Thrill-seeking on Sentosa island

No need to chill out.

What we say: 3.5 stars

With an onslaught of new adventure sport attractions, Sentosa island is no longer just for kids. Here’s a round-up of island activities that will get your adrenaline pumping when you’re done elbowing competitors out of the way sales shopping on Orchard Road.

The latest addition and unmissable when you get off the monorail at Beach Station is iFly - an indoor sky-diving simulator. Nearly 60 feet high, the wind tunnel is the largest of its kind and all jumpers require 90 minutes of training before they fake their freefall. The experience costs S$89 for adults and S$79 for children but claims to be “twice the fun” of the real thing. iFly is open 09:00 to 22:00.

Snooze up, scream down.

A little further down Siloso beach is the Skyline Luge & Skyride. The trip up hill is slow and scenic on a chair-lift, but the ride back down on the luge, a mix between a sled and a go-kart, is as fast as you can handle it while navigating the twisting course. One ride costs S$12.50 but, since once is never enough, package deals are available. The Luge & Skyride is open daily from 10:00 to 21:30 – try it after dark for a completely different experience.

Though there’s also a rope course and climbing wall, the thrill of the MegaZip Adventure Park is the zip line that starts at Imbiah Hill and ends at the middle of Siloso beach. It’s no Gibbon Experience, but you’ll still hear people screaming as they soar over the jungle canopy at speeds up to 50 km per hour. MegaZip is open 11:00 to 19:00 daily and the brief-but-ballsy zip line ride costs S$29.

Fake breaks.

You won’t see any surfers on Sentosa’s perfectly calm beaches, but you can catch an artificial wave at the Wave House. The continuous 10-foot wave rivals the best surfing in Bali, but unlike Mother Nature’s waves it’ll set you back at least S$35 an hour to ride this one. The Wave House is outdoors right on Siloso beach and also has a California-cool beach bar with a swimming pool. Open daily 10:00 to 23:00.

You could be the daring young man on the flying trapeze.

For just S$10 you can pretend you’ve run away to Singapore and joined the circus at The Flying Trapeze. All wannabe acrobats wear a safety harness and there’s a net to catch you when you eventually fall – it requires an incredible amount of upper body strength to hold on. The Flying Trapeze is right beside Trapizza restaurant (try the thin-crust pizza) at the eastern side of Siloso beach and is open 14:30 to 18:30 on weekdays and 14:30 to 19:00 on weekends.

Last updated: 4th November, 2014

About the author:
Tanya Procyshyn is a Singapore-based freelance writer and photographer. With a passion for unusual destinations, she has camped alongside Komodo dragons and shook hands with soldiers in North Korea. She blogs at www.idreamofdurian.com.
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