Among the numerous things to accomplish on my bucket list, I have always dreamt of taking a stroll along the sun-kissed beaches of Hawaii. But because time and money never seem to be on my side, I guess I will have to put that off for a while.
Fortunately, a Hawaiian-themed beach club, Ola Beach Club, has reached our shores. The beach club not only features beachfront dining with some Hawaiian-inspired delicacies, it also hosts a myriad of exhilarating water sports for you to enjoy.
It goes without saying (given my Hawaiian dreams) that I paid it a visit and was not disappointed. Here are three activities to do while you are there:
Adrenaline junkies, this is for you. Ola Beach Club is home to Asia’s first and only water-propelled jetpack thrill ride. Unfortunately, we were unable to experience the joy of soaring nine metres into the air at a speed of 40km per hour.
However, we did manage to try our hand at another electrifying water sport — the Jetblade Thrill, where you get to put on a water-propelled hoverboard and steady yourself as you rocket more than 10 metres above the sea.
After signing the indemnity form, you will undergo a detailed briefing and a familiarisation trial where you will be taught the basics of falling, landing, and balancing in midair.
Being newbies, we were obviously unable to soar in the air for prolonged periods of time. It was definitely an agonising struggle trying to find the neutral balance.
We recommend leaning forward when you are about to lose your balance lest you strain your neck and back.
Our lacklustre performance proved that this is one (expensive) sport that requires a lot of practice, but I guess we ought to be satisfied with the surge of adrenaline that accompanied it.
Prices: Starting from $228
For those who are not entirely keen on such high-octane activities, but still yearn to venture out into the sea, you’ll be glad to know that Ola Beach Club also rents out Stand-up Paddleboards.
Paddleboarding is way easier, but if you, like me, have a near-zero sense of balance, you can opt to sit and paddle around on the board itself. I later learnt that the trick was to spread my legs and even out the weight.
If you are not a good swimmer or are unable to swim, you can always request a life jacket from the amicable staff.
Otherwise, why not make your beach summer escapade even more unforgettable as you take the opportunity to explore stranded beaches (like the one in the background of the pictures), or simply spend some quality time with your friends (or lover) gliding around Sentosa’s waters.
Prices: $35/hour, $90/person for 2 hours (Stand-up Paddleboard Course + Tour)
Donuts at sea? No, I am not referring to The Floating Donut Company’s donut-shaped boats that you can sail out in and have a barbecue at sea. I’m talking about the West Marine Donut Float.
Ola Beach Club offers patrons the opportunity to immerse in yet another adrenaline-packed experience, where you’ll get to ride the wave while clinging on to the fast-moving West Marine Donut Float that is pulled by a speedboat.
Tackling the tides at every drift, you are bound to loosen your grip, get flung off the Donut, and plummet into the sea. So prepare to swallow some salty seawater, and get a bit of a wedgie.
Even though it’s only 15 minutes per ride, the whole experience actually felt a lot longer.
Prices: $25/person per 15-min ride
Amid the myriad of interesting activities that Sentosa provides, it’s hard to choose between one or the other. But if you are looking to chill out and get wet under the blazing sun, Ola Beach Club offers all that and more, in a tropical Hawaiian setting to boot.
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