Pinamungajan's New Attraction: Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort

Over one weekend, I went with my family to Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort and Hidden Valley Mountain Resort at Barangay Lamac, Pinamungajan, Cebu, Philippines. We got curious about Cebu's first ever wave pool and so we went on this trip. We went there on Saturday, February 28, 2015.


We left Cebu City at a few minutes before 8 in the morning and got to the resort a few minutes before 10 o'clock. Since we were among the first few people in the resort, we were lucky enough to be briefed by the resort manager himself on what the resort had to offer. The manager, Ariel Limocon, was the son of the general manager of the Lamac Multi-Purpose Cooperative, which owns and manages the Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort. Ariel is quite an amiable fellow, a soft-spoken 6'4" giant. According to Ariel, the first wave pool resort in Cebu opened just recently last December 18, 2014 and they are already admitting lots of guests. Specially on weekends, guest numbers could swell up to 2,000. However, the resorts facilities are not too friendly for senior citizens and differently-able persons as there are no access ramps.

Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort in Pinamungajan Cebu Philippines
Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort



Facilities at Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort



Wave Pool


The main attraction as the resort name suggests is the wave pool, the first of its kind in the entire Cebu province. The wave generators creates waves of up to 2 feet. The wave generator is turned on only if there are at least 10 people in the swimming pool which is 3 to 4 feet in depth without the waves. The pool is fed by water from a spring. The wave pool will be closed at 10 p.m. for water treatment.

Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort in Pinamungajan Cebu Philippines
Wave Pool


Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort in Pinamungajan Cebu Philippines
Wide angle view of the wave pool

Cottages 


Various cottages are available for rent at the resort ranging from PHP 600 to PHP 1,500.



Rooms 


The Barkada Rooms still being constructed at the moment can accommodate 4-6 persons. The rooms which are shaped like a pumpkin, a papaya, and a watermelon were inspired by the design at Campuestohan Highlands Resort in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines where LMPC members had a familiarization and educational tour.


Spa 


The open air spa is still  under construction.


Coffee Shop


The coffee shop at the entrance to the wave pool area serves Oregano coffee and blended coffee drinks.


Food Stall


Food is available for purchase at a stall manned by cooperative employees. They sell a good variety of dishes. I saw some barbecue, fried lumpia, and a lot more.


Rental and Souvenir Shop


The rental and souvenir shop at the pool area sells souvenir shirts. Items available for rent include swimming apparel and flotation devices.


Convenience Store


A convenience store at the reception area sells a variety of items such as swimming apparel, shampoo, soap, ice cream, bottled water, and candies.


Restrooms, Dressing Rooms, Shower 


The comfort rooms and dressing rooms are spacious and well-maintained. The shower is an open-air facility beside the dressing rooms.


Planned Developments


Other planned developments at the Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort are the skybike and ziplines which they plan to install in the next few years.


Fees


Entrance Fees


The entrance fee to the resort is PHP 100 for non-members of the Lamac Multi-Purpose Cooperative and PHP 75 for members. For access to both Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort and Hidden Valley Mountain Resort, the fee is PHP 150 for LMPC non-members.


Corkage Fees


Corkage fees are charged for food brought from outside. The charge is PHP 50 per menu and per volume. 1 lechon baboy is charged PHP 250 in corkage fees.


Nearby Attractions


Hidden Valley Mountain Resort


Hidden Valley Mountain Resort is the older of the two resorts owned by the Lamac Multi-Purpose Cooperative. It has operated for the past 19 years.

Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort in Pinamungajan Cebu Philippines
Lots of steps to take to get to some parts of the Hidden Valley Mountain Resort

Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort in Pinamungajan Cebu Philippines
View from Hidden Valley Mountain Resort


Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort in Pinamungajan Cebu Philippines
Seeing lots of green


Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort in Pinamungajan Cebu Philippines
Chilling in the pool


Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort in Pinamungajan Cebu Philippines
Enjoying the pool


Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort in Pinamungajan Cebu Philippines
Cousins having fun


Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort in Pinamungajan Cebu Philippines
Riding a chariot


Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort in Pinamungajan Cebu Philippines
Up and close with a dinosaur



Caves 


Barangay Lamac is the site of 108 of the 118 caves identified in Pinamungajan town. The more famous of the caves is Kamangon Cave wherein one has to literally crawl to enter the cave.


Waterfalls & Springs


The twin waterfalls of Udlom and Sinungkulan are also in Barangay Lamac. There are also numerous springs in the area, many of which are commercially undeveloped. Sadly though, the Udlom Falls now only flows if it's raining in the area. The catch basin at Sinungkulan Falls also needs some attention as feedback I got mentions that there are a lot of plastic wrappers being thrown into it. The local government has to do something about it before this natural attraction will again lose its appeal due to wanton commercialism and plain disregard.


Dakung Balay


A virtual museum of folk Catholicism in the area, Dakung Balay was built in 1916.


Contact Information


The resort manager, Ariel Limocon, can be reached through mobile number +63 927 262 8117. You may also call (032) 516 2576, (032) 350 0840 or (032) 468 8025. The resort's fax number is (032) 467 8171. They may also be reached through mobile numbers 0905 776 0538 and 0930 907 5881.


How to Get There


Driving from Cebu City


From Cebu City, drive through Natalio S. Bacalso National Highway and make a right turn at the Naga-Uling Road. The Natalio S. Bacalso National Highway can also be accessed through the Lawa-an Exit of the Cebu South Coastal Road at the South Road Properties or South Reclamation Project (SRP). Travel through the Naga-Uling Road and make a left turn at the barangay road in Barangay Bunga, Toledo City, half a kilometer before the Bunga church. Barangay Lamac is 7 kilometers from that corner. Follow the signage posted in Barangay Lamac leading to Hidden Valley Mountain Resort. The Wave Pool Resort is right before Hidden Valley Mountain Resort. I must caution that the barangay road from Bunga to Lamac is kinda rough and would not suggest going there on a sedan. Sports Utility Vehicles and 4WD Off-road Vehicles would be up to the task. I was told however that the lamac Multi-Purpose Cooperative is already budgeting an amount to improve road conditions instead of just waiting for the government to do its move.

