You probably have heard about CWC…

No?

If not, then let me share this post with you.

CWC stands for CamSur Watersports Complex – a fast-rising tourist destination in the heart of Bicol. Okay, CamSur is Camarines Sur ;)

Our first time to visit the watersports complex was in August 2007. Three years back. It was but a brief half-day tour for lunch, and a tour-demo of its wakeboarding facilities.

Impressive, no doubt.

Then last week of August this year, we found ourselves back at the complex – this time, staying there for 4D/3N. ;)

But we were out during the day (to Naga, Legazpi, Iriga, etc – another story) and only came back at the end of each day! :( Hence the photos shown here were all taken at low light :(

Anyway…

Camsur Watersports Complex, dubbed as “The Best Cable Park in the World,” is a unique watersports park designed for wakeboarding, wakeskating and waterskiing.

Local authorities are quick to claim it is now “the number 1 most-visited tourist destination in the Philippines!”

CWC offers a 6-point cable ski system which pulls riders at variable speeds around a huge man-made lagoon filled with the latest ramp “obstacles” of the sport.

They say it’s a take-off from an Australian inventor who sold the idea and had it materialized in the Philippines.

And they say it’s the biggest in Southeast Asia!

While CWC has various watersports facilities around the complex, it is the wakeboarding area or cable ski park which is the main attraction – for beginners to professional wakeboarders and skiers who visit it from all over the world.

The best riders (wakeboarders and wakeskaters) from all over go to CWC to ride, compete and party!

The cable park is well-lighted at night allowing riders to enjoy their favorite water sports until 9PM. Bars and cafes are open till 12MN. ;)

The main hub is the Clubhouse Restaurant and Bar. Around it are other smaller sand bars, spas, specialty shops, pro-shops and viewing grandstands.

CWC regularly plays host to major sports activities. Their latest major event was the IronMan 70.3 Philippines held August 23, 2010 (gosh, we missed this one!)

There are several swimming pools of various sizes around the complex. Other amenities include a Game Room (billiards, foos ball, air hockey), a basketball court, tennis courts, Fun House, the CamSur Skate Park, massage service and free WiFi connection. :)

They have various events – local, national and international, contests of all kinds , corporate parties, weddings, birthday celebrations, anniversaries, etc.

Celebrities of all kinds love to visit CWC – from movie/TV to music stars, to models and VIP guests from all over. It’s a common on-site shoot location for movie and TV productions.

Aside from the wakeboarding attraction, many go there plainly to hang out with friends and barkadas, to see and/or to be seen, or simply to make a brief stop-over while traveling.

There are other facilities in the complex which we were not able to visit due to lack of time – such as the Winch Park and the Aqua Park.

For accommodations/lodging, there are lots of options to choose from – ranging from mansion suites, to villas, wood cabins, cabanas, containers (yes! well-furnished air-conditioned container vans), the EcoVillage to their “Tiki” huts.

We stayed at one of the cabanas of Villa del Rey. Very comfortable, very quiet and very relaxing. :)

While free shuttle van transpo is available, you got to be ready to do a lot of walking to get around the complex. Good exercise, but could be troublesome for the elderly. :(

Getting there:

CWC is located at Pili, Camarines Sur – located in the central part of the Bicol Region, south of Metro Manila. It’s 30-40 minutes away by car from Naga City, the provincial capital. There are several daily flights of PAL, Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines from Manila to Naga Airport in Pili and to Legaspi City which is 2 hours away by bus.

Low budget? No probs! Head on to the nearest bus terminal. One can always motor to CWC via the Maharlika Highway which traverses thru Naga, Pili and Legazpi. ;)

Go, man!

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