AQUA PLANET: Is it Worth It?! (A Review)

5/19/2019 Update: AQUA PLANET Pampanga Reboot: Better Food with Air-conditioned Cabanas!

Aqua Planet claims that it is one of the biggest water theme parks in Asia. Located in Clark, Pampanga, it’s the hottest water theme park destination this summer near Metro Manila.

Having been to the Adventure Cove Waterpark in Sentosa and LEGOLAND Waterpark in Malaysia, we decided to validate this claim with the boys.

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Is it worth the drive all the way to Clark from Manila? Read this first before you go…

AQUA PLANET
Bounded by J.P. Rizal Avenue, J.P. Laurel Avenue and Prince Balagtas Avenue, Clark, Pampanga, Philippines
Email: info@aquaplanet.ph
Facebook: @aquaplanetph
Instagram@aquaplanetph
Website: http://www.aquaplanet.ph

FIRST THINGS FIRST

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They have a strict ONE ENTRY, ONE EXIT POLICY. I would suggest to plan your entire day for this and eat a heavy meal before going. Go on a weekday to avoid the long queues but if you really plan to visit on weekend, go very early when it opens.

If you have kids below 48 inches in height like our son Yugi (age 3), then he can only enjoy the Slide & Soak package (₱750) which gives them access to Kids Area, Wave Rider, and Wave Pool area.

Our son Raphael (age 8) and Joshua (age 10) were able to enjoy all the rides because they beat the height minimum of 48 inches. It costs ₱950 for the Drop & Splash package.

Note: If you lose the RFID wristband (which we did because Raphael’s was a bit loose), you pay ₱300.

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There are lockers for rent for ₱200 where you can put your valuables.

Make sure NOT to bring the following:

• Drones or any flying devices and even kites
• Outside food and drinks (but I guess you can sneak in some water and snacks for the kids)
• Pets except for certified service animals
• 
Glassware
• E-cigarettes and other TOBACCO products
• Weapons or Toy Guns. 

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You can rent Cabanas if you have a big group of 15-25 pax.

Beach Cabanas are located in front of the Wave Pool and Boogie Bay area; (₱3,500 with 15 pax capacity) a great central place to hang out with your family and friends. Choose cabanas #1-6 in front of Wave Pool or #7-13 in front of the Boogie bay to get the best beachfront experience.

(see Beach Cabanas layout)

Bubblies Cabanas are located in front of the Bubblies Bay (Kiddie Area). (₱3,000 with 15 pax capacity) Get this if you have little ones below 48 inches in height. Book Cabanas E-H which are the closest to the kiddie area so that you can keep an eye on your little one.

(see Bubblies Cabanas layout)

Island Cabana is located at the Center Island with tables and chair for big groups. (₱5,000 with 25 pax capacity) Ideal for a big party celebration.

(see Island Cabana layout)

Palmera Cabana is located near the Octopus Racer with tables and chair for big groups. (₱5,000 with 25 pax capacity) The racer area is also a good place to hang out especially if you want to have team buildings or fun outdoor games.

(see Palmera Cabana layout)

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Each cabana is equipped with ventilation, cozy cushion and most especially a heavy-duty safe box like the ones in hotels to keep important belongings.

Note: All guests are accommodated on a walk-in basis for now and the cabanas are availed on a first come first served basis.

 

AQUA PLANET STRATEGY

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The entrance of the park is on the left side and forces you to explore clockwise from left top. (a closer look at the Aqua Planet map)

The place is huge and definitely the biggest waterpark in the Philippines. But customer service is provincial standard and not very helpful which is a bit annoying. They don’t have any proper guide map and you are on your own.

 

TORNADO

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This is the best water ride in the park which is a bit scary but a lot of fun where you feel like you are inside the eye of the tornado.

Assemble your group of 4 to ride the 4-person lifebuoy and good thing our young boys with a height of >48 inches can ride this.

(see Tornado Rider Requirements)

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You are launched with a water drop into the tornado as you swing around multiple times.

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You are flooded with emotions from scary from the time of the drop, then adrenaline fun as you swirl around the tornado, and winning thrill as you conquer the ride.

Note: the lines can be long so make sure to do this first.

 

SUPER BOWL 

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This is the second best and a less scary than the Tornado. It’s two slides in one depending on the level of difficulty and fun.

(see Super Bowl Rider Requirements)

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There are two separate lines for the Super Bowl and the Sky Shuttle.

It’s best to create your own group of 4 because you have to interlock your legs and share the experience with your family and friends.

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The Super Bowl feels like you are inside a washing machine or a whirlpool

Its larger-than-life setup is what makes it thrilling and you feel safe with the entire setup.

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Make sure you get two rotations before you get sucked into a black hole into the catch pool.

This has the longest line — we waited for 30 minutes on a weekday so imagine the lines on weekends.

 

SKY SHUTTLE

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This is like a starter less thrilling slide for the 4-person lifebuoy rides.

