If you’ve got a sense of adventure, a need for speed and a head for heights, you’ve come to the right place…
A one-stop fun factory; the island resort of Sentosa, off Singapore’s southern coast, boasts beaches, golf courses and big-hitting family attractions including Universal Studios and S.E.A. – one of the world’s biggest aquariums, home to 100,000 marine animals. Get to Sentosa via cable car from the mainland for fabulous views and fun.
For pure pumping adrenaline, head to Sentosa’s Mega Adventure Park, where you can climb, bungee, jump and fly! Career along the MegaZip – a towering zipline 75 metres high and 450 metres long, which reaches heart-racing speeds of up to 60km/h and offers jaw-dropping views of Singapore’s city, sea and jungle. Or take on the 36 treetop obstacles at MegaClimb, the aerial ropes adventure course. Take a leap of faith – and enjoy rip-roaring views – on Megajump’s 15-metre freefall drop; when you’ve had your fill of daring adventures, head to the man-made Siloso beach for some well deserved relaxation.
Mega Adventure Park – Singapore.
10A Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099008.
Asia is world renowned for its epic amusement parks and Singapore doesn’t disappoint. For high-octane rides, follow the fun-filled screams to Universal Studios on Sentosa Island, where thrill-seekers can take on Battlestar Galactica: Human vs. Cylon™, the daring 3D Transformers the Ride, plus heaps of other roller coasters, shows, street entertainment and spectacles.
8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269.
+65 6577 8888.
Opens 10am, check official website for closing times.
The Skyline Luge is another cracking family adventure, where riders can zoom down the Sentosa hillsides on a toboggan-cum-go-kart and see fabulous views en route to the bottom. There’s even an afterdark option: lights transform the tracks into a whimsical forest that glows red, blue and green.
45 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099003.
+65 6274 0472.
If you can’t get enough of heights, the iFly is another favourite, which simulates the thrill of free-falling skydiving in an epic wind tunnel.
Experience more natural highs on the spellbinding treks and trails around rustic Pulau Ubin. This island remains largely unspoilt and is one of the two remaining kampongs (villages) in Singapore. Just a 15-minute ferry from the mainland, grab a bike and enjoy the island’s lush vegetation and wildlife. Then take a trip to the east of the island to the Chek Jawa wetlands: a paradise for eco and animal lovers. The 20-metre tall Jejawi Tower provides more amazing bird’s-eye views.
In the city, try to keep your head – and your stomach – as you fly through the air faster than 100 kilometres per hour on the GX-5 Extreme Swing. This megawatt heart-racer of a ride seats up to five people and measures 50 metres high. Next, set pulses racing on its fearsome sister ride, the G-Max Reverse Bungy, where you’ll be flung 60m skywards. Do you have the nerve to conquer both?
3E River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024
Visit official website for varying opening times: www.gmaxgx5.sg
A little more leisurely but just as much fun, Asia’s largest observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer, has some of the best views in town from its 28 fully air-conditioned glass capsules. Choose to watch the cityscape drift past by day or night and, if you fancy something a little extra with your scenic spin, book a Singapore Sling flight, complete with cocktails at 165 metres high, or a champagne trip or a four-course dinner.
Or for the real adrenaline-junkies out there, try a bungy jump (50m above the beach), giant swing or the toe-tingling Skybridge at AJ Hackett Sentosa.
If it’s beach life you’re craving, the golden sands of Singapore’s East Coast will be just the ticket. Rollerbladers, hikers, swimmers and cyclists descend in their droves to this beautiful 15-kilometre stretch of beach; with numerous restaurants, bars and the East Coast Food Lagoon, it’s the ideal place to soak up some sunshine.