Ever heard or read about the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC)? It is the biggest tourist’s attraction of the province and made Camarines Sur the No. 1 destination in Bicol. CWC helped CamSur leapfrogged to be the 10th richest province in the country from 39th in 2004.
The CWC is a six-hectare complex located within the Provincial Capitol Complex in Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur. It first opened to the public in 2006. CWC is just a mere 20-minute ride from the Naga City domestic airport after a 35 minute flight from Manila to Naga, or an eight-hour bus ride from Manila.
CWC is the world’s most modern, six-point cable ski system designed for wakeboarding, wakeskating and waterskiing. Lago del Rey, a giant, manmade lake offers a lot of family watersports entertainment that includes a giant water slides, aqua wall climbing, water polo, water volleyball, kayaking, aqua obstacle course, paddle surfing, boat-towed wakeboarding and skiing, dragon boating and, pure and simple swimming.
Hosting international competitions for tourism development
Since it was established in 2006, CWC has hosted prestigious international sporting events. Last month (Sept 2010), CWC sponsored the 1st CamSur Marathon participated by local and foreign runners from Kenya, Ethiopia, Singapore, Ukraine and Russia. The route was accredited by the IAAF.
In August, it hosted the second edition of the prestigious Ironman Triathlon, an endurance sport that involves swimming, running and biking and considered as the premiere triathlon event worldwide. The first Philippine edition was held August of last year. The triathlon was hosted for the second time “to bolster the province’s rank as the extreme sports capital in this part of the world.”
In 2008, it hosted the World Wakeboarding Championship, the first ever for an Asian country to host a championship that is held only every three years.
CWC likewise launches extreme sports every year in celebration of the week-long Kaogma Festival (May 21-27) which marks the foundation day of Camarines Sur. This is in line with the objective to promote CamSur as the sports adventure destination in Asia.
This year, CWC held competitions in wakeboarding, motocross, cycling, mountain-biking, and zoom trucking in a 4×4 obstacle race. Next year, they plan to hold the Tour of CamSur, a race from Manila to CamSur.
Accommodation and Facilities
For tourists, accommodation is not a problem as it is readily available through the Ecovillage, Mansion Suites, and luxury villas and suites located within the complex.
The complex has a Pro Shop complete with the latest technology in gear; a clubhouse with live entertainment, billiards, and darts; spa pavilions for massage; beach volleyball area and swimming pool; a restaurant that boasts of laing pizza, a popular fare among vegetarians; Wi-Fi capabilities; an elevated spectator area.
So, when in the Philippines, “come to CamSur”!