When planning for a trip, to a resort or anywhere else, one not just has to take into consideration the money to be spent but also any rules to be followed upon arriving at the destination. You don't want to waste time preparing burger patties and barbecued meat to grill with your friends, only to discover you have to leave them in the car (or throw them away if you'll be staying more than a day) because resort rules prohibit bringing food inside. Such a rule exists at Island Cove. They have restaurants, of course, along with many other facilities inside, but you might find their prices unreasonable, especially if you consider that despite being an already very popular destination some areas inside and in its immediate vicinity are not so well-maintained. Also, Island Cove has strict requirements for swimming attire: bikinis only for women, and no shirts for both genders—something the conservative might not like.
Cherry's Pavilion is the most affordable of the Kawit resort trio. You can bring food and drinks (non-alcoholic, of course) and they don't require any specific sort of swimming attire. The place, however, is very small, with only two pools, and the water, shall we say, does not stay clean very long.
Water Camp enforces the same rules as Cherry's Pavilion, except they don't allow breakable plates, glasses and bottles inside, which isn't really a big deal. Less than 5 minutes away from Cherry's, the resort is much cleaner and everything is reasonably priced. Despite those pros, however, whenever my high school friends and I would spontaneously plan to go swimming somewhere nearby, they would always agree on Cherry's Pavilion. It's still a mystery to me.
|Water Camp's new pool, added early this year|
My family and I decided to revisit Water Camp on Good Friday, and though the place was packed as expected, the addition of a large pool and more umbrellas, huts and villas ensured that it didn't feel so crowded. The new pool had slides and a mini-wave area that activated every 15 minutes—someplace other than the 160-meter lazy river I was able to enjoy.
|The new pool's mini-wave area (excuse the lifeguard with his makeshift cap and the silly lady with her makeshift umbrella)|
Pool water cleanliness was maintained splendidly throughout the day. I only have one small suggestion, and I'm sure everyone who has ever been to Water Camp would be in agreement: bring back the lazy river salbabidas! It used to be so much fun racing to snatch them from complete strangers who were done with them!
|Water Camp's lazy river...sans the resort-provided life preservers|
The restaurant-resort complex certainly has improved a lot since it opened in 1966, from simply being the Josephine Restaurant which my family and I would pass by en route to the Tabon public cemetery every first of November, to Water Camp which was the result of the incorporation of the latest in resort park trends in 1999. Hopefully the improvements don't stop there.
Just a reminder, however: if you do visit Water Camp, or any other resort for that matter, do apply sunscreen of the highest available SPF (I hear it's 110 now). You don't want your skin to be baked like this:
Not my arm, by the way (notice the spaghetti strap), though it's that of someone I know. But we can all still learn a lesson from it.
Visit http://www.watercampresort.com/ for more information about Water Camp. I wasn't paid to blog about this, but here's to hoping this will convince my friends that Water Camp is the better choice, not Cherry's Pavilion, the next time we go swimming somewhere nearby.