Soloviento in Lake Caliraya

Soloviento in Lake Caliraya. A paradise just 1&1/2 hours from Manila.

I don’t know how I stumbled upon Soloviento in Lake Caliraya.  What I do know is I was hooked on Stand Up Paddle at that time.  And perhaps, while researching for more places to paddle, I came across this paradise in the south.  Yes, that must be it!

Rainbows are a common sight in Soloviento

So it was decided one weekend to explore Lake Caliraya.  Nature at its best.  No airconditioning.  Lots of trees.  Surrounded by the lake. By bugs. By insects and all other creatures of the lake.  For a city girl, it seemed not so great. But it was just one weekend so how bad can it be, right?  Well, it turns out it was one of the best decisions of the summer. We love Soloviento!!!

Sunset…so unreal

We felt the most relaxed here and we could have stayed the whole week if only I didn’t have to go to work or MG didn’t have to go to school. The owner, Manolet Gonzalez, is very warm and accommodating.  He toured us around the island and truly made us feel at home.  The facilities are basic.  There are two showers and two toilets in the women’s common area while I guess, the men’s has the same.

Our campsite


Food is amazing.  Restaurant quality.  I love the hot chocolate.  I think we may have ordered 6 cups during our first night.  I have yet to try the pizza and burger though.  I heard they were really good.

Breakfast with delicious hot chocolate

There were very few people during our first visit, except for Bingo (the dog), the unreal sunset and the stars to keep us company. There’s no cable TV, not even a regular television but there’s free wifi and it’s island-wide.  And that’s good enough for me.  I get twitchy if I’m off the grid for more than 24 hours.

Lots of fruit bearing trees

Come morning, I set out to do what I came there to do.  To SUP.  It was so invigorating to be the only one on the lake at 6am and to witness the sunrise on the other side of the lake, it was nothing short of magical.  Amazing experience. It’s just one of the many advantages of being a morning person.

Soloviento is truly a glorious respite from the city life.  I’d come here every week if I can.

Stand Up Paddle in the morning


Kayaking in the afternoon


We love Soloviento! Can’t wait to be back here.


Here’s a video I made of beautiful Soloviento!

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