Jakarta can be very hot. There are few better ways to keep cool, entertain the kids and have fun than going to a water park. We went to Waterbom Jakarta, and had a swim, a float, a splash and a slide. I have also been to Go Wet in Grand Wisata if you want to make a comparison. Oh! I made a youtube video as well!
Location and ticket costs
Waterbom Jakarta is located in Pantai Indah Kapuk. It’s fairly easy to access the park from the toll roads, so traffic should not be too much of a problem. The car park is large and secure.
Tickets cost RP280,000 for adults and RP220,000 for kids, but we managed to get some free tickets. You can search on Fave for discounts and special offers as well. The park opens at 9:00am and closes at 9:00pm so it’s possible to do a long day here, but most people arrive about lunchtime and leave late afternoon.
On arrival, you can expect to be searched thoroughly, and you won’t be allowed to bring food and drink from outside into the park, although baby food is OK. We hired a gazebo, which gives you somewhere shady to hang out, leave your stuff, sleep and watch. The gazebo’s cost RP150,000/200,000.
Pools and facilities
There are two slide areas for kids, and two large slide towers, with a third for the special slide. The special slide is the Hairpin! Hair-raising would be a better name. It’s a tight dark tunnel followed by two enormous drops! The best ride in the place but you need a minimum of two people to ride the tube! In total, there are nine slides for adults, and many for younger kids.
There is a main pool, with a volleyball net, and a lazy river by which you can float around the site, passing the wave pool and lagoon.
There are lockers and a clean changing area, and you also need to hire a wristband here, which you top up with cash or cards to buy food on site.
Slide Action Video!
What’s good about this place is the range of activities and attentiveness of the staff. They were straight onto misbehaviour in the pool, and also helped to stop smokers outside smoking areas. What could be improved is that I saw at least four people spitting on the poolside. It’s disgusting. The other thing is that they don’t enforce the swimsuits rule very strongly, so you can see people in the pool in their underpants, or even day clothes, not just kids either.
Waterbom Jakarta Overall
In summary, Waterbom Jakarta is a pretty good place to hang out. Generally it’s not too busy, so you don’t have to wait more than about 10 minutes for slides. The slides are excellent. Fast, and potentially dangerous if you messed about, yet safe if you follow the guidelines. The food quality is what you’d expect from large leisure sites, and the food stall I went to was suffering a procedural meltdown later in the day. It’s not the cheapest day out because the ticket cost for families, combined with food can quickly add up. There is a large team of people keeping it clean, although the problems of unthoughtful trash disposal and personal hygiene can grab your attention quite easily.