For the ultimate flying experience, head out to Singapore’s new GX-5 Xtreme Swing. Invented by bungy experts in New Zealand, this is the first of its kind not located Down Under. Located along Clark Quay, the Xtreme Swing offers the thrilling chance to soar over the Singapore River to spine-tingling heights!
So, how does it work? ‘Flyers’ are strapped into a five-seater swing with protective belts and padding. The swing is surrounded by metal caging as a further precaution to ensure the safety of the flyers, and two long bungy cords on each side of the swing extend upwards, attaching to a pair of towers. The swing is pulled backwards to almost a 90° angle, with the flyers facing downward, and then launched forward and up, sending them on a rocket ride across the Singapore River!
At its apex, the swing reaches nearly 50 meters in the air and reaches speeds of 125 km per hour! You will feel sensations of freefalling and forward flying as the swing oscillates back and forth through the air.
Continuing on your thrill-seeking bent, you might also want to try the G-MAX Reverse Bungy, located right next door. In a similar fashion to the swing, the Reverse Bungy ride shoots flyers directly up into the air, reaching 60 meters high and a G-force similar to an actual rocket launch!
The GX-5 Xtreme Swing and the G-Max Reverse Bungy are restricted to riders aged 12 and over and above 1.2 meters in height. All told, the rides take about 20-30 minutes each, though the actual flying time is only about 5 minutes.
These are outdoor rides, so plan to visit during good weather. Opening hours are 1 pm – 1 am on weekdays, and noon – 2 am on weekends. Admission fee: $40 per flyer.
Located on Clark Quay in downtown Singapore, the Xtreme Swing and Reverse Bungy attractions are easily accessible by public transport or taxi. Alight at Clark Quay MRT Station or take bus numbers 32, 54 and 195 to River Valley Road.
Photo Credit: Choo Yut Shing