You can start with this and gradually progress to the Super Bowl and Tornado rides.

Lines are also quite long but you don’t really have to ride this if you’ve done the harder ones.

 

WAVE POOL

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This is one of the biggest wave pools I’ve seen with a big screen.

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There is an abundant supply of life vest on every ride for every size from kids to adults.

They are just neatly arranged on the floor near the water attraction.

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The waves run for 15 minutes with a pause in between cycles.

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Besides the wave pool is Boogie Bay where you can ride the waves on your boogies.

This was so much fun and wished we can hang out here after we finished all the rides.

 

SPIRAL SLIDE

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This is the first 2-person slide that you’ll encounter when you enter.

You can choose from 4 different slides so most people would go up 4 times to try each one.

(see Spiral Slide Rider Requirements)

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It’s tempting to ride this immediately when you enter to and a good warm up ride and introduction to Aqua Planet.

Thing is, you have to carry your own 2-person lifebuoy all the way to the top.

 

HURRICANE

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This is the same as the Spiral Slide located on the opposite end beside Boogie Bay.

It’s a good parent and son bonding ride. At some point, we were lazy to line up and carry the life raft all the way to the top.

(see Hurricane Rider Requirements)

 

OCTOPUS RACER

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This is a classic water theme park ride especially for those who want to race with your family and friends.

(see Octopus Racer Rider Requirements)

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It has a good loop launching mechanism to give you that additional boost to win the aqua race.

 

AQUA LOOP

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This is the scariest with an actual vertical drop into the slide that launches you into the loop. For adults with a height of 60 inches and above only.

(see Loop Rider Requirements)

 

FLOW RIDER

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This is located in the Center Island area for those who want to learn or practice their surfing skills.

(see Flow Rider Requirements)

 

WAVE RIVER

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This is the lazy river ride around Aqua Planet.

(see Wave River Requirements)

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It has a great view of the Tornado ride and a great way to play around with your kids.

 

KIDDIE PLAY AREA

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Orc Lagoon. This is a water playground for kids only less than 48 inches and similar to the ones in Sentosa.

Note: Be careful, the cement floor in this area is very slippery

(see Orc Lagoon Rider Requirements)

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Mermaid Bay. A good place for a photo op and to just enjoy with your little ones.

(see Mermaid Bay Rider Requirements)

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Bubble Base. This is a wave pool for babies.

(see Bubble Base Rider Requirements)

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

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Overall, we love how it has a world-class vision in terms of design, quality and safety standards. Indeed, it is one of the biggest water theme parks in Asia. You’ll be proud that we have this kind of next level water park compared to other entertainment or water parks in the country.

Make sure to go organize weekday outing with your family and friends. Go as early as you can to enjoy all the water rides and to book the cabanas.

Service is slow, relaxed but friendly — best to go without any expectations. We did not bother to try the food and best to eat before and after going to the theme park. I hope they can showcase the best Kapampangan cuisine inside the park.

Good thing also is there are no parlor games or cheap betting games that other water parks have. The restroom and shower are clean and properly built.

Is it worth it?  Definitely, YES!

Pricing is twice than the normal water parks but the world-class quality justifies it. It’s worth driving all the way to Clark.

Highly recommended not to miss out on Aqua Planet this summer.

 

AQUA PLANET
Bounded by J.P. Rizal Avenue, J.P. Laurel Avenue and Prince Balagtas Avenue, Clark, Pampanga, Philippines
Email: info@aquaplanet.ph
Facebook: @aquaplanetph
Instagram@aquaplanetph
Website: http://www.aquaplanet.ph

Live an Awesome Life,
Anton
Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com 

Disclosure: We paid for our Aqua Planet Experience. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. 

P.S. I must admit, I got scared trying the Aqua Loop but hopefully, I can conquer my fear on the next trip.

44 thoughts on “AQUA PLANET: Is it Worth It?! (A Review)

  1. The facilities are good but worst experience we had last Saturday. You don’t allow any food to be brought in but you do not have a decent, enough and quality food for people who have the capacity to pay your entrance fee. I could not imagine having siopao and lucky me noodles as lunch because no food more food can be served. You don’t know how to manage the resort. We cannot eat our money and that’s the worst thing! So It is not worth recommending to my friends to go to your resort. The worst resort experience ever we had..

  2. please enlighten us what you mean when you use the term “provincial”. it sounds almost as if the term is derogatory.

      1. ah, i see. so when you said

        ” But customer service is provincial standard and not very helpful which is a bit annoying.”
        “Only thing, customer service is provincial so don’t expect anything.”

        it’s actually a good thing.

  3. May I know what PROVINCIAL service means? Does that mean the standards here are better or worse in Manila, which, by the way, is considered as one of the worst places in South East Asia and Hell’s Buttcrack? Please enlighten us PROVINCIAL people from your high horse with your mighty urban knowledge.

