Singapore's 7 Best Pulse-Raising Activities

7 March 2016
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It's tempting to spend all your time in Singapore eating and shopping (the options for both are so good, after all). But that might be a little too sedate for some travellers.

If you're more interested in raising your pulse with some high-octane adventures, we've got the perfect collection of activities you need to try.

Inline Skating At East Coast Park

When you're roaming through the aromatic alleys of Chinatown or the slick malls of Orchard Road, it's easy to forget you're by the coast.

Although Singapore isn't exactly flush with mind-blowing beaches, it does offer plenty of seaside enjoyment - especially at East Coast Park, a 15-kilometre strip running south of Changi Airport towards Singapore Marina.

Edged by lawns strewn with coconut and fig trees, the park's wide, curving pathway is perfect for in-line skating (not least because the cooling coastal breeze is a godsend). There are several skate rental kiosks including one near the car park by Burger King.

Hiking The Southern Ridges

Built-up Singapore is a surprisingly fine destination for hiking. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, the MacRitchie Reservoir and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve all attract walkers, but the Southern Ridges grant perhaps the most diverse strolling route.

Stretching 10 undulating kilometres through southern Singapore, it passes everything from highways and residential neighbourhoods to leafy parks and forested walkways. Don't be shocked to see a monkey or two along the way.

Southern Ridges hike Metal walkways make accessing the incredible views from the Southern Ridges quite easy (Image: Getty)

Wakeboarding On The North Shore

Prefer some water-based fun? Kayaking and canoeing are popular past-times in Singapore, with Bedok Reservoir Park, Kallang Riverside Park and Lower Seletar Reservoir Park the go-to venues.

But for an extra adrenaline boost, try wakeboarding, where you balance on a short surf-like board, while being towed by a motor boat, perhaps performing a few acrobatic manoeuvres, depending on your aptitude and confidence.

Good wakeboarding can be had in the calm waters around Seletar Island, facing Malaysia on Singapore's north-eastern shore.

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G-Max Reverse Bungy At Clarke Quay

With bars and restaurants mushrooming in its old riverside warehouses, Clarke Quay is one of Singapore's busiest places to eat and drink. Though it's best avoided on a full stomach, the quay's G-Max Reverse Bungy is a real thriller.

Daredevils are strapped into a metal cage and launched skywards to a height of 60 metres at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour, before gravity kicks in.

If you can keep your eyes open, you'll be rewarded with magnificent, dizzying views of Singapore.

G-Max Reverse Bungy Get ready to scream (Image: G-MAX/GX-5)

Cycling On Pulau Ubin

Cycling has taken off big-time in Singapore, with the Park Connector Network linking 300 kilometres of smooth, pedal-friendly surfaces.

For something more rough and ready, take a bumboat (small ferry) to Pulau Ubin, where you can navigate the jungle-fringed, wildlife-rich trails of this rustic island off northern Singapore.

Bicycles are available for hire from Ubin Village, and Biking Singapore runs guided island tours. A tip: go to Ubin during the week. Weekends are often jam-packed with leisure-seeking Singaporeans.

Driving A Supercar On The F1 Track

Looking to up the ante? Put your foot down and channel your inner Lewis Hamilton on Singapore's famed F1 street circuit.

With Ultimate Drive, you can roar past iconic landmarks – like the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and the Singapore Flyer – and onto the city-state's expressways in one of two 'supercars': a red Ferrari F430 F1 Spider or a yellow Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder.

Opt for 15-, 30- or 60-minute drives, but don't get too carried away. The maximum speed limit in Singapore is 90 kilometres per hour. And you'll have a professional guide beside you.

F1 driving singapore Jump behind the wheel and get ready for an unforgettable driving experience (Image: Ultimate Drive)

Megazipping At Sentosa Island

A pleasure seeker's playground, Sentosa offers a head-spinning selection of fun and games (think: epic water slides, indoor skydiving and the various draws of Universal Studios).

One of the most exciting – and scenic – diversions is the MegaZip, a 450-metre-long, 75-metre-high zipline that links the Imbiah Hill lookout with a little island off sandy Siloso Beach.

Reaching speeds of up to 60 kilometres per hour, the plunge – and the views of city, sea and jungle – will take your breath away.

Visit your local Flight Centre store or call 131 600 for more advice and the latest deals on travelling to Singapore.

Steve McKenna

A regular contributor to some of Australia's leading newspapers and travel magazines, Steve McKenna has visited, written about and photographed more than 80 countries on six different continents. He fears he has an incurable case of wanderlust and is particularly fond of Europe, Asia and South America.