Itching to go somewhere out of town but on a shoestring budget? Why not have a pocket vacation to a nearby resort? My family and I don’t have anything planned for the summer, so my daughter Bea and I decided to go to my hometown of Olongapo on the last weekend of March. Once there, I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to take a day-trip to White Rock Waterpark and Beach Hotel located in Matain, Subic, Zambales — just approximately 20 minutes away from Olongapo City.
The resort has been there since I was a kid, but I didn’t realize it had improved so much over the last several years. The sprawling 7-hectare property now boasts of two wave pools, a kiddie pool with water slides, an adult pool, a zipline facility, hotel rooms and villas, and a scenic beach, among others. The day tour rate is P650 per person and P325 for children ages 3 to 7. The fee includes a free use of kayak and access to the waterpark’s facilities. We totally enjoyed the Giant Wave Pool — Bea stayed there for hours dancing and just splashing in the cool water. The waves run for 30 minutes every hour on the hour accompanied by loud, happy tunes. That was really fun!
We dined at the resort’s in-house Sunset Cafe, but bringing of food and drinks is allowed provided that the guests will rent a table. I prefer just ordering off the restaurant’s menu. Anyway, we haven’t had so much fun on the beach in such a long time! Because I grew up in a small city very close to beaches, I became so sick of going to the beach when I became older. I always avoided the beach and preferred to go somewhere rather cooler and indoors. But I didn’t want to deprive my little girl of some fun under the sun, and our trip to White Rock was definitely awesome. I wouldn’t mind going back. Just a piece of advice: Don’t forget to bring sunblock and apply it as often as possible.
Cost of this getaway:Bus fare from Victory Liner Pasay station to Olongapo : P218 x 2 = P436 Jeepney fares to and from White Rock: P92 Entrance fee to White Rock: P650 x 2 = P1,300 Lunch and snacks in Sunset Cafe: P975 Souvenirs (bracelet and keychains): P140 Bus fare from Victory Liner Olongapo to Pasay: P223 x 2 = P446
Total cost: P3,389.00
Because we enjoyed the place so much, we went back again on May 1, 2015. Entrance fee has already increased to P700 but we were willing to pay the amount for 5 persons. However, we were being charged an extra P2,500 for a table. I argued that we won’t be needing a table since we were going to swim straight away (it was already past 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon anyway) but we were told that renting a table was mandatory. That is just so completely insane! So unreasonable! We walked out of the facility because of this unreasonable policy.