This candy-colored, floating unicorn island in the Philippines takes bouncy castles to the next level

Photo: Inflatable Island

As the largest floating water park in Asia (so it claims), Inflatable Island has ballooned into a kaleidoscope of colors since its debut last April — and this year saw its latest fun, frilly addition: the unicorns.

Mythical creatures, rainbows, glistening blue waters… this pastel paradise in the Philippines is the stuff candy-hued dreams are made of. It makes bouncy castles look like the flip phones of inflatable fun.

Photo: Inflatable Island

Located about two-and-a-half hours from Manila by car (or 15 minutes by seaplane, if that’s your type of thing), the prismatic beach at Subic Bay features about 4,000 sqm of cheery-looking inflatables, including new ones like a rainbow walk, a “wavy dinosaur”, a super slide, and a “seaunicorn”. If you want an idea of the size and scope of it all — apparently the whole thing is equivalent to eight basketball courts added together.

The entire floating playground. Photo: Inflatable Island

Other elements of the photo-ready adventure course on water include a trampoline, jungle bars, a rock climbing wall, jumping pillows, a giant Tarzan swing and slide, a human launcher, and a “slippery slope” (AKA, a slide).

Photo: Inflatable Island

For those who’d like to avoid wiping out all day, there are areas to stay stationary: floating bars and flamingo and unicorn-shaped cabanas for sunbathing.

Photo: Inflatable Island

It’s saccharine, it’s sweet, it’s kitschy — but we’re betting the unicorn island’s appeal goes beyond  families with little ones. Elle Woods wannabes can pretty much stage an entire fashion shoot here, complete with snapshots at a beanbag lounge area by the sand decked out in every shade of pink and purple imaginable. The Bali Barbie vibes are undeniable.

Pink Bali Lounge. Photo: Inflatable Island

Tickets start at PHP499 (US$9.50) for a one-hour pass. The park encourages its visitors to reserve their slots in advance and arrive half an hour before their scheduled times. Access to the island starts from 8am and ends at 6pm.

Photo: Inflatable Island

Watch the video below for an aerial view of the playground.

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