Thrilling activities for adrenaline junkies and where to find them
On an island-state that’s sunny almost the whole year round, it would be a waste not to swop your business attire (once you’re done with all your meetings, of course!) for something sporty and stretch those legs. Whether you’re an adventure seeker or someone who thrives on an active lifestyle, here are seven activities to check out.
Day trip to Pulau Ubin
Charming and rustic, Pulau Ubin is home to one of Singapore’s last two kampongs (villages in Malay), and despite its laidback island vibes, there are thrills to be found here.
Rent a bicycle and explore the shaded trails of the rubber plantations, or book a kayak adventure tour of the coastal wild mangroves. The four-hour programme specially designed for adventure seekers takes participants through open waters before moving to the calmer inlets of the mangroves. Keep an eagle eye on your surroundings – you may spot birds such as kingfishers, hornbills and herons, or critters such as otters, macaques, wild boars and even the elusive dugong.
Forest Adventure at Bedok Reservoir Park
Comprising 44 obstacles laid out five metres above ground and equipped with only a safety harness, Forest Adventure’s obstacle course is an adrenaline trip that takes about two-and-a-half hours to complete.
Some of these obstacles require participants to walk on a tightrope or cross bridges made out of trapezes, narrow planks and suspended blocks, but the one that will really put your courage to the test is the aptly named Tarzan Swing – a free-fall jump. Don’t worry, there will be a rope net to break your fall, but not before you get in a good scream or two. Great as a teambuilding activity, too!
If you fancy jumping out of a plane for thrills, then put this on your list. Not only is iFly Singapore the first and largest indoor skydiving wind tunnel (at almost five storeys high) here, but it also offers you an unparalleled view of the South China Sea.
The iFly team is able to customise corporate team building packages that promises participants an unforgettable bonding experience with their colleagues. Whether you’re a first-timer or a skilled flyer wanting to practise some new tricks, there’s much fun to look forward to with this soaring, gravity-defying experience.
AJ Hackett Sentosa Bungy Jump
Built by the company started by AJ Hackett, the New Zealand entrepreneur who popularised the extreme sport of bungy jumping, Singapore’s first 47m-high bungy jump offers thrill-seekers who take the plunge a unique panoramic view of the resort island of Sentosa and the surrounding South China Sea.
As if that isn’t enough for those who live life on the edge, the site also offers the world’s first Vertical Skywalking commercial programme. Participants can look forward to a 44m descent on a vertical wall – clearly not for the faint of heart.
Perhaps daredevil acts aren’t really your thing and you’d much prefer a good workout under the sun to get the heart pumping. Then dragon boating might just be for you. Not only is it one of Singapore’s popular fitness activities, but it is also a good way to bond with your team and colleagues as you learn the basics of paddling before embarking on a thrilling race to the finish line together.
Those who are short on time or would like to experience the city from a different perspective can consider renting a Segway miniPRO.
Start your journey at Marina Bay, where you’ll be within riding distance of tourist destinations like Chinatown, the historic Singapore River and Orchard Road. Informative and fun, this is another way to take in Singapore’s top sights – from the Singapore Flyer to the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay, before making a pitstop at heritage food centre Lau Pa Sat to dig into local delights.