Lake Bulusan (Bulusan, Sorsogon)
Whale sharks aren't the only attractions in Sorsogon. If you drive further south to Bulusan, you'll find the Bulusan Volcano Natural Park, which houses Mount and Lake Bulusan. The lake is southeast of the volcano, and is home to endemic species of freshwater fish.
How to Get There: If you're from Legazpi City, take a tricycle to the Legazpi Bus Integrated Bus Terminal. Ride a bus going to Bulan, then get off at Abuyog in Gubat. From Abuyog, ride a jeep going to Bulusan, then take a tricycle going to the lake.
Lake Caliraya (Calamba, Laguna)
Unlike the other lakes on this list, Lake Caliraya is man-made. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though: In fact, the lake is a popular destination for those who like jet skiing, kite boarding, wind surfing and other water sports. Also, you can go fishing and stay in one of the lovely resorts surrounding the lake.
How to Get There: From Cubao, ride a bus to Pagsawitan Terminal. Then, ride a jeepney bound for Lumot terminal. From Lumot terminal, ride another jeepney to Lewin, where you can ride a boat going to a resort near Lake Caliraya.
Lake Kayangan (Coron, Palawan)
Like the town where it's nestled, Lake Kayangan is a sight to behold. Considered the cleanest lake in the Philippines, Lake Kayangan's crystal clear waters allow you to peer into the magnificent rock formations beneath its surface. The lake is also surrounded by green limestone cliffs, caves and mangrove forests, earning it a spot on Huffington Post's list of most spectacular lakes in the world.
How to Get There: From Coron Town, take the Coron Island Loop boat tour, which passes by Lake Kayangan. Then, take a 10-minute climb up the hill, so you can have an up-close-and-personal view of the lake.
Lake Pandin (San Pablo City, Laguna)
Along with Lake Yambo, Lake Pandin is a twin crater lake located in Laguna. It's also one of the Seven Lakes of San Pablo, and is considered the most pristine of them all. Although the lake doesn't look impressive at first glance, it supports a wide variety of oligotrophic wildlife and is a popular destination for local families.
According to local legend, the lakes Pandin and Yambo were named after a pair of unfortunate lovers. The woman, Pandin, was cursed: If she set foot on earth, something terrible would happen to her. She never did so, until Tambo made her do otherwise. Afterwards, the earth opened up, swallowed them both and created the twin crater lakes.
How to Get There: If you have your own vehicle, you can drive straight to San Pablo from Manila via the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Calamba. Otherwise, take a bus bound for San Pablo, get off at the San Pablo Church, and ride a tricycle to the lake.
Lake Pinatubo (Mt. Pinatubo)
Mt. Pinatubo may have produced the second-largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century, but destruction wasn't the only thing it left in its wake. After Lake Pinatubo was formed by the aforementioned eruption, it became the deepest lake in the Philippines at 800 meters (2,600 feet). As you can see in the picture above, it's not a bad-looking lake either.
How to Get There: Book a tour of the lake with the local tourism office. Make sure you this ASAP, as the tours can only accommodate up to 400 people per day. To get to the office, ride a bus to Capas (Tarlac), ask the driver to drop you off at the Capas Junction, and take a tricycle.
Taal Crater Lake (Batangas)
The first thing you'll notice about this lake is how unusual it is. Basically, it's a lake within a volcano within a lake within a volcano. (Sounds weird? Look it up on Google and see for yourself.) Also, its coral blue waters are a refreshing sight, especially after the half- to one-hour trip it takes to get there.
How to Get There: Ride a bus going to Tagaytay, and get off at the rotonda marked by a statue of Ninoy Aquino, a BPI ATM and Max's Restaurant. Look for boatmen who can take you on round trip transfers to Taal Volcano. If the trek to Taal Volcano is too tiring, ask to ride on horseback.
These are only 6 of the roughly 100 lakes in the Philippines to date. Know other lakes that deserve to be on this list? Sound them off in the comments below!