There are so many changes happening at Aqualand in Costa Adeje that the publicity brochures can’t keep up with them. Even after reading my guide the twin slides of the new Kamikaze ride came as a surprise. The tall and very steep candy striped towers looked the same but from the top the red chute had a little deceptive upward kink before the big water plunge, both were proving a big draw.
One of the older theme parks in Tenerife it’s easy to think of how it always was but the whole layout is changing, the Lava River and Kids Wavepool are maybe a nod to the newer neighbours but the park has plenty to say for itself. Aimed more at gentle family fun and relaxation than white knuckle thrills the Vulcano Spa and Jacuzzi makes a great centerpiece where small children can enjoy the large shallow pool while parents recline on the bubbling Jacuzzi surround.
Where Aqualand really scores is the Dolphinarium with its daily 3.30 pm show featuring six dolphins and lots of interaction with the audience. The show is included with the park entrance fee but pre show poses with the dolphins can be bought later at the exit, there were also several lucky children and grown ups plucked from the amphitheatre to join in some water games. It makes a great climax after hours of water related fun and games.
Next to the Kamikaze the wide lanes of the undulating Crazy Race allowed for plenty of spinning around as the riders slithered down. The closed pipes of The Twister and The Rapids both ended in a splash pool but I preferred the Rapids and had several trips down, after the first two I managed a high speed appreciation of the views across to Playa de Las Americas and Puerto Colon below.
The Water’s Castle is a playground for the very small in the company of their parents with lots of flowing water and fairy tale creatures. That ability to share the fun at close quarters with other members of the family is something that Aqualand offers in a variety of attractions including junior versions of some of the bigger slides and the multi slide zone of Family Adventureland.
There are 18 attractions but that is fluctuating as new additions join old favourites like Tornado and Twister Racer. If you haven’t taken the plunge for a few years you will appreciate the difference, if you’re a new visitor there’s plenty to please all the family.
Aqualand, Avenida de Austria, San Eugenio Alto, Costa Adeje; (+34) 922 71 52 66; open daily 10am to 5pm, July & August to 8pm; adults (over 1.40 metres high) €22.50, children (between 1.10 & 1.40) and over 65’s €16, minis (.90 to 1.10 m) €8; joint ticket with Jungle Park (use different days) adults €34, children €24, minis €12; lockers €6 with €2 refunded on exit; sun loungers €2, Dolphin Planet museum €2.50.
Free parking and free pick up buses from main resorts.
Category : days out
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