What Brought Surfer Dad Luke Landrigan And Son To Bali Recently (Hint: It’s Not Surfing)
Bali has always been a famous go-to destination for surfers, partygoers, and even those who wish to find themselves a la Liz Gilbert of Eat Pray Love. This little piece of paradise at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands in Indonesia is everything the city is not—filled with lush greens, deep blues and a few wild baboons who want to be friends with you. Waking up to the soft rustling of trees sprawled around your own villa, with an unparalleled view of the rice terraces is easily one of the reasons travelers keep coming back to the island.
Even our very own local celebrities are obsessed with Bali’s wilderness.
Surfer dude Luke Landrigan is no exception. Sure, we have already expected him to be surfing his heart away atop the crazy waves of Uluwatu but guess where else we spotted him: calmly cruising through a lazy river with his youngsters at one of Bali’s famous waterparks.
Being the curious bugs that we are (but envious mostly because honestly, who wouldn’t be?), we did a little digging and spoiled ourselves with a little virtual tour of where that heavenly lazy river is. It was probably the best thing that ever happened to us this week.
Waterbom, Bali is a 3.8 hectare property and is named the number one waterpark in Asia by TripAdvisor for the year 2017. Its slides and rides are all tempting, even for the faint-hearted. The slides range from mellow to extreme and seem perfect for adults and adult-assisted kids.
Here are a few reasons why Waterbom is our next target destination and why it should be yours, too.
1. The kids and kids at heart will surely enjoy an hour or more at the Funtastic area where little versions of the adult slides are, and at the Lazy River where Luke and his spawn obviously adored being canoodled by the round orange floaters.
2. We like some challenge! The extreme waterspouts are definitely the kind of buzz we’re looking for. Just take a look at how the Pipeline slide takes you on a seemingly unending ride down a transparent drain—but in reality it’s really just a 20-second swoosh.
3. No need to carry around your cash with you while you go slipping down colorful slopes. Waterbom is a cashless property, giving you only a Splash Band that allows you to pay for all transactions within the park.
4. Just when you think you’ve had enough, the most extreme among the rides calls on to you: the Climax. This heart-stopping slide will literally knock you off your feet, pushing you down an almost vertical drop. Anyone who has survived the drop (everyone got out fine, don’t worry) attests to how thrilling this ride is—especially when the timer attached at the trap door counts down to what could be the longest scream of your life.
5. Waterbom cares for the environment just as they care for their visitors. It is the first ever carbon neutral tourism spot in Bali (+100 points), joining the rest of the world in the crusade to create a sustainable place for the next generations to delight in. In fact, 50 percent of the park is still a green space inhabited by friendly animals.
Tickets to Waterbom vary from $27 for kids to $39 for adults. There are gazebos for rent too that are priced at $15 for the whole day. The park opens at 9 in the morning and closes at 6 in the afternoon. You can enjoy the attractions all-year round except on Nyepi Day (Day of Silence).
Waterbom is located at JI. Kartika Plaza Tuban in Kuta, Bali. Roughly around 10 minutes away from Kuta International Airport if you choose to ride a taxi. Guests from Seminyak or Canggu will be a little farther away, with approximately 30 minutes to a one-hour drive.