Wednesday, 9 February 2022

7 ways to get your adrenaline pumping in Singapore

We are excited about the announcement that the Singapore night race will return (30 September to 2 October 2022) and that the contract has been extended for another seven years. After over a decade of hosting Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, it’s clear how much energy it brings to the city. The adrenaline-fuelled motorsport also inspires many of us to pick up the pace in our own lives as well.

Not ready to jump in a car that can accelerate from 0 to 100kph in 2.4 seconds? Whether it’s swimming 200m above ground in one of the world’s highest infinity pools at Marina Bay Sands or sliding down a 60m ski slope at Snow City, there are many family-friendly ways to release your happy hormones in Singapore. But if it’s extreme solo adventures that you prefer, it’s also easy to find safe yet challenging activities around the Little Red Dot that are sure to give you an adrenaline rush. Here are some options.

1. Take that bungy plunge

Falling from the edge of a bridge 47m above ground is sure to make even the most daring daredevil’s knees buckle. Good thing there’s a jaw-dropping view of Palawan Beach to distract you before taking the 15-second plunge – which could feel much longer on your way down – at Skypark Sentosa Bungy Jump. You also have the option to preserve the experience with a high-definition camera installed to capture your best (we hope) angle on your fearless descent for an envy-worthy IG story.

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A jaw-dropping view of Palawan Beach as you take the 15-second plunge

2. Ride into the flow at the city’s oldest trail

If getting muddy is more your speed, the 6.5km Bukit Timah Mountain Bike Trail includes steep climbs, sharp descents and black diamond obstacles to challenge even the more experienced trail enthusiasts. At Singapore’s oldest mountain biking trail, keep your eyes peeled for rare and endangered flora such as the Velvet Tamarind Tree and Petaling Jaya’s Namesake as well as fauna like long-tailed macaques and flying lemur. While Singapore has many cycling trails and most of the island is linked though park connectors, if it is adventure and thrills that you crave, Bukit Timah’s trail will deliver where the others cannot.

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Singapore’s oldest mountain biking trail promises black diamond obstacles to challenge even the more experienced trail enthusiasts Photo: NParks

3. Fly atop a canopy of trees

From a soaring height of 70m – about 25 storeys high – fly over a gorgeous canopy of coastal trees such as angsana, broad-leafed mahogany and sea apples while taking in a view of the white sands of Siloso Beach on Sentosa. Mega Adventure’s Cruisy Treetop Zipline to the Sea is a 450m-long ride that cruises up to 60kph and takes about 30 seconds. That may sound like a short flight, but trust us, it can feel like minutes once the adrenaline kicks in.

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This 30-second ride cruises up to 60kph and rewards you with a gorgeous view of trees and the beach

4. Get your bounce on at a trampoline park

Located in Singapore’s shopping district, the trampoline park at Bounce will lift your spirit and put a spring in your step. Beyond the basic thrill of defying gravity by jumping on a bounce mat, there are tons of different options. Head to a free-jump area that makes free running and parkour look easy or flex your muscles in the X-Park, an obstacle course that will test your nimbleness and speed – a must try for Ninja Warrior fans! Ballers can channel their inner Michael Jordan in the dunk basketball zone, all while bouncing.

5. Defy gravity at a wind tunnel by the beach

Seeking the thrill of skydiving without having to jump off from a moving aircraft? iFly Singapore‘s transparent wind tunnel on Sentosa Island will give you the exhilarating feeling of free-falling for 45 seconds while admiring a view of Siloso Beach through the establishment’s clear acrylic windows. You can continue defying gravity for another 45 seconds by topping up $10.

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Free-fall for 45 seconds while admiring a view of Siloso Beach at iFly

6. Scale heights at Singapore’s tallest indoor rock face

Suitable for both beginner and seasoned wall climbers, Climb Central boasts Singapore’s tallest indoor air-conditioned rock face. Featuring 45 climbing lanes, challenge yourself on towering walls that range from four to 16m. Head to the outpost at Kallang Wave Mall, then explore the rest of Singapore Sports Hub, a 35ha development that is also home to a bike museum, a giant indoor running track spanning the entire National Stadium as well as an elevated skatepark overlooking a highway.

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7. Jump and twirl in a cable-ski park

Perfect for those seeking a thrill on waters without having to go out in the open sea, Singapore Wake Park occupies a  lagoon in East Coast Park and has three cable systems – one for advanced wakeboarders and two for beginners. Instead of being dragged by a motorboat, the cable lines are pulled by a machine that gently increases the speed to leave you time to adjust your pace. After jumping and twirling over obstacles, head to nearby East Coast Lagoon Food Village and reward yourself with hearty hawker food.

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Instead of being dragged by a motorboat, wakeboarders at Singapore Wake Park are pulled by a machine in an artificial lagoon

Please check the establishments’ respective websites for opening hours as well as booking requirements before visiting, and remember to adhere to safe-distancing measures while out and about. The information is accurate as of press time.

For the latest travel advisory updates, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website. To learn more about Singapore Airlines flights, visit singaporeair.com. To join us in protecting the environment by offsetting your carbon emissions on your future flights, visit the following websites to learn more: carbonoffset.singaporeair.com.sg and carbonoffset.flyscoot.com

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