Pandin Lake & Yambo Lake: PHP400 worth El Nido-like experience:

Experience this hidden gem for just 400 pesos, ALL IN!

Cant afford to visit El Nido?

Hidden in the land of San Pablo City, Laguna, just 3 hours away from Manila, is an amazing gem called Pandin Lake. Pandin Lake is one of the seven lakes, San Pablo City is famous for. We haven’t visited the other lakes yet, but I heard Pandin Lake’s the best.

Crystal clear waters, breathtaking view of the landscape, the feel of fresh air, ahhhhh you will never get tired of this place! A destination that truly looks like paradise!! This place definitely will take your breath away.


Before we reached the lake, we have to trek for about 15 minutes. (No need for a guide.) As we reached the starting point of the trek, we were greeted by tall instagrammable coconut trees and masususungit cows along the trail. As we walked along, the sights get more and more beautiful, getting us a little more excited for the final destination

Once you arrive the place, locals will guide you to one of the rafts and will take you to one of the swimming spots in the lake. The rafting experience is good for 2 hours so make sure you maximize your time well. As for us, most of the time were spent to taking photos and swimming. We just ate our lunch after the ride.


Pandin Lake’s deepness ranges from 40ft to 100ft deep! The swimming area is at 80 ft deep. Don’t worry, for those who can’t swim life vests are provided. The water is so refreshing! It’s super clean that you can even see your reflection from the water. Its also not that cold, and not that hot. Actually its a balance which made the water so relaxing! We actually stayed in the water for about 2 hours!! Walang kapaguran!


The place not just includes swimming but also a 3 minutes mini-hike going to the lake’s twin, Yambo lake! The hike’s easy, so no need to worry for those inexperienced!




Included in the entrance fee is a scrumptious lunch by the lake. The food includes grilled tilapia, ginataang hipon, ensaladang pako, rice, banana and mineral water. The food is already more than enough for your tummy! SUPER SULIT!


The place also offers overnight camping. The rates vary, so better contact them beforehand!

Pandin Lake was a place that definitely put us in awe. Our mouths literally drop to the floor when we saw this beautiful magical place.The water is so perfect! You cant get tired of swimming on it. Plus it’s relaxing!!

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  • Balsa Rafting
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Fishing ( 30 pesos rent for each Fishing rod)
  • Lamon!!!
  • C H I L L

How to get there?

  • Ride a bus from BuendiaΒ bound to Lucena: 127PHP (102PHP student rate)
  • Tell the bus driver to drop you off SM San Pablo
  • From SM San Pablo, ride aΒ jeep to simbahan or bayan: 7PHP
  • From there, ride another jeepney bound to Ilog: 7PHP
  • Drop off to Pandin Lake

Budgeted Expenses:

  • Transportation: 232
  • Entrance fee: 360Β pesos each person (for a group of 4 and abovr)
    • Fee depends on the number of persons availing;
      • 50oPHP for a group of 2, 400 PHP for a group of 3
    • Entrance fee includes food + guide fee + rafting (Balsa going to the hike+ swim area) + hike fee + swimming (basically everything!)
    • PS: If you just want to swim in the place (without their food service): 180PHP
  • TOTAL: Around 600 pesos


  • Ate Siony: 09299789565
  • Ate Tina: 09079952983
    (I highly recommend to contact them and book a slot before you visit the place! Since they prioritize those who have bookings, esp during peak days/weekends)

Ah, Lord, Your creation is beautiful

84 thoughts on “Pandin Lake & Yambo Lake: PHP400 worth El Nido-like experience:

  1. Hi Colleen! We’re planning to go here on December. But I noticed that you mentioned the swimming time would only be 2hrs? How long did you stay at the place? Hindi ba pwede magtagal pa? Or bumalik after lunch? 😦


  2. Hi colleen! πŸ™‚ Just want to ask your opinion abt if saan mas stunning yung experience if dito sa pandin lake or yung bukal sa majayjay. Will go these november kasi,and namimili kung saan. Thankyou!


  3. Hi! I so love your blog about Pandin Lake. And I’m thinking of celebrating my birthday on December. Do you think may big discount kami sa entrance fee if 12 people kami? Thanks!


  4. Hi Coleen! Same lang po ba contact person to check if pede mgstay for overnight camping? Tried to contact ate siony and tina but they said day tour lang dw? Btw super interesting and travel guide namin ng mga friends ko ung blog mo. Once you create a blog about the place cguradong included na sya on our bucket list. HihiπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ so thank you so mats! Keep it up and cheers to more adventures! πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†


  5. Hi Colleen. I wanna ask if Php500 pa rin ba yung rate pag-mag-isa ka lang? Wala kasi akong kasama. BTW, your blog is so awesome and I love your shots. Nakaka-amaze!


  6. Hello po. 😊 ako po yung nagdm sa inyo sa ig. Haha. And fortunately po. Pupunta po kami sa laguna! (Yey!!!πŸ˜‚πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ) kaso budgetarian po kami since walang work po. Haha anyways po. Pwede po bang magtanong kung from bukal falls. Gano po kalayo yung pandin lake? And yung pong entrance fee is 180 per head npo kapag me dala pong food yun khit 2 lang po kami? Thank you po ate colololz!!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ’–πŸ’–


    1. Hi bebe! OMG i wasnt checking my dms sa ig eh 😦 Buti nagcomment ka! Anyway, im not really sure yung layo ng majayjay sa san pablo since we wen’t there on different dates. Im also not sure of the commute system from one place in Laguna to another. Cubao/ Buendia lang ang familiar ako eh huhuhu. But Im pretty sure the locals know the way. You can ask them naman! We always do that hihi.


