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.
Facilities at Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort
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.
Various cottages are available for rent at the resort ranging from PHP 600 to PHP 1,500.
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.
The open air spa is still under construction.
The coffee shop at the entrance to the wave pool area serves Oregano coffee and blended coffee drinks.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
A virtual museum of folk Catholicism in the area, Dakung Balay was built in 1916.
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.