For people who dream of flying–flying a plane, indoor skydiving, or simply soaring in the air–Singapore is the place to be!
1. Battlestar Galactica: Human vs. Cylon
Universal Studio Singapore is the home to the dueling ride Battlestar Galactica. It has dual tracks that are inter-looped and the ride runs simultaneously around each other.
This has probably got to be one of the fastest rides with extensive loops and corkscrews in Asia. The blue line represents Cylon, while the red line represents Human. If you’ve ever seen Battlestar Galactica, you’ll come to appreciate the prep videos while waiting in queue. If you’re either a Cylon Raideror a Colonial Viper pilot.
The two main differences between the rides are that:
- Your legs are dangling in Cylon (suspended track), while your feet are planted on the ground in Human, and
- Cylon has more twists and turns, while Human is straightforward but faster (more G-force).
We did both Human and Cylon. If you don’t want to wait in line very long, you should go to Universal Studios earlier. Past noon, the waiting time could take as long as 60 to 90 minutes.
Battlestar Galactica is in Universal Studios Singapore, one of Resorts World Sentosa’s many attractions. You can get your tickets here. There are discounts when booking online but they’re on a different page like this one: Master Card. They might be hard to spot sometimes, so be sure to check first or you’ll be missing out.
Adult: SGD 74
Child (4-12 yrs): SGD 54
Senior (60 yrs & up): SGD 36
Universal Express Pass: SGD 30 +
How to Get There:
1. Sentosa Boardwalk: Take the bus or the SMRT to HarbourFront. Enter VivoCity and head towards the Promenade. It’s free and there are walk-alaters.
2. Singapore Cable Car: Take the bus or the SMRT to the HarbourFront Station. Enter the HarbourFront Centre and cross the link bridge to HarbourFront Tower Two.
Sunday to Friday: 10AM to 7PM
Saturday: 10AM to 8PM
2. Singapore Indoor Skydiving
I think most of us have all wanted to try skydiving at some point in our lives, but jumping off a plane tens of thousands of feet in the air can be expensive AND scary. I don’t want to say “dangerous” because I like to think that we would be jumping out of a moving plane in tandem with professionals. What are the chances that your parachute won’t open? Anyway, there’s a cheaper and safer option for those who want to try it out first before doing the real thing.
iFly Singapore Indoor Skydiving has the largest wind tunnel in the world, at least 16 feet wide and 5 storeys high. The instructors are professional skydivers, so you’re sure to be in safe hands.
We had to be there an hour before our actual flight, because there’s a 1-hr briefing where they make you watch some introductory videos and teach the basic stance in flight. We were with approximately 10 other strangers. After that, we got suited up with jumpsuits, ear plugs, goggles and helmets. We had to take out all accessories and basically anything loose. People who weren’t wearing laced shoes were made to rent sneakers. This is important for obvious reasons. iFly is a pretty safe and controlled environment for indoor skydiving, which is perfect for people who just want to give it a try.
After that, we entered the wind tunnel where we waited for our turn. One by one, we were led into the chamber. It was really loud and hard to breathe inside (to breathe out, at least). My body was lifted up the moment I entered. I remembered to keep my arms at right angles in front of me and my legs straight, then I started to ascend. It was kind of scary at first, because I felt that if I floated any higher, I might start spinning out of control, but the instructor always had me within reach.
Each flight lasted about 30 seconds. The standard package gives you 2 skydives, so you wait for everyone’s turn finish before you go again. He gives you an option to do a 3rd flight for about SGD 25, but this time, he’ll accompany you in flight. There were a couple of people in the group who went a 3rd time, and the instructor brought them even higher (2 storeys).
Before we ended, our instructor performed some stunts. It was amazing. He was shooting up and down the air as if it were nothing. I learned that the smallest change in the direction of your arms and legs could cause you to float away and hit the walls. The true measure of skill for beginners is the ability to stay in place, because it means the positioning of your body is balanced on all sides.
iFly Singapore Indoor Skydiving was a unique and fun experience overall! If you’re interested, you can book online here to avail of the discount. Reservation is a must!
Rates: (For First Timers)
The Challenge (2 Sky Dives)
Walk-in Rate: SGD 119
Normal*: SGD 109
Off Peak*: SGD 99
Super Off Peak*: SGD 89
The Adventure (4 Sky Dives)
Walk-in Rate: SGD 199
Normal*: SGD 189
Off Peak*: SGD 179
Super Off Peak*: SGD 169
*Early Booking (at least 2 days in advance)
Note: The flyer must be at least 7 years old.
How to Get There: iFly Singapore is also in Sentosa. You can take the Sentosa Express just outside of Universal Studios to the Beach Station.
Phone: (+65) 6571-0000
Daily except Wednesday: 9AM to 9:30PM
Wednesday: 11AM to 9:30PM
3. Learn to Fly a Commercial Plane
“Does anyone here know how to fly a plane???”
Have you ever had that fear of being in a situation where no one was driving the plane? SG Flight Simulations at Orchard Central is one of the places where you can experience being in a cockpit and learn how to control a few switches. Drop that video game console and take flight simulation to the next level! (I personally haven’t tried it because we ran out of time.)
There’s another place called Flight Experience, but it’s a bit more pricey.
30 Minutes: SGD 79.50
45 Minutes: SGD 115.00
60 Minutes: SGD 149.50
90 Minutes: SGD 219.00
Flight Recording in USB: SGD 20.00
Location: #04-31/32, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238896
Phone: (+65) 6634-2797
Monday to Thursday: 11AM to 9PM
Friday to Saturday: 10AM to 10PM
Sunday: 10AM to 9PM