      1. Hi! Thank you for sharing this wonderful place!! I think im inlove with your blog 😍 hahaha. I wanna ask, how do you get home from there? Is there any transportation? Thank you!!! πŸ™‚


  7. I would like to give credit to ur post. Ginamit namin tong blog mo to go there
    At hindi kami naligaw. Will be using more of your travel blogs kasi mahilig talaga ako magtravel
    Super helpful. Sana marami ka pang ma blog. πŸ™‚


  8. I just recently found out about your blog. And so far I am enjoying your travel post. Nakakamiss magtravel. Ang gaganda ng shots and the touch of blue,green and white colors are very relaxing. Pak na pak ang mga shot habang naka off shoulder!


  9. Very informative and interesting photos. I liked the bullet form sa infos. Very precise yung context. A lot of bloggers kasi, they put too much words na wala ako ma remember after reading. I enjoyed your blog. Looking forward to more adventures…


  10. Hello. Is there a bathroom nearby? How did you take a bath/change clothes after? πŸ™‚ Very interesting blog! Great pictures! πŸ™‚


      1. Thanks! Your blog is beautiful. I just joined the blogging community, will definitely get some ideas from your blog! πŸ™‚


  11. Hi Colleem! Thanks for your blog nagkaidea ako saan magcelebrate ng birthday next week. Ask ko lang if kya by car papuntang pandin lake. You mentioned kase na may part kung saan maglalakad papunta doon. πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…


  12. Hi po Ate Colleen! Dahil po sainyo nainspired ako ngayon magtravel lalo and super gaganda po ng place and shots nyo. Grabe! 😍😍😍 Superb hehe. May I know po kung anong camera po ang ginagamit ninyo and kung may editing app through phone or pc ano po sya? Thanks! Mas na-appreciate ko po kasi yung photos and place lalo na sa quality ng shot nyo. Idol po! Hihi. πŸ’œπŸ’• Thanks Ate~ Godbless po. More trips and posts from u po.


    1. Thankyou Jam!! Im really grateful i get to inspire people like you 😭😭😍 I use my fujifilm XA2 camera and iphone 6 for my photos, and edit them using my phone through snapseed and VSCO. Vsco filter is euther A5 or HB2 😊


  13. Nice blog and nice pics! Too bad i can’t add u sa fb dami mo n kse friends hehe.di ako mkacomment sa pics mo here na lang!hehe
    Godbless and More affordable gala pls!!!


  14. Hello po ate πŸ™‚ You are really a good blogger. I followed you on facebook nung nakita ko po yung pandin lake adventure mo po sabi ko nun “Wow ang ganda ng mga pictures nya”. Nagstalk na po ko sa account mo nun then wow CPA ka po. Nasabay mo ang hiking , travelling tapos CPA. Grabe po super nakakainspired yung ginagawa nyo. Maniniwala po ba kayo na nung nakita ko po na gumawa na kayo ng blog sobrang saya ko po nun. Hihi. Nafeel ko po kasi na mas maiinspire nyo po ang maraming tao sa pagtatravel while reaching their dreams πŸ™‚ Godbless poooo πŸ™‚ More travels and more blessings po sa inyo ❀


    1. My heeeeeart 😭😭😭 I just cant 😭 This really means a lot to me bebe!! Its all just about passion ❀️ With passion, lahat magagawa mo! Kahit sabay sabay pa yan hahaha! Super kinilig ako sa message mo! I actually took a screenshot of it hihi πŸ’‹


  15. Hello there colleen! Know what, you inspire me to push through my passion in blogging and traveling. I am know starting to make my own blogs inspired by you. Thank you for the travel tips. God bless CPA!


    1. Omg!!! Wait ill screencap this and tweet it bc kinilig ako!!! 😭😭😭 I am so touched i get to inspire people like you! GOODLUCK ON YOUR JOURNEY BB! πŸ’‹


  16. Hi! How long is the bus ride from Buendia to San Pablo? And how long is it from SM to Pandin Lake? Wanted to know what time should we leave if we want to be there by 9am.


  17. Hi. Not bad for a first blog! Very detailed. 😊Thanks for sharing your experience. 😊 I’m also wondering what camera are you using? Cos you have such good quality photos! Amazing. 😊


  18. Yun o! isa nanamang mura na..maganda pa!lugar na kung saan sa pinas na dapat puntahan at ipag malaki!
    Salamat po sa napaka gandang tanawin at napaka linis na tubig!
    More post pls….;)


  19. Hi Colleen! I followed you on twitter. Can you follow me back? I wanna dm you and ask some information. If it’s okey with you.. I’m Bianca Durado @djdbianca on twitter πŸ™‚ I’ll wait for your response. Thankyou very much! πŸ™‚


      1. Yey! I’m the one whom you have just mentioned. I’m waiting πŸ˜‰ Thankyou again for blogging about your adventures, if you have time and want some ‘inspirational’ (oh not that inspirational but more on thoughts blogs please do visit my blog πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy! Have a nice day ahead πŸ™‚


  20. Hi Coleen, nice blog! 😘 I’m now planning to go there this coming Sept. Perfect spot to celebrate my birthday. Sna di maulan πŸƒπŸ’“πŸ’šβ€πŸ’œ


      1. Same lang din po! Ride a tricycle/jeep going to San Pablo City Proper, or just ask the driver to drop you off kung san dunadaan bus pa Manila πŸ™‚ Then ride a bus to Burndia/Cubao πŸ™‚


  21. Hi. May I know if they allow guests to bring their own food or additional food. Also, do they have life vest for those who does not know how to swim? Thanks


    1. Hi Rakel! I believe you can bring your own food naman! In that case, the rate will be cheaper, around 160 ata? πŸ™‚ Life vests are mandatory in that place actually! We just pushed kuya guide na hindi suotin cause hassle sa leeg hehe


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