Imperial Palace Resort

Trip Start Jan 15, 2010
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Trip End Feb 02, 2010


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Flag of Philippines  , Visayas,
Monday, January 25, 2010

At the recommendation of the hotel travel agent, we decided to check out the Imperial Palace Resort and Water Park, the newest on Mactan Island.  This resort featured a very large hotel, small cabins, a beautiful landscape, waterfront cabanas, and a nice water park.  A lunch buffet was included with the day fee, and was worth it for that alone.

One thing I noticed as we walked around the water park and beach was we were the only non-Korean guests (another couple or two appeared later).  We went on the water slide, they had 3, but only one was rated for my fat ass.  The line was kind of long, lots of kids, mostly, so we didn't go again.  Instead, we went to one two pools and floated on tubes.  I brought along my small camera and placed it in a dry pack -- a device worn around my waist that managed to keep cameras dry during harrowing white water rafting trips.  Today it failed.  After drying out, the camera at least functions, but the flash no longer works.  Earlier in the day, though, a battery store dropped a charger for my good camera (complimentary delivery service was nice). We then went for a swim in a deeper pool before going in for the lunch buffet.  The buffet was huge; about 1/3 was Korean food, 1/3 Japanese, and 1/3 Filipino.  I tried most of it; it was all good.  The desserts too were outstanding, too many to sample them all.  I washed it all down with a decorative mai tai.  Stations not visited included an appetizer bar, bread and soup, and ice cream.  The landscaping at the hotel impressed both of us, but it was the buffet that really made the day.  We at so much that we didn't even go out for dinner in the evening (had room service sandwiches late though).  

As we approached the resort, I noticed a road sign stating "Mactan Aquarium, 1 km."  I figured it was close enough to walk, a resort employee confirmed it was.  It was a small aquarium featuring many local species of fish and other sea critters.  We estimate that we've eaten about half the species since I've been here.
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