It’s safe to say that with the exception of professional F1 drivers, nobody goes to Singapore to participate in extreme sports. The most extreme thing you can do here is blow your entire life savings on a night out, which isn’t quite the same thing.
We may not exactly have gaping canyons, dank caves or towering waves, and Bukit Timah Hill may not exactly be Mount Everest. But thrill-seekers can still get their adrenaline levels up with these heart-stopping activities.
10 extreme sports in Singapore that thrill-seekers love
|Speed skating||$18 for 2 hours|
|Bounce at Amped Trampoline Park Singapore||$12 to $18 per hour|
|Go Kallang for rock climbing||$29 for pass and equipment rental|
|Wakeboard at East Coast||$32 (1 hour)
$42 (2 hours)
|GX-5 Extreme Swing||$45|
|Try skydiving at iFly Sentosa Singapore||$89 to $119 for two skydives|
|Zipline at Megazip Adventure Park||$50 (1 ride)
$65 (2 rides)
|Bungee jump at AJ Hackett Sentosa||$159|
|Zoom around in a Super Car on the F1 route||From $378|
Slacklining involves walking on a tightrope that’s suspended between two posts. The great thing about slacklining is that anyone can buy a slackline and string it up between two trees, which makes it a great picnic or barbecue activity.
When you get good enough, you’ll be able to do tricks and jumps on the slackline.
Price: Free, but a starter slackline set costs $70 at Decathlon.
Speed skating ($18 for 2 hours)
Singapore’s tropical climate may not exactly be conducive to breeding the next Hans Brinker, but we’re actually decent at speed skating. Perhaps this is a testament to the fast pace of life here.
To get started all you have to do is head to one of our local rinks at Jurong East or Kallang, strap on pair of skates and get going. If you’re not an experienced skater, it’s going to take some practice before you can attain high speeds.
Price: $18 for two hours of rink access at Jcube including rental of skates, $3.50 for subsequent 30 minutes.
Bounce at Amped Trampoline Park Singapore ($12 to $18 per hour)
Trampolines aren’t just for kids. For those who laugh in the face of danger, trampolining can be pushed to the extreme with gravity-defying jumps and somersaults in mid air. Be careful, though, as collisions with people and neck injuries can cramp your style.
A number of trampoline parks have popped up around Singapore, with Amped being the most well-known. Basically, you’ll be directed to a massive room that’s covered in trampolines.
It’s also a kid-friendly activity and there are kids-only Monday afternoon sessions if you prefer your kid to bounce only with size-appropriate companions.
Price: $12/hour on Mondays, $15/hour from Tuesday to Friday, $18/hour on weekends. You also need to buy a pair of grip socks for $3. Pricing is subject to change on public holidays and eve of public holidays.
Go Kallang’s Climb Central for rock climbing ($29)
Does jumping off bridges with a rope attached to your ankles sound a bit anti-intellectual to you? Then you might want to try rock climbing, the thinking man’s sport.
Rock climbing is an exercise in problem-solving, as you’re essentially trying to pick out a path up a rock face that’s viable for your body. Everyone’s build and physical capacities are different, so what works for one person might not work for you.
While indoor rock climbing may not be considered as extreme sports since even kids can do it, the sport only gets more extreme the better you get. Once you’re a proficient climber, you can try traditional climbing in the great outdoors and explore natural rock faces.
Price: $22 for an adult day pass. You will also need to rent equipment for the day, a full set including shoes and harness costing $7.
Wakeboard or cable-ski at East Coast Park (from $32)
Once upon a time, going wakeboarding meant renting a boat in the deserted marshland that Punggol used to be. These days, ever since cable ski parks started popping up, wakeboarding has become a lot more accessible and affordable for extreme sports enthusiasts.
East Coast Park is one of the island’s best-known wakeboarding hotspots thanks to Singapore Wake Park, which has its own cable ski system, meaning you won’t have to rent a boat to pull you around. This also makes it one of the cheapest places to wakeboard in Singapore.
They also conduct classes if you’re a newbie and want to pick up the basics.
Price: $32 for 1 hour, $42 for 2 hours. Rates include rental of life vest, helmet and wakeboard.
GX-5 Extreme Swing or G-MAX Reverse Bungy ($45)
You don’t have to go to Universal Studios to get your teeth rattled on a heart-stopping ride.
GX-5 Extreme Swing, which is located at Clarke Quay and replaces the previous G-Max Reverse Bungy, will have you strapped into a seat which is then launched into the air while attached to elastic cords.
As it’s located in a party district, it’s also a favourite of friendly drunks. Five people can swing at once, so you won’t have to scream alone.
Zipline at Megazip Adventure Park (from $50 per ride)
Whether you see yourself as Tarzan or George of the Jungle, ziplining is a great way not only to get a bit of wind in your tummy, but also to enjoy Singapore’s jungle landscapes without getting eaten alive by swarms of vengeful mosquitoes.
You’ll be strapped into a harness before you zip over treetops, at heights of up to 75 metres and speeds of up to 60km per hour.
Price: $50 for one ride, $65 for two rides when you book online at the Sentosa Store.
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Try skydiving at iFly Sentosa Singapore (from $89)
The only way to legitimately skydive in Singapore is to join the RSAF. Since you probably don’t want to do that, settle for a skydiving simulator at iFly Sentosa instead.
The simulator will have you suspended in mid-air thanks to air pressure in a wind tunnel, which is a sensation that’s similar to the free-fall skydivers experience.
Price: For first timers, it costs $89 for one skydive, $119 for two. Book online at least two days in advance and pay only $109 for two skydives during peak hours, and $89 during off-peak hours.
Bungee jump at AJ Hackett Sentosa ($159)
There’s no need to go all the way to New Zealand to bungee jump! Singapore now has its very own bungee jumping facility.
Bungee jumping is ideal for you if you can’t be arsed to build up your skills in any particular sport and are just looking for an adrenaline rush. It’s as easy as stepping off the edge of a cliff.
Price: $159. Includes one jump, a tshirt, an e-certificate, access to the Skybridge, as well as a membership that entitles you to 20% off AJ Hackett jumps anywhere in the world.
Zoom around in a Super Car on the F1 route ($378)
Formula One has done more to put Singapore on the international map than any amount of Passion Made Possible ever will.
Whether you’re a diehard F1 fan or just want to drive on local roads without having to moonlight as a Grab driver, you can now drive a super car on the very same route that F1 drivers take each year.
Book a supercar experience with Ultimate Drive, and before you know it you’ll be flying past Marina Bay Sands in a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder or a Ferrari California, accompanied by a professional driver who’ll ensure you don’t wreck the car.
Price: $378 for a 15 minutes Street Circuit Tour, $580.50 for Street to Freeway tour, $783 for Ultimate Freeway Tour, $985.50 for Singapore Explorer.
Personal accident insurance that covers extreme sports
Keen to try any of the above? Make sure that you are well-insured with a Personal Accident insurance policy that covers extreme sports. Take note that some personal accident insurance policies exclude selected high-risk activities.
Generally, sports that are open to the general public without restriction (aside to height), such as rock climbing and sky diving, are included in most personal accident insurance plans. However, do check before you go.
Have you tried any of the above? Share your experiences in the comments!