SOAKING WET

Wide passage ways leading to the various slides and the food court at Go! Wet.

Wide passage ways leading to the various slides and the food court at Go! Wet.

Which way to go at Go! Wet?

Which way to go at Go! Wet?

Others would simply cringe at my bizarre idea of escaping the Asian sun: a book, a nice cup of Joe, and a shaded area. Like fish to water, friends, relatives, and colleagues generally prefer to head to where the nearest beach is. Unfortunately, in Jakarta, the nearest beach entails a hellacious journey to Ancol (pronounced An-chol) given Jakarta’s infamous traffic jams.

Lucky for the water babies in Bekasi, which is 45 minutes away from Jakarta on a good, almost once-in-a-blue-moon day, a water theme park has opened. Called Go! Wet, it is located in Grand Wisata Bekasi, and boasts intricate, heart-thumping water slides all the way from White Water Canada that would satisfy every pseudo-aqua man or mermaid yearning to beat the heat. Further water adventures can be experienced in Go! Lazy, a river landscape that features rapids for the intrepid swimmer who might want a little more than gentle swaying of the waves. The gentle waves are at the Go! Wave section where you sway to and fro while seated on a huge, green floater. And for those who really yearn for that elusive adrenaline rush, there is the Go! Twist that features a curved tunnel for a heart-thumping, scream-inducing trip from the top to the bottom.

Go! Splash slide greets park goers after they go through the turnstile.

Go! Splash slide greets park goers after they go through the turnstile.

A meal or a drink can be had at the food court.

A meal or a drink can be had at the food court.

My view of Go! Wet from my table at the food court.

My view of Go! Wet from my table at the food court.

I found my temporary niche at a table at the food court facing the water slides while my friends and colleagues from Global Prestasi School (GPS) scattered about the 7.5 hectare water park. Go! Wet was this year’s venue for the annual teachers’ gathering to mark the end of another school year, and as a way to enhance – or maintain – social ties among the teachers from the three units of GPS (i.e. elementary, junior high, and senior high), support team, and management.

So, as they got themselves soaking wet, I stayed dry and relaxed at the food court, sipping my white coffee from Old Town White Coffee while perusing Pisani’s Indonesia Etc.

Go! Spin (forefront) and Go! Twist

Go! Spin (forefront) and Go! Twist

Wave pool (left) and other slides

Wave pool (left) and other slides

Beat the heat at the wave pool.

Beat the heat at the wave pool.

Go! Wet

Grand Wisata Bekasi Jl. Southern Boulevard Kav 1

Web: http://www.gowet-grandwisata.com

Hours: 1000-2000 (weekdays) | 0900-2000 (weekends and national holidays)

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