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Batangas is a haven for luxury resorts. It might not boast of fine white sand, endless stretch of beaches, and stunning tropical islands like the ones you would see in Bohol or Palawan, but its advantage is its proximity to Manila, the bustling metro that is the Philippine capital.

Batangas is roughly around a three-hour drive south of Metro Manila, and it is the quickest escape for those wanting to get away from all the chaos on weekends. Given the proximity, it’s no wonder that various luxury resort companies have taken their share in building and promoting Batangas (particularly Nasugbu) as a prime luxury destination.

I got to experience this with a few friends a couple of weeks ago after one of them won at a mall promotion and the prize was a two-night stay at a luxurious resort situated along the tip of a flame-shaped peninsula.

It’s called Club Punta Fuego (hence the name) in Nasugbu, Batangas.

I recall being invited by a classmate back in college about this exclusive vista but I never had the chance to go, so I guess the timing is more than perfect now that I have a blog I can write about it on.

Now since Club Punta Fuego boasts of its luxe amenities and impeccable services, one might think that it’s too expensive for a weekend trip. But perform a quick search on Agoda and you’ll see that the price really isn’t all that bad. A current search would bring me about PHP7,000 (discounted from 10-15K) for an overnight stay for two persons, breakfast included.

Before the trip I thought I’d check and so I did some research about the place, and found out that there is a yacht club in Punta Fuego. Perfect! Been wanting to experience going to a yacht club here in the Philippines so I guess I had more than a few reasons to go. Question is, is it worth the experience? Hmm, I’ll be the judge of that hehe.

The roadtrip to Batangas is a journey in itself

Its location being so near yet so far from the capital, the three-hour drive to Nasugbu is long enough to call it a legit road-trip, and short enough to not exhaust the excitement out of you (especially the driver, which was me). The stop-overs at the gas stations along the expressway and the cheap, familiar eats, as well as the scenic drive through Tagaytay and finally to Batangas, these all make the drive entertaining and worthwhile.

Ahhh, the scenic drive is deffo a part of the vacay.

Turns out, ‘Club Punta Fuego’ (the resort) is inside ‘Punta Fuego’ (an exclusive, gated community)

This I realized only after entering the gates of this exclusive community. Pardon my ignorance, but I thought Punta Fuego or Club Punta Fuego is the same and that both refer to the same resort, and that it’s only a resort and nothing else.

Of course after realizing this we drove around the area to get a sense of how it is like inside this community. We did not only want to experience the club, we wanted to see what the Punta Fuego peninsula had to offer.

Driving around, what stunned us the most were the mansions and villas vying for our attention as we move along. The area sits atop an elevated, rocky terrain, so it’s no surprise when you see what kind of view these vacation homes have.

These expensive homes looked empty and gave the impression that the owners only bought the property to serve as their vacation homes (Fact: mansions here cannot be rented out by its owners). It only makes sense, given the distance of Nasugbu to the business capital that is Manila.

Dang, these luxury mansions are killing it!

That view, tho!

All these villas keeping up with each other

The Club – A far cry from all the craziness of the city

Club Punta Fuego has that quiet and serene vibe to it. Upon arriving at the club’s entrance lobby, we were immediately assisted by the calm (and not to mention pretty) ladies at the reception for check-in. Without even a couple minutes’ wait, there already was a golf caddy waiting for us that led us to our casita.

The space we had in our casita was slightly larger than what you would expect in a standard hotel room – we also had our own balcony that made up for a nice chill area. What’s most noticeable was the bathroom, it’s quite spacious and you even have your own chill area/mini-garden inside – perfect for those who’d prefer a view when showering or when you want to pop some cigs before doing the deed LOL.

The food at the club was satisfying, however there weren’t that may choices whenever we were around. They could’ve done more to satisfy our raging appetites, just saying! On the other hand, the service was faultless, and staff at the club always made sure we were enjoying our stay by constantly checking with us.

