Adventure Cove Waterpark guide
Having spent a good part of my 21 years of existence perspiring profusely, I find comfort in knowing that there are pockets of cool that offer respite when the heat gets unbearable: pools, beaches and waterparks. They are, for the sweaty Singaporean, heaven on earth.
Out of the three, waterparks are the most fun way to cool down. But because they encompass a host of attractions compared to pools and beaches, you shouldn’t visit one without a solid game plan to conquer its many rides and attractions.
Here we present the most comprehensive Adventure Cove Waterpark Guide you can find on the interwebs, complete with tips, pictures, and other useful information that will make your next trip down a fulfilling one.
Adventure Cove Waterpark’s attractions can be divided into three categories: adventure rides, non-rides, and ultimate marine encounters.
* All pictures were taken before Covid-19. Safe distancing regulations are accurate as of the latest article update.
Lockers and cabanas for rent
Alongside your valuables, that nagging, kiasu voice in your head is responsible for the cap, sun visor and copious amounts of snacks that have miraculously managed to fit into your backpack.
Upon entry, changing rooms and lockers are located on your left.
Lockers are located strategically at the entrance, and come in two sizes. It costs $10 to rent the smaller one and $20 for the larger one per day.
Note: The smaller locker should be able to comfortably accommodate two regular backpacks.
Alternatively, take a leisurely stroll to Bluwater Bay to deposit your belongings at the lockers there. Bluwater Bay is closer to the attractions.
Cabanas near Bluwater Bay.
If you are coming to the waterpark in a group, a more value-for-money option is to rent a cabana at Bluwater Bay or Seahorse Hideaway & Adventure River Gardens. Prices range from $68 – $166, varying with duration of booking, location, and peak/non-peak season.
Renting a cabana comes with perks like F&B vouchers worth up to $47, two towels and a locker to stow away all your belongings. Cabana bookings come on a first-come, first-serve basis – you can book one at the Guest Services Counter inside the park, located near the entrance.
Note: Cabana bookings are not inclusive of entry tickets.
– Adventure rides –
All rides are clustered at the west side of Adventure Cove Waterpark, so you can get from one ride to another quickly. We recommend starting with the rides first before moving on to the other attractions as the queues tend to get longer here over the course of the day.
Grab a float and hop on the Adventure River for a fast-track journey to your first stop after depositing your stuff in the lockers. The Adventure River circles the entire waterpark, and you can get off anywhere you want.
There’s no need to worry about returning your float – you can either leave them in the pool or deposit them at the many float return stations dotting the river’s course.
The Whirlpool Washout and Spiral Washout
The Whirlpool Washout and the Spiral Washout share the same platform and exit pool. Hop onto a double-float with your bestie and prepare for a reeling ride through the giant slides.
Before we went down the Spiral Washout, Beatrice and I were all smiles.
After careening through a dark slide, you’ll finally see the sun!
With its multiple twists and dips, the Spiral Washout proved to be the more thrilling of the two.
Thrill-o-meter: 3 / 5
Kid-friendliness: 2.5 / 5
The Whirlpool Washout is more leisurely, and will be more suited to those looking for a relaxing and fun ride with friends. Still, it takes you through spins, turns and dips before expelling you at the end into a large splash pool at the end.
This ride makes for a good photo spot!
Thrill-o-meter: 2.5 / 5
Kid-friendliness: 2.5 / 5
Head towards the direction of Bluwater Bay, the waterpark’s only wave pool, and you’ll find the rest of the rides. The Tidal Twister is next on your list.
The scariest part of this ride was gliding down a tunnel in pitch darkness, through unexpected swirls and winding paths. But compared to the rest of the rides, it’s relatively mild and great for those not too keen on fast and intense drops.
Thrill-o-meter: 2.5 / 5
Kid-friendliness: 2.5 / 5
Image adapted from: Adventure Cove Waterpark
Beside the Tidal Twister is the Pipeline Plunge. We crown this next ride the second-most thrilling ride in Adventure Cove Waterpark. Fast, dark and unpredictable, this ride will surprise you at every turn.
Thrill-o-meter: 3.5 / 5
Kid-friendliness: 2 / 5 – the ride may be a li’l too thrilling for younger children.
Note: For all rides with the large yellow double floats, parents have to be nearby to help young kids carry the floats back onto the platform after the ride.
Race a friend down this ride on blue rubber mats
Competitive folks, this one’s for you. With two identical parallel lanes, this is where you can race your buddy in a bid to see who can reach the bottom first. Although this slide is short, you’ll descend face first down an exciting drop at the very beginning, giving you quite the rush.
