For the first part of the story, check out my post on Everland! As the afternoon was drawing to a close, we made our way to Caribbean Bay when it was finally our time to be able to go. We pulled out our time ticket and found a line which more or less resembled an amorphous blob of people, all waiting to splish splash around in the water. There were far more foreigners here, whether they were at Everland or not, we hadn’t noticed. They were of course being obnoxious, not sure if they were actually being awful, or if they just tend to stick out like sore thumbs in a sea of Koreans (many of whom were fashionably wearing life jackets).
Luckily we didn’t have to wait long, and shortly after 5 pm, we followed the crowd into the the park grounds. Since it’s a water park, I didn’t take many photos while we were inside. There are ‘water proof’ cases you can buy for your phone or camera, but I had a pretty awful experience while at Mudfest in July, in which, my phone was in a case, my friend who had the case went into the ocean, the case then proceeded to be filled with ocean water, eventually drowning my phone and killing it. I didn’t want to take that risk again with my fancy new Galaxy s3.
I’ll preface this post with the fact that I was extremely hesitant going into the park, between weird issues with my feet where I hate going barefoot, especially outdoors and what I like to think is a somewhat rational fear of water park slides (like the ridiculous ones) I wasn’t sure I’d end up enjoying this part of the resort. To be completely honest, all I wanted to do was lounge about in the lazy river until they kicked me out.
But I digress, after entering the park, we went to the change room, found some lockers and changed into our swimwear. The wonderful part about change rooms in Korea is that there’s no shame. Change out in the open, walk around nude, no trying to awkwardly cover yourself up with a towel while you try to put your swim suit on ‘discreetly’. This attitude comes from the ‘bathhouse’ culture that they have here though, for many families it’s very common to go to the sauna’s regularly, and there, unless you go into the co-ed areas, you basically are entirely naked for with two tiny towels to sit on or dry yourself with.
Once changed, we were ready to take on the rest of the waning afternoon with some good watery fun! The first water ride we went on, was my all time favorite, the lazy river! This one is fantastic, a model for all others out there to emulate. It’s amazingness came in the form of a never ending loop. That’s right, you didn’t have to get out at a designated time to give up your tube for some other person who clearly won’t appreciate the river nearly as much you will. And so we floated on. And on. My friend, we’ll call her Dynasty*, flipped over at one point and got lost to the sea behind us. Some young Korean guys helped her up and she floated on back to us. It was a magical time. I don’t even know how long we were on it for, maybe 30 minutes.
Once we got our fill of the lazy river, we went in search of what else the park had in store for us. And so we started walking around, it was getting a little dark and chilly at this point, but we had waited all for this and weren’t going to turn back now. The first set of slides we stumbled upon were frightening, the type that I wouldn’t go down, luckily for me they were closed. They were the super steep kind where all I can imagine is plummeting to my watery death (on the map, I believe they are the two super long ones). We pushed on a bit further and found the next set of slides, they seemed alright and I was willing to give them a shot.
The way these slides work, is that there’s two sets of stairs at the bottom, that then split into another set of stairs, which brings you to two platforms at the top. One of them has one slide and the other has two slides. To go down theses slides you had two options, a single tube or a double tube. There were three of us, and at first we waited in line for a double tube. But it slowly dawned on us that the giant line up was exclusively for the double tubes, those who wanted a single tube could move to the front, grab one and be on their merry way. And so we pushed our way to the front, grabbed single tubes and went up the to the awaiting slides, basically bypassing the entire lineup. Genius! We proceeded to do this for quite awhile, maybe 45 minutes. At one point I flipped my tube over when I came off of the slide, the lifeguard was freaking out, a little, but I was fine.
By the time we finished up there, it was pretty dark outside and decided it was best to go and explore the indoor pool area. Inside there was a pool, a wave pool, hot tubs and sauna area and of course, more slides. There were three here; one for single tubes, one for double tubes and one without tubes. We did the single tube slides and the no tube slide. Both of them were pretty fun, but by then we were getting pretty tired. We did a few runs inside, then went back to the change room and found our way back to the buses.
Caribbean Bay was definitely a fun time, if only we had been able to go earlier during the day, when it was sunny and hot out. That would have been fantastic!
*Most definitely not her real name.