Wednesday 8 July, 2020

Watch: Five Islands Water Park beckons regional tourists

An aerial view of the Five Islands Water Amusement Park in Chaguaramas, Trinidad

An aerial view of the Five Islands Water Amusement Park in Chaguaramas, Trinidad

The Five Islands Water Park in Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago, is being touted as a major tourism attraction for visitors across the region and Latin America.

In his address at the opening of the TT$500 million facility on Friday, John Aboud, Chairman of Fouraime Enterprises, owners of the amusement park, said they aim to provide a tourism product for the country that could generate employment and other activities.

He said their investment in the tourism sector has led to them buying the Carlton Savannah Hotel now known as The Brix in Port-of-Spain which could be twinned as a package for those from around the region who wish to come to Trinidad for various activities.

“We also hope to partner with Caribbean Airlines,” he said.

The 25-acre water park is an addition to the Five Islands indoor and outdoor attraction which opened in 2017. The indoor section will remain closed for the foreeseable future due to COVID-19 concerns.

The water park, which Aboud said was designed by an architectural and construction firm out of Houston, Texas, features one of the longest lazy rivers in the world, a double wave pool, six slide towers, over 25 interactive water slide experiences, and an area for young children among other attractions.

The theme of the park is centred on T&T culture with attractions named after folklore characters, popular areas and cultural treasures.

There is the Steel Pan Alley, a bridge that leads you to the water park, the Papa Bois Trail, Moko Land with slides as tall as 50ft, Manzanilla Stretch and Gundee Beach with artificial waves.

The park, which took almost six years to build, is serviced with $30 million in pumps submerged beneath the facility Aboud revealed.

For those concerned about health and safety, the park ensures patrons wash their hands upon entry and they are required to wear masks outside of the pools and slides. A thermal camera has also been purchased to detect anyone entering with a high temperature.

Aboud said the water used in the pools contains three times the required amount of chlorine and an ultraviolet water system and highly sensitive filtration system ensures the water is virus-free.

To ensure effective social distancing, the park will cater to around 2500 patrons daily, less than the 6000 it can hold.

For July and August, there will be one flat fee for both parks. Patrons 48 inches and over will pay $250, 36 to 47 inches, $150 and under 36 inches entrance is free.

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