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LOCATION    EMARS WAVE POOL (EMARS Hotel, Restaurant and Beach Resort)
                   Times Beach, Matina Aplaya, Davao City

WHAT MAKES IT STANDOUT?   First ever Wave Pool in Mindanao

(Plane)     it's about 15 to 20 minutes taxi ride from Davao City International Airport
(Bus)       only 5 to 10 minutes ride from DCOTT (D.C. Overland Transport Terminal)
(Ship)       it's about 15 to 20 minutes ride from DC     

Hotel, Restaurant and Beach Resort
Huge (Swimming) Wave Pool

Entrance Fee
kids                    :  Php 150 
adults                 :  Php 200 (5 PM to 10 PM)
                             Php 150 (7 AM to 5 PM)
Rental Fees
small cottage      :  Php 500 (good for 12 persons)
large cottage       :  Php 800 (good for 24 persons)
                            Php 250 (Monobloc table w/ 6 chairs)
paddle boat        :  Php 50   (30-minute ride)
Life vests can be used for free.


EMARS Wave Pool is Mindanao's first ever Wave Pool and so far, the ONLY one yet in this side of the Philippines. It was opened to the public last July 25, 2010. The wave pool itself covers a total area of 2,000 sqm. Not so big considering that it caters not only DC but the neighbouring cities & provinces as well. This is why going there on weekends is not a very good idea as the place gets really too crowded... we went there just 6 days after its official opening and the place was like crazy... in a good way... considering everybody was still excited.

The facilities are in general, Satisfactory;
Rooms:  the rooms are clean, very well kept and affordable. The Condotel (Family)@2,800.00Php room that we booked includes 2 separate rooms, 1 CR/BR, a sala and a kitchen w/ basic utensils, aircon is new and cold also!

  the food in the resto was okay, good enough for the typical Davaoeno taste buds. They serve various international and Filipino dishes, including my favourite sugba2x and sinigang - so I’m happy!

Staff: the staff are satisfactory enough for a standard inn/resort, but for a hotel (which it claims), I don’t think they’d pass my standards (lol, echusserang frog!). Besides they were just on their 2nd week of operation when we went there, so maybe that’s why the staff seem to have no clue what to do yet. Wala pang organized system for ordering, billing, information, etc. I also noticed that their FO was not quite familiar with some basic “hotel-rooms terminologies” (tinanong ko kasi kung what days ang hindi sila “High Occ”, ano po ma’am lang sagot nung staff, I should have asked kung kelan sila hindi busy... hehe). But these are petty things which can be corrected with a few trainings... Over all I think they are nice and okay. 

Lastly, what excites me is something I overheard that LDL Realty (operator of EMARS, D' Leonor Hotel, Japanese Tunnel & RDL Pharma) is said to be constructing a more impressive wave pool in Brgy. Communal (Buhangin, DC) and plans to operate it in the first quarter of 2011.

EMARS WAVE POOL (EMARS Hotel, Restaurant and Beach Resort)   
Telephone    :  (+63) (082)299-1731, 302-9455, and 297-4053       
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