Friday, March 13, 2015

Laguna : Weekend Camping at Caliraya Lake

The Serene Caliraya Lake

I was given the task of organizing a camping trip for the all-boys Legal Team of our Company. Sure, I was known in the group as the backpack traveler so they relied heavily on me to deliver a fun-filled camping weekend. 

If it is with my regular camping buddies, I wouldn't have much problems cause Dong Ho would have probably laid down the itinerary and Lantaw and Erick would have brought all the camping gears we need. And of course, Ferdz and Oggie would have supplied all the needed contingencies and what-to-dos.
Vivid Colors of Trees

But this time, I have to plan for the weekend trip of mostly corporate guys who, except for one, rarely do an outdoor trip - where the definition of travel is a "leisure trip" rather than roughing it up with nature. Luckily, since we are all guys, laying down and explaining the "what-to-expect" part was easy. 

I actually made Plan B which mostly include staying in a popular hotel/resort in the area where foods are served ala buffet with swimming pools, sheltered rooms and other water sport activities but surprisingly, when I discussed the setting up of tents, bonfires and sleeping under the stars, the choice became unanimous.
Packed Lunch

Windy Lake Shore

Accommodation for the Night

Of the several places on our list, we have chosen to camp at Lake Caliraya. Here are  several reasons: 1) I have visited the place before on a day trip and it truly provides good photography opportunities. 2) It's about 3 to 4 hours away from Manila and you can even do a loop where you go there via a faster SLEX route and leave there via a more scenic Rizal route. 3) Cheap and secured camping site thru Surf Kamp Caliraya.

Expedition Fishing

Time to Grill the Catch

Beers, Hotdogs and Bon Fire

Although experiences vary and "fun" is how you make the most of your experiences, let me share some itineraries and things we did during the weekend.

Itinerary 

Saturday 
8:00 am - depart from Manila via SLEX Route 
12:00 nn - arrive at Camping Area, registration, lunch 
1:00 pm - set camp/swimming/fishing 
6:00 pm - prepare dinner, bonfire, socials, lights out. 

Sunday 
6:00 am breakfast 
7:00 am free time/swimming/kayaking 
11:00 am lunch 
1:00 pm leave for home via Rizal Route

Tents in a Cold Morning

Morning Hues

Breakfast

Surf Kamp in Caliraya is a resort along Caliraya Lake and is ideal for outdoor fun and activities like, camping, water skiing, kite flying, windsurfing, fishing, sailing/boating, or simply relax under a tree with its windy and cool mountain breeze. It is widely known as a wind surfing camp due to the fact the there is constant strong wind all year long and that the resort is facing the wide area of the lake with good launching pads for boat and ski. 

Cost are as follows: 
1. Entrance fee is Php 200 per person. 
2. Picnic hut rental is Php 800 
3. Bonfire - Php 300 
4. Camping tent with rubber mat that can fit 4-6 pax is Php 600. 
5. Kayak is Php 350 per hour. 
6. Wooden banca is Php 800 per day. 
7. Motorized boat is Php 1,500 per hour.

Morning Has Broken

Mr Spider

Happy Campers and the owner Marco (in red)

Since it is a camping ground, you have to bring everything you need (food, clothes, snacks, cooking wares, personal hygiene stuff, etc.). It has a modest comfort room with running water. Only few portion of the camp site has electricity so you need to request the owner if you want one. Wind is strong almost year round and it gets chilly at best so better bring your jackets. 

Before leaving, you may also want to visit the Cavinti Japanese Garden located just few meters off the main road.


How to go there?
For SLEX, take last exit to Calamba, turn right to Calamba Junction towards Los Banos all the way to Pagsanjan Church. Turn left passing through to Palacol Bridge going toward Barangay Bagong Silang and start ascend to Caliraya Lake. 

For Rizal route, proceed to Marikina all the way to the Cainta junction towards Taytay. Following the main highway bound for Laguna pass through the eight municipalities of Rizal. Make a U-turn at Barangay Bagong Silang, Lumban to start ascend to Caliraya Lake. 

Surf Kamp Caliraya is located at Lumban, Laguna. For inquiries and reservations, please call Marco at 0909 248 6727 or 0921 352 1742.

17 comments:

  1. I bet you would be tasked again as organizer next time such out of town activity comes up. You do have a vast experience.

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    1. Haha I don't mind at all. In fact, I was designated again to do the itinerary for our Cebu Pilgrimage Tour :)

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  2. You're the go to guy 'man. The place looks so awesome.

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  3. Looks like a perfect place for summer camping. Are there kayaks for rent?

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    1. Hi Kiko, yup, there are kayaks for rent.

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    1. Hi bertN, very bad day for fishing haha.

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  5. Hi... thanks for sharing... looks like a perfect camp site for families with kids... do they have comfort rooms?

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    1. Hi Natsirk, yup, they have comfort room and they are surprisingly clean. Just bring flashlight at night thou coz it doesn't have electricity.

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  6. is it ok to bring your own tent.?

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  7. is it ok to bring your own tent?

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  8. Hi can you share the contact details?

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    1. hi fil. contact details are in the post :)

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  9. Wow nice! =) Yung entrance fee ba for overnight na din yun or daytime lang? :)

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