Commuting from Cebu City


When commuting from Cebu City, ride a Toledo City-bound bus or GT Express vor a Pinamungajan-bound bus or GT-Express van at the Cebu South Bus Terminal along Natalio S. Bacalso Avenue. Make sure that if you ride a GT Express van, it goes through the Naga-Uling Road and not the Transcentral Highway. Inform the conductor that you will disembark at the Bunga church. From the Bunga chuan rch, ride a habal-habal motorcycle to take you to Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort in Barangay Lamac.

Commuting from Toledo City


Coming from Toledo City, ride a bus or GT Express van bound for Cebu City via the Naga-Uling Road and asked to be dropped at Bunga Church. Ride a habal-habal motorcycle from Bunga to Lamac.

46 comments:

Taraboomski said...

Nice, detailed post! It's funny coz I'm from Toledo, which is just a few minutes away from Pinamungajan, but I've never really been there. Haha

Jhanis V. said...

You had m a wave pool! MUST GO there! Hopefully this summer! :)

Carlo Andrew Olano said...

Another one of those perfect places for summer outings and team building. Thanks for the info!

Hannah Frej said...

ooohh. another place to visit here in Cebu.. i'll sure add this on my list. :D

Herbert Kikoy said...

Im surely gonna bring my family here. It's been a while since we had an escapade. Im sure they will love this place. Thanks for this very detailed write up Thaddeau.

Anne M said...

I have to bring my barkada to this place! Thanks for the heads up. :)

Janine Ella said...

I thought this was in San Fernando but thanks to this post and Google, I now know that ang naa sa San Fernando kay ang Hidden Paradise! Haha! Anyway, thank you for the amazing details! I-bookmark gyud ni nako nga post for future references!

Web 123 said...

Sakto jud ka Sir Thadz! Daghan ma-confuse tungod sa mga names. Pero in fairness, affordable ra ang Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort. It's worth the try! ^_^

Isabeau Jane Gomez said...

oooh pinamungajan! hmm adding this to my summer destination list! love your very informative post thadz!

Cesar Ian Fuentes said...

I'll Add this to my travel List!

Katherine Annika Cutar said...

I planned to visit the moment I set my eyes on the pictures of the place and now you actually elaborated more of it with your post! Thank you! :)

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Yeah, its true that sometimes we get to a lot of far places but miss the ones very near where we stay

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Go! Go! Go!

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

OK for team bonding pero lisud kung seryosohan nga team building, wala man gud secluded na lugar nga pwede ma exclusive

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

I suggest a well-planned trip when going to Lamac. 108 caves, falls, etc

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Nindot gyud siya for families. They get to experience waves but you wont have the same fear compared to when it's an open sa

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

I'm sure you and your gang will enjoy the place

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Hidden Paradise
Hidden Valley
Paradise Valley

#ConfusedPaMore?

http://cebuanotourist.blogspot.com/2015/03/hidden-paradise-hidden-valley-paradise-valley-cebu.html?m=1

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Maghimo pod niya ko og lain pa for more confusion, Hidden Paradise Valley lol

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Go na Dayon! Experience the beach in the mountains of Pinamungajan

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Worthy addition, I should say :)

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

My photos do no justice to the experience, you should go see for yourself :)

Anonymous said...

unsa mobile network naa signal didto? naa ba free wifi didto? do they provide towels?

Thanks!

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

I'm not sure sa mobile signals, mura globe yata kay globe man ang number sa manager. No free towels provided

Anonymous said...

is the resort open on holy week?

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

I wouldn't know, might as well give them a call

Anonymous said...

hi pila entrance nila?

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

100 pesos for the wave pool

Anonymous said...

do you have an idea, how much are we going to pay if we will take a habalhabal to the resort?thanks

lady ann said...

will be going there next week :)

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Should be between 50-100 pesos if you are coming from Bunga

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

You guys have fun!

Cherry Alvarina said...

Hello. How about videoke? naa ba didtu?i mean, aside sa pool, naay pwede kakantahan didtu? hehe

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Yes Cherry, naay videoke didto

Cherry Alvarina said...

How much Thad? :)

Anonymous said...

Sir pwede overnight dha

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

100 pesos entrance to the wavepool

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Last time I was there nag construct pa og rooms

Anonymous said...

That's nice. Mas sulit jud ang trip if we can stay there overnight ky lau man ang byahe.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Ang daan nga resort beside it kay Naa na man rooms and sister resort ra na sila, owned and managed by the Lamac multipurpose coop

sharahgirl said...

if mag van, sa citilink magsakay?? then sa Bunga church manaog?nya from bunga, habal habal na dayon padung sa wavepool? lahos jud na or naa pay lakawon?

Anonymous said...

how about if mag overnight ,pilay bayad?

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Yup, deretso na pod na ang habal habal sa gate sa resort

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Not sure if nahuman na construct ila rooms, otherwise sa old resort(hidden valley mountain resort) ang accommodation. Not sure sa current rates

Anonymous said...

I HAVE BEEN THERE AND IT WAS REALLY GREAT. we had a great time there. i have heard that they will be constructing soon a rapid pool.... im planning to bring my teachers here for team building this july... its really a nice place

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Hi! That's great to know. Should you need the services of a facilitator, you may visit teambuildingph.net