Aqualoops at Calypso Park, Canada
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Ever wanted to reach 2.5G of acceleration in less than two seconds? Try the insane Aqualoops slide at Ontario’s Calypso Park. First, step into a small cabin where the floor drops out from underfoot, plunging you directly down, feet first. The slide then loops you into a stomach-churning speed of 2.5G. This one isn’t for the faint-hearted.
Three Bedroom Reserve at Soneva Jani, Maldives
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Visitors to the Maldives need few excuses to make the most of the pristine waters beneath their feet. But this hotel suite offers one more – at Soneva Jani on Noonu Atoll, the Three-bedroom Reserve not only includes a butler and private wine cellar but also your own exclusive water slide. Try skipping a swim with a mod con like that attached to your room.
747 Slide at Evergreen Wings and Waves Waterpark, USA
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Taking off has a whole new meaning at this Oregon waterpark. Four of the park’s slides begin from inside a decommissioned Boeing 747, stationed on the roof of the complex. All slides provide different experiences – some include holographic effects giving the slider the impression they’re about to enter a whirring jet engine; others dispense you into an open-air bowl. The take-off is the same however: you’ll get to the ground by hopping through the exit doors of the plane. It’s likely one of the few occasions you’ll be happy to jump out of a jet.
Aquaconda at Dubai Marine Park, UAE
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Is it any surprise that Dubai is the home of the world’s largest water slide? Beginning from a take-off height of 22 metres, you’ll reach speeds of up to 35 kilometres an hour as you make your way through the twists and turns of the 156-metre-long tube. If the thought makes your knees knock, don’t forget you can take up to five other people with you at the same time, thanks to an inflatable raft that holds a total of six.
Citta del Mare, Italy
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Few waterslides use the Mediterranean as their plunge pool. Sicilian resort Citta del Mare has that luxury: from the hotel’s outdoor area, guests can board one of three slides and scoot down for a splash directly in the sea. Want to go again? Just take the ladder attached to the cliff face and head back up.
Dolphin Plunge at Aquatica, USA
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This water slide with a view is unique for a few reasons – first, the clear tube that shoots you through at a thrilling speed takes you below the water, rather than above it. Second, there are a few friends waiting to greet you, namely a group of cheerful Commerson’s dolphins who dwell in the surrounding water. Remember to keep your eyes open.
The Epic Plunge aboard Norwegian Cruise Line
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The hint is in this gripping water slide’s name. The Epic Plunge is 60 metres of sheer adventure, beginning four stories above the deck of a Norwegian Cruise Line. Starting in an enclosed yellow tube, raft riders shoot out of a spout into an enormous checkerboard bowl, swirling into a sinkhole that then spits you out in a plunge pool.
Hilton Hawaiian Village, Hawaii
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The surfers might flock to Oahu’s North Shore but slide aficionados head to this Waikiki resort bordering the famous strip of sand. There are five pools within the expansive complex and at Paradise Pool you’ll also find the city’s longest slide. While waiting at the top, check out the glorious view over the manmade Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon, a favourite among paddling families.
Nashira Resort Hotel & Aqua Spa, Turkey
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There’s nothing but blue skies and blue seas when you look out from the mouth of this collection of slides. As well as an impossible number of pools (including 10 just for adults, four Jacuzzi-style baths and eight for kids) there are 27 water slides to choose from: some for racing, some that will make you dizzy from all the corners and dark tubes that drop you into the cool pool below.
Ramayana Water Park in Pattaya, Thailand
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When you’ve spent your days roaming Thailand’s steamy streets, a visit to the country’s largest water park is the perfect way to cool off. Climb into a four-person raft to zip down the Python or Aquaconda or race another raft of friends on the 240-metre Duelling Aqua-Coasters. Prefer to go in circles? The Aqualoop turns you upside down in a 360-degree loop.
The Scorpion’s Tail at Noah’s Ark Waterpark, United States
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This pipe’s stats are impressive: 121 metres long, 10 storeys high and the ability to make humans plummet at a speed of 15 metres every second on the first heart stopping drop. The Scorpion’s Tail is part of the 28-hectare Noah’s Ark Waterpark, the largest technicolour, over-the-top splash zone in North America.
The Leap of Faith at Atlantis Paradise Resort, the Bahamas
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This slide comes with sharks – real, live, swimming Caribbean Reef and Nurse sharks. But don’t worry; you’re separated from these graceful creatures thanks to the transparent tube you’re shooting through. The Leap of Faith slide, which begins with an 18-metre, almost-vertical fall down the side of a faux Mayan temple, is just one of many slippery options at the Atlantis Paradise Island resort.
World Waterpark, Canada
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Fancy a slide with your shopping spree? Found within the West Edmonton Mall (which also has its own mini golf course, mirror maze and aquarium), the World Waterpark has 11 different slides of varying intensities, including the 25.9-metre-high Twister, as well as wave pools, simulated surfing and water playgrounds
Water Cube Water Park, China
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We bet the swimmers charging down the pool at the 2008 Olympics would have preferred to bob around in this colourful waterpark. Following the international event, the Beijing National Aquatic Centre was converted into this dreamy underwater space in 2011. Inside is a stack of rides, including the partially translucent Serpentine Speed Slide and the Aqualoop, which features a 12-foot free-fall drop in the water.
Yas Waterworld, UAE
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From above, it looks like a tangle of colourful snakes. Apt, then, that this twist of rides in Abu Dhabi is known as Slither’s Slides, each striped tube finished with a fang-bearing snakehead. Serpent Spin drops you into a dark bowl of water, illuminated with little LED lights, before shooting you out the other side. Slither Surprise tosses inflatable tubes along a bumpy ride, while Sidewinder is a twisting, twirling rush through darkness.