The Honeycombers team headed to Singapore’s first and only treetop obstacle course, to feed our thirst for outdoor adventure (while bonding!)
There are heaps of things to do in Singapore – but not all of them involve hitting the snazzy bars, restaurants or shopping malls. If you’re an urbanite craving the great outdoors, or an adrenaline junkie looking for a thrill fix, try roughing up your weekend at Forest Adventure Singapore. We’ve heard loads of good things about the city’s first and only treetop obstacle course — its rope ladders, tarzan swings and zip lines sent our pulse racing even in the snaps — so of course we had to have a taste of it ourselves.
On a not-so-sunny afternoon, the Honeycombers crew laced up our (admittedly dusty) sneakers for a team-building session at the adventure playground in Bedok. While gearing up in helmets and harnesses, most of us felt gung-ho about the challenges that lie ahead, though a few were admittedly jittery (cough – this writer included).
To prep for the Grand Course, we were taken through a 30-minute briefing and trial on handling our harnesses. The affable instructor took us through all the safety precautions and how-tos, while calming our nerves at the same time. The safety trial – where we practiced using our gear in test obstacles – was massively helpful. Because you will not be directly guided by the instructors throughout the course (fret not, they are stationed on the ground), it’s important to take note of the “red on” safety procedure. This means always latching onto the red safety line at every station so you won’t be falling off the trees.
The Grand Course
The Grand Course is made up of four sites with 35 obstacles. These include tiny metal hoops, wobbly logs, and bridges made entirely of rope or wooden planks — so feel free to bust out those nimble yoga moves if you like! Look out for the circles on the signboards indicating the level of difficulty – with blue being the easiest, and black being the most extreme. Psst… this will come in handy especially at site two, the most challenging for many.
Everyone loved the ziplines that transported us from one site to the next. It’s extremely exhilarating, plus the view of Bedok Resevoir’s glistening waters and leafy surroundings is absolutely gorgeous (keep your eyes open!). The “leap of faith”, or the “free fall” tarzan swing located at the fourth site, had us talking about it for days after. The fall took place from an eight-metre-high platform into a rope net. And yes, we screamed our hearts out. Overall, it gave us a great adrenaline rush and (much-welcomed) big laughs after a long week at work. (We’ll let you in on a secret, too – no task we’d completed at work was quite as satisfying as the whoosh of accomplishment we felt upon completing the entire course!).
Whether you’re young or young-at-heart, give it a try and kick any fear of heights good and proper. The oldest participant that Forest Adventure has seen is a 76-year-old grandmother, so no excuses! Each ticket is priced at $46 for adults, but if you round up friends or colleagues for an afternoon of climbing and swinging, the Buddy Package is a sweet deal at $210 for five adults. The Kids’ Course (for children between 5 to 10 years old) costs $32, while those below five can attempt the Mini Course at $15 for three rounds. Families, check out the Family Package (two adults and two juniors) — it’s a steal at $162. Or if you’re looking for a great way to kick off the week, tickets are only $36 on Tuesdays for an adult or junior on the Grand Course (with the exception of public holidays).
The lovely folks at Forest Adventure are giving away Grand Course tickets to three lucky pairs! For a chance to win, head to our Facebook page tag your buddy in the comments box. Contest close 2 June 2015; good luck!
The Grand Course is open every day except Monday from 930 am to 6pm while the Kids Course and Mini Course are open on weekends, school holidays and public holidays. Please note that there is a minimum height requirement of 1.4m for the Grand Course.
Book in advance as Forest Adventure limits capacity to ensure you have the best time. Call 8100 7420 or head here to book today or read more about the exciting obstacle courses.
Young adults below 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Forest Adventure,Bedok Reservoir Park, p. 8100 7420.
This article is sponsored by Forest Adventure.