Swimming with sharks or just floating around the lazy river and enjoying the tropical sun? Whatever your thing, Singapore has a great place to get it all off your chest.
When I first started coming to Singapore, Adventure Cove at Resorts World Sentosa was nothing more than an idea in someone’s head. Yet a few year’s later, it has not only been built, but is also now one of the best 5 or 6 water parks in Asia – and in Singapore’s eternal tropical climate, you can understand why so many people are so eager to get their feet wet in this amazing park.
First and foremost, I must say that Adventure Cove is mainly for families with young kids, and possibly for families with teenagers. Adults who don’t have kids will still enjoy themselves here, but possibly your money may be better spent on dining and entertainment elsewhere on Sentosa, such as at WaveHouse on Siloso Beach. Still, as far as I’m concerned, it is very easy to be impressed with what you see as soon as enter through the gates. A lot of time and effort has gone in to making Adventure Cove one of the top attractions in Sentosa (and maybe in Singapore as a whole).
Adventure Cove is open from 10am-6pm each day, although private parties may mean that it closes a little earlier than usual on some days. Admission for adults is S$36 and it is S$26 for children under 12. Once you are in, you can stay for as long as you want – which means that you can top up your tan to wile away the hours if you want to!
Adventure Cove has many thrilling attractions, including the Dueling Racer, Pipeline Plunge, Riptide Rocket, and the Spiral Washout. There are minimum height requirements of 107cm for most of these attractions (122cm for the Spiral Washout).
For a more immersive experience, there is also Ray Bay (manta rays) and Rainbow Reef (apparently over 20,000 colourful fish!). These allow you to get up close and personal with varied marine life at Adventure Cove, although while Rainbow Reef is built into your general admission ticket, the Ray Bay experience will set you back an extra S$20 per person, but it’s well worth it! For an extra S$38 per person, you can also be submerged in a fortified glass container into a tank where you will be face to face with hammerhead sharks in what is known as the Shark Encounter! Even though this costs more than touching the rays in Ray Bay, it is a great, safe experience that most people will never have the chance to do again!
For a more serene experience, the Adventure River is a fantastic lazy river type of attraction where you can go round and round on inflatable tubes and even travel through an underwater tunnel with marine life swimming above you! The whole park centres around Bluwater Bay, which is the main wave pool with plenty of bathing opportunities around its perimeter. The Big Bucket Treehouse is the playground for kids where they will enjoy exploring the apparatus while getting very wet by gallons of water from the so-called ‘Big Bucket’ overhead!
I absolutely loved visiting Adventure Cove. I enjoy water parks every now and then, and although I couldn’t get any more than 3 hours of fun there as a solo traveller, anybody visiting with kids will no doubt feel as though they spend the whole day there and not get bored! The general admission ticket provides great value for money, and if you afford it, then either the shark encounter or the ray feeding are great add-ons!