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Photo by: Heather Barnard, Expattravelmom

You can pretty much find a water park in every neighborhood these days.  The UAE, as small as it is, has six to choose from!  Water parks offer family fun, escape from the heat and a chance for little ones to splash while big ones slide.  The Adventure Cove on Sentosa Island in Singapore takes what we already love about water parks, and heightens the experience with a couple of attractions I’ve never seen before.DestinationReview

While the slides were fun and pretty typical for a water park, they were not my highlight of this experience.  Snorkeling was.  Snorkeling in a water park you might ask?  Why yes!  Adventure Cove managed to think outside the box when it comes to water park attractions.  Rainbow Reef allows you to put your snorkeling skills, or lack of skills, to use while you get up close and personal with over 20,000 fish.  I am one who is afraid of open water.  I won’t go snorkeling in the ocean.  Period.  My husband has wished for years that I would go with him during our amazing holidays.  Thanks to Rainbow Reef, I FINALLY snorkeled with my husband and got to see my favorite puffer fish up close.  It was amazing.  What was even better was that we did it as a family.  Our 6, 8 and 10 year olds enjoyed it with us and felt just as exhilarated by it as we did.  Best of all is that this experience is included in your entrance ticket to the water park…no extra charges.

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Photo by: Heather Barnard, Expattravelmom

  • Minimum height requirement: 107cm.
  • Children under 122cm in height must be accompanied by a supervising companion

Another experience is one I’m sure you’ve all enjoyed at numerous water parks…the lazy river.  However, have you ever been on a lazy river that lets you see fish while you relax?  Adventure River wasn’t anything more exciting than other lazy rivers I’ve been on.  If anything, it was a bit run down in areas, letting the wear and tear of the climate elements eat away at it, and provided no “thrilling” rapids moments.  However, what had me loving it and going back for more was floating by the sting ray tank and then into the underwater tunnel of fish, rays and other creatures.  It was a hit with the kids as they felt like they were swimming with the rays and fish right next to them.

  • Children under 122cm in height must be accompanied by a supervising companion

My last WOW moment of this water park involved what my youngest daughter called “America’s Next Ninja Warrior” training camp.  We’ve all seen the kiddie play areas with dumping buckets, rope nets to climb on and bridges to cross, but this was different.  This area tested balance, strength

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Photo by: Heather Barnard, Expattravelmom

and bravery (slight exaggeration there) while being suspended over water. Splashworks allows you to test your skills in crossing balance beams, tight ropes, rope walls and even scale a knotted rope to the top and ringing a bell when you make it.  My eight year old loved this area, and once her brother discovered it, it was game on between them.  The leap off of two different height platforms was the biggest adrenaline rush for all.

*  Minimum height requirement: 122cm.

Overall, we loved our time at Adventure Cove on Sentosa Island.

A few tips for future visitors:

Rent a cabana.  It’s hot and humid  in Singapore.  We were fine all day long at water parks in Dubai, but the sun is ruthless here.  We had burns within an hour of being here, even with sunscreen.  Lather up and take breaks from the sun in your cabana.  They are simple, using only ceiling fans, but it was worth it.  Some of us even napped.

Marine Encounters  Check out the marine encounters offered by the park before you go so that you can plan your day.  Before we knew it, our time was up and we had to go!  There’s a lot to do.

Dolphin Island  One part of the water park causing much dismay across the island and world abroad, as any dolphin experience does, is Dolphin Island.  This is strictly up to you as to whether or not you take part in it.  As the experience was offered to my family as part of our day there, we did go in and do a mini session at the side of the tank, no “in water” experience.  My kids surprised them with questions they had about the dolphins and we never got straight answers.  They were comparing this experience to that of Atlantis Dubai.  I don’t know if what we were told in Dubai at the time was true, or if this article bears any more truth, but we felt it was a great experience in Dubai.  This one at Adventure Cove is not for everyone and I’m just putting it out there so you’re warned.