I love water parks. It brings out the kids in all of us. Especially me who enjoys water. I just can’t resist towering and colorful slides and cooling down at pools. With this stifling summer heat, I’m glad there’s a new water park just a couple of hours from Manila. Aqua Planet in Clark Freeport Zone Pampanga is the largest water park in the country and one of the biggest in Asia. A 10-hectare all-in entertainment destination with 38 slides and attractions, 8 shops and dining options and top notch amenities suited for friends and families of all ages all year round.
Aqua Planet looks vibrant and exudes a lot of fun atmosphere even from the entrance. After getting our RFID wristbands, we proceeded to find a cabana area we could leave our bags while some of our companions work on their computers as we splash around the attractions.
Opening its doors in February 2018, almost 3 years since the groundbreaking in November 2015, Aqua Planet continues its brand values of Safety, Fun and Quality of experience. Even after almost a year since it opened the amenities still looks new and well taken care of.
Aqua Planet is aware of its social responsibility as well. In fact they hosted a record-breaking “World’s Largest Swim Lesson” in the world last June 2018. Bringing the importance of how swimming lessons can save lives.
The Rides and Attractions
Fellow Lakbay Norte 8 participants and I were excited to try the rides. To warm up (or wet up) we went for our first ride, the Octopus Racer as we slid along one of the colorful slides while on a mat-floater racing down in excitement after an enclosed loop.
We went for the big one after, the Tornado. I’ve tried similar rides like this, a huge funnel with a sudden 45 degree drop. A real adrenaline and scream-fest ride!
There’s the similarly tame whirl from Super Bowl and and rocket height from Sky Shuttle rides but didn’t seem to reach the level of excitement from the Tornado.
We also tried the entangled rides at the Hurricane that gave just the right oomph of energy.
Taking time to chill out at the Wave Pool we moved to the most daring ride at the park. The Aqua Loop! Don’t be deceived by the seemingly ordinary name of the ride as this takes guts! I remember entering the capsule entrance and tightly held my arms and feet firmly in. Then the floor under my feet dropped, propelling me to rush down a heart-stopping 100-meter free fall drop then finding myself in a 360 enclosed loop and down a small open pool. All that happened in a blitz. Really fun!
After all the adrenaline pumping rides, it’s nice to just chill and drift by Wave Rider.
To keep visitors at ease, hassle-free and have more time to enjoy the water park, there are Kiosks are available to facilitate cashless payments as the RFID wristbands acts as a Digital Wallet as can be loaded with cash value to buy food and items inside the park. Unused amounts can be refunded before leaving the park. Lockers are available to keep valuables secure. The toilet and bath areas is huge with plenty of shower rooms to wash up after.
Aqua Planet offers exciting and adrenaline pumping water fun for everyone. Though to fully maximize a day’s trip to this water park, it’s best to know details before a visit here:
Operating Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Aqua Planet have weekend and weekday rates for Splash Pass. Splash Pass includes All-Day access and Unlimited use of water rides and attractions:
|Splash Pass Rates*||Weekday||Weekend|
|Drop and Splash (Below 4 ft)||Php 750||Php 980|
|Slide and Soak (4ft above)||Php 950||Php 1,180|
*Prices are up to date at the time of writing but may change without notice.
How to go to Aqua Planet?
The easiest way to Aqua Planet is by P2P Genesis Bus to Clark Airport which directly passes by Aqua Planet as well.
|Trinoma to Aqua Planet (via Clark Airport)||Aqua Planet to Trinoma (North Edsa)|
|5:30 AM||2:00 PM|
|6:30 AM||3:00 PM|
|7:30 AM||4:00 PM|
|8:30 AM||5:30 PM|
Fare is Php 310. Call Customer Service : (02)332-8075 loc 101-103
Private vehicle: Take NLEX and exit at Dau. Take the road going to Angeles until you reach the Clark signage. Aqua Planet is located at the northwestern portion of Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ).
- Proper swim wear is essential. No cottons, jeans or clothes with metal or other rubber ribbing as it can damage or even get caught on the slides.
- Outside food is not allowed
- Pets are not allowed
- Each rides have height and weight limit. Check first with the people in charge of the rides if it is safe for you.
- Expect long queues on weekends especially for popular rides. SO make sure to prioritize which rides you really want to try.
Most photos (without watermark) are taken by Mac Dillera/ NPVB
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.