(SPOT.ph) How many times have you wished that the Philippines had its own version of the game shows Wipeout or American Ninja Warrior? The obstacle course may be challenging, but imagine slaying it out there before getting wiped out. Luckily, huge floating playgrounds have sprung up on our shores—complete with giant slides, human launchers, wobbly platforms, and trampolines.
Ready to make a splash?
Lower Kalaklan, Olongapo, Zambales
Rates start at P499 (one hour)
Inflatable Island, dubbed as the Philippines' largest floating playground, is the size of eight basketball courts put together. And that's just the main area! In March 2018, the water park added Giant Unicorn Island which features colorful inflatables and cute-looking characters for its younger guests. (Adults can play too, of course!)
Alviera, Porac Access Road, Porac, Pampanga
Rates start at P250 (exclusive of entrance)
Not your regular inflatable water park, SandBox's Splash Tub—which opened in June—brings things to a competitive level with its 11-part obstacle course that can accommodate two challengers at a time. This head-to-head competition called "Aqua Dash" also lets you win exciting prizes when you have the best finishing time for the month.
Rates start at P990 (one hour)
Club Balai Isabel is known for offering front-row seats to a panoramic view of Taal Lake and nearby Binintiang Malaki—often mistakenly identified as the actual Taal Volcano. In May 2017, the luxurious resort opened the all-white CBI Aqua Park, which can be enjoyed by both walk-in and checked-in guests. A rate of P990 includes the use of resort facilities and one-hour use of the floating playground, but you can throw in an extra P860 to have your lunch and snacks all taken care of. Guests staying at the resort can avail of a one-hour Aqua Park pass for P450.
Buri Inflatable Water Park
Buri Island, Barangay Estaka, Catbalogan, Samar
Rates start at P199 (two hours)
Eastern Visayas' very own floating water park opened to the public in September 2017. Aside from the usual giant slides and trampolines, guests can also enjoy taking photos by the cute floaties (read: huge donut!) or trying out the banana boat and zorb ball.
Waterpark Adventure Philippines
Nasugbu-Ternate Highway, Nasugbu, Batangas
Rates start at P599 (two hours)
Opened in January, Waterpark Adventure Philippines makes sure that it follows the tropical theme with its colors of red, green, and yellow. Inflatable palm trees are also found in every corner to complete the beach #feels.
Barangay Calayo, Nasugbu, Batangas
Rates start at P200 (two hours, lean season)
MB Cove, a 4,000-square-meter resort in Nasugbu, is best for large groups looking for a day-long getaway. Their largest table that comes with a tent can fit up to 18 people (P2,500), perfect for pigging out after an hour or so at the inflatable playground. There are no rooms for overnight stays but you can set up camp by the beach.
Poblacion, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
Rates start at P888 (two hours)
Guimaras Island may be well known for having some of the sweetest mangoes in the world, but it is now also the home of a luxurious resort with a blue-and-white water park. Just opened in December 2017, Andana Resort offers the classiest suites and rooms that are perfect for the stylish traveler.
Kamia Bay Island Adventure
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Rates start at P788 (one hour)
Apart from island-hopping and a visit to the Underground River, you can also find a floating water park in Palawan. Try out Kamia Bay Resort's floating water park, which is about the size of Subic Bay's Inflatable Island. Its crème de la crème is a 40-foot giant slide that will surely test your limits during the climb. Don't worry though, fees are inclusive of a sumptuous buffet lunch.
*All rates are for walk-in guests.