An alternative vacation spot from far flung beaches and tourist destinations in the provinces are nearby man-made resorts. And for those in Metro Manila, Club Manila East in Taytay Rizal is one of the choices.
After about 5 years since I first went there in 2006, the seven-hectare business and leisure complex of Club Manila EastTaytay (CME Central) now has new water attractions in the resort, namely CME BeachWaves and CME Oceanwaves.
Of course, I will not pass up on the experience to try them both. The CME BeachWaves is a 19,000 square foot giant wave pool, about the size of four basketball courts combined. You can ride and body surf along the waves. We jump from the pool floor to reach up facing the incoming waves. I say it’s a simulation of what it feels like being in the ocean. It gradually deepens towards a maximum depth of 6 to 8 feet with wave patterns of up to 4 feet high.
Club Manila East Entrance
CME Covered Pool (right)
Club Manila East Oceanwaves
The CME Oceanwaves, on the other hand, has a stronger push and more frequent waves simulating smaller waves ideal for surfing. It’s a simulated wave pool that mimics ocean waves. With this, they partnered with the Philippine Surfing Academy to provide a simulated surfing experience. They also offer surfing lessons with the comfort of consistent waves produced by the CME Oceanwaves machines.
In fact, the 2nd CME Surfing Cup was held on the same day for which we were invted to cover. Here are some photos from the event.
CME Vice President (right) & Coach Paolo Soler (PSA President; left)
Other water facilities in CME are: the Kiddie Pool with waterfalls and fountains, Adult Pool with a giant 3-looped slide, Boating area for kayaking, the Lap Pool, the Shaded Pool, and the Bean-shaped pool.
Women's Divison Participant after riding some waves