One attraction we were very much looking forward to visiting in Bali was Waterbom, Bali’s very own water park. As we entered there were signs proudly proclaiming that it was – according to the voters of Trip Advisor – the number 1 water park in Asia and the 5th best in the world.
That’s quite a claim, but having now been there I’m sure its a well deserved accolade. It’s got a lot to do and we, especially the kids, had a great time.
Like any good water park, there are water slides. However, they are not just any water slides. There’s The Constrictor – currently the reigning world champion as longest water slide on earth – a staggering 250 metres in length. There’s other slides, too, including the Python, the Green Vipers, the Boomerang, the Superbowl, the Pipeline and Climax – where you reach speeds of up to 70kph.
Each water slide has ratings out of five for thrill level, speed and how wet you get. These are displayed as you are about to go down the slide. If you’re keen on getting the right level of thrill or speed for you make sure to check out the brochures/maps you get on entering which display the ratings for all the slides.
Our favourite slide was the boomerang – you speed down fast then shoot up in the air, before coming back down again. Lots of fun!
They are also currently building some new slides due to be open in April.
There’s plenty of non water slide attractions, too. In fact a staggering amount. It’s these extra facilities that make this Bali water park so great in my opinion.
For young kids like ours, there’s the big Funtastic water area, which has lots of much smaller slides, plus plenty of things that can be turned on or off, moved or pulled, or used to shoot water. And there’s a massive bucket of water that tips over the whole thing every so often too. Our kids loved this area. It was hard for them to want to go and do anything else!
2 year old Z was a little scared of the big tipping bucket (it was a lot of water) and the bigger slides at first and wanted me to go with him. It didn’t take long before he was riding all by himself. S loved it from the get go and was very happy. She also loved some slides next to this that were especially for children.
As a parent what really made this park stand out compared to other kid areas we have visited is that the kids section was so well supervised. There were always four or more attendants in the main kids area (plus more in other areas), and all were great at interacting with the kids and helping them. The area has been designed so parents can sit back in seating from all around the area which has great visibility to watch. You can also eat and drink from these spots. The kids seemed very safe, and it was easy for just one of us to stay with them while the other tried out the big slides.
There’s also the Lazy River ride, a small pretend river where you can sit on a ring and do laps of the park for as long as you want, with several places to get on and off. We all loved it, and the kids especially loved the places where water shot out over the river.
On top of that there’s a couple of pools where you can relax, and a really large traditional pool where you can just swim or float round. There is also a pool bar.
There’s also some water based games, plenty of places to eat and drink, a nail salon, many massage areas and things you’d expect, like places to rent towels, lockers, showers and change rooms. The food and drinks are reasonably priced given the monopoly the park has, and the serving sizes decent. There’s a good range of options too, although they differ between stands.
There’s lots of shade (they’ve made a real effort to incorporate trees which also makes the park beautiful) and places to sit, but one nice thing Waterbom has is Gazebos that can be hired. Many of these gazebos are hidden away and have a degree of privacy. Indeed the park was well laid out, despite how busy it was it never felt like there were lots of people (except in some of the queues for the water slides).
It’s easy to walk around, too. The paths are well designed to handle all the water, and we all went comfortably footwear free all visit once we changed.
The park is cash free. You can get a smartcard type wristband, and put credit on it using cash or a card. Accounts can be topped up at places around the park, You can get any unspent money back, so its safest to put any cash onto the band rather than carry it about.
We had a great time at Waterbom Bali. The water slides were lots of fun (if a bit scary). The kids had a great time in the kids area – it was hard to get them out of there. They also loved the lazy river. Z literally laughed the whole time we were on it. It is a fantastic attraction for kids of any ages as well as adults.
Everything is very well set up and laid out with plenty of shade and greenery. Despite all the people we didn’t have a hard time doing what we wanted. All the facilities we needed were there, and it was a really easy and relaxing day. We will be going back!
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