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    Laguna Lake Bamboo Rafting Fun in Paete Wawa Park

    A new facility currently enjoyed by locals of Paete, Laguna offers a ride on balsa (bamboo rafts) at the lakeshore park, called Wawa Park, where one can relax, enjoy the fresh air, eat snacks while floating on the waters of Laguna Lake.

    Officially called Wawa Bayshore and Refreshment Park, it's a project of the local club of mandaragat (fishermen, fisherfolks and lakeshore community) and supported by the local government of Paete.

    the entrance sign of the fishing wharf cum refreshment park

    houses on stilts asiahouse on stilts with bamboo footpath

    A small canteen, made of bamboo, serves sandwiches and refreshments (at mass market prices), but no fresh buko juice, something Tutubi suggested to the people manning the store, as well as other Paete delicacies and specialties like minani.



    Alcoholic drinks are not allowed there, just family-oriented fun, a step in the right direction, actually.

    Life vests, for safety, are available for free to boat riders and rafters. Note: Laguna Lake is actually shallow, only about a meter deep, and murky but does not stink like most people think.




    Rates:

    Entrance fee to enter the wharf (house on stilts) is a measly PhP5.00 while another PhP5.00 needed to board the bamboo rafts for 30 minutes.

    To rent out the wharf either to just stay, eat or belt out songs on the videoke, you need to pay PhP20.00 for the first 3 hours plus PhP10.00 for every hour thereafter (rate per person).

    To get a boat ride to tour you around Laguna Lake, it's PhP50.00 for the first 3 hours and PhP15.00 for every hour thereafter (per person rate).

    Note, these rates do not distinguish between locals, tourists and even foreigners, and are actually cheap, so next time you drop by Paete, particularly early morning and late afternoon, you will find many people hanging out there.

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 6:09 PM,

    9 Comments:

    At Apr 26, 2011, 1:43:00 PM, Anonymous witsandnuts said...

    I must try this the next time I'm home!

     
    At Apr 26, 2011, 1:46:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    witsandnuts, do let me know if you're home, i might be able to show you around my hometown :P

     
    At Apr 27, 2011, 12:14:00 AM, Blogger carlotta1924 said...

    wow! this is something to look forward to on the next road trip. btw, is the 3 hours enough to tour the whole lake, and is it ok to bring baon? salamatski :)

     
    At Apr 27, 2011, 8:57:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    pag ganyan kalapad ang bangka di ako takot. hapi belated easter.

     
    At Apr 29, 2011, 6:18:00 AM, Anonymous Bloomington Motels said...

    I read the post and it was quite amazing thing. I have traveled almost all the places but most amazing place is Wawa Park

     
    At Aug 20, 2011, 2:34:00 PM, Anonymous Riisha said...

    Hi Tutubi, thanks for this information, but can I ask if you can also add the info on how to commute to this place? I really want to go here sometime at the end of August this year. :) Thanks!

     
    At Aug 20, 2011, 5:11:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    riisha, from where are you coming from? note that the place is currently submerged in lake water, wawa park is "flooded" and will probably be dry land again in december

     
    At Jan 7, 2012, 7:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey guys! Do you know their contact number? TIA. :)

     
    At Jan 7, 2012, 11:01:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, no contact number sorry. the facility is also not available at this time as it due to laguna lakes high water. try next summer when water recedes

     

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