Think about it. You either fly into Macau direct from an airport that will actually fly there or you can take an underwhelming yet short hour long ferry from Hong Kong into Macau and immediately see this giant tower with tiny specs of what look like ants that are falling off its edge. You then hop in a taxi and although you are going further and further into the city where your hotel is located, the tower doesn’t seem to be getting any closer and you can’t help but pump yourself up for what is to come, an experience of epic and momentous proportions. You are about to take on the highest commercial bungy experience in the world – The Macau Tower Bungy Jump.
I first came across the idea of doing this stunt after watching Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations episode of his trip to Macau. The entire episode builds upon this heroic feat as he shakes uncontrollably while walking to the edge of the rickety metal ledge of death.
So along with my brother a few of my friends, we tackled this jump as a way to kick off the New Year. If there is any bungy jump that will almost certainly ruin any future bungy jumps you may consider doing, it is definitely this one. The sheer drama and spectacle of riding up an elevator with a small window view of how the heights you are slowly climbing going from the first floor up to the sixty-first. Combine that with the scenery of how freaking high up above the grounds of Macau you really are, and you can be sure to have an experience unlike any other.
After checking-in and signing your life away on a waiver, you hop on a scale where they write your weight in kilograms on your hand. This is for them to determine what order to place you within a group of individuals. I was the lightest in my group so I was lucky to be amongst the first.
Ahead of me was an elder Japanese lady who was as calm and excited as could possibly be, so much so that she was giving peace signs to the Tower photographers. Watching this then seeing her walk off the ledge calmed me down tremendously.
The team then calls me over and stars to hook me up to both a harness and a strap around your legs. My legs started to shake uncontrollably and I could barely talk at this point, only wanted to get it over with. They then tell me to walk to the edge of this rickety metal ledge at which point my heart is racing so fast as if ready to break free of my chest. They tell me to smile for a few cameras which I struggle to do after which the final countdown begins fast – 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…..I close my eyes and fall forward to the point of no return…and there I go…
I open my eyes to the sound of my own involuntary scream as my eyes fill with the air of 124 mph (200 km/h). This was the longest 6 seconds of my life, my stomach was completely lost.
Finally the cord snaps me comfortably back and I make my downward descent (while sitting upright) down to the ground for unbuckling. I was safe, exhilarated and full of life.
This began my thrill for combining both adventure travel with electrifying activity wherever I can find it. Rather than simply visiting a city and hoping to become a “local” in a place I might not ever visit again in such a short time, how about coming away from there with an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life?
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- Plan your visit to Macau. Either fly into Hong Kong and take the short and cheap ferry ride over to Macau (you don’t go through immigration at Hong Kong airport) or you can fly into Macau if you go through an airport that actually flies there.
- Sign up in advance so you don’t risk there not being enough spots. Go to AJ Hackett website and see more for yourself.
- Don’t eat anything heavy beforehand
- Dress appropriately, specifically make sure you wear close toed shoes (and also for girls, wear shorts or pants).
- Just do it, don’t chicken out.
Anyone can do it. Conquer your fear and as AJ Hackett puts it – Live life FEARLESSLY!