Our first fun-filled water enjoyment in Splash Island was dated Feb. 25, 2000 in celebration of Paolo’s third birthday. Entrance fee that time was P250 for the adults and P190 for kids below 3 feet. Fortunately, we have no photo souvenir because of camera malfunction. But everyone especially Paolo had enjoyed so much. Eleven years after, we’re back in the ultimate Water Adventure Fun Park in the Philippines.
For a Trivia. Splash Island is situated in Southwoods Ecocentrum, Binan, Laguna. It is an exciting water world in a 7.5 hectare area with a maximum capacity of 6,000 guests. It has 17 thrilling attractions, the reason why we opted to go back for a despedida treat to my sister’s husband, Noel before he goes back to Israel. It took us one hour travel time coming from Pasay City to Splash Island. The parking area was already packed by vehicles when we arrived at 10 am. Parking fee-P50.
Bringing of food is not allowed inside. Before we enter, we energized ourselves with my yummy home-made egg sandwich (which coincided to same food we ate in our first visit) delighted by a refreshing cold orange juice.
Getting Inside: Free cottages are on first come first serve basis. Since we were late, we had no choice but to stay under party tents with mono block tables and chairs mingled with other families. There are small cabanas (P500) but all those nearest our desired attractions were all occupied. We were near The Harbor where volleyball area, the entertainment stage and Agos Grandes were located.
Mama chose to stay for she will take care of our little Rion. The excited creatures initially took shower and started to have fun. There were banners with park schedule of the water attractions like our top 3 favorites, Magellan’s Drop, King Pilipit and Rio Montanosa. There were maps too so you’ll not get stressed locating your target destination.
Tausug Trail. Our first ride. The 8-shaped life buoy can accommodate one to two persons. There was no machine generated tube to bring it up like that of Rio Montanosa. My sister was my partner. It was strenuous carrying up the life buoy to the base but our effort was paid off as we frolicked the back to back twirl in a 360-degree turns in multiple curves. What’s more exciting was the fast slide in plunging down the pool. It took us three slides before we say, “let’s stop and proceed to the next”.
Balsa River. This is where we enjoyed a gentle river ride in a big life saver as we tour around the park. Shen had a wonderful time and I love seeing her smile as she and her daddy kept splashing water with each other. It took us twenty minutes before we returned to the starting point.
We ate our lunch in the restaurant near our table. The food was quite delicious but expensive as well as the refreshments. There was no drinking water for free, at least to lessen the expenses (whew!). After a heavy meal, we went back to our table and enjoyed listening to the songs from a boy band performing on stage.
Rio Montanosa is a mountain high river raft ride and one of our favorites. I was so thrilled in our first ride here. Pao was so little then, but he never got scared even a bit. Shen had that same excitement like his big brother as we twisted, turned, shouted and laughed. Our final drop plunged us fast into the pool. So exciting and fun! This is recommended for a family for this is not a scary ride. We took this thrilling attraction twice.
Magellan’s Drop. This is the most anticipated ride we’ve been waiting for and all our first time. Our favorite to the max! This has four level slides where riders lie flat facing downward in a thin rubber board racing their way to the pool. Shen was left in the table with my momsie because she was afraid to try this attraction. Pao, Miko and Pol, the ever courageous buddies hit the first batch, followed by Gi and Noel. My hubby and I were the last. First it was really scary but then the adrenalin rush drove away my fear as I race down into the pool level. Wow! What a great slide we had! I found out that this was the most thrilling and fun ride. Three slides weren’t enough for a heart-stopping adventure. Bitin!
King Pilipit wasn’t operational. Zipline (P150) and Wall Climbing (P50) are new attractions which we never tried because we were after water activities. Pao now a teen-ager was in his cousin’s company where they enjoyed going back to Tausug Trail and Magellan’s Drop.
My hubby and I accompanied our little girl in kiddie pool, the Water Wahoo, an interactive ankle-level pool where Shen enjoyed wading and sliding.
Agos Grandes is the biggest swimming pool in this water park, packed with bathers because of the mechanically generated waves. The area had a beach ambiance because of the brown sand and coconut trees. This is where we spent most of our time in the afternoon. Playing with the waves was really full of fun. Kids took fun in splashing water to zipline rider as it passed atop the swimming area. With or without waves, this is where we enjoyed our swimming activity.
Later in the afternoon, a group of young ethnic performers danced gracefully on the floor. This is another new activity that livened up the crowd’s mood.
When it’s about to take a shower, I saw the weak flow of water in the big shower room. Seeing girls queuing for their turn, we headed to the public shower and had our final rinse there. I hope the management could take an appropriate action on this matter.
It was getting dark when we packed-up. Of course, we will not leave without any souvenirs at hand. I bought 2 key-chains (P45 each) one for me and one for Pao.
We never had the chance to try all the attractions. Some were not operational maybe because it was under a maintenance check. Foods were quite expensive.
Anyway, my husband and I enjoyed Magellan’s Ride. Shen, Rion and Mama enjoyed the Agos Grandes. Pao enjoyed all as well as Gi, Noel, Miko and Pol.
We all had fun, so to speak.
P500 for the adult
P400 for kids, 3 ft below and senior citizens.
In Getting There:
Through public transportation -There were buses, JAM, Pacita Liner, Dela Rosa Bus Liner, in Buendia Terminal with signboard San Pedro/Pacita Complex. Alight at Jollibee Pacita and take a tricycle going to Splash Island.
Through private vehicles – take South Luzon Expressway, turn right to Southwood Exits (you will pass by St. Agustine Church) then follow the directional signage going to Splash Island. Enjoy!