Kart Trak is located at the Space Port in Enchanted Kingdom. This ride is not included in the package so you have to pay additional P220/350 per person to be able to enjoy this 9-minute ride. Go as fast as you can. Best enjoyed with the other riders. Wearing of helmet is a must. Height requirement is at least 4' 6". Maybe one or two-seater. Waiver signature by the guardian for riders below 18 yrs old.
At Enchanted Kingdom, you will be provided with entertainment such as live band and dance show. The dance show is complete with costumes and props like fire-eating rituals done by the dancers. We took some pictures of the show.
Jungle Log Jam at EK offers exhilarating ride in the water. Expect to get soaking wet. You will slowly be ushered to the top. Then suddenly down you go. I didn't get to ride this but some said they enjoyed the ride very much.
Bump N' Splash at EK offers a thrilling ride. It's like a bump car in the water so prepare to get wet. I prefer the Dodgem (bump car) coz it's faster. It took us a long while to be able to ride the Bump N' Splash coz of the long queu.
Grand Carousel is at Victoria Park in Enchanted Kingdom. I took the ride several times, not being able to enjoy the more thrilling rides coz of faint heartedness. For P150, you will gain unlimited access to this ride. Applicable for all ages.
Enchanted Kingdom is an amusement park opened in 1995. It is located 10 km north of Calamba at Santa Rosa, which claims to be the country's first and only world-class theme park". Familiar sounding rides like the Space Shuttle, Jungle Log Jam, Wheel of Fate, and the 100-foot high Ferris Wheel are complemented by interactive displays, an archaeological dig and much more. Open Mon-Thu 2-9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am-10pm; admission Adult P500/600; Child P350/420. Child 35" and under are free. Carousel Special Pass P150 with access to Grand Carousel, Bumbling Boulders and Boulderville Express.
Pasyal Pinoy sa Enchanted Kingdom offers shuttle service and EK Day Pass to the Park for P700/800 per person. Pick-up point is Ayala Center Terminal.
El Cielito Inn in Sta. Rosa also offers EK packages for P3600/3900.
Laguna is an important center for traditional Philippine handicrafts, one of the most important of which are the woodcarving and paper mache industries of Paete. We roam around the shops and took some photos of their paper mache products done beautifully and artistically.
Paete town is a community of skillful artisans popular for its woodcarvings. It is the best known Philippine centre for wood carving in ebony. Their products are cheap. For P150, I was able to buy a beautiful souvenir item, a home decor.
Paete Church is the other attraction of the town of Paete aside from its wood carving & paper mache. It is an old church that dates back to the Spanish times. It sustained major damages in the earthquakes of 1884 and 1937.
Pagsanjan Rapids Hotel has nice views at the back. It is where guests embark on a boat ride to the falls. It's relaxing to just sit at the balcony located at the rear end of the hotel and watch the coming and going of the bancas carrying the tourists to the falls. In the late afternoon with nothing to do, I just lay back, listen to my MP4 music and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Japanese Memorial Garden is a memorial to the Japanese soldiers who died in WWII in and around Pagsanjan. It was created by the Japanese Government in memory of its many soldiers who perished during the bloody encounters at the end of the war. It is rumored to contain the remains of their commander, General Yamashita. This place is huge and has nice scenery overlooking the lake. It looks more like a park than a cemetery.
Caliraya Reservoir is a massive artificial lake with resorts like Sierra Lakes and Lake Caliraya Country Club featuring water skiing and windsurfing. It is man-made, perched lake and a popular place for water sports lovers. Various resorts can be found around the lake. Mount Banahaw makes a beautiful backdrop against the lake.
A trip to Pagsanjan is an obvious must on every Philippine tour itinerary. The last section of Francis Ford Coppolas's Vietnam War film Apocalypse Now was filmed here. The falls are only part of Pagsanjan's attractions; it's the river trip through the picturesque tropical gorge which is the real drawing card. Cost P740 per person including the raft ride. Tips to banqueros are expected.
I truly enjoyed rafting to the falls. The whole thing took a couple of minutes only in order to accommodate the other tourists. The experience is exhilarating. You can feel the impact of the falls on your head. Upon reaching the falls, we had a quick swim. The shallow water is cool but just right after the heat of the boat ride. It's so refreshing. Life jackets are provided for both the boat & raft rides.
Two banqueros will paddle you upstream against the strong current in a banca. It's a feat of strength which taxes even two men paddling together. You come downstream at a thrilling speed. Shooting the rapids is at its most exciting in August and September, when the river is high. It's harder for the banqueros if there's less water especially during summer as can be seen in the photos. Don't hold on too tightly to the sides of the boat and keep your hands inside or your fingers may get crushed. Use a plastic bag to keep your camera dry.
Tips may be requested, even demanded vehemently by the banqueros. Better book the boat rides through your hotel. At Jollibee, we were approached by locals offering us as low as P400. They claim that they are cheaper than booking done through the hotel. But I think it's more secure with the hotel. We gave a tip to the banqueros for P50/banqueros, a total of P400 for 8 of them but they claim it's not enough. We told them it's a bonus coz we paid much at the hotel already.