A miscommunication that had us staying in Pili, Camarines Sur for 2 nights was not such a bad thing after all. The plan was to stay at Gota Village in Caramoan all the way but when I inquired for rooms on the Gota Village Resort link at the Caramoan website, I assumed that it was for the resort and wasn’t very specific, but apparently the inquiry went to the Provincial government (which operates both CWC and Gota Village Resort) and we ended up with a 4-nights reservation at the wakeboarding domain, a more popular destination I suppose. Not exactly our idea of a Christmas break and owing to low season, Gota (thankfully) wasn’t full and we managed to change our bookings right there and then. We just had to stay the night because the ferry to Caramoan had already left for the day. No problem, we’ll take what we have and make the most of it. A blessing in disguise, I would like to think as we also found out from the CWC staff that we will not make our flight if we don’t spend our last night at CWC, so we ended up staying 2 nights each in two places. Being flexible is less stressful, don’t you think?
CWC stands for Camsur Watersports Complex, the watersports park that made wakeboarding the new thing among the youth and a new haven for adventure sports enthusiasts. The park was designed for wakeboarding, water skating and waterskiing with a 6-point cable ski system towing the wake boarders all day and all night.
The government-operated park has hosted many competitions placing the Philippines on the water sport enthusiasts’ map. Once considered a disaster-stricken province due to typhoons that struck them through the years, Camarines Sur or now more popularly known as CamSur has steadily risen to be among the top ranking tourists destination, even hauling the most tourists’ arrival in the Bicol region, outperforming Albay, where one can find Mayon Volcano.
We were given 2 wood cabins on a cul-de-sac at the Villa Del Rey – all pre-fabricated from China, I heard. The wood cabins gave a cozy feel of the mountains and is so conducive to curling up in one corner and read.
After all, we were there to take a much-needed break from the crazy Christmas season and weather didn’t help much as well. But the adventurers that we are, we still found some time to explore a bit of the nearby places.
More of Camsur coming soon.