For those wanting to go, and for those who always prefer to stay connected, just know that there is virtually no signal at all in the area. But Club Punta Fuego makes up for the lack of it by giving free high-speed Wi-Fi access all throughout the club (though you still cannot make regular calls or texts).

Who can resist this sunset view at the club?

Now this is the view that’ll greet you when you arrive at the main lobby on a sunset.

Yes, we stayed at Casita # 8A
And this is what’s inside our spacious casita

Ahhh I can sleep on this all day!

The bathroom is spacious and had its own outdoor garden, too.

Our casita had its own outdoor patio, perfect for chillaxing while gazing at the sunset.

Order room service, which is available 24/7 to those in need of anything!

Club Punta Fuego is famed for its stunning double infinity pools…
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Ever since the Philippine Department of Tourism’s campaign “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” was launched back in 2012, it went insanely viral which helped promote the beautiful islands and the vibrant cities, and no doubt this campaign was a clear winner that most Filipinos would be proud of.

The slogan is easily relatable especially to locals, and it also showed images that are truly Filipino, so it wasn’t really that hard to mention the slogan when bragging about their Philippine travels on social media.

Even foreigners delved into the rave, with visitors agreeing without a doubt that it is indeed ‘more fun in the Philippines’, so I asked fellow travel bloggers to share their experiences and on why they think it is more fun in the islands. These are what they have to say.

Carolin Pilligrath, travel blogger from Germany and founder of BreathingTravel.com

I have recently travelled the Philippines for a month and while I was hesitant in the first place, I found it absolutely incredible and fell totally for the beauty of the nature and its’ people. It was my first time to the Philippines actually and I wasn’t sure what to expect!

What I liked most about my stay in the Philippines was the friendliness of locals, the incredible warmness and that I was simply welcome everywhere!

I went on the craziest bus ride from Manila to Banaue in the North and met some very adventurous travellers on the way. The day I visited the Batad rice terraces will be with me for a long time. Sitting on a rooftop of a Jeepney driving along windy roads, passing waving locals until we reached out destination. I couldn’t take my eyes off the incredible lush green terraces and the hike to the waterfall was one of the most challenging, rewarding and fun things I have ever done!

Next stop was El Nido, which is possibly one of the prettiest places I have visited on this planet. With water so clear, I was jumping off the boat, snorkelling around the colourful fish and coral, it’s simply so untouched! If this wasn’t enough yet, swimming with the turtles near Bohol definitely topped my experience in the Philippines off. I have never swum so close to turtles with simply no other tourists and boats around. Mind-blowing!

Karolina and Patryk from Poland, travel bloggers of their cool named-after-themselves blog, KarolinaPatryk.com

We’ve been visiting Philippines last year. It was experience of a lifetime!

A Filipino guy that we met in the hostel in Singapore told us about the most beautiful place in the world – El Nido. We decided go there. After short flight from Manila to Puerto Princesa and more than 7 hours in a local bus, we arrived to the place that seemed to be unreal. It looked like a fairy tale! Peaceful sea with huge limestone cliffs, hotels situated right on the beach are something we will never forget.

It was the first time in our lives, when we experienced island hopping. We’ve spent the entire day visiting beautiful places in El Nido, snorkelling and relaxing on the beach. In the evening, we have been eating delicious Filipino food. Refreshing Halo-Halo dessert was out of this world! So… what did we like the most about Philippines? Everything! Amazing, unspoilt nature, friendly people and tasty food are something we will never forget.

Travel Blogger Couple Laura and Tanbay of TravellingWeasels.com

We have been to the Philippines earlier this year and had an amazing time. The beaches were stunning and we were surprised at how empty the beaches were. We spent our anniversary at a hotel in Manila, and they gave us a personalized cake to help us celebrate. No other hotel that we worked with has ever done this..

