain. From the main road, the sign getting to the lake is visible enough. There's a parking slot for cars manned by the locals. Parking fee is 40 pesos. And if you're friendly enough, they'd give you a bag full of lanzones in exchange. :) There are local guides (mostly the kids who live near the lake) from the parking area. We gave them 50 pesos after the trip. It will take 10-15 minutes of trekking before you reach the lake. It is recommended that you wear comfortable slippers or sandals as the area is quite muddy (especially during rainy season).

We didn't prepare lunch. They offered a set for 100 pesos. This includes rice, steamed seaweeds, fried fish/ sauteed shrimps, and bottled water. You may bring your own food if you're a picky eater. Raft ride is 100 pesos per person. You may take a quick swim or try catching shrimps. Note though that there are no washrooms available. The locals are friendly so don't hesitate to ask.

This is truly a great place to just relax and bond with nature.

Visited September 2013
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