1. Visit the BIGGEST inflatable water theme park near Singapore
The entire park is as big as a basketball court and included swings, wall climbing, monkey bars, big slides, free falling, and even a three-metre wide trampoline. I was eager to run to the trampoline in the centre but the slippery playground had us shrieking in laughter whenever we fell.
There were assistants who watched over us and helped us back up each time, so although I can’t swim, I wasn’t super scared. This playground kept us busy all afternoon so you’ll want to sink into the beanbags on deck for a break now and then. There’s a Floating Snack Bar in the middle of the park and a tent at the shore with a small stall for refreshments.
2. Swing in the sea or stand on heart-shaped planks at Pantai Viovio
For an epic backdrop shot, swing in the sea at Pantai Viovio. The tide was high when I waded about ten metres past the shoreline till the waters reached my knees. There’s another swing not too far off with a pair of seats, as well as a makeshift stage if you want to wait for the sunset with friends.
The beach is bound by mangrove trees and small islands dot the coast with ships sailing across in the distance. The expanse of soft wide sand was dotted with gazebos available for rent at 150,000 Rp (~S$15) per day.
Pantai Viovio is 800m of unpaved road after passing Barelang Bridge 5 which resembles the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco. There were clear signposts and an entry fee of 10,000 Rp (~S$1).
My favourite part about Viovio was at the top of a slope before reaching the beach. Wooden planks in the shape of ‘I ♥ you’ were supported on stilts quite a height from the ground. It thrilled me to look over the canopies and the distant beach from the edge of it.