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Batanes is in the bucket list of most Filipinos. And why not? This northernmost point of our country is indeed a paradise that very few are able to see and experience. But this experience, most often than not, requires a certain amount of cost that is quite high for a domestic travel.

I am one of those people who have had the privilege of visiting Batanes. And I must say, it is not only a paradise because of all the picture perfect views and landscapes, but also because of its people – the Ivatans. My facebook post about Batanes is one of my most-liked albums, and a lot of my friends have asked me about my recent trip – certain travel tips and itineraries that I can share for when they finally have the chance to visit this Philippine paradise we call Batanes. So, here goes.

HOW TO GET THERE

There are only 2 airlines that go to Basco, Batanes (the capital of Batanes) – Philippine Airlines which fly once every day, and Skyjet which fly once every MWFS. Both airlines have a very early flight schedule, and both use small planes which can only accommodate 70 – 80  passengers each.

I was able to experience both airlines. Skyjet on my way to Basco and PAL for my return trip back. Skyjet leaves around 5:50AM from Manila and arrives to Basco at roughly 7:05AM. This means you need to be in the airport very early. So, make sure you drink your coffee. You don’t need to eat your breakfast as Skyjet also provides snacks for all passengers. I heard they also give free unlimited wine onboard. Sadly, I was not able to experience this as I was asleep the whole time.

Sunrise welcoming me aboard Skyjet flight to Basco. Good morning indeed!

Tip: Having only 2 airlines that service the route, flights to Basco are very expensive so be on the lookout for airfare promotions. Also make sure to like the official fan pages of all your local airlines as they always put up their promos there.

Another useful tip that I can share is to book for September flights. The Ivatans (Batanes Locals) I spoke with said that apart from the usual summer months, they have a second, mini summer on September. And this month is usually included in the promo months!  Neat, huh?

WHERE TO STAY

Now that you are finally in Basco, you need a place to stay. There is only one “hotel” here – Fundacion Pacita. And their rates are quite expensive. Even more expensive compared to the 5 star hotels in Makati. Not to worry though, as there are lots of inns, and homestays in Batanes.

Fundacion Pacita. The only hotel, and the most expensive lodging in Batanes. This used to be the house of International artist Pacita Abad. Proceeds from the hotel are also donated to help Ivatan artists in their studies.

During my stay, I stayed in Marfel Lodge. It’s one of the most popular and most recommended homestays in all the posts I’ve read about Batanes. And yes, I highly recommend it. The rooms are sufficient enough for one or two persons, and rate is only Php500 per person per day! With this rate, you can spend more of your hard earned money on food and experience! They even provide FREE Airport pick up and drop off! Marfel’s Lodge can be contacted at their Facebook page or through 0917-8574493. You will be able to speak with Ms. Marfel herself, or with one of the house staffs.

My home for the 10 days I was in Batanes – Marfel’s Lodge Annex

They have different rooms, with some rooms with queen bed, some with twin beds, and the others as suites. You will be paying for the room only – as in the space with the bed and the door for privacy. However, you will be sharing the common areas – living room, dining room, kitchen, and yes, even the bathroom, with the rest of the guests.

Below is a picture of my room for the 10 days I was in Batanes. Yes. There are 2 beds. This room was supposed to be for 2 people, but since I am travelling alone, they reserved this for only me, and only charged me the rate for one person. The room has aircon, but since I only paid for the “fan room”, I never used the aircon. Plus, I stayed in October, the summer days were over, and the temperature was no longer that hot. You can always opt to use the aircon, but there is a certain amount of fee involved. You may just get in contact with Marfel for the rates and prices. I can’t remember the exact price, but I think I paid roughly around Php500 per night for my room here.

My Marfel Lodge room.

