What to do on a lazy summer weekend? How about going to the mall to chill? Watch a movie? Read a book while listening to your favorite playlists. I would have loved to do all, but I chose to spend my weekend flying, sliding in the mud, and cycling on the sky. Yes I did all these and more at Caliraya Resort Club in Barangay Lewin in Lumban, Laguna.
Over the years, the resort has earned quite a reputation for being the best location for teambuilding activities. Rightly so with all the outdoor and recreational activities they offer to fit your teambuilding needs. The resort is not only for companies looking to enforce teamwork among their employees, it is also for families and barkadas looking to have fun and explore their adventurous side.
We rented a van to Caliraya. Our driver decided to take the Tanay, Rizal route just to show us the Pililla Wind Farm. This side trip was a nice surprise. We can tell our driver is as much as a travel enthusiast as we are. He also wanted us to visit a famous lugawan along the way, but sadly we needed to be at the resort at noon. He dropped us off at the port. You have to ride a boat to get to the resort. For those who get seasick easily, the boat ride would take just 3 minutes tops.
We checked-in before noon. With some time to kill before lunch, we roamed around a bit and visited the first attraction we saw – the Hanging Bridge. After taking some pictures, we continued our tour and settled down at one of the cottages near the lake. We had our lunch at the picnic area. The lunch buffet was simple but good. After lunch, we immediately went to our duplex and changed our clothes. In less than 10 minutes we were ready to start our adventure trip. We first tried the Pinoy Zipline and after a couple of rounds we decided to go for the bigger zipline. Fortunately the line was not too long, unlike the line for the Sky Bicycle. Word of advice, always try the dry activities first because you would not be allowed to try the ziplines once you are wet. Due to the long line for the Sky Bicycle, we decided to try that another day and proceeded with the Super Slide and Mudslide.
The Super Slide was huge. It was encompassed almost half the hill. Everyone should try this slide. One of the exhilarating water rides I have ever tried. After trying the clean water slide, we decided to get down and dirty. Literally. It was time to try the famous Mudslide. Another tip for this attraction, if you want to be on the safe side choose the middle of the line when you go mud sliding. The front and the back are the bumpiest positions. Unfortunately for me I had to be seated at the back. Not to alarm you, but I got injured on the way down when the person in front of me jerked her head and hit my chin. I immediately tasted blood, but luckily I just had a small wound inside my mouth. Despite that, I tried the mud slide twice before the day ended.
All attractions are open until 5pm, so you really need to hustle if you want to try all of them. We ended our first day with swim at the Wave Pool. I was not able to use the pool because I was too dirty from the Mud Slide. My companions tried and succeeded in clearing the muck from their clothes, but I immediately gave up when I saw how deeply embedded the dirt was on my clothes. We returned to our Duplex to wash up and prepare for dinner. It was a modest dinner meal. After which, we visited the Snack Bar to load up with snacks and candies. We hanged out at one of the cottages near the lake most of the night. If you decide to do this as well, bring a jacket because it is really cold out there during the night. We traded stories and shared a couple of laughs before we came back to the house and sleep.
The following morning we were determined to try the Sky Bicycle and Superman Zipline before leaving at noon. But before that, we first went to the mess hall to eat our breakfast. After the meal, we immediately proceeded to the Sky Bicycle ride. We were actually the first ones to ride that day. The Sky Bicycle is intimidating I admit, but once you get past the first couple of minutes of cycling, it really is fun. It was the most interesting and fun ride I had at the resort. It is a simply a must to try this ride.
The Superman Zipline came next. This ride is not new to me because I have tried this at Treetop Adventure in Subic. However, I had to try this again. It was as much fun as I remembered it to be. A few of us tried the Free Fall, while the others went back to the Duplex to pack their things. We left the resort at noon.
On the way home, we decided to eat our lunch at Isdaan in Calauan, Laguna. This is a really entertaining place. You can actually ride a small boat to roam the restaurant. There were magicians, acrobats and other performers making their rounds to keep the customers entertained. Everywhere you look is a perfect Kodak moment. For people with anger management issues, you could try Tacsiyapo at the restaurant. You get to smash plates, mugs, even a television set on a hug wall painted with names of your would-be victims. We made a detour to D’Originals to buy their famous buko pie, but unfortunately the pies will not be ready for another hour. We decided to buy our ‘pasalubong’ on the nearby stores. That was the last stop of our adventure trip. Make your weekends interesting. Who knows you could discover something about yourself that you never knew before.