Many wakeboarders come to the Philippines and go straight to Camarines Sur, known for its Wakeboard Park, Lago del Ray. And why not? The province is also full of beautiful, rugged beaches, mysterious caves and island secret spots (think Survivor series, because a few International ones were shot here), and easy to get to if you’re flying in from another country. Besides, the party buzz is all there at the Park, with crowds of buff and beautiful people coming to show off, or just observe.
However, if you live in Manila, an easier option may be to drive two and a half hours over to Calatagan, Batangas. Here, you’ll find the original Wakeboard Park, Lago de Oro. It’s a private cable park built on farmland, and perfect for beginners. A little simpler, a little quieter, and a little easier to access. You can come and go in a day, or stay the night in the resort, have a room-service massage, eat brick-oven pizza and buy cold cuts to take home. I was told this is where Governor LRay (who put up the park in Cam Sur) actually learned to wakeboard.
For other fun stuff, below are the prices.
We went last week for their 7th Perpetual Wakeboard Competition, to shoot an episode for Living Asia Channel. During the after party, my colleague won a raffle, joined the I Dare You game, and got a free IPod. Can’t say I wasn’t jealous!
Learn more about Lago de Oro Cable Ski Park and Resort at http://lago-de-oro.com
Or take the drive to: National Highway, Balibago,4215 Calatagan, Batangas