Monday, February 14, 2011

Caliraya Lake, Laguna, Philippines

Photo taken by Randy M. Belen

Location: Laguna, Philippines
- North Latitude : 14° 17' 36.59"
- East Latitude : 121° 33' 9.23" 

Caliraya Lake is actually situated in the three towns of Laguna, namely Lumban, Cavinti, and Kalayaan. It is a man-made mountain lake complete with coves and sand bars that we could boast internationally. More than that, it is also a home of several beautiful resorts.
Photo taken by Randy M. Belen

How to get there:

* From the Cubao Bus Terminal, take a bus ( HM Transport or any bus ) that going to Pagsawitan. This ride will take you about two to two-and-a-half hours. Then, at Pagsawitan terminal, take a 3- to 5- minute ride to a tricycle or a jeepney with a signboard "Lumot" . From Lumot terminal, take a ride to a jeepney that going to Lewin for about half an hour. From the place of Lewin, you then take a ride to a boat for about 2 to 3 minutes that bring you to one of a resort at Caliraya Lake.

* From Metro Manila bus station, take a bus with a signboard of Sta.Cruz in Laguna and get off at the Pagsawitan, Pagsanjan terminal. Then, take a jeepney- or tricycle- ride that brings to you to the Sta. Cruz terminal. The jeepney will pass thru Pagsanjan, it will turn left then pass thru Lumban, turn to the right to climb the mountain road to Caliraya where you can find of course the Caliraya Lake with different resorts along with it.

Photo taken by Randy M. Belen

The waters of Caliraya Lake are cool and measures about fifty meters at its deepest. The lake extends and roves over partly submerged hills which form islands. The shores are of sticky red clay on some areas and pebbled on other areas.

The deep waters of the lake and the strong mountain breeze that blows from the Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges and the distant Mount Banahaw, make Caliraya Lake a perfect place for aqua sports such as  boating, wind surfing and water skiing. The lake is also ideal for game fishing as fairly large game fish swim here. A boat trip around the lake is also available that would take about four hours.

Photo taken by Randy M. Belen

One of the resort there is perched on top of a low-lying mountain overlooking the lake and commands a spectacular view of the lake and three great mountains: Banahaw, Cristobal and Makiling as well as the tail part of Laguna de Bay.

Photo taken by Randy M. Belen

Caliraya is a place where you can relax luxuriously - take a boat ride, fishing, water ski, or windsail. Or, you can just explore the surrounding forest or simply enjoy the cool breeze, enjoy the sun and wind. An ideal place for winding down after all that hectic and fast-pace life in the city, or a getaway place with your partner, friends, and families.


Camera Details:

Brand: Pentax
Model: K100D

The Pentax K100D and similar Pentax K110D are 6 megapixel digital single-lens reflex cameras, launched in the U.S. on May 22, 2006. The K100D has a maximum resolution of 3008 x 2008, and can also down-sample to 2400 x 1600 and 1536 x 1024. The slowest metered shutter speed is 30 seconds and the fastest shutter is 1/4000 seconds.

The K100D features a six effective megapixel CCD sensor, coupled with an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and a sensor-based shake reduction system. The K110D has exactly the same features as the K100D, except it lacks built-in shake reduction.

The K100D is sometimes confused with the similarly named, but more advanced, Pentax K10D. The Pentax K200D, successor to the K100D and K100D Super, was officially announced on January 23, 2008.


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