Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort
Opol, Misamis Oriental, Philippines
A dedicated enthusiast of adventure and fantasy, Elpidio M. Paras had a specific vision for a new destination in the Philippines back in 2017. He wanted to create a pirate-themed water park that embodied his sense of adventure and love of history.
“[Paras] didn’t just think up a run-of-the-mill water park; he wanted a themed water park,” says Adrian Nicholas Paras, customer service manager at Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort. “The word ‘pirate’ is universal in any country, culture, and language, and the Paras family unanimously chose the moniker, Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort.”
Seven Seas is the third adventure tourism venture for owner Elpidio M. Paras and his family, after the Great White Water Rafting Corp., one of Cagayan de Oro’s oldest river rafting outfitters, and Dahilayan Adventure Park and Pinegrove Mountain Lodge, situated at the foothills of Mount Kitanglad Range Natural Park in the Bukidnon province.
Seven Seas’ attractions include eight slides, a 1,400-foot-long lazy river, a fort, a 40,000-square-foot dual-entry wave pool, and a kiddie area. Adrian Nicholas Paras says Seven Seas’ top thrill rides are the “Plank Drop” trapdoor water slide, “The Cyclone” funnel water slide, and the curving “Riptide Reef” water slide. The water park also features two cafes, a restaurant, and a 14,000-square-foot multipurpose facility for special events.
“The majority of our guests are Filipinos, and they are excited to be able to experience a world-class water park without going out of the country,” he says.
With Seven Seas coming upon its two-year anniversary in December, Adrian Nicholas Paras says the water park decided to join IAAPA to gain knowledge from attractions industry pioneers and veterans.
“Being new to the water park business, we wish to learn the new trends and practices that other water parks use to provide their customers a memorable experience so we can adapt and apply them to our own water park,” he says. “We hope that one day we too will share our own learnings and practices with IAAPA members.”
- Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort’s theming is partly based on historical events from the mid-1600s, involving Dutch warships, Spanish galleons, and the Macajalar Bay in Mindanao, where Seven Seas is located. The water park features a wave pool with three wrecked ships and a replica of a Spanish fort with decorative cannons, a dining area, and a museum.
- Aside from the number seven being a lucky number for owner Elpidio M. Paras, the name “Seven Seas” also calls to the fact that Paras and his wife, Rose Paras, have seven children, most of whom are involved in running the family’s various businesses in cable TV, telecommunications, and tourism.
- Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort welcomed 200,000 guests in 2018, and future plans include building a 70-room beachfront hotel, new kiddie splash pool, and boardwalk-themed family entertainment center, complete with midway rides and games.