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Amana Waterpark: A summer fun adventure!

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Everyone in the Philippines seems twitching with the unbelievably boiling temperature. The morning sun, which suppose to spread a magnificent golden glow and provides a beautiful head start, turns out to be an annoying jerk of another agonizing day.

Who would not be peeved with the intense summer heat? It’s terribly provoking! But you know guys we are not God and we cannot just switch season as we please, the only thing we can control is our views and choices so let’s choose to be happy and chill somewhere, wohoho!!

And yeah, it’s not simply to chill but to go somewhere for a fun adventure, discover a new travel destination and have fun. It's not necessarily a beach destination or a regular swimming pool escape, I’ve had enough with those and I want to try something different like a waterpark with a wave pool and amusing amenities, it has to be unique, really unique and imaginative!

So two weeks ago, I made tons of searching activities in the web reducing my interest to “waterpark with a wave pool”, and my search landed me on several waterpark resorts in the country but one destination caught my attention due to its exciting facilities and excellent reviews from other travelers – AMANA WATERPARK in Bulacan.

The Jurassic water world theme in Amana waterpark

And yes! It was...

Last May 2, me and my travel buddy, Rowena Tagaan, went there and OMG! It was really the place I've been looking for to spice up my unbearable summer blues due to severe heat. Anaconda greeted us the moment we entered the place and not far from the garden, there was Batman yaaay!

This resort offers not only the wonders of themed swimming pools and wavepool but also installed several life-sized figures of TV and movie-inspired characters such as the pack of Avengers, Justice League, Dragon ball, disney and marvel characters.

Its themed pools are really fantastic, it will bring back the child in you! There are seven themed pools and two of these are indoor, designs and themes according to themes: Madagascar, Avatar, Jurassic world, Fairy tale. Rowie and I kept moving around to try everything. 

We hopped in from one pool to another like kids then climbed the stairs going to the top of the wave pool, went down again to pose for pictures with life-sized characters. 

The travel from Metro Manila to Sta.Maria, Bulacan is just less than an hour so it's not really stressful. 

How we got there?

From Farmer's market in Cubao, we boarded the Del Carmen bus for Sta. Maria, Bulacan, and since it was weekend, the road was not crammed with heavy traffic, the ride was very smooth and less than an hour later we arrived in Sta. Maria. We disembarked in Waltermart and hired a tricycle for Amana Water park. The travel took 20 minutes. Bus fare is only Php45.00 but the tricycle is a bit expensive, it's Php120.00 for a single ride, we divided this into two. The tricycle capacity is good for 3.

Rowie with the Avengers! These figures are located in front of the Wave pool

For walk-in visitors, fees for cottage and entrance are collected separately. The first line will be for cottage. We chose the modern umbrella because we're only two and what a luck! The one given to us was just located in front of the wave pool.
Oh look at that! He looked like a real man :-D

Upon entering the place, we were greeted with elements of fun and excitement. Life-sized figures of movie-inspired characters are all over the place! Cool!! After taking our breakfast with the food we brought, we started exploring the area, checking each corner and trying to discover what stuff are more amusing. There's a house of Shrek also and slides at the twin pools.

This is one of the two indoor pools. The theme of this pool is Fairy tale!

Oh I love the themed swimming pools, it made me to leap in excitement, weew! I’ve never been into a waterpark that offers a diverse design and style of a modern themed swimming pool. Awesome overload!

Aside from these beautiful themed pools, Amana waterpark also offers visitors with several avenues to create photo memories but you should stretch you patience because every area of the life-sized film characters is fully packed and waiting for your turn takes a while, so you must give others a facial expression that you've been there like ages ago to pose for pictures, so that, you know, they will get your message and will give in :-P

For people who love the adrenalin rush, there’s a zip line adventure that whisks riders up, up and away. The adventure provides a panoramic view of the waterpark.

The wave pool that produces a tsunami-like wave!
We got so scared plunging at this area because we did not have any floaters
so we just viewed the fun and thrill and took pictures

The wave pool produces a wave that measures up to 10 feet high and for a limited period of time, towards the afternoon or close to evening, it will present a tsunami-like wave that would really elicit a different level of excitement among adventurous people. 

