Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Advantures in Singapore : unconventional attractions

iFly Singapore

iFly Singapore is an indoor skydiving simulator and is world’s largest vertical wind tunnel. It allows you to experience skydiving indoor. With iFly Singapore you can basically experience the thrill of skydiving and free-fall without skydiving!

The attraction is opened on Sentosa Island in May 2011.  It is almost 5 storeys high spanning 16.5 feet wide and 56.5 feet tall. The chamber has acrylic glass wall which offers the view of outside while diving. Every flyer is given two skydives in the Flight Chamber. The time it takes for each skydive is like falling from 12,000 to 3,000 feet.

The price for 2 skydives in iFly Singapore is 89 SGD for adults and 4 skydives cost 155 SGD per adult. There is also a group party package which allows 2 to 16 people to purchase dives together. 32 skydives cost 1,300 SGD.

Although it is very safe, there are still dangers so you need to be careful while trying this adventure. In January 2012, an instructor could not break a high-speed dive during a demonstration for beginner flyers and fractured his right shin.

[1] - iFly Singapore has first accident after instructor fractures shin

G-MAX Reverse Bungy & GX-5 Extreme Swing
The G-MAX and GX-5 are designed in home of bungy, New Zeland. G-MAX is a reverse bungy which will throw you 60 meters in the air hitting speeds of 200 kph and G-5! GX-5 is a large swing which will dall from 50 meters raching 120 kph. Reverse bungy and swing costs 49 SGD per person and they are both located in famous nightlife spot of Singapore, Clarke Quay.

Wave House Sentosa

There are no waves for surfing in Singapore! Wrong, there were no waves for surfing in Singapore until 2009. Since then, Wave House Sentosa at Siloso beach, the  fourth and newest installation in an archipelago of Wave Houses that include South Africa, California, and Chile, provides waves for surfers, skaters, skimboarders and even snowboarders.

Double FlowRider®,  more basic of the two waves available at Wave House Sentosa, is 35 SGD for 1 hour in weekdays and 40 SGD for weekends. For 2 hours, the prices are $60 for weekdays and 70 SGD for weekends.

There is also the more challenging FlowBarrel of the two sheet waves at Wave House Sentosa – 100,000 gallons of water a minute flowing as fast as 30 mph (48 kmph) curl over a surface that looks like a section of a skateboard park. The result is an endlessly tubing six-foot wave that has similar power and challenge to many of the waves breaking along the reefs of Indonesia. The prices for FlowBarrel are 45 SGD/50 SGD for 1 hour (weekdays/weekends) and 80 SGD/90 SGD for 2 hours.

According to the website of Wave House Sentosa, the FlowBarrel has become an international sensation, but not just to surfers. Riders on the FlowBarrel ride flowboards and flowboarding is an alchemy of many different board sports: surfing without a fin plus snowboarding without the snow plus skateboarding without the wheels plus skimboarding without the sand. Flowboarding is a combined challenge that has been evolved by Kelly Slater, Tony Hawk, Terje Haakonsen and the world’s best surfers, skaters, snowboarders and skimboarders.

Ultimate Drive
Just saw 2 super cars, a red Ferrari F430 F1 Spider and a yellow Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder roaring their ways towards Marina Bay Sands and I have realized that I have to add this attraction to the list. You can rent one of these supercars for 15, 30, 60 or 90 minutes starting from $182 per ride and ride around the F1 track of Singapore. The price may actually be an expensive but surprising present to a loved one or just to satisfy your side demanding a little luxury.

Ultimate Drive, which has started operations in December 2010, offers 15 minutes of drive with a driver for $182. If you want to taste what would it feel like to self-drive a "Rosso Corsa" red Ferrari F430 F1 Spider, or "Giallo Midas" yellow Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder around the infamous Singapore F1 track for one hour, you will need to pay 588 SGD.

Source : Ultimate Drive
Ski360° Cable Ski

Ski360 - Cable Ski at East Coast Park of Singapore offers cable ski experience without a motorboat required. This sport is popular in Europe and as far as I know, Ski360 is the only place you can experience this in Asia. 1 hour ski costs 42 SGD in weekends and 32 SGD in weekdays.

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