Just opposite the twin wave pools is one of the main entrances to Roa’s Rapids, which occupies the center of the park. There is another entrance opposite Walkabout Waters (see below).
This is Aquatica’s jazzed-up version of the “lazy river,” which is a water park staple. Most lazy rivers gently float folks along on a roughly circular path. But, as the name suggests, Roa’s Rapids kicks things up a notch.
Here the water zips along at a brisk four feet per second (or 2.72 miles an hour!) along a twisting, 1,500-foot course, which makes for a very different experience from the usual lazy river. No inner tubes are available on this one. Brightly-colored neoprene life jackets are required for little ones, but they are highly recommended for all. With a life jacket on, you can simply surrender yourself to the current and float along with little or no effort. Try rolling on to your back with your feet pointed downstream!
Water splashes onto the water course from streamside spouts or waterfalls as you pass under bridges. Periodically, the stream is bisected by small islands, which forces the water into narrower streams with simulated rapids. As noted earlier, there are two spots where you can exit, which can be a bit of a challenge given the strength of the current. But I have noticed that most people are having too much fun to think about exiting after just one circuit.
Roa, by the way, is a Maori word meaning “long time.”
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