City of Seven Lakes
San Pablo Laguna is roughly 2-3 hours away from Metro Manila. We have known Laguna for old churches, hot springs and resorts. Little did I know that we could also spend a whole day of Lake hopping in this marvelous city.
Located between 2 dormant volcanoes Mt. Makiling and Mt. Banahaw, are scattered crater lakes in the City of San Pablo. These lakes were called Maar or low profile volcanic craters,since they were formed due to phreatomagmatic eruption (an explosion which occurs when groundwater comes into contact with hot lava or magma).
- Lake Sampaloc also spelled as Lake Sampalok – Is considered the largest of the seven lakes and the nearest to the City proper. It is considered as one of the premier tourist spot of the city. Aside from that, aquaculture like fish culture in floating cages has become a growing industry here. At present, the shore of the lake is being developed as park.Best Shots: Sunrise and Sunset
- Bunot Lake – is well known for Cultured Tilapia. This is around 4.5 kms from the City proper and one tricycle ride away from Lake Sampaloc.
- Lake Calibato – Sometimes spelled as Lake Kalibato. It is known as the deepest lake among the seven crater lakes, having a maximum depth of 135 meters and approximately 29,600 cubic meters water capacity.
- Lake Pandin and Yambo – Twin Cratered Lake separated by a narrow strip of land. We suggest visiting around noon to experience the lunch on the raft.
- Palakpakin Lake – Located in Brgy. San Buenaventura, San Pablo City. With an area of 43 hectares, it has a maximum depth of 7.5 meters.
- Mohikap Lake – Located at Brgy. Santa Catalina has a very calm eater that perfectly reflects the sky and images of trees around the area.
Now that you got the names, let that one weekend be for the lakes. You can take a bus then a tricycle and a little trek to experience those marvelous lakes in the city.