I'm a travelling mother of one, from the UK but now living in Indonesia. Looking forward to sharing day out ideas with you.
Published July 1st 2019
Everyone loves a swim, even more so with warm water
I'm always nervous when my husband suggests swimming in Bandung. The pools are either too cold or facilities that aren't up to European standards. But I have to say that at Cipaku I was pleasantly surprised.
Overview of the two cooler pools - Shallow pool on the right
It's located towards the north of Bandung and the parking area is right outside the entrance. Sadly there are no lifts and about 40 steps down to the entrance and then more to the pools. Once you've paid the entrance fee (no child discount mentioned) you make your way to the poolside. As you go down stairs on the left there is a small café. At the bottom you'll find the shoe lockers. I like the fact that you need to remove your shoes as it helps keep the place very clean and tidy. The changing rooms and showers both within the complex and pool side are simple but do the job.
Around the outside area you'll find a few booths & seated areas so feel free to bring some food with you. On the side of the covered warmer pool are tables and chairs for the small café-like restaurant. They don't have much of a menu chips, burgers and nuggets etc and hot and cold drinks, all very cheap. Cash only.
For me if you want a cheap swim, a choice of a warmer pool, without having to pay slightly higher hotel fees this is a great option. It's part of a bigger complex and we have enjoyed a walk through the gardens a few time but the entrance to this is in a different area. From the parking lot it's towards the left - worth a visit and quick wander. As for the baths, there really isn't a dress code but I have noticed that as there are mainly local people swimming the ladies will wear a t-shirt over their swimming suit or more like leggings.
Have you found any more top swimming pools in Bandung? Leave me a comment and let me know where you like.