|View from above|
On our path on board my aunt Ging2's van to Maxima Aqua Fun, I was trusting I might uncover the fearlessness to do it. I am not by any means a huge enthusiast of water slides. Growing up, I've never felt safe in them. For reasons unknown, I've generally had this inalienable fear of harming myself as I quickly descend the quick water slide paths, particularly on those slides that are made of cement. Anyway I do love the water however, and the possibility of being tossed into the open sea and making a big splash on the water really gave me a pleasurable sensation of fright and excitement.
Maxima Aqua Fun Resort is actually built on a side of a cliff facing the open sea. From the entrance, there is a a winding concrete stairways leading down to the central part of the resort where the restaurant and dining area, along with the picnic huts, tables and chairs, and other amenities are located. Going down further, the stairways would lead the visitors to a boardwalk which allows them to get closer to the water.
|view from the dining area|
Maxima Aqua Fun has no beach. There is no soft powdery white sand in the resort- just the pure crystal clear water of the open sea which is said to be as deep as 100 feet. To swim, one could either use the diving boards and take a plunge straight to the sea or use the stairs of the boardwalks leading to a platform under the water. The resort has a strict policy of not allowing anyone to swim without a life vest on and it applies even to those who claim to be good swimmers like me :-) The lifevest is quite a hassle when diving but we had to abide by the rules. Safety should always come first, by all means.
Since Maxima is basically a water park, there are several other water sports activities to keep the visitors entertained like jet skiing, scuba diving, kayaking and the one my mama, aunt, cousin, cousins friend and nephew tried, the banana boat, but the main attraction of course, is the giant slide. When we arrived, no one from the other visitors was using the slide, which made me worried a little bit. I hoped there wasn’t anything wrong with the slides. A few minutes later though, a group of Japanese or Korean tourists made their way to the top towards the starting point of the slide. One by one, they began sliding down the lane, and as I watched each of them having so much fun, I felt a strong urge to go up and finally try it myself. But I waited a little bit. Letting my companions go first and watched their reactions.
|Taken after the 15 minute banana boat ride|
When I thought could no longer contain my excitement, I'd walked up to the starting point. I was feeling nervous but I did my best not to show it. There was no way I would let my nerves get the best of me. Looking relaxed from the outside, I positioned myself at the starting point where the assistant poured a considerable of water at my back to make me wet. That would ensure a smoother and faster slide all the way down to the sea. Now, the moment of truth. After one big inhale, I let go of my grip on the bars at both sides, and just as soon as I did that, I found myself sliding down the slippery lane in so much rush that I couldn’t even think straight. I must have been so stunned, I even forgot to scream. With a big “uummmppph” sound in the end, I was thrown into the air, and down straight to the water in a flash. Just as soon as I emerged from below a few seconds later, I screamed inside "one more!"
|screenshot of my GPS, it's my first time, though...|
|Our lunch, boodle food: garlic rice topped with grilled pusit, pork chop, chicken bbq, grilled tilapia, kinilaw, plate of appetizer consist of singkamas, okra, manga, kamote tops and bagoong|
|our lunch chicken, pancit, chopsuey, kinilaw|
|from L-R: Milesa, Jo, Carl, aunt Rose, unknown guide, and half of my mama|
|The whole Maxima from the sea|
|Angel fish visible from clear water|
|Milesa and Jo|