Lily Pad Ride

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The Lily Pad Ride

The Lily Pad Ride[1], also called Pipe Down #3[2], is a secret level that is accessible only through a Warp Pipe located on the southeast island in Delfino Plaza in the game Super Mario Sunshine. The pipe is blocked by an Orange Juice Generator, so to get inside, Mario must ride Yoshi and jump across several boats to get to the island. It can be difficult to enter the level since if Yoshi falls into the water, he disappears, meaning Mario must go all the way back to Isle Delfino proper to get Yoshi back and must repeat the entire boat journey over again to get back to the island.

Mario and F.L.U.D.D. in Lily Pad Ride

In this secret area, Mario must ride a lily pad across a poisonous river, collecting eight Red Coins along the way. If Mario lands in the water, he instantly loses a life. The lily pad that Mario is on slowly rots away over time, eventually disappearing.

If Mario reaches the end of the area but fails to get all eight Red Coins, he can walk on the sides of the river to try to get back to the starting point and get on the lily pad again. However, because the paths are quite narrow, the player needs to move cautiously to avoid falling into the poisonous water or off the stage.

There is a pipe at the end of the river which takes Mario back to Delfino Plaza, but the player must repeat the steps taken to get to the level all over again.


  1. ^ Super Mario Sunshine Official Nintendo Player's Guide, page 29.
  2. ^ Hodgson, David S J, Bryan Stratton, and Stephen Stratton. Super Mario Sunshine Prima Official Strategy Guide. Page 35.