Waterbom seems like a very weird place to visit when you are on a vacation in a beautiful island. To think that this simulacra is just 5 minutes away from Kuta Beach, how can anyone opt for the Waterbom instead of the beach? The first time I visited Bali – we forgo the place as I thought it would be boring and predictable. I have been to water theme parks (i.e. Sunway Lagoon) after all. This time round, Jambu and I went – and oh my god, I found my temporary heaven with this real water theme park. Seriously, Sunway Lagoon – you are such a piece of crap.
In here, we had heart stopping and ball dropping rides that kept our adrenaline pumping all day long. My favourite ride was definitely the Boomerang – you go round, round and slide down at such a speed that you immediately rushes up, for a moment you are off the slide, and you slide back down into the safety of the water (the first two photos). The queues were long, but worth the wait. Hearing people scream added up to the anticipation as well. I knew there was a reason why they had a 2-days ticket deal; people who are hooked can come back a second day just to do it all again – we didn’t though, sadly.
This place is reason enough for me to fly to Bali again.
Potato Head Beach Club
There are a lot of Beach Clubs in Bali. A few notable ones would be Ku De Ta, Mozaic Beach Club and Rock Bar. Basically, you buy a few drinks/snacks and start lazing your day away in the pool or on the cozy rattan chairs. It is a nice experience but there is nothing special – after all, it reeks of capitalism and superficiality. Beach clubs are dominated by tourists. It is not a true reflection of a place. There is no local culture here other than the ones brought by the tourists themselves – in this case, extremely White dominated.
I probably sound like I do not appreciate the place, well, I don’t (but, I am grateful that Jambu brought me here). I think it is a nice place to relax after a few days of sprinting between tourist destinations and sight seeing but it isn’t a true reflection of traveling. After all, what I am interested in is seeing how the locals live – what do they eat, where do they live, what do they do on a day to day basis. It is difficult to extract these information by being a tourists but that marks up the beauty of traveling. You need to put in effort. You need to work for it. Places reveal themselves if you know where to look. Tourists, well, they just tick their checklists and hit checkpoints. And in Bali, it is very, very tempting to just be a tourist.