Within the ground of the Jurassic water world theme
The figure at my back looked like a real dinosaur! What do you think? :-D

Just like in a normal amusement park, the resort has several stations for food and refreshment. It has a souvenir’s shop and a small garden at the entrance area. The largest area among these themed swimming pools is the Jurassic water world which has its own ground and pavilions and lots of dinosaur elements complete with roaring sounds.

The following details are taken from the resort's website

Thumbs up for this waterpark:

  • Themed swimming pools – very cool, modern, attractive and magnificent.
  • TV/movie-inspired characters – Everyone seems could not be contented with these figures, the Avengers area most especially is always filled up and hard to spot a chance to take pictures. It's quite difficult to freely pose here unless you let others know you are already irritated standing and waiting for your turn!
  • The pool area shower thing - Each swimming pool station has its own shower and each goes to the theme. Most of these pool showers are designed under marine life elements like octopus and dolphins.
  • Cleanliness – The resort is well-maintained and everything is in order especially when it comes to waste management, collecting garbage and orderliness.
  • Choices on cottages – Visitors can choose from modern umbrella to themed pavilions and open cottages which come in a separate theme inspired by popular holiday destinations in the Philippines: Palawan, Tagaytay, Baler, Bohol, Baguio, Calatagan, Vigan, Batanes and Camiguin. 
  • Adventure and amusement – Zip line adventure. Horseback riding. Then there's a Maxrider for tech savvy fanatics.

Thumbs down for this waterpark:

As with everything in this world, well, nothing is perfect, Amana’s bad side is the shower/CR area. It has a very limited units/number of rooms, so limited that when it was our time to wash and change clothes, we found ourselves stuck in a line that seemed did not move! Arggh. 

It was almost 5:00 in the afternoon and we still need to catch a ride back to Manila so what we did was look for a vacant shower in the swimming pool area, washed ourselves in an open view with other visitors!

Well, if you are in a hurry and there’s no way a current situation can provide you comfort, do not be annoyed, just get things done, be practical and take a little adventure like taking a bath outdoor in front of the roving eyes of other people. Just think of the homeless who have nothing in their lives, not even a bathroom of their own, and yet endured everything.

So that was it, we washed our bodies, applied shampoo and soap, in an open shower, much to the amusement of other visitors haha! And wait, our adventure did not end there, remember that there’s no available bathroom or enclosed space to change clothes So we did a very practical action like real adventurers. There's a two-story house near our area with an open space on the ground, we moved closer to the wall of the kitchen, me and Rowie took turn holding a shawl to cover our naked bodies while taking off our wet swimwear attire and changed clothes. And we did it! We changed clothes and fixed ourselves even before one person could finish taking up shower.

Amana Waterpark’s policies are not overtly strict. Unlike other resorts that require visitors to wear only swim wear, in Amana, visitors can freely wear something they find comfortable provided the attire has no metal embellishments. Visitors can freely bring food and water but soft drinks and liquors have corresponding corkage fees.

How to Get There:

If you are a commuter from Metro Manila, the easiest way to reach Amana Waterpark is through a bus ride. Go to Farmer’s market in Cubao or Trinoma, look for a bus that has a route to Sta. Maria, Bulacan, tell the driver or conductor to drop you off at Waltermart in Sta. Maria. From there, you may ride a tricycle going to Amana Waterpark.

Travel time from Metro Manila to Sta. Maria, Bulacan is less than hour during light traffic. From Sta. Maria to Amana by tricycle, travel time is only 20 minutes.

How to Book your stay or tour?
They accept walk-in visitors but if you want to book in advance for your accommodation, you may visit their website HERE.

Zip line rates are the following: Php150.00 one way, Php250.00 two ways

Bus from Metro Manila to Sta. Maria (airconditioned) – Php 45.00
Tricycle ride from Waltermart in Sta. Maria to Amana – Php120.00 (single ride and good for 3 persons)

Amana Waterpark
Santisima St., Bagong Barrio, Pandi, Bulacan, Philippines

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