I did not like this idea at first, and I was very distant with my “housemates’. However, as days went by, I got to bond with them, and even with the house staffs. When I left Batanes, I ended up being friends with all my housemates and house staffs. During the latter days, we were even cooking meals amongst ourselves and sharing them with each other. (*Tip. If you and your housemates are still saving up, you can opt to cook your food in the Homestay kitchen for a very minimal fee. Since a lot of the ingredients were imported from the main land, their prices are more expensive in Batanes compared to the city.)It was a fun few days indeed. It’s really true what they say – arrive as a stranger, and leave as a friend.

A “family” portrait of me and my housemate. I am the third from the left! We posted this in the souvenir wall of our homestay, leaving something of ours in place that captured our hearts.

The Souvenir Wall in Marfel Lodge Annex. Notice our drawing on the upper right.

TOURS, TOURS and MORE TOURS!

So now that you have finally taken a rest from that early morning flight, you can now go and proceed with your Batanes exploration. My itinerary was a product of all the researches I made about Batanes – where to go and who to contact. So, lucky you, since I am sharing a copy of my itinerary with contact details with this post. Yes. You’re welcome.

Since you will be able to save on cost because of the homestay, you can splurge on tours! There are a number of tour companies operating in Batanes, but I recommend getting BISUMI Tours to bring you around. They have really knowledgeable and friendly tour guides, and they have a wide range of options to choose from depending on your budget – from private tours, to group tours, and tricycle tours. They offer a wide range of tours in Batanes, but the most common are the: NORTH BATAN TOUR, SOUTH BATAN TOUR (which are both in BATAN Island) and SABTANG TOUR. I was lucky enough, and stayed long enough, to visit all of them.

NORTH BATAN

I took the NORTH BATAN tour of BISUMI Tours on my first day. To save on cost, I joined a group tour along with 7 other people whom I initially don’t know, but eventually became friends as we went along. I was not really expecting anything so I was nicely surprised when a brand new Toyota Grandia went up the homestay driveway to pick me up. It was a fairly comfortable ride and tour, and I was even able to sleep during the drive from one place to the other. The whole NORTH BATAN tour took the entire afternoon, and we visited the following places:The Basco Lighthouse. This view offers a perfect sunset.  So try and wait for it here when you visit.

  1. Basco Lighthouse

    The Basco Lighthouse. This view offers a perfect sunset. So try and wait for it here when you visit.

  2. Vayang Rolling Hills

    Vayang Rolling Hills. Where the wind is alive

  3. Valugan Boulder Beach
  4. Japanese Tunnel

    Inside the Dinaysuhwan Japanese Tunnel. There is a short..

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For us who have called Metro Manila our home for most of our lives, I think we will all agree (hey, comment below if you beg to differ aight) when I say that we’ve already had enough of the chaotic Manila and that we definitely needed a breather and push for a better metro.

Pushing our government and society for a change (for a better and cleaner looking metro, that is) takes lots of money, effort, and time. But what if all we needed was to look from a different perspective, and then maybe, everything will turn out to be, well, a great place to live in after all.

Thanks to YouTube vlogger Georg Frank for creating below 11-minute, mind-blowingly and painstakingly well-crafted video which only proves that however disorderly one feels about his city, it will always be an awe-inspiring destination in the eyes of a foreigner.

P.S. Who knew Intramuros, Makati Central Business District, and Tagaytay looked that stunning from up in the air? Just makes me want to live and work in Metro Manila all the more.

Metro Manila - Philippines [1080p] - YouTube

Best,

FRUSTRATEDBILLIONAIRE

Live in the metro? What do you like the most about living in the city? Feel free to Share Your Story, comment, share your tips, or ask a question. Please also like me on Facebook and Twitter! Thank you!

The post Metro Manila Stuns in this Foreign-Made Vlog appeared first on FrustratedBillionaire.

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Daranak Falls is one of the nearest waterfalls from Metro Manila, which makes it a quick, convenient, and relaxing getaway for Metro Manila residents. You can get to this paradise roughly 2 hours by car driving east from the metro, and the cool waters of this natural wonder is sure to relax your senses and wash all your stress away.

