The first and only water theme park in Phuket is Splash Jungle Water Park. It is found in the north of Phuket close to the airport and very near Mai Khao Beach. The water park has been designed to international standards and has attractions for all members of the family.
The highlight for the younger children is the Aqua Play Pool seen in this picture. The water here is not deep and so is therefore ideal for younger children. There are slides, water cannons and other water based toys. Nearby is the Lazy River where you can ride on tubes around the 335 meter long flowing river.
The star attractions are the Boomerango and Super Bowl where you can choose between a series of different flume rides. On one of them you sit on inner-tubes and go down a sharp drop. Coming out the other end you race up an almost vertical wall. Close to the top there is a reverse free fall.
Other attractions include hot springs, a sauna, wave pool, sun loungers, bar pool and several restaurants. While you are in the water park you don’t need to worry about your money. You can keep all your stuff safely in a free locker. Each person has a wristband which has a unique number. You use this to buy things and then you pay at the end of the day.
I read about Splash Jungle while it was still being built the other year. I had the impression that is was going to be a big place. Although it does indeed have a good variety of water attractions, it is very small compared to say Siam Park in Bangkok. I know it is still new, but it is also too much like a concrete jungle rather than a real jungle. Very little shade.
Splash Jungle is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The prices seem to be very expensive to me at 1,495 baht for adults and 750 baht for children aged 5-12 years. In comparison, the much bigger Siam Park in Bangkok is only 300 baht and you get a lot more. I am not sure how many people would pay that much considering Phuket is an island with beautiful beaches!
At the moment, Splash Jungle has some special packages for families. Two adults are 2,400 baht, 2 adults and one child is 3,000 baht and 2 adults and 2 children is 3,600 baht. Splash Jungle is also part of the West Sands Resort. If you stay with them then you can purchase special packages.I guess the prices might be alright for people here on short holidays, but what about the many expat families? I am sure the water park cannot survive on tourists alone.
Getting to the park might also be a problem as it is in the middle of no-where. From Patong Beach the journey is more than an hour. From Cape Panwa it is 80 minutes. The park has shuttle buses but it will cost you 350 baht per person for a one-way ride. Obviously for a family it is going to be an expensive day out. Even with the package deal, it will cost a family of four about $212 just for transport and admission. That doesn’t include food.
Map showing the location of Splash Jungle: