I should start by saying that I am extremely spoiled when it comes to waterparks. Having grown up near giant Texas attractions called Hurricane Harbor and Schlitterbahn, not to mention my frequent participation in the summertime activity of tubing (floating down the river in an inner-tube alongside friends and a cooler of cold beers), my standards are pretty high when it comes to waterpark entertainment, especially on a relatively small island that’s already home to a ton of exciting water activities like surfing, snorkeling, white water rafting, hot springs and more.
However, when I read that Waterbom Bali was voted TripAdvisor’s #1 Waterpark in Asia – not just Indonesia, but all of Asia – I had to go see it for myself.
Located in the heart of Kuta, Waterbom Bali is discreetly and conveniently located within walking distance of Kuta Beach and a ton of hotels, homestays, restaurants, street-side shops and a mall. If you’re staying anywhere in Kuta or Seminyak, it’s only a short motorbike or taxi ride away with plenty of parking and a dedicated parking assistant to watch your bike while inside.
Waterbom is open from 9am to 6pm every single day of the year except for Nyepi Day, when the whole island closes down for business due to the Balinese new year tradition.
We recommend arriving as early as possible to 1) avoid the lines that form as more people begin arriving later in the day, and 2) secure a locker and/or private gazebo, which tend to fill up quickly. Also, don’t wear a bathing suit or board shorts with metal clasps or any damaging materials, as you’ll have to turn it inside out to ride some slides, and leave any jewelry in your room!
The check-in process was very easy and straightforward, and I especially loved the cashless payment system they have in place – simply hand over any spending cash you think you’ll need while checking in, and you’ll be given a wristband with a bar code to wear throughout the day, which can be scanned in several locations within the park to check your balance as you go. Any money you don’t use will be refunded before you leave for the day, allowing you to avoid rifling through wads of wet money to buy food, drinks, spa services, photos or one of their special activities during your visit.
Another perk – for a small fee and small refundable deposit, they provide family size or personal sized lockers for storing your belongings (with a separate wristband for access, so you don’t have to worry about holding a key), as well as optional towel rentals! Besides sunscreen and sandals, you really shouldn’t need to bring much else with you.
For an additional fee, comfortable and beautiful gazebos are scattered throughout the park, available for an entire day reservation for up to 12 people. There are plenty of poolside loungers though too, so don’t worry if you miss out on a gazebo!
One of the things I found most appealing about Waterbom is that it seems to be equally geared towards adults and kids.
I particularly loved the lazy river (so beautiful, relaxing and fun!), large adults-only pool with a volleyball net and swim-up pool bar (yes please!), and Flowrider, an artificial wave to practice your skills and ultimately fall down very ungracefully.
My favorite tube rides were the Boomerang, Superbowl, Constrictor and Python, and the Twin Racers were a total blast as well! For the thrill-seekers, there’s also plenty of choices, including the Smash Down 2.0, Climax, Pipeline, Double Twist, Green Vipers and Fast N Fierce slides, all of which will leave you exhilarated and instantly back for more.
Small children also have their own Funtastic play area and separate slides, making this an ideal outing for all ages.
If you plan on spending all day in the sun, you’re eventually going to need some food. Luckily, Waterbom has a huge selection of options, which were surprisingly reasonably priced. Thaitalian serves up an assortment of Thai and Italian comfort food, using ingredients from their waterpark organic garden just outside the seating area! In addition, there’s also mojitos at The Shack, sandwiches at Pret a Manger, fresh juices at the UC Juicy Tank, international comfort food at the Wantilan Food Court, and several smaller stands with items like ice cream sandwiches, gelato, and popcorn. Swipe your wristband and you’re good to go!
And lest you forget you’re still in Bali, Waterbom also provides health and wellness treatments like back and shoulder massages, foot reflexology, fish spa therapy, manicures, pedicures and hair braiding.
Overall, I had a total blast and was very impressed with the amenities, variety of rides, cleanliness and overall beauty of the park. I’d highly recommend it for families, and even couples or groups of friends looking for an exciting and delightful way to spend a day in Bali.
For more information or to buy tickets, please visit Waterbom Bali or call +62 361-755-676. Terima kasih!