Thrill-o-meter: 3 / 5
Kid-friendliness: 3.5 / 5 – The blue rubber mats are light and easy to carry, but children under 122CM must be accompanied by a supervising parent.
After approaching all rides with nonchalant, level-headed coolness (read: we totally did not scream our heads off), we now reveal Adventure Cove Waterpark’s most electrifying ride: the Riptide Rocket.
Me exiting the Riptide Rocket – what a blast!
If you’re adamant about going out with a bang, the Riptide Rocket should be placed at the end of your lineup, because it’ll warrant a heart-stopping finale. With its intense drops, you’ll only stop screaming when you’ve run out of breath.
Up, up and away!
There are no floats or mats to carry this time, courtesy of the cool hydro-magnetic technology that lifts both riders and floats up to the top of the ride. The Riptide Rocket also only has 2-seater floats so come in pairs!
Thrill-o-meter: 4 / 5
Kid-friendliness: 1.5 / 5 – With its multiple drops and fast speed, can be scary for young children.
Note: The minimum height requirement is 107CM for the Riptide Rocket and Dueling Racer and 122CM for all other rides.
– Explore the rest of the waterpark –
Moderation is key. No matter how much of an adrenaline junkie you are, your time at Adventure Cove Waterpark should not be just you going on the Riptide Rocket again and again. It’d be a crime if you fail to check out the waterpark’s other attractions.
Big Bucket Treehouse and Seahorse Hideaway
Located on the left and right of Bluwater Bay respectively are the Big Bucket Treehouse and the Seahorse Hideaway. Older children would likely prefer the Big Bucket Treehouse with its playground set-up complete with slides and a giant water bucket that randomly unleashes water onto anyone in the vicinity.
The Seahorse Hideaway, on the other hand, is great for young tots with its shallow wading pool and water fountains. It’s also located right near some cabanas, where parents can lounge while keeping an eye out for their kids.
Kid-friendliness: 5 / 5
Note: These attractions require children under 122CM to be accompanied by a supervising companion. Capacity is limited to 30 pax for Big Bucket Treehouse and 10 for Seahorse Hideaway for safe distancing.
Its unassuming exterior belies its beauty
The Rainbow Reef is, without a doubt, the best attraction Adventure Cove Waterpark had to offer. As a thrill-seeker, I had expected to be hopelessly enamoured with the Riptide Rocket, the most exciting ride at the waterpark. Yet it was snorkelling at this man-made reef that truly captured my heart.
When you enter Rainbow Reef, staff members will direct you to put on a lifejacket like this.
Snorkelling gear with different colours to choose from
You’ll be briefed on safety and given a crash course on using your snorkelling equipment before you are allowed to begin.
The moment I slid into the refreshing cold of the reef, my heartbeat quickened as if I were approaching a drop on the Riptide Rocket because it was just so beautiful.
We entered another world altogether with schools of vivid neon fishes and colonies of bizarre looking corals. It was as if Finding Nemo had come to life before my very eyes.
Thumbs up for Rainbow Reef!
I can try to put it in words, but I’ll never do its beauty justice. You need to see the breathtaking myriad of colours for yourself and experience how surreal it feels to reach out and have fishes swim almost within your reach.
Swimming through the course of the entire reef can get tiring for some, but with lifeguards stationed all around ready to assist at any time, there’s no need to worry unduly.
Kid-friendliness: 3.5 / 5 – As long as they can swim, they’re good to go.
Rainbow Reef is limited to eight guests for safe distancing.
If you’re still hankering for that frisson of excitement, head down to Splashworks at the east side of Adventure Cove, close your eyes, and take a wild plunge off the highest platform.
Splashworks also comprises an obstacle course built over water. The three obstacles are: a balancing beam, a rope bridge and a rope wall.
Tip: Keep your body streamlined when jumping because belly-flopping into the water will hurt!
Capacity at Splashworks is limited to 30 guests due to safe distancing.
Other things to do: sunbathing & Adventure River
Catch some sun on the lounging chairs amply placed around the entire waterpark. Areas include near the entrance, Bluwater Bay, and between Rainbow Reef and the Bay Restaurant.
For a scenic tour of the waterpark, simply hop on the Adventure River a few metres from the park entrance and don’t get off.
Adventure River is limited to a 50-pax capacity due to safe distancing. Groups in the water also have to stay 3M apart.
– Ultimate Marine Encounters –
Remember petting zoos with chicks and goats? Adventure Cove Waterpark has a version that is way cooler: Ultimate Marine Encounters, complete with marine animals like dolphins and rays. You’ll love feeding and watching these adorable animals swim around up close.
