Saturday, April 21, 2007

Family Getaway @ Camayan Beach Resort, Subic Bay

The Camayan Beach Resort is located amidst the exquisite and tranquil ocean and forest of Subic Bay. The Resort is managed by Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium (SBME), Inc., the operator of Ocean Adventure, so you’re guaranteed the same quality of service that you enjoy at our park! This beach was formerly known as Miracle Beach, before SBME assumed management. The beach has been open to the public since December 2002 and two years later, a hotel was built, which opened for service in July 2005. The hotel itself sits near the beach with ocean views from each room. The hotel, beach and other activities are blended into the natural environment. The rooms are decorated in a simple elegance with a natural and local flavor. The rooms feature two queen size beds, cable TV, air conditioning and a ceiling fan. They also have a good size bathroom.

The Camayan Beach Resort provides excellent services that will make your stay relaxing, enjoyable and exciting! Relax in a comfortable cabana, enjoy good food and drinks at the bar and restaurant, learn how to dive, get a relaxing massage and swim or snorkel under the watchful eyes of our beach life guard. The Coral Cove Bar and Grill is a perfect place to enjoy a cool drink and a relaxing meal. The views out across Subic Bay or looking out at the South China Sea are breath taking even more so as the sun sets over the mountains and the Bay. The beach is one of the best in the area and stretches beyond the end of the resort. The size of the beach and it distant location means a less crowded experience and the chance to “sneak off” for a romantic walk. At night, if a guest is lucky and very quiet they might have the rare experience of watching a sea turtle lay its eggs or perhaps be near by when the hatchlings head to the water.

The dive center at Camayan is in an incredible location. Located directly on the beach it is only minutes from some of the areas best dive sites. While none of the dive centers are more than 30 minutes away from all the wrecks and reefs, this center have a number of sites at its front door. The El Capitan is located directly in front of Ocean Adventure, while the LST is also just two or three minutes away, Grande Island with the San Quentin, barges and reef dive sites are just across the small straight. Hidden Beach reef and others are just a kilometer to the south. You can also arrange a dive with the trained whales of Ocean adventure.

At Ocean Adventure you will also get a chance to witness a spectacular display of mammal behavior with the dolphin, false killer whale and sea lion shows staged in open water amidst a beautiful horizon of blue sea and mountain ranges. Ocean Adventure is proud to announce a most exciting program - Dive with the Whales. There’s no other like it in the world. Join their false killer whales in their natural, open water home for a special, intimate, underwater experience you’ll never forget. Your adventure starts with a personalized presentation on the individual whales you’ll be meeting. You’ll learn about their behavior, physiology, and abilities. We’ll describe their physical characteristics and individual personalities so you become an instant expert on identifying each animal. Then it’s on to the lagoon for your 30 minute interaction with the whales. You’ll touch them, swim with them, explore their underwater world together, and appreciate how gentle and playful they truly are. When you resurface you’ll pose with the whales and get one final hug, all captured on film for a lasting memory. So, make your reservations today, and dive right in. The whales are waiting!

I can highly recommend this place if you want your getaway to be somewhat private and relaxing for the whole family and at the same time a truly enjoyable and unforgetable trip for the kids. Rather than going to some crowded, noisy and annoying beach resorts. Ocean Adventure is a wondrous way to spend the day. If time permits, you can also drop by to Zoobic Safari which is just along the forest of Subic bay and is just along the way.

Click HERE to see more of our Subic adventure!

The resort is located at:
Camayan Wharf
West Ilanin Forest Area
Subic Bay Freeport Zone 2222

For more information and reservations: Call Camayan Beach Resort at (047) 252 8000 or the Manila Sales Office at (02) 638 2281 - 82 or 633 4185

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

A magical experience @ Enchanted Kingdom!

This was my fourth to fifth times i think to be in this well-known theme park in the Phils. The park is still in its best shape and still filled with those heart-pumping rides like Anchores Away and the ultimate Space Shuttle and some more additional rides to try. And not to mention those park entertainers dressed-up in different costumes wandering around the park as you feel like your in hollywood. I just noticed that the park's interior should already needs a paint job. Those colorful walls & whitish park floor is already fading. But then, this place is still a hit especially for the kids. Thousands of people are still heading south of Manila to spend a day of fun-filled relaxation and adventurous excitement within the American-style walls of the Enchanted Kingdom, a 17-hectare theme park located in the outskirts of Sta. Rosa, Laguna (south of Manila).

