Aquatica, Sea World’s water park, is fun and relaxing with a good mix of activities for all ages in a beautifully landscaped, tropical setting. The park has 7 slides, most of which are relatively tame, two rivers, two wave pools, a large beach, two kids’ play areas, and plenty of shady spots.The most popular and unusual ride is the Dolphin Plunge that takes guests down a clear tube through the Commerson’s dolphin habitat. It is difficult to see the dolphins while on the ride, but there is an underwater observation area next to the slide for non-riders and those who want a closer look at the animals.
Outside food, except for snacks and drinks, is not allowed in the park. The food sold in the park is mediocre at best, and the service can be painfully slow. To avoid the lines you can pre-order the Family Picnic deal. If you like to eat a lot, The Banana Beach Cook-Out is a good option since it is an all-day, all-you-can-eat buffet featuring pizzas, hot dogs, pulled pork, baked chicken, side items, and desserts.
Lockers, towels, and private cabanas are available for rent. This park sometimes reaches capacity by noon, so arrive early if possible.
The rides at Aquatica:
Dolphin Plunge takes riders down 250 feet of clear tubes, underwater, and through Aquatica’s beautiful Commerson’s dolphin habitat. Guests who prefer to see these stunning black-and-white marine mammals without taking the plunge may sneak a peek at Dolphin Lookout.
Omaka Rocka is a water slide simulating the half-pipe experience that skateboarders and snowboarders feel. Riders speed down flumes into funnels, sliding high up one side and then the other, sometimes feeling a sensation of near weightlessness.
BIG SURF SHORES & CUTBACK COVE:
This is the world’s only side-by-side wave pools each delivering different experiences. Cutback Cove produces crashing waves while Big Surf Shores creates gently-rolling surf.
This fast-paced river zips guests past fountains and through “waterfalls”. Guests can choose to wear an life vest or float freely down the river.
For a slower pace, this lazy river floats guests through an underwater viewing area of the Commerson’s dolphins and next to an aquarium of tropical fish.
The Taumata Racer speeds riders down a 300-foot slide, in and out of tunnels and around a 360-degree turn before racing them across the finish line.
Rafters experience a sense of weightlessness on this triple-drop water ride. The 7-foot-wide flume takes four riders at a time on a straight shot down–three times.
This family raft ride splashes four guests at a time through tunnels, twists and turns. The enclosed flume is on the same tower as Hooroo Run, but offers a slightly slower journey.
Adventurous rafters delight in the twirling sensations of this ride as they spin and splash through a tunnel and into a sparkling pool below. The 129-foot flume takes single or double inner tubes into a super bowl, spins riders around and drops them into Loggerhead Lane.
Seated in double inner tubes, riders experience a series of drops, unexpected curves and curtains of water.
This vast, interactive water playground offers plenty of climbing structures, slides and water canons.
KATA’S KOOKABURRA COVE:
This water playground has fountains, rides and several slides, including a double raft slide, designed just for little kids.