Let’s admit it, we’re all suckers for a good view. Other than getting a bird’s eye view of your surroundings on the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands or one of the many sky-high restaurants in town, you’ll now also be able to climb on board SkyHelix Sentosa, Singapore’s highest open air-panoramic ride.
Here’s the lowdown of our experience when the ride first opened last November:
The anticipation has been high since we all first heard about the SkyHelix Sentosa. Previously slated to launch at the start of 2022, the attraction opened ahead of schedule in mid-December, just in time for the school holidays and year-end festivities.
Needless to say, we were a little nervous when we looked up and saw dangling feet above us because it reminded us of Disneyland’s Tower of Terror. However, the absence of horrified screams was reassuring, so we braved on towards the ride.
Each ticket comes with a complimentary standard non-alcoholic beverage such as a Sjora Mango Peach, Lemonade slushie, or a canned drink like Coke.
Alternatively, you can also skip the drink and opt to redeem an exclusive SkyHelix Sentosa magnet souvenir instead.
And if you feel like treating yourself, there’s an extensive range of food and bevs you can purchase as well. From fruit bowls and soft serves to pastries like croissants and curry puffs, we were spoiled for choice here at SkyHelix Sentosa.
The best part is that you can bring your food onboard the ride and enjoy it by the panoramic views 35m up in the air. Date night in the skies, anyone?
Before we got on the ride, we were assigned seat numbers and racks labelled correspondingly for us to temporarily store the belongings we did not want to carry onboard.
Each ride lasts 12 minutes, including two minutes of ascent and descent and 10 minutes at the peak where the gondola will also slowly rotate.
Once we were strapped in and ready to go, the open-air gondola began to rise gently. And when we reached the top, we got to view Sentosa and the surrounding waterfront from a 360° angle.
As it was windy, scenic and peaceful all at the same time, the ride gave off a rooftop bar kinda vibe. Kick back, sip on the complimentary beverage and enjoy the breeze 79m above sea level.
Pro tip: The organisers have hinted that the best time to visit is during sunset, where you’ll be able to catch a stunning sight of the vistas of the surrounding Imbiah area.
Good news is, unlike roller coasters, phones will be allowed on board so prepare to go ham spamming pictures for the ‘gram. Pics or it didn’t happen, right?
Though our feet were dangling below us, sitting on the ride was less scary and a lot more enjoyable than we expected. Think of it as a theme park drop tower but without the heart-dropping sensation.
Sentosa may already have cable cars but taking us higher is the SkyHelix Sentosa with 360° views.
Tickets are up for grabs at $18/adult and $15/child. If you book online, you can save 10% off your ticket price.
Slots are available every hour from 10am-9pm daily, and only riders taller than 1.05m will be allowed on board, so your little ones may have to sit this one out until they’re older.
Fun fact: This is also Sentosa’s first carbon-neutral attraction, with a low annual low carbon footprint that’s estimated to be similar to a flight from Singapore to KL.
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Photography by Huy Pham.
Originally published by Kezia Tan on 11th November 2021. Last updated by Dewi Nurjuwita on 7th June 2022.
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