on November 23, 2005
Waterbom Park is an entertainment park full with water slides, water rides, swimming areas, cabanas, bars, cafes, and shopping kiosks. Something for everyone. You pay one price (95,000 Rupah each for us, because we had discounts through our travel agency), and you can spend the entire day there going on as many rides/slides as you like. There is a new thing now - you are given a electronic wristband when you get there and you can have a certain amount of money placed on the wristband for payment of any food, towel hire and locker hire - obviously there have been a few problems with thefts.If you wish to hire a shaded cabana for the day, it will cost you extra; there are a number to choose from–some smaller than others–so it's probably a good idea if you have kids in tow. Unfortunately, I can’t provide the cost, as I didn’t pay for the one we hired, but I’m sure it wasn’t much. The cabanas have padded cushions where you can lie about, relaxing and watching the activities going on around you. There are also plenty of deck chairs scattered around the park for people to use. The water slides and rides vary from a slow-speed river ride, where you sit in an inflatable tube and drift around the park at your own leisure, to faster, steeper slides, where you plunge down a variety of different slides, through half or fully enclosed tubes, around bends, down steep inclines, etc., ending up in the river/pools below. There are three (3) new water slides that attract a lot of people - there's the toilet flush - sort of like a big toilet bowl, some other ride that sends you hurtling down a steep slide and almost of the other end and then there's the one where you are dropped from a big height, through a trapdoor to a 360 deg loop (you have to be 45kg or more for this one or you won't make it around the loop.My personal favorite was the River Ride, which connected with the river below, where you went at a fast speed down the slide on an inflatable tube, either by yourself or with a friend, and then could continue at a slower pace around the river. The slide has a fully enclosed section that has an unexpected steep drop in the middle of it – all for added fun. There is a good area for the kids, with different small water slides, waterfalls, water games, and other activities relating to water, and there were plenty of kids running around with happy smiles on the faces. The main pool area is near the main entry to the park. There is a large pool with a water polo net in one area, a bar in another, and plenty of room for swimming. There is seating provided around the edges of the pool and the bar. The bar provides a large assortment of drinks, from alcoholic to sodas, and not far from the pool are the café and restaurant areas. We ordered pizzas, which were delivered to us, and we ate them while we were sitting in the pool enjoying a light refreshment. Who could wish for anything better? Suggestion – Secure yourself a deckchair as soon as you get into the park by placing a towel, book or item of clothing on it – they get taken quickly. All and all, it was a great day, and anyone single or with kids would enjoy it.
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