  4. So, care to explain what you meant with “provincial” customer service? Cause the way you said it, no wonder people from Pampanga aren’t taking this article lightly. It would’ve been taken as a compliment if you meant it as provincial = nostalgic, home-y. But no, you sprinkled salt to the injury like you’re Salt Bae, saying “so don’t expect anything”.

    1. Some people will expect that it has the same service as the ones in Singapore, Malaysia and Japan since it is one of the best waterparks in Asia.

      The service is different. It’s best to come in without expectation.

      1. so why “provincial’? why not “Philippine” if the contrast is against SG, MY, and JP?

        Different how? Is it worse or better? Is being “provincial” a good or bad thing? In order to improve should it be less “provincial”?

        Would you call a waterpark located within Metro Manila with poor service “provincial”? Are you saying service in “provincial” areas is inferior?

        And lastly, had you taken into account that most of the tourist spots you blog about are located within provinces?

        1. I guess you are right that using “provincial” may not be the right word to use and I should be more specific about what I meant.

      2. In this case (and in your replies), you’re equating PROVINCIAL to poor, sub par, and substandard service. We appreciate your honesty in the review, but to say that provincial means to “not expect anything” and “not very helpful which is a bit annoying”, is quite derogatory.

  5. In this case (and in your replies), you’re equating PROVINCIAL to poor, sub par, and substandard service. We appreciate your honesty in the review, but to say that provincial means to “not expect anything” and “not very helpful which is a bit annoying”, is quite derogatory.

  6. “It means slow, relaxed and friendly service.”

    and you said ,

    “The place is huge and definitely the biggest waterpark in the Philippines. But customer service is provincial standard and not very helpful which is a bit annoying.”

    Your thoughts do not meet Mr. Anton, your comment was positive but your statement in your blog says otherwise. You started the sentence with a BUT, meaning you are negating your statement, following with the words, “and not very helpful which is a bit annoying”. Then you are telling that it is “slow, relaxed and friendly service”, come on who are you fooling here? Seems like you’re mocking and degrading the value of customer service here, what is your standard then? — Manila? — the highly congested, swarmed with slums, described-as-hell place?

  7. Was there last Saturday and the park needs a LOT of improvement. A whole lot!

    Seems like hicks from the area got butthurt with your honesty tho. :))

    1. lol honesty? he would’ve been honest if he manned up and stood by his implications – provincial = poor service. that service in provinces is inferior.

      instead he tried backpedalling and sugarcoating his words.

      and yes, we bumpkins sure get offended when we get stereotyped by self-entitled outsiders who think the world revolves around their shithole of a city. do us a favor, stay there. we provincials dont need your custom. keng masagling amanu, enako magbalik aydayong bolang.

      1. Lol, Jenny. I laugh at your attempt to try and provide a meaningful comment, but it seems that you didn’t get it. We accept the fact that the service may be poor. But the issue here is that the writer labeled such service as “provincial”. How would you like it if I told you that your face looks provincial? Or the way you argued was provincial, because you didn’t get it?

        Get it?

  8. Don’t pretend you know certain words then use then in a manner that is totally opposite with the real meaning. Mamili ka ng mga angkop na salita sa susunod nang hindi makalito sa mga nagbabasa.

  9. Thanks for this very detailed review. You made the decidision-making and planning waaay so much easier. I was having second thought on going but while reading your post, I am not even half way through it, I am already convinced that we SHOULD go and experince aqua planet. Highly appreciated. All the best!

  10. Thanks for the review. Was gonna go, but poor service no matter how good the place is just not worth it.

    PS: I get what you mean by provincial. Just thought you should know, the haters are just nosier 😉

  11. 1st world facility with 3rd world supervision…. the height gauge at the entrance chooses whether your children ride or not and of course dictates the price you pay for their entry, unfortunately the gauges at the rides themselves are not calibrated the same… you can pay to ride but some clown will tell you they are too short to ride when your inside the gates… great scam !

  12. Oh, boy! Was almost enjoying the review when I read the comments. I myself should be offended by “provincial” (it is offensive!) but man, how these people stoned the writer to their hearts’ content. It was both poor writing and faulty judgment, it’s already been brought up, the guy already acknowledged it, but all the offended-by-“provincial” people just had to take a stab at counter assault. Congratulations! You’ve just added “hostile” to the writer’s negative definitions of provincial. What an awesome place!

  13. Querry
    1. How about the parking area<
    2. Do you have a cottage for 10 persons?
    3. Do you have a food stall?

    1. Yes, there is a huge parking area, there are now airconditioned cottages for groups of 10 or more, and of course food stalls inside.

      1. Do you know how much is the airconditioned cottages, Sir? It’s ok if you do not know. Just a rough idea would suffice. Those with small kids like us really need an airconditioned cabana. Thanks a lot.

  14. People just can’t go by without noticing at least something on anything *facepalm*
    For what it’s worth though.

  15. Finally! A detailed review. We have a company outing this month and I’m glad you were able to cover pretty much everything in this waterpark. I’d be delighted to share this with them. Thanks for posting this one. Keep it up 🙂

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