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).
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.
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.
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 go of the handle bar and face plant your way down the waters (happened a lot when I was there), just swim your way back to the starting point and wait for your turn to jump in back to the waters. It’s a great feeling actually once you are able to gain traction and speed.
Should you wish to reserve or inquire, you may contact Republic Wakepark at:
Landline Phone: 049 559 4834 | 049 559-4835 | 049 559-4836
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