Inside Daranak Falls

The entrance at Daranak Falls.

Entrance fees (updated as of post date) and some reminders at the entrance of the park. Pets, pastic & styrofoam products, and alcoholic beverages are not allowed inside. Daranak Falls is also a popular spot for pre-nup & wedding photoshoots – they charge fees for these kind of activities.

Don’t forget your receipt issued by the local government!

You are greeted by this stunning view immediately upon passing through the entrance while crossing the wooden bridge.

The majestic falls (this is what we’re paying for, right? LOL). Makes me just want to dive in its cool, refreshing waters.

Best way to enjoy the falls is to avoid the huge crowds (suggest to skip the trip during weekends/holidays).

There are cottages for rent along the waterways, just please be mindful not to leave anything (including trash) behind. Let’s all strive reduce our ecological footprints!

The rush of cool and refreshing waters just helps you calm down and release all your stresses away.

Food options
  1. You can bring in outside food and beverages (except alcohol), no corkage fee. You can also cook your own food inside the premises (just bring your own stove, grill, and other utensils).
  2. There is a canteen inside the park selling food and cold drinks at a very reasonable (provincial rate) price. For example, a cheeseburger costs only P30.

    The canteen is in the wooden hut in this picture (sorry I wasn’t able to take a closer photo). Souvenirs and swimming gear are also sold here.

How to get here

Daranak Falls is located in Tanay, Rizal. Once in the town proper, you can ask the friendly locals on how to get there (if you have access to Google maps, much better). Daranak Falls is about 15 minutes away from Tanay town proper. There are two ways to get to Daranak Falls:

  1. By car – the most convenient way would be by car. You have two routes going to Tanay. One would be via Antipolo (recently opened route, quickest way), the other one would be via the scenic National Highway (through Rizal municipalities: Taytay, Angono, Binangonan, etc.). See below for estimate travel time.
  2. By public transport – you can take Tanay bound FX vans from Starmall in Mandaluyong (fare is around P70). Along the national roads in Rizal there are also Tanay bound jeepneys. Once in Tanay proper, take a tricyle ride to Daranak Falls.

The scenic drive to Tanay along the National Highway in Rizal Province. Look to the left and you’ll see the mountains; turn to the right and you’ll catch the scenic views of vast rice fields and the Laguna lake.

Daranak Falls is located deep into the mountains from the National Road; you can still bring your cars as there’s plenty of parking space right at the entrance of the park (they’ll charge around P30 for the parking fee).

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A friend of mine recently threw a birthday party at one of the 2 bedroom suites at Aruga by Rockwell luxury serviced apartments/hotel in Rockwell Center, Makati City, and I was one of the few who arrived early to help with the preparations. Since we arrived in our suite early with our room in its untouched and pristine state, I decided to take some photos and write another unbiased hotel review.

Aruga (a Filipino word which means loving care) by Rockwell prides itself in providing utmost care and a relaxed and pleasant environment to its guests without missing out on luxury which is true to the Rockwell brand, its parent company.

You can feel the warmth of their courteous hotel staff who knows your name immediately upon entering the nest, and if in case you are not satisfied with any of their services or accommodation, or anything at all, just let them know (you just have to) and you’ll be surprised at the lengths they’ll go through to make it up to you.

You’ll equally be surprised at how they pay particular attention to the small details – from the Hermes wallpapers in their lobby bathroom (this I just heard at the elevator lobby) to the seriously soft beddings customized and tailored exclusively for Aruga by Rockwell for the enjoyment of its guests (it seems this serviced apartment is really serious about giving its guests a great night’s sleep). This may be the one of the reasons why Aruga by Rockwell is the choice of expats on a short stay here in Manila. The only concern I might have is their narrow hallways from the elevator lobby to the suites (other hotels have noticeably wider hallways), but what the heck, it doesn’t matter since I’m not living in the hallways, anyway.