Enchanted Kingdom, a short five-minute ride from the Sta. Rosa Tollgate of South Luzon Expressway, brings the closest version of Disney-type leisure in the country. The theme park, managed and operated by Amtrust Leisure Corporation (ALC), offers thrilling rides like Grand Carousel, Flying Fiesta, Rialto, Space Shuttle, Log Jam, Wheel of Fate, Condor, Up Up and Away, Roller Coaster, Anchors Away, Dodgem, Stone Eggs, Air Pterodactyl, Swan boats, and Bump n Splash.

Aside from the rides, the Enchanted Kingdom also charms its visitors with various treats such as the fireworks show every weekend, dance presentation by the park’s in-house talents, theater shows, seasonal shows, well-manicured gardens, classic American brownstone facades and establishments, and a variety of characters and mascots led by the Wizard.The Enchanted Kingdom is about 26 kilometers from Makati City or about an hour travel by car. A point-to-point bus shuttle service is available from Makati City to the Enchanted Kingdom and back. Seats are on a first-come-first-served basis.

Click here for more info about rates and schedules.

And here to check out our EK family photo album.

Contact EK:
Enchanted Kingdom Inc.,
G/F Tropical Palms Condominium,
103 dela Rosa St., Legaspi Village,
Makati City 1226
Telephone Numbers: (632) 830-2111 to 17

Monday, April 16, 2007

8 Waves Waterpark, San Rafael Bulacan

One of the best resort within the vicinity of Bulacan. Sam enjoyed the kiddie pools as well as the different waves from the wave pool. The manmade water wave is really realistic, you can really feel like you're experiencing a real waves at the sea. This resort is very ideal for family especially for kids that enjoys very much.It's really an experience to remember and we'll sure to come back.This waterpark resort started with a dream of the owners way back in 1998 to offer to the community a place where the family could get together more often while having leisure and fun. The concept of a leisure park that would be very affordable to all people of different walks of life which its facilities would be at par with the international standards of providing recreation to the family.

Indeed from the very beginning, the management has been very optimistic on providing every guest an "experience"- such experience to be noted as "unique" in the sense that he/she would feel not only satisfied but as well as delighted everytime he or she leaves the place. From the Noah’s Arc at the kiddie pool, to the Neptune’s Diner, every guest is promised an unforgettable experience. From the imaginative minds of eight (8) managers/co-owners of the Corporation - The young, talented, dynamic descendants of the owners, and from the regular tedious meetings of board members for almost a year and a half has finally materialized, 8 Waves Waterpark was conceived in July, 2000 in the province of Bulacan, in the town of San Rafael. Surely, every BulakeƱo will be proud of 8 Waves Waterpark - the biggest wave pool attraction in the country today.

8 Waves waterpark has been called "8 Waves" for two (2) reasons: (1) the Owner has 8 children, and , (2) the Main Attraction - The Wave Pool - creates "8 Kinds of Waves" namely:
Diamond Waves
Vertical Waves
Single Rolling Waves
Double Rolling Waves
Inverted Waves
Right Diagonal Waves
Left Diagonal Waves

Amenities and Features
8 Waves Waterpark offers different amenities and features for guests satisfaction. These are the following:
2, 788.52 Sq. m. Wave pool, 469.87 Sq. m. Kiddie pool with Noah’s Ark slide, Lap pool, Three (3) Hydro-jet Bubble pools, Foodcourt (Neptune’s Diner), Function Hall, 9-hole Mini-golf, Volleyball Court, 2 Hectares of parking area, Billiards,
Playground, Souvenir Shop, Clinic, Spacious Bamboo huts, steel cottages & Pool umbrellas.
Address D.R.T. Highway, UlingaoSan Rafael, BulacanPhilippines 3008
Phone (+63) (44) 766-5268 / 766-5936 Telefax (+63) (44) 766-5272
Manila Line: (02) 299-8234 Manila Telefax: (02) 742- 0063
Visit for the waterpark sked and rates, hotel rates (for overnight stay-in) and reservations.