Feb 20, 2019

Comparing the 3 largest Water Parks in Johor - which is best for kids?

All of us can do with a Water Park getaway, especially when the weather gets really hot! There are a number of Water Parks in Johor, which are pretty near to us and also a much cheaper option... especially for families with kids.

We have been to the three largest Water Parks in Johor - DESARU COAST ADVENTURE WATERPARK, LEGOLAND MALAYSIA WATER PARK and AUSTIN HEIGHTS WATER PARK so here's my verdict on them in case you are wondering which Water Park to bring your kids for your next holiday!


Located in Desaru and opened in July 2018, Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark is billed as one of the biggest waterparks in the world and is the newest water park to open in Johor.

Set against the backdrop of a traditional Malaysian fishing village, Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark is home to more than 20 wet and dry rides, slides and attractions spread over 5 zones. But what sets the water park apart from the rest is THREE unqiue attractions:

1. The region's FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND water rollercoaster
Kraken’s Revenge is a combination of a roller coaster and splashing flume ride that takes thrill seekers up 30-metres above the ground in rolling “boats” before swooping and spinning through a full 360-degree horizontal loop. The ride then takes a 27-metre drop to the shipwrecking Kraken sea monster waiting in the pool of water below! Riders can reach speeds up to 70 km/h as they plummet to a splashing finish. Absolutely thrilling stuff!

2. Tidal Wave Beach
Tidal Wave Beach is one of the biggest wave pools in the world with some of the world’s biggest man-made waves! This signature water feature at Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark spreads over nearly three acres and holds more than 4 million gallons of water. And this wave pool generates tidal waves. Yes, waves that actually reach up to 3m in height!

3. Kids Ahoy (Special zone for kids!)
In addition to the standard huge water play structure, complete with water slides and giant splash bucket, the water park has a dedicated children’s zone with three separate age-appropriate play areas filled with water play equipment with a combination of 13 different water slides designed for the waterpark’s younger kids!

Of course, there are the other usual water slides including a dry Pirate Ship ride and a Surf Simulator, and the quintessential Lazy River. Without a doubt, this is THE Water Park that the monkies are dying to go back to!

- Superb variety of water activites to keep everyone happy
- Three unique attractions not found at the other 2 Water Parks
- Best for older kids and teens
- Younger kids and toddlers can have fun too at the dedicated water zone for kids
- Tidal Wave Pool is unlike other wave pools, even in Singapore
- Newest Water Park of the three

- Far from Singapore; about 1.5 hour-drive
- Not suitable for a day trip
- Accommodation options are pricier

Address: Desaru Coast, No. 4 Jalan Danau, Desaru Coast, 81930 Bandar Penawar,  Johor Darul Ta’zim, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10am - 6pm daily
Hotel Options:  Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast,Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort (Desaru Coast), Sand & Sandals Resort & Spa, Lotus Desaru Resort
Admssion Ticket: Adults RM128 | Child & Senior RM96
Website: https://desarucoast.com/Pages/Play/Desaru-Coast-Adventure-Waterpark


Billed as the largest LEGOLAND Water Park in the world and opened in October 2013, the interactive and fully LEGO-themed Water Park offers 13 water attractions and unlike the usual water parks, this one is specially catered to children below the age of 12.

This is because as long as your child is above the height of 1.07m, then you will be glad to know that he/she will be eligible to tackle EVERY SINGLE attraction at LEGOLAND Malaysia Water Park. Expect twirly swirly water slides like the Brick Blaster, Red Rush, Splash 'N' Swirl and Wave Rider. OR you could go head-to-head with five other people at the LEGO Slide Racers!

For younger kids, there are four attractions to keep them busy and of the four, the DUPLO Splash Safari and Joker Soaker water playground will be a hit. The former is a large wading pool with shallow water with 3 short slides here as well as interactive and larger-than-life DUPLO creatures - perfect for toddlers.

The latter is a fun interactive play structure with different lengths, heights, types of slides and water cannons. Together with the Wave Pool and Lazy River, kids will definitely want to spend an entire day here!

- Ample water activities to keep kids entertained
- Water slides are thrilling, but not that thrilling to put off kids
- Best for kids aged 10 and below
- Toddlers can have water fun at the water play areas too
- LEGO-themed
- Near to Singapore

- Ticket price is the most expensive of the three
- Oldest Water Park of the three

Address: 7, Jalan Legoland, Medini, 79250 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10am - 6pm daily
Hotel Options: LEGOLAND Malaysia Hotel, Somerset Medini Iskandar Puteri, Hotel Ramada Meridin Johor Bahru, Meridin@medini Hotel
Admssion Ticket: Adults RM149 | Child & Senior RM121
Website: www.legoland.com.my


Opened in December 2015, the themepark consists of three sections: water park, adventure park and sports & leisure park. The water park is home to a variety of water slides while the adventure park  features the longest indoor suspension adventure rope course in Malaysia. The sports & leisure park consists of go-karting,, Indoor Trampoline Centre and Ice Skating Rink.

Essentially, there are only 6 water slides for older kids and above, with the most thrilling coming in the form of the Yellow Wall where riders will slide down from a steep end and find themselves hurtling straight up again on a wide yellow slide!

For younger kids, there are the standard faves - a Lazy River, Wave Pool, and Water Playground. The Wave Pool is pretty boring with extremely gentle waves - although it will be good for families with toddlers. As for the Lazy River, the water appears to be of a greenish yellow colour so that could be a turn-off for some.

Overall, a decent and inexpensive water park to head to if you are planning on a last minute trip to Johor.

- Extremely near to Singapore
- Cheapest admission price of the three
- Waves at Wave Pool are great for toddlers
- Availability of other activities like the Adventure Park and go-karting (extra charges apply).

- Smallest Water Park of the three
- Least number of water slides
- Colour of the water at Lazy River may be a turn-off for some

Address: No. 71, Jalan Austin Heights 8/1, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10am - 7pm daily
Hotel Options: Midori Concept Hotel, Prince 33 Hotel, Austin Park Hotel, Cube 8Teen Boutique Suite
Admssion Ticket: Above 120cm RM80 | 120cm & below RM70 | Senior citizens (Aged 60 & above) RM70 | Below 3 years old RM12
Website: www.funtime.my/index

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