The two-bedroom “smoking” suite (around 107sq.m./1150sq.ft.) my colleague had rented for the party was spacious and functional. Everything you will need for a convenient stay was there – toiletries, your own laundry and drier machines, a fully equipped kitchen, cable TV, reliable high speed Wi-Fi connection – and if there’s something amiss, the courteous front desk was just a phone call away. The soft lighting and luxurious decor added to the charm of the roomy suite.

The Lobby

Courteous and professional front desk attendants were at our service 24/7.

Our two-bedroom suite

We were immediately ushered in our own foyer as we entered the suite.

Spacious dining and living areas were perfect for our party that night.

Fresh and complimentary coffee and tea were available at our disposal.

A fully functional kitchen was just what we conveniently needed for our party.

Laundry and drier machines! Just in case.

Bedroom # 1 with the softest bed ever that’s exclusive only to Aruga by Rockwell.

Bedroom # 2! Ahh I miss that bed.

One of the two bathrooms in our suite.

For those on business trips, this serviced apartment also provides in-suite workstations as well as other business services like printing and fax services, etc.

Our view from the suite: Powerplant mall just across the street.

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Tagaytay City is such a breath of fresh air and is a haven for nature lovers wishing to just relax, take refuge, and take a breath of the cool and crisp mountainous air backed by a spectacular view of Taal volcano, the world’s smallest active volcano situated in a lake.

A view of Taal Volcano from Leslie’s restaurant in Tagaytay City.

Situated just about 2 hours drive south of Manila, this touristy city is a haven for Metro Manila residents who would regularly flock the area to relax and take a break after a long workweek, and also to indulge in sumptuous feasts in one of the many restaurants offering specialty cuisine and comfort food to travelers seeking calm and serenity.

The two hour road trip from Manila to Tagaytay City via the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

There are lots of accommodations available to tourists and travelers, but given its close proximity to Metro Manila, most would just opt for a day trip. I’ve recently gone on a day trip to Tagaytay City (right after New Year) with some of my friends, and the whole trip, coming from a person who lives in the metro, is so refreshing.

Stop 1: Take a quick break at one of the gas stations along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX)

A road trip that requires passing through the SLEX or NLEX (North Luzon Expressway) isn’t complete without taking a stop at one of the fully equipped gas stations along these routes. When I say fully equipped, I mean fully stacked with food supplies and numerous food options. Gas stations along these long routes are a different animal than those we’d regularly see in the metro. Here, gas stations are spacious and satisfying – much like an oasis in the midst of a vast desert.

At Petron gas station along SLEX.

A wide variety of eats, including Pancake House, Chatime, McDonald’s, and The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf are available to serve hungry travelers at Petron gas station along SLEX.

Stop 2: Go wakeboarding and Koi fish feeding at Nuvali park in Santa Rosa, Laguna

Along the way to Tagaytay is Nuvali park where one could do various activities, including wakeboarding (read about my blog post on wakeboarding at Republic Wakepark in Nuvali) and Koi fish feeding. If you want to go on a feeding frenzy with the fish, pellets are available at about PHP If you embarked on your road trip really early in the morning you could squeeze both in your itinerary.

Wakeboarding at Republic Wakepark in Nuvali.

Hungry Koi fish feeding at Nuvali park in Laguna. Funny how they would all try to get their own share of the pellets and just gobble them all up.

Stop 3: Lunch with a breathtaking view of Taal volcano at Bag of Beans in Tagaytay

One of my friends suggested that we had lunch at Bag of Beans, a quaint cafe & restaurant right along Aguinaldo Highway (contact number (046)4134356). You’ll immediately feel your senses loosening up once inside given its relaxing ambiance and the smell of freshly brewed kapeng Barako (Barako coffee), especially when looking at the remarkable view down the mountains into Taal lake. I particularly liked how homey this place felt – like visiting an old family friend in the province. The food was excellent and the selection of comfort food (especially their cheesecake) perfectly matches the airy and homey ambiance of this restaurant.

