Published November 30, 2006

Thrills and spills galore at Kerzner's water park

KERZNER International yesterday revealed more details about the Aquaventure water theme park that would be part of its Sentosa integrated resort.

The park - about the size of nine football fields - would have four main areas catering to specific age groups and could accommodate more than 5,000 people at one time.

For thrill seekers, Kerzner proposes a slide complex with eight water-coasters, uphill 'blasters' that propel patrons back to the top of a ride so they need not get out of the water - and other water-based rides.

One ride would involve a 70m free-fall body drop at a 60 degree incline, with riders sliding down an acrylic tunnel that runs through a shark tank and ending in a cave pool surrounded by tanks of alligator garfish.

'Kerzner pioneered integrating water rides with live fish habitats and is the world leader in this area,' said Kerzner's international division president Tobin Prior.

There would also be a 'Dark Slide' - riders go through a tube in total darkness as special effects such as sharks and fire are projected along the way. Another proposal is a 568m river ride. And toddlers and young children would have four mini water slides at a water playground.

The park would also have shark and stingray saltwater lagoons, where visitors can take part in scheduled interaction programmes such as supervised feeding.

Kerzner has teamed up with CapitaLand to bid for the Sentosa resort project.