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A SPLASHING TIME WAS HAD BY ALL
Aphrodite Water Park (Paphos, Cyprus)
Member Name: lak11
Aphrodite Water Park (Paphos, Cyprus)
Date: 11/11/10, updated on 10/07/12 (146 review reads)
Advantages: A fun day out for all the family.
Disadvantages: You can't take your own food or drink inside the water park.
Before going on my recent holiday to Paphos, Cyprus, my family and I had decided that visiting the Aphrodite Water Park as a must. We thought that we would go a few days into our holiday when we had acclimatised a little, although this isn't easy in a country as hot as Cyprus. And sometimes while on a 'chill out' holiday it's hard to force oneself away from a comfortable sun lounger by the pool with ice cold drinks to hand but we knew we would all regret it if we didn't visit this attraction.
We bought our tickets from travel/excursion agents in Coral Bay, near to our hotel. Prices seemed to be the same price, where ever purchased, whether buying from reps at the hotel or booking offices. Tickets can be bought on the day at the water park itself but we had been advised that this might entail some queuing and buying in advance would ensure quick entry. This was preferable to queuing in the hot sun. The tickets cost 29 Euros (about £24-£25) each. This covers all rides. There are offers such as two day passes and group reductions available.
From where we were staying it was easy to travel to the water park as a bus stopping outside our hotel takes you right to the entrance. The park, on the outskirts of Paphos, is well served by buses and taxis. If you show your bus ticket at the water park entrance the fare will be deducted from your ticket, or if pre booked the cash returned. This was only 1.50 Euros but with a family this helps a little.
Once there we waited just a few minutes to enter. There were signs stating that you could not take any food or even bottled water into the park and warnings that if found you would be fined 10 Euros! I was going to be allowed in with my half bottle of water until the attendant noticed that another member of our party also had some water left in a bottle and she demanded that we both left our bottles at the entrance. She watched like a hawk while we surrendered the bottles. I then thought that I probably wouldn't like this place, but I was wrong. It was friendly once inside. We were all given wristbands which meant that we didn't need cash while at the park; every time one made a purchase the wristband was scanned and payment was made on leaving the water park.
We had made sure to travel as lightly as possible on this day out but although we didn't have that many possessions, we used the locker facility for wallets, purses and a few valuables. The locker costs five Euros plus a five Euro refundable deposit which is credited to your bill (wristband) when the locker key is returned on exiting the park.
This water park looked inviting. We arrived there at about eleven a.m. and easily found five sunbeds with parasols together. Towels were placed on the beds and the map we were given and began our adventure.
Well, I'm not as brave as I used to be, and also because usually at water parks you can't wear shoes on rides, I tend to not bother. I can't walk barefoot and so it is very difficult to access rides. Two years before when visiting the Ayia Napa water park I was told that I had to remove shoes for all rides apart from the lazy river, so I was surprised when attendants/life guards here were happy to allow me to keep my Crocs on. Well that meant I had no excuses! Was I brave enough?
I started off on the lazy river with my husband while the other three (aged 17, 20 and 22) ran off to enjoy the more adventurous rides.
The lazy river was lovely so we went around twice. I then thought that it was time to send my husband off to have some fun while I watched them all from a safe place.
They went on the kamikaze. My husband thought this really hurt his back and shoulder blades. I think for the middle aged these rides often can cause damage, hopefully only temporary.
He preferred the free fall and went on that a few times.
We then all spent some time in the wave machine pool, bobbing about in rubber rings.
I had my doubts but felt it was about time my children saw me enter into the spirit of things so I went, biting nails, with them for the climb up the hill and to the start of the fast river, which runs into the lazy river. The five of us all squeezed into a family raft and down we went! It was great and I was glad I was brave! On the fast ride down it felt as if we would capsize, but it was a lovely feeling being splashed as we travelled under the scorching sun.
Next I went with my husband on the fast river but in a double ring. This is scarier but still tremendous fun. On this you travel further and join the lazy river with a big splash-trouble is we got caught in the flow on joining the lazy river and capsized, much to my children's delight!
I think the rest of my family went on everything at least once. Although August and the Cypriot children were on holiday from school the park wasn't too crowded. Queues were never too long or slow moving.
The food seemed as if it would be expensive but on seeing the size of the portions it wasn't too bad. My husband chose a chicken donner kebab which cost about six Euros. Altogether we spent quite a lot on food but had we realised how big the portions were then we would have ordered less. The pizzas were large and filling and could have been shared by two. The food was quite tasty. There wasn't a great vegetarian option-but there were cheese and tomato pizzas and jacket potatoes with various fillings. We found staff very friendly and helpful in the food outlets (we also bought drinks from a kiosk).
The gift shop was quite small and expensive. It would have been better if a greater variety of merchandise was offered. We didn't buy anything, which is unusual for my aughter, who is a sucker for a souvenir.
Photos were taken as one went on rides around the water park. These were expensive. I seem to remember they cost six Euros but I'm not sure.
The toilets weren't bad but weren't quite as clean towards the end of the day. There were enough of them.
Only one of us used the changing rooms as the rest of us, having dried quickly in the hot sun, put our clothes on top of swim wear. The changing rooms were said to be adequate.
I preferred the Aphrodite Water Park to the larger park at Ayia Napa. Although the Ayia Napa Park had more harrowing rides and was larger I found he atmosphere inside this park even friendlier than at Ayia Napa (which I still liked) and welcoming. As it was smaller, it was easier to find ones way around and therefore make the most of all rides. It was easy to find family members and join them on rides.
It was a great day out and I would definitely recommend this water park to young and old.
As for myself, I was pleased that I had been on more rides than my usual floating around the lazy river. My daughter remarked that she was very proud of her mum.
FACILITIES (Taken from the website)
First Aid Station
Photographer to capture fun moments of your day
Free trial dives in the leisure pool etc.
Further details and to view the comprehensive website: aphroditewaterpark.com
Summary: Great fun and a chance to cool down!