Hot in the city? Escape the heat, traffic and get outdoors and discover the hidden water park gems in Jakarta and beyond. Check out the Little Steps Guide to the best water parks in Jakarta, Tangerang, and Cikarang. See you there!
Splash your way to coolness with some of Waterbom’s thrilling rides – Speed Slide, Twizter and the Hairpin. But if you feel like taking it easy, float down the Lazy River or soak up the sun in the Pleasure Pool. Got little kiddies in tow? The specially designed Kiddy Pool and BomBlazter will keep them busy for hours.
Waterbom, Jl. Pantai Indah Barat 1, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta, Indonesia, +62 5596 6666, www.waterbom-jakarta.com
The FlowRider, Indonesia’s first artificial surfing zone, is finally here for thrill-seekers. No more treks to the beach hoping for weather conditions to be right. Here, the conditions are perfect all year round! Other new attractions are the Lazy River and the Pirate Ship. Plus, they have an Olympic sized swimming pool and “AquaPlay” kids pool for the young ones. Bring your own food or head to the array of restaurants and shops when you feel peckish or feel the need to shop.
Pondok Indah Waterpark, Pondok Indah Mall, Jl. Metro Pondok Indah, South Jakarta, Indonesia, +62 21 750 6750, www.pondokindahwaterpark.co.id
Snow in the tropics? At Snow Bay you’ll find snow, penguins, snow-capped mountains, and more! Some of the main attractions not to be missed are the Flush Bowl, Tube Coaster, Hurricane, and Tube Coaster. If you are not an adrenaline junkie then never fear, float down Typhoon River and take in the sights. If the cold air gets to you, jump into the Hot Spas to warm up! Little kids are not forgotten with their very own Toddle Zone. The usual local fare is available at Captain Jack’s Food Station and offers something for everyone.
Snow Bay Waterpark, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Jl. Taman Mini I, East Jakarta, Indonesia, +62 21 8778 3530, www.snowbay.co.id
MarcoPolo Adventure water park is unlike any other water park. It's Jakarta’s first water park built on top of a building and definitely worth a visit. You may be fooled into thinking there won't be much to do, but that could not be further from the truth. The choices are endless from the wave pool, to the adult and children’s pool, the waterfall, water-slide, and whirlpool. There is plenty to keep the kids occupied too, both in and out of the water. Lockers are available for hire and you may bring your own food, however there are plenty of food choices available.
MarcoPolo Adventure Park, Jl. M.H. Thamrin km 2.7, Tangerang, Indonesia, +62 21 5570 1473
Ahoy, matey! Set off on an adventure (approximately 20 minutes from South Jakarta) to this enormous 3.5-hectare water park. Mini pirates will set sail and begin adventures on the park’s main attraction – a giant pirate ship and castle. Jump into the Pacific Wave Pool and ride the high seas with the 9-foot waves that roll by every hour for 15 minutes. Not to be left out, little kiddies will be kept busy with the specially designed water playground. Plenty of food options are available to keep those hunger pangs away.
Ocean Park Water Adventure, Jl. Pahlawan Seribu CBD Area, BSD City, Tangerang, Indonesia, +62 21 537 0009
Nestled among a magnificent Balinese inspired landscape are activities galore for everyone. Slides, splash pools, kids areas enjoy an amazing pirate ship and a swim up pool bar for the big kids. More of a landlubber? Test yourself with the Flying Fox or balancing activities. If it all gets too much for you, unwind with a massage. When hunger does strike, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. Check out the private accommodation available and inquire about their package group deals.
Waterboom Lippo Cikarang, Jl. Madiun kav. 115, Lippo Cikarang, Cikarang, Indonesia, +62 21 8990 7814/7711, www.waterboomlippocikarang.com
* Beat the scorching heat and crowds by going and leaving early. You’ll also skip the worst of the traffic as well.
* Modesty is expected and encouraged. Leave your new 2-piece swimsuit at home.
* Weekday and weekend rates vary. Check to see if there are any credit card promotions.