This summer has been hot and humid. It is during this season that a trip to a water park is ideal! I’ve been living in Seoul for a while now, but I still hadn’t visited a water park until recently. Now I’m excited to share the details of the experience.
Out of all the water parks in South Korea, I choose to visit Caribbean Bay. It is the water park located adjacent to Everland. It’s ideal for me. Since I live close to Gangnam Station, I am close to a bus stop where I can take the 5002 red bus directly to the parking lot for the two parks. From Gangnam to Everland, the bus takes approximately 40 minutes. It’s fast - considering the distance it covers! The fare is only 2,500won (one-way). If you are lucky, you can get a double-decker bus. The seats on those buses are extra comfortable. This bus comes every 25 minutes; thus, be sure to time accordingly!
Once you arrive to the area in the parking lot where all the public transportation buses stop, you only have to walk about 3 minutes to where shuttle buses keep frequently arriving to take people to the parks’ entrances. The shuttle buses are free. The shuttle bus will drop you off right in front of Everland, so to get to Caribbean Bay, you simply need to walk a short distance to the right of Everland. You’ll pass the outdoor picnic tables that both parks share.
Ticket prices vary depending upon the season, time you arrive and if you want a regular or combi ticket. The combi tickets are for access to both parks - Caribbean Bay and Everland. For an adult, tickets can be as high as 74,000 won to as cheap as 42,000 won at the parks ticket office. However, there are almost always discount options on discount sites! Due to a promotion my bank was having, I was able to get a combi all day ticket for only 44,000 won during their ‘gold season’ when the regular price was 74,000 won.
Once you enter the park, load money onto a pink bracelet that can get scanned inside the park throughout the day to make purchases! While inside the park, you can only pay with the wrist band and with card. You can load 30,000 won, 50,000won or 100,000won. All the money you don’t use can be reimbursed at the same location at the end of your stay. Next, head to the lockers in the Aquatic Center. The lockers are 2,000 won. The cashier will give you a wrist band key with a locker number. Once in the locker room, you locate your locker. The locker sizes are ample. Inside the locker room, you can use the showers, change into your swimsuit and use the powder room. Do shower before changing into your swimwear! Koreans care about hygiene. Even while in the park, you’ll hear announcements asking park goers to shower before entering the pools to help maintain park water quality. The showers have shampoo and body wash dispensers. I still encourage bringing your travel size bottles though. The dispensers are almost all empty by the time the park is about to close.
Now all the prep work is finished! It’s time to have your day in the sun of fun. The park is divided up into five areas. There are three main attractions I recommend!
This attraction is located in Bay Slide. It’s the far back of the park. This is the longest. It has various falls and unexpected twists! Six people go at a time. It is known to be the best attraction, so do expect long wait times.
At first sight, this attraction looks as if it is one simple tube slide. WRONG! It actually connects two slide segments together. The blue and the green one. It is so much fun. I am so glad I didn’t get out of the line when I thought it might be boring and short. It’s called wave blaster for a reason. Bursts of water keep projecting you forward through a series of falls and turns. This ride rides one or two people at a time. This attraction is located in Wild River.
The wave pool is what makes up the majority of the parks Sea Wave area. It is the largest and deepest pool in the park. Artificial waves are made. You need a life jacket to enjoy the wave pool. The rental of a life vest is 7,000 won.
Giselle Moreno is from California, USA where she attended the University of California, Riverside. While a student, she always worked with international students and she decided to teach English abroad upon graduating during her third year of university. It was through the experiences of being an English tutor for international students that she felt really fulfilled. She found it particularly easy to get along with Korean students which is why she decided to pursue a teaching opportunity in Korea. She even attended Yonsei University in Seoul for a semester as a study abroad student and fell in love with the city. She is currently working at ChungDahm Learning’s April Daechi branch located in Gangnam, Seoul.