A few days before I turned 23 last year, my relatives decided to go out-of-town for the weekend. First stop was the much-talked about outdoor adventure getaway in Pampanga called SandBox. I’m not much of an outdoorsy person – I’m such a potato couch and there’s nothing I hate more than hiking. But I believe SandBox is a great way to shake things up a bit. I never thought I’d enjoy outdoor activities this much! Oh, and don’t be confused. My birthday was last December and this is just a super late post, haha.

SandBox at Alviera is a unique getaway that redefines outdoor adventure and fun. It features a full stretch of exciting attractions from wall climbing to zip lines, mini golf to ATV, and so much more. Everyone in the family has something to do here from playground for the toddlers to Mini Golf for the grandparents! With a mountain range along the horizon and the surrounding wide plains, SandBox is definitely the place for family outdoor fun!

Aerial Walk Challenge is a high rope adventure course of nets and rope walkways. The Aerial walk is a series of activities that will test each users’ agility, balance and flexibility.

For a minute a was reminded by our survival camp training in high school where we were forced to climb ropes and crawl through dark tunnels with mud everywhere! Well, this is a cleaner, nicer version of it. No mud, thank goodness! Haha. But the course itself was very challenging especially if you don’t have an active lifestyle. Better start stretching!

Avatar One is the Philippines’ first roller coaster zipline. One doesn’t just zip down the 180-meter (length) course but zigzags along starting from 12 meters high. Although I admit that this is a lot of fun, be prepared for numerous wedgie moments especially towards the end of the zipline. The sudden drops and increase in speed made it worth the wedgie, though.

Adventure Tower is a 5-storey structure that consists of various activities such as rappelling, wall climbing, jump off for the free fall, jump off for the roller coaster zip line and the view deck.

Safety first! Gearing up for the adventure tower where most of the activities are concentrated. Kudos for the attending staffs who helped us with our safety gear. They really had the complete paraphernalia for a fun and safe outdoor adventure. Harness: Check! Buckle: Check! Helmet: Check! Plus a whole bunch of staff holding the other end of our harness from the ground for support.

This was the highlight of our outdoor adventure. We started with the wall climbing which my boyfriend and I didn’t finish, unfortunately. He only made it halfway while I was closer to the top when I gave up. It was actually a wakeup call for both of us. We’ve been slacking too much lately that our bodies can’t really keep up with rigorous activities. Now we’re both into a more active lifestyle thanks to his new found interest in badminton. But that’s a different story. 🙂

Wall climbing is harder than it looks. The rocks at the top part were smaller and were placed farther from each other. I could already see the top deck but I couldn’t hold on the small rocks strong enough to pull myself up. Boo! It was so embarrassing because my younger siblings were able to climb all the way to the top. Oh my, I must be getting old! Haha.

On the side of the tower was the free fall area. It’s nothing much. You just have to jump all the way from the 5th storey of the tower while looking at the trees and mountain terrain far beyond the area. The first leap is everything – complete and utter trust that the harness will not break and that you’ll not die. Haha. There’s no other way to say this but taking that leap was indeed terrifying! My sister’s exact words were “ganoon pala feeling magpakamatay”. HAHA! Silly kid.

At the back was the rappelling area. It was much like coming down from the wall climbing part wherein you just kick on the wall and slowly loosen your grip on the harness until you reach the bottom. Sounds easy but it’s actually not. I was trying so hard to protect my face from hitting the wall!

Giant Swing is the country’s tallest swing. Each swing can accommodate three guests at a time and creates the back and forth movement at 10-meter above the ground.

With my favorite travel buddy. <3 If you like ridding the Anchors Away in Enchanted Kingdom, you’re going to love this! The view is more beautiful and relaxing – despite the fact that you’re actually swinging 10 meters above the ground. Relaxing, still.

ATV and mini-ATV rides, a themed kiddie playground with picnic areas, mini-golf, camping sites, a courtyard and an open field for field sports and other outdoor activities.
SandBox has a wide and flexible range of packages depending on the activities you want to try. They’re quite affordable even though you only get to do each activity ONCE.

Unfortunately, I could not much help in terms of directions going to SandBox and commuting to the location because I was asleep for most part of the trip. Here’s a map, though. I hope it helps. 🙂

For other inquiries you may reach SandBox Assistance at info.alviera@gmail.com
Tuesdays to Fridays: 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm.