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Adventure Activities that Will Change the Way You See Singapore

Devika Arora Asia and Pacific, Thrills 15 Comments

If you thought Singapore was only meant for business meetings and layovers, you got it all wrong. This island country may be a global financial center to those coming for work, but for those of us who seek fun and excitement Singapore is something else. And no we’re not talking about shopping! This is a different type of thrill, one that pumps up the adrenaline even before you can let out a good scream.

1. Battlestar Galactica

One of the most popular rides in Singapore, Battlestar Galactica: Human vs. Cylon is a set of intertwined roller coasters at the famous Universal Studios. Based on the American series Battlestar Galactica, this is the world’s tallest dueling roller coasters (at 42.7 meters or around 140 feet) and runs at the speed of up to 90km per hour. The Human side of the roller coaster is red in color and gives you that edge-of-the-seat thrill. If you can survive the head-spinning afterwards, quickly head to the Cylon side as this was just a warm up!

The blue side is even more gripping as you are suspended from the track with your legs hanging mid-air. Be it zero-g roll, corkscrew, cobra roll or vertical loops – you are slung around and inverted on various occasions, after which you experience a steep 5-meter dive. Both Human and Cylon carts leave the station together at high speeds and take sudden twists and turns for you to believe they will collide. The ride, which was closed for an ‘attraction review,’ recently re-opened for public in May 2015 after two years of closure.

Cost:

  • S$64 for a one-day pass at Universal Studios. (No separate charges for the individual ride)

Website:www.rwsentosa.com/homepage/attractions/universalstudiossingapore/scificity/battlestargalacticahumanvscylon

2. G-Max Reverse Bungy and GX-5 Extreme Swing

Anyone who has been to (or is going to) Singapore must know of Clarke Quay. This riverside area, which is the coolest pedestrian mall in the city, is home to several clubs, restaurants and an extreme sport. So gulp down a shot of courage at one of those bars and tell yourself you can do this! The G-Max Reverse Bungy is considered a ‘must-do’ for all those adrenaline junkies out there. You (3 people max) are made to sit in an open-air steel capsule and strapped down with safety belts only to be launched into the sky. You are catapulted up to a height of 60 meters and at a speed of 200km per hour!

Those afraid of the rocket launch-like reverse bungy can opt for the GX-5 Extreme Swing at the same set-up. The freefall swing allows up to 5 people to sit in a row in a capsule similar to that for the reverse bungy. The Extreme Swing capsule is pulled perpendicular to the ground and released in the air to swing like a giant pendulum at the speed of 120 km per hour. The best part about these rides is that you can hop on after partying as they remain open until 3 am on Fridays and Saturdays (and 1 am on the rest of the days). Just make sure you come empty stomach 😛

Cost:

  • Reverse Bungy: S$45
  • Extreme Swing: S$40
  • Combo of both: S$60
  • Special price for students: S$30 per ride

Website: www.gmaxgx5.sg

 
3. iFly

Who had thought fluttering around in a five-storey tunnel could give you a high? iFly is the largest indoor skydiving simulator in the world with high-tech equipment allowing you to experience the thrills of freefall, minus the risks of jumping from an actual aircraft. You get to float in 3660 meters high vertical wind chamber and can also make formations with fellow divers in the air.

Located at the Siloso Beachfront on Sentosa Island, the iFly wind tunnel consists of four fans that generate winds of nearly 300km per hour. To further reduce the risks of any injury, you will be trained before the actual experience. The flight certificate at the end is a cherry on the cake 😀

Cost:                              

  • S$89 (off-peak rate online)
  • S$119 (walk-in rate)

Website: www.iflysingapore.com

 
4. Ultimate Drive

For those who go green with envy watching Formula One drivers race their supercars, the Ultimate Drive now lets you live your dream. You can choose between the prancing horse (Ferrari F430 F1 Spider in red) and the raging bull (Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder in yellow or orange). Once settled in, you can commence the drive with the challenging F1-mode paddle gearbox or simply select the automatic mode. There are two starting points to choose from – the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel and the landmark Singapore Flyer. You may also request for a different pick-up location.

Non-drivers can also enjoy the deal as professional drivers take you for hair-raising laps. Sweeten the deal by taking home a souvenir – an HD video recording of your experience. Make sure you book for the right time; Ultimate Drive temporarily closes amusement to make way for the Formula One Grand Prix.

Cost:

  • S$298 for a 15-minute drive
  • S$238 for being chauffeured

Website: www.ultimatedrive.com

 
5. Ski360degree

Cable Skiing or Wakeboarding… call it what you may, Ski360degree offers a cool and pulsating way of cruising around a lagoon, pulling you by a cable system. The overhead cable pulls you at a speed of 20-58km per hour, assuring a wet and wild experience. Located on the East Coast Lagoon, this fun activity will seem reasonably priced as there is no need to hire speed boats.

The park also offers other stimulating water sports, such as trickskiing, kneeboarding and obstacle courses. Since the park is strict about the rules, make sure you know how to swim before you decide to go water skiing. If you don’t, you may be politely turned away in the wake of safety.

Cost:

  • Weekdays: S$38 per hour
  • Weekends: S$50 per hour

Website: www.ski360degree.com

 
6. Flight Experience

Ever wondered what it feels like to fly the 60-tonne Boeing 737? Here’s an exciting way of finding out. Flight Experience has opened the doors of the biggest selling jet airliner for your entertainment! Step into a model cockpit and enjoy flight simulation, right from take-off to landing.

You may choose a destination from 24,000 airports around the world – it could be an international airport, a local hub or the white-knuckle approach like Kai Tak in Hong Kong or Innsbruck’s snow-capped Alps. While you fly, take some time off to acknowledge popular landmarks, as long as you don’t avoid the screens and console for too long! You also get to maneuver during in-flight emergencies and turbulence, so keep calm and buckle up.

Cost:

  • S$175 for 30 min
  • S$215 for 45 min
  • S$275 for 60 min
  • S$395 for 90 min

Website: www.flightexperience.com.sg

 
7. Revenge of the Mummy

Located at Universal Studios, here is an indoor ride for all you roller coasters lovers who would like to experience the mystifying tales of ancient Egypt, while on the move! Based on the famous Hollywood movie series The Mummy, Revenge of the Mummy offers an adventurous story coupled with ‘psychological’ thrills like no other.

You are seated on a steel coaster inside a dark tomb to journey an Egypt plagued by swarms of creepy beetles and armies of mummified bodies. And as the ride traverses up to a speed of 64 km per hour, you witness fog, drizzle and magnificent fireballs. Loud Egyptian curses like “Akudei makrraken ra,” reverse plunge of the coaster and the carts crashing into the wall, all combined with a red milieu signifying death – and Imhotep laughs “Death is only the beginning!”

Cost:

  • S$64 for a one-day pass at Universal Studios. (No separate charges for the individual ride)

Website: www.rwsentosa.com/language/en-US/Homepage/Attractions/UniversalStudiosSingapore/AncientEgypt/RevengeoftheMummy

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