Bag of Beans along Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City.

The balcony at Bag of Beans – time to relax and marvel at the amazing view of Taal Lake.

View from the balcony of Bag of Beans Tagaytay.

Kapeng Barako for only PHP 105 (bottomless, PHP 135).

Grilled Salmon with Mango salsa – PHP 495. The one in this picture is actually just half a serving – one of my friends and I just had one order split in two.

Stop 4: Have coffee and enjoy a better view of Taal Volcano and Lake at Leslie’s Restaurant

I must admit Bag of Beans has a great view from its balcony, but there’s no doubt Leslie’s restaurant has a better, clearer, and awesome-er view. Also situated along Aguinaldo Highway (contact nos. (046)4130488 and 4131065), Leslie’s restaurant has always been a favorite amongst visitors, particularly because of its glorious (and one of the best) view of the natural wonder, and also because of its famous Bulalo (hot beef shank and marrow soup) that’s a perfect pairing with the crisp air of Tagaytay.

The perfect view of Taal from one of the kubos (nipa hut) at Leslie’s Restaurant in Tagaytay.

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Happy New Year! It was the first day of 2016 when my friends and I headed over to the scenic and crisp Tagaytay City for a whole day of road trip and adventure (see my Tagaytay road trip blog post here). We chanced upon Nuvali in Calamba, Laguna while on our way about an hour south of Manila and decided to check out the Republic Wakepark while we’re at it.

I’ve heard of Republic Wakepark a few times already from my other ‘sosyal’ colleagues but was never able to try this one out thinking it’s an all too expensive sports hobby. I was proved to be wrong when we first entered the lobby and saw how much their services were. Hmm, not bad. Basically, you can go wakeboarding all you can for 8 hours for only P995 (around US$20) – that is, if you have the energy to go for 8 hours straight. If you just wish to do some leisurely fun, a 2 hour unlimited pass for P475 will do. If you need more time, you can stay overnight at one of their suites at a reasonable price, with room rates as low as P2,500 per night. See below for complete pricing details (current as of posting date, visit their website to check for updates).

Price list of services at Republic Wakepark.

Price list of Republic Wakepark including equipment rentals, coaching sessions, and room rates.

I spoke with the front desk manager who mentioned that while equipment rentals are available for rent, beginners can borrow ‘beginner’ wakeboards for free (P500 deposit, refundable). Beginners can also have private ‘non-pro’ coaching sessions for free, they just have to ask front desk for this one.

The Republic Wakepark experience

Things are pretty straightforward at the lobby, where you register and pay for the services you want and get and return your rented equipment. A spectacular view from the lobby shows what awaits the guests. A wakeboard gear and equipment shop is also available at the lobby, in case you’d want one of your own and not rent at all.

A wakeboard gear and equipment shop is also available at the lobby, in case you’d want one of your own and not rent at all.

Right outside the lobby is the main area, where you are not only treated to the wakeboarding activities – there is also a bar and restaurant, a swimming pool, and a mini hotel for your accommodation. Sometimes they hold parties and events in the area, too.

Their version of a multipurpose hall (bar, restaurant, viewing deck, prep area for wakeboarding).

Wakeboarding gears and equipment are available for rent at Republic Wakepark.

Mini cottages with deluxe, standard, and premium suites surround the area.

Republic Wakepark also has a separate pool for those who’d like to just relax and unwind. There are times when the pool area is converted into a party place.

Then comes the most exciting part: the actual wakeboarding experience! At first I thought that there would be quite a queue, but there was virtually no line at all and you can just jump right in after the signal. So this is how the ‘unlimited’ thing works: you are given an RFID which starts ticking once you first jump in. You can go around the wakeboard park as many times as you wish as long as you can still hold on to the handle bar and as long as you can keep yourself skimming through the water and not submerging. If in case you let..

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