ZAMBALES, The Philippines – Summer is never without a trip to the beach, and if you want to shy away from the typical activities, then the recently opened Inflatable Island is the floating water park that’s perfect for you.
Located in the waters of Subic Bay, inside the Samba Bluewater Resort in Olongapo City, Zambales (some two to three hours’ drive from Manila), is the largest floating water park in Asia.
Inflatable Island (all 3, 400 square metres of it) boasts of various activities that will challenge the young and the young at heart. It has some familiar attractions that one usually expects at a playground like slides, swings, obstacle courses and monkey bars – but all of these are given a twist. Be prepared to slip, slide and get wet from going through each of the myriad of obstacles that this floating island offers.
This island has something for everyone. You can go through the whole course and take that Instagram-worthy selfie or try some of the bolder activities (not for the faint hearted) like the Giant Tarzan Swing and Slide. There’s also the recently available attraction – the BFB or The Big Freaking Blob.
One must climb the 6-metre-high blob and jump from there, as one of your companions lie in the inflatable below, waiting to be catapulted by the weight of your drop. You’ve probably seen this in movies or on television but it never grows old and is still equally funny when you see it in person (especially, if it’s you or your friends doing the deed).
When you’re tired from all the slipping and sliding (trust us – there will be a lot), a Bali-inspired lounge area is waiting for you onshore.
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Brightly-coloured Balinese parasols and comfy bean bags serve as the perfect backdrop while you enjoy some yummy fruity shakes and reminisce the tiring but equally fun activities that you’ve just experienced. Sunset parties ensure everyone will have a good time, even after the sun goes down.
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The park is open to adults as well as kids but a 3-foot minimum height requirement is enforced. The management also recommends wearing rash guards and swimming leggings or shorts for the best slipping and sliding experience. Don’t forget the sunblock too, especially when the sun is high.
One can book online and save up to 10% on Splash (2-hour pass), Spray (Half Day pass) or Soaked (Whole Day pass) packages.
Inflatable Island is open from 8:00 am until 6:00pm. They open earlier during weekends at 6:00 am. Personally, this is a highly-recommended time slot. The sun is not high and there are fewer guests. You can also find a good spot at the Bali Lounge.
Another reminder, customers are required to arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled time for orientation and a life vest fitting.
Bounce. Slip. Slide. Swim. Repeat. This ultimate beach challenge will take your beach trip a notch higher. So, better grab that swimwear, call your friends and family, and head on to this adventure-filled island. – The Binge
Subic Bay Waters, National Highway, Lower Kalaklan, Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines
+63917 150 1103
+63917 835 2665