The admission fee for Adventure Cove Waterpark does not include Ultimate Marine Encounters, and additional surcharges apply. However, we took part in a 15-minute ray feeding session at Ray Bay – an experience that we found to be worth every penny.
Note: Separate charges apply for Ray Bay, Dolphin Interaction Programmes and Shark Encounter.
- Ray Bay* – $18
- Shark Encounter* – $72
- Shark Dive – $150
- Open Ocean Dive – $250
* Experience is closed for safe distancing until further notice.
Visit Adventure Cove Waterpark’s website for more updates and other information.
The animal trainers are knowledgeable and dedicated to giving you the best possible marine encounter experience.
– Cafeteria & food carts –
Even swashbuckling adventurers require nourishment. After a day of conquering the rides’ many tortuous turns, you’ll be famished and craving a good meal.
Conveniently located next to the last of the rides and beside the Rainbow Reef is The Bay Restaurant.
Stop by this food court-style eatery to enjoy dishes like Katsu Chicken Curry Donburi ($17) and Chicken Burger with Fries ($16).
If you’re looking for a quick bite, there are several food carts situated around the waterpark. Hot Dogs & Drinks near the Big Bucket Treehouse offers beef and chicken hot dogs, nachos and bangers and mash. Bottled drinks and sodas are available here.
There’s no shortage of food at Adventure Cove, that’s for sure. If you’re afraid that your insatiable appetite will burn a hole in your pocket, good news for you: RWS Invites Attractions members are entitled to Invites$ rebate when purchasing food at Bay Restaurant and food carts.
RWS Invites membership
There’s so much to do within one day at the park and if you foresee yourself coming back time and again, do your future self a favour and sign up for the RWS Invites membership. At just a one-time $8 enrolment fee, you’ll be privy to rebates at participating outlets such as The Bay and the food carts at Adventure Cove.
To top it all off, you’ll also save with discounted rates to RWS attractions for your next visit to Sentosa. Think 10% off tickets to Universal Studios Singapore and S.E.A. Aquarium among dining deals and free parking with minimum spend.
Check out the full list of RWS Invites membership privileges.
– Final tips –
Before any adventurer embarks on their perilous journey into waters uncharted, they must be appropriately attired.
The Reef n Wave Wear shop located next to the entrance sells a variety of surf and swim apparel, as well as other waterpark essentials like flip flops. You can also buy adorable souvenirs at Reef n Wave Wear.
Nemo-sized dolphins. Or dolphin-sized Nemos?
Although the dress code says no slippers, you are allowed to wear footwear within the waterpark – just not on the rides. You can deposit your footwear at racks available near every ride. However, don’t leave valuables on these shelves – they will be unattended and in plain sight.
Masks may also be required to be worn at all times, except on rides, as per Covid-19 guidelines.
Have a splash at Adventure Cove Waterpark
With almost everything you need to know about Adventure Cove Waterpark in this guide, you’re all set up for a great time at the waterpark. Water you waiting for?
Prices (Singapore resident):
Adult (18-59): $26 for non-peak | $32 for peak
Youth (13-17): $24 for non-peak | $28 for peak
Children (4-12): $20 for non-peak | $24 for peak
Seniors (>60): $20 for non-peak | $24 for peak
Visit Adventure Cove Waterpark’s ticketing site for the full list of ticket prices.
Address: 8 Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
Opening hours: 10AM-5PM
Note: Opening days may vary during Covid-19 – check Adventure Cove’s calendar for the latest updates.
Getting To Adventure Cove Waterpark
If you’re heading here by train, head to Level 3 of Vivocity and board the Sentosa Express. No tickets are required if you have an EZ-Link card – simply tap in. Entry costs $4, so make sure your card has sufficient value. Alight one stop later at Waterfront station.
If your bus alights at the HarbourFront bus interchange, board bus RW8 from bus stop number 14141 at VivoCity or bus stop number 14121 at Merrill Lynch, HarbourFront. You should alight at the Resorts World Sentosa drop-off point.
For those driving, stay on the left lane and go down Ramp A after you enter the Sentosa Gateway. Keep right and look for signages that direct you to the B1 East Car Park. Park in either the red or blue zone. For car park charges, click here to find out more.
Alternatively, if your wallet is looking a little worse for wear, you can walk in for free via the Sentosa Boardwalk. Once at VivoCity Level 1, look for directions to the boardwalk.
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront (NE1/CC29) take Exit E towards VivoCity
Bus service numbers: 65, 80, 93, 188, 855, 10, 30, 97, 100, 131, 143, 145, 166
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Original article published on 8th April 2015. Last updated by Kezia Tan on 6th May 2021.