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Hydro-powered fun

Water parks are always popular in the summer months, and northern Taiwan offers two facilities that rank with the best in the world

By Michael Kearney  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Next to Mala Bay is Discovery World amusement park; a combo ticket can be purchased which offers admission to both parks.

Swimming caps are required on the rides at Mala Bay and beer is sold at the park. Formosa Fun Coast doesn't require swim caps, but beer is missing from its concession stands.

"We don't sell beer because people's reaction times become slower after drinking alcoholic beverages. It's difficult to predict what will happen after they get off a water slide, so we worry about accidents happening," Wang said.

Visitors at Mala Bay can store money on a waterproof band, which can be swiped at concession stands to purchase food and drinks. Any unused money is refunded when the band is returned. It's more convenient than Formosa Fun Coast's system that requires visitors to carry around cash.

If the weather is good, lines are long at both water parks, especially on weekends. Formosa Fun Coast does a better job of shuttling people through the rides - many times on the speed slides at Mala Bay the rider before me had exited the ride and had already begun to dry off before the lifeguard allowed me to slide.

Getting there

To get to Formosa Fun Coast on public transit, ride the MRT to Guandu (關渡) then take bus 22 red or 13 red directly to the water park. Until Sept. 2, park hours are from 9am to 9:30pm Monday to Friday and 8:30am to 10pm on weekends. After Sept. 2, park hours are from 9:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9:30am to 5:30pm on weekends. Tickets are NT$620 and concession tickets are available. More information is available at www.fww.com.tw.

To get to Mala Bay on public transit, take a train to Fengyuan (豐原) and then a bus to Yuemei (月眉), or take a train to Houli (后里) and then a taxi to the park. Until Sept. 2, park hours are from 9am to 9pm. After Sept. 2, park hours are from 9:00am to 5:30pm. Tickets are NT$600 and concession tickets are available. The combo ticket for both Mala Bay and Discovery World is NT$790. More information is available at www.yamay.com.tw.

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