Best things to do in Calabarzon and sightseeing in Calabarzon
Sampaloc Lake - Calabarzon
Bunot Lake - Calabarzon
The last lake we visited and the least scenic one in my opinion. This is located near San Pablo town proper in Brgy. San Cristobal. Residential houses sprouted like mushrooms right on the lake, obscuring the view. It is sad how the local government do not see the potential of the seven lakes as a prime tourist destination. The first half of our day ended at around past 1 pm. We paid Kuya Boyet P700 (for 5 persons) and wished him well on this day. I asked him earlier to come with us for lunch but our next stop was out of the way since he did not heed my initial instructions - Kalibato Lake being the last lake we should have visited. I figured out that was to save on gasoline. Oh well, P 700 was more than enough to buy him a hearty lunch though. :-)
Kalibato Lake - Calabarzon
I am most familiar with Kalibato lake next to Sampaloc lake. A friend of mine has a house nearby and my first visit here was back in 2004. Just like the rest of the lakes, tilapias are also raised here. A small waterfall can also be found at one side. During my initial visit, my friends and I were able to bathe and relax here. The lake pool looked like small jacuzzi.
Pandin Lake - Calabarzon
I was so disappointed upon seeing what Pandin Lake looked like. Gone are the days when I can walk to the lake without breaking a sweat. Tall trees used to shield visitors from the harsh sun. A private land owner decided to announce his/her presence by fencing their piece of land using modern materials like yero. Several houses have also sprouted on the sides of the lake. Gone are the days where a beach-like lake shore can be enjoyed. I also noticed that ropes were being used to pull bamboo rafts for tourists. Picnicking is also possible aboard roofed bamboo rafts. Locals sell fresh buko juice too. You can also bring your own food and just enjoy the rest of day. No need to hurry.
Tagaytay City - Calabarzon
If you are finding paradise on Earth, Tagaytay is the answer to your quest. The city overlooks Taal Lake and provides an iconic view of the Taal volcano. This geographical wonder has a volcano within a lake within a volcano. Though Taal is world’s smallest active volcano, the iconic view along the lake is breathtaking. It is a perfect place for rejuvenating. Palace In The Sky acts as a vantage area for viewing the Taal Volcano. Don’t miss the five-hectare Flower Farm which has many varieties of flowers, such as chrysanthemums, gerberas, carnations, roses, etc.
Talisay - Calabarzon
Okay, try this one : A volcano within a lake, within a volcano, within a lake, within a volcano. Sounds a bit like volcanological equivalent of a Matryoshka doll, but if you're local on Taal Volcano Island, this will make perfect sense to you. This island is actually one volcano, but eruptions in the past have created mini volcanoes and water filled calderas in it and have given the island its catchy slogan. Let me break it down for you again: The entire municipality of Talisay Batangas is believed to be a volcano, within which Taal lake was formed. Within the Taal Lake lies Taal Volcano Island, within which lies another tiny volcano islet. Now read that backwards and you will know what I am on about. When you walk to the ridge of the caldera, the earth, reddened by sulfur, spews out foul smelling streams of smoke. Stick an egg into one of those smoking holes, says my guide, and it will cook through in three minutes. There are two ways to get to the top of the Main Crater : you either walk or go the distance on horseback. Walking uphill is a tough task on the Daang Kastilla trail, but it's the easiest (though some say its treacherous because of the sulfur emissions) and most direct route to the top. When you finally get to the top though, look at the green waters of the lake within and you'll see white patches here and there. Those are bubbles- the water is literally boiling hot. Ask around a bit until you find the 'Secret Place' - a narrow path that leads to the absolute edge of the ridge. From here you can see the entire island in all its glory. Tufts of smoke curl up into the air from a little hole at the tip. It is almost like walking up the spine of the dragon, towards its smoking nostrils. Now is when you take a moment to let it sink in : you are standing on the ridge of an active volcano. You can almost feel the earth shaking beneath your feet, the heat penetrating the soles of your shoes. You now officially have bragging right for a decade!
Yambo Lake - Calabarzon
Corregidor - Calabarzon
Corregidor Island is a small island located at the entrance of Manila Bay in southwestern part of Luzon Island. This island offers stunning landscapes which can be further explored by hiking along the woodland trails of Corregidor or capture the historical spots or ruins from World War II by biking across the well paved tracks. Don't miss the eeriness of death, struggle and deafening silence of the ruins of the barracks of the USSAFE (United States Armed Forces in the Far East) which was stationed here before and during the first few months of second World War. From sunrise to sunset overlooking some hills, you can stand witness to the awe inspiring concealed beauty of this island. Surrounded by rich tall trees, camping is one of the best ways to explore the outdoors here.