A hot family holiday is never quite complete without a trip to a waterpark. In west Cyprus the Aphrodite Waterpark in Paphos is the perfect place to cool down as the temperature soars.
There are rides and attractions for all ages from tiny tots to fully grown thrill seekers and with plenty of sunbeds and refreshments it’s a great place to enjoy a day out with the whole family.
As we entered the park we were greeted by Mr Froggy, the park’s mascot who posed for photos with Anabelle and Zachary, a lovely welcome! We then quickly changed and left our clothes in the locker – available at €5 for the day.
Our first stop was the younger kid’s area for children up to 12 called Magic Splash. This area was a great introduction to the park with smaller versions of some of the larger attractions such as the mini volcano and the mini bubble. There is also a pirate ship with slides, a see-saw, fountains and 2 small flumes. There are sun-loungers opposite and life guards on duty so it’s an ideal place to let the kids run, splash and swim while catching a few rays.
We then moved on to the full-size Wet Bubble and Super Volcano. The water was 1m deep and pretty chilly! The pillow was fantastic with a rope you can use to pull yourself up before you bounce or slide back down with a splash. Zachary is a very new swimmer but he was fine here with our help and the lifeguards are very conscious about keeping numbers to a minimum in this area. The Super Volcano looked amazing but proved a little too high for all 4 of us as none of us reached the top!
Next we found the Lazy River. The entrance point was very shallow and slow flowing making it easy for us help the kids into their rings without fighting the current. You can ride solo or double and the river meanders right around the park. I could have quite happily floated around all day in here but the kids wanted to find more adventurous thrills.
As we headed across the park towards the flumes and slides we heard a siren signalling the start of the waves which run for approximately 15 minutes every hour. We headed to the wave pool where you can ride the waves with or without a tube. There are more sun-loungers here which gives you the opportunity for a quick rest if needed. Also in this part of the park you’ll find the Canon Drop and Nautilous Screw. In all honesty we didn’t brave the Canon Drop as I preferred to keep my bikini in one place! It was entertaining to watch those that did brave the aptly named ride, shoot out the pipe, quite literally like a canon ball. Anabelle and I did ride the Nautilous Screw and raced each other on alternate slides. I’m not quite sure what Belle was doing inside as I beat her by a considerable margin each time so I couldn’t tell you which is the faster flume!
As our tummies grumbles we decided on a pit stop. There are lots of food choices at Paphos Waterpark and the wrist band pay system was easy and convenient so that there was no need to return to your lockers or carry money on you. You wrist band is simply loaded with whatever purchases you make throughout the day which you then pay on leaving the waterpark. The food was very good quality and served quickly although it was unnecessary expensive. This was a shame seeing as visitors are not allowed to bring food or drink into the waterpark leaving no alternative other than to pay the high prices.
Once refuelled we headed off to the top of the park to try the various different water slides. There were lots of rides that were suitable for Zachary (at 6 years old) however we were advised he needed a life-vest. These were available at the shop near the entrance but were again a charged service at €5.
The Adventure ride was a firm favourite with all of us but especially Zachary who went on down with Lee countless times. If you sit upright it is a fairly gentle body ride. Be warned don’t lie down! You’ll find out the hard way (as I did) that you go significantly faster!
The Family Rafting ride and Raging River were also great rides for all the family not just in age but can be enjoyed as a group experience.
Anabelle’s favourite ride was the Crazy Cone. This is Paphos Waterpark’s newest ride and is very unique and a lot of fun. Riding down in a double tube Anabelle and I were exhilarated by the fast spiral and enthralled by the pendulum swing action within the 2 ‘cone’ sections before being thrust out into the deep blue pool at the bottom. This was another ride we enjoyed multiple times and as a bonus you receive an effective step work out climbing up to the start of the ride each time!
There is a large souvenir shop which also sells essentials like suncream and towels so that you have everything you need should you have left anything at home. There is also a photo station where you can buy image taken of you enjoying the park by roaming photographers.
We found the changing/shower area left a little to be desired. We were visiting at a quieter time of year and I can’t imagine how this area would have coped when busy. There were very few showers or cubicles, the water was freezing, there were no hair dryers or anywhere to plug a hair dryer in and the light had a very annoying habit of turning on and off.
The park itself is very spacious, exceptionally clean and there were plenty of seating areas both open and shaded.
The staff were also fantastic. We found everyone to be very friendly and communicative and the lifeguards were reassuringly safety conscious and very alert to the activities around them.
9 out of 10!
All in all we had a wonderful day at Paphos Waterpark. The rides and attractions are unusual, plentiful and well maintained. Updating the changing rooms and creating better value for money for families by including items like locker and life-vest and reducing the cost of the food would be welcome improvements. However, the friendly staff, cleanliness and layout of the waterpark all made for a very enjoyable day.