Fearless in Sentosa, Singapore's adventure island

2019-06-30 19:39 - Selene Brophy
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The only way to step off a 47m high bungy platform is to not look down. If you do, it's over. 

At least that's what I told myself, as I looked out across the southern coast of Singapore, from AJ Hackett's bungy tower, complete with glass sky bridge on Sentosa Island. 

Container ship after container ship lay in the bay, literally hundreds of them as testament to its thriving heritage as a shipping port. And it's a remarkable sight. Enough to transfix and distract - and eventually swirl into a blur along with the tropical heat, as you take the plunge towards the pool below.

S.E.N.T.O.S.A

What a welcome to Singapore's official state of fun. 

 Sentosa is the adventure playground just off Sin

(Photo: Gilian McLaren)

Singapore’s premier island resort getaway and Asia’s leading leisure destination is about 500-hectare big, offering an exciting mix of themed attractions, alongside lush greenery and golden, sandy beaches. 

Sentosa, meaning peace and tranquility (Oh the adrenalin-infused irony) in Malay, is just minutes away from the central business district and is also easily accessible via various modes of transport including the Sentosa Express from Vivo City and the Singapore Cable Car SkyNetwork, which offers an aerial view of the Harbourfront precinct - and can actually be seen all around Singapore.

The island was formerly a fishing village and British military base during World War II and has since been transformed into an idyllic island resort - becoming the chosen recreational space for Singaporeans. 

Some 19 million local and foreign guests visit the island annually - along with Sentosa Cove, Singapore’s first and most exclusive marina residential community. 

But if bungy jumping isn't really your thing, fear not. AJ Hackett's isn't its only extreme offering. Thrill seekers can swoop, scream and glide to their heart's content at any one of the many activities available. This is adrenaline island, as you will soon find out in the video above.  

Sentosa is the adventure playground just off Singa

(Photo: Selene Brophy) 

Best Beaches in Singapore 

Beach lovers there are 3.2km of beautiful, sandy beaches made up of Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong. Tranquillity is yours at Tanjong Beach, said to be Singapore’s most romantic beach. Otherwise, indulge in leisure activities on family-friendly Palawan Beach. Siloso Beach is hip and happening - with a number of beach bars to unwind at.   

Try kayaking at Ola Beach Club.

Kick back and enjoy life in the beach-facing cabanas of Ola Beach Club or take a dip in the swimming pool, which has just been renovated. If you want to pick up the pace, head to the water sports area by the jetty and challenge yourself with something new. 

I opted to do a quick paddle out to the end of the jetty to the smaller island offshore via kayak. Just the thing to work off the feast of Hawaiian-inspired cuisine we enjoyed for lunch.  

 Sentosa is the adventure playground just off Sing

(Photo: Selene Brophy)  

Skyline Luge - you'll want to do it more than once

Skyline Luge is the island's custom-made go-kart track, with unique gravity-defying rides. Challenge the speedy twists and turns on the Dragon trail, then try one of their two brand new Luge tracks - KupuKupu (638m) and Expedition (658m) for a scenic swoop through the surrounding forest. 

For those who like to take things a little easier, jump aboard the Skyride for a 4-seater chairlift that gives you a panoramic view of Singapore and the South China Sea.

 Sentosa is the adventure playground just off Sing

(Photo: Selene Brophy) 

Sentosa is the adventure playground just off Singa

(Photo: Selene Brophy) 

Mega Adventure Park

It's probably a good idea to warm up your adventurous spirit with this one. The Mega Zipline combines adrenaline, a measured amount of speed and lots of fun. 

At 75m high, 450 metres long you can race your friends at speeds of 60kph, as you head out from the jungle canopy of Imbiah Hill to the white sands of Siloso Beach as the finish point down below.

This adventure park also offers a Mega Climb at 8m high and a Mega Jump at 15m high - with a host of well-trained staff ensuring a safe, efficient and highly addictive experience.

 Sentosa is the adventure playground just off Sing

(Photo: Selene Brophy) 

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