Naga | Things to Love (and Hate) About CWCWednesday, December 12, 2012Ryan Mach
Disclaimer: This is mostly a positive post about CWC so don't be turned off by the seemingly unflattering title.
The thing about having low expectations is that there's less room for frustration. Because there's nothing to meet and almost nothing to lose, you just try and go for it without worrying about finding the whole thing a complete waste of time or money. With such mindset, you're predisposed to see the negative side so you're quite surprised when you experience something delightful.
That's more or less the case with my Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC) experience. You see, I wasn't really psyched to try wakeboarding. Not exactly sure why, I guess it just didn't tickle my fancy. Or perhaps it's too mainstream for my taste and me having a tendency to be little anti-populist sometimes kind of saw it rather unappealing. Other than the fact that CWC attracts a lot of tourists and that it features an exciting activity called wakeboarding, I knew so little about this cable park.
The side trip at CWC was second to the last item in our Caramoan itinerary (dinner at Bigg's being the last one). We particularly saved half a day for it so
Vibe and Crowd
But we were (fortunately) wrong. We could practically count the number of people near the reception area adjacent the lake where professional wakeboarders showed off their skills.
"O, wala naman palang tao ah," I said to no one in particular. "Hindi dito ang pang-beginners," someone replied.
After paying Php665 (500 for deposit which is refundable; 165 for the hourly wakeboard rental) at the counter and changing into a more comfortable outfit, we carried our things and strolled in a leisure pace to the beginners' lake located about 500 meters from the reception area.
Turned out that we were the only group to wakeboard that time. The beginners' lake was virtually visitors-free. Sweet! It only meant one awesome thing - no need to wait an hour for our turn. Without wasting time, we formed a line at the platform on one end of the lake and started the fun.
Small Lake, Murky Water
Our wakeboarding experience was satisfying and immensely fun. Because we were the only group that time, we all each had at least 5-6 turns. The first few tries were kind of disappointing for most of us but we eventually got the hang of it, although some didn't manage to advance more than 5 feet from the platform.
A number of people started joining the queue as we were in our last 20 minutes. Since we were all having fun, we considered extending our time but we were worried that we couldn't make it to the last bus trip to Manila. We decided to continue the fun some other day instead (Lago, or Nuvali).
Shooting the Breeze, Enjoying the View
CWC is a semi-high end sports and water complex sprawled across a vast field with a picturesque view of Mt. Isarog in the background. It's basically a resort and a sports complex rolled in one. With the variety of activities it offers, guests can choose the type of fun they fancy. Fun pretty much comes in different forms.
Needless to say, wakeboarding at CWC was a perfect way to cap off our CamSur adventure.