Looking for another charming place to visit south of Manila aside from Pansol and Tagaytay? Visit the Lakes of San Pablo, Laguna! A colleague brought us here some two years ago for some fresh hipon and pako salad lunch aboard a balsa while cruising Lake Pandin, one of the seven (yes, there are seven) lakes in San Pablo.
We were only able to cruise Lake Pandin and see its twin lake, Yambo by going up a little hill from the banks of Pandin. We were not able to swim since we didn’t trust the water which got murky from the rain.
We then went to the Underground Cemetery in Nagcarlan the next day.
Since the Philippines is a country rich in folklore and horror stories, this cemetery is haunted according to locals like all the other cemeteries in the country.
Until the next balsa ride,
After two hours of riding a bangka on Camarines Norte waters, islands called Calaguas welcomed me with their white sand and pristine waters and I couldn’t say anything. Calaguas literally took my breath away, and all I could let out were muffled shrieks of wonder and delight as I splashed the crystal clear and cool waters.
I will once again fail to document this travel in words but I tried during my short stay, capturing the beauty of these shores.
Experience this paraiso. You have to go to Calaguas. Here’s a little guide:
How to get to Paracale, Camarines Norte : Ride a bus bound for Daet/Paracale from Cubao or Turbina.
How to get a boat to Calaguas from Paracale, Camarines Norte and find a tent: Call Mang Boy at 0908 546 0683.
Where to stay : Pitch a tent under the stars.
What to do : Gaze at stars. Swim the turquoise waters. Climb the hill overlooking the islands and sea and try to fathom how tiny you are in this universe.
Enjoy life in transit,