Besides all the touristy things to do in Old Macau, and the casinos, larger than life hotels, and aimless wanderings around Taipa Macau, there might come a point during your trip where you just want to do something a little different. A little .. nutty, perhaps. Well, you’re in luck because you just so happen to be in the city that has the world renowned AJ Hackett Macau Skywalk and Bungy Jump! You might think this idea is absolutely crazy, but I say, you’d be crazy not to do it!
When you’ve been in Hong Kong for a few years and you have a birthday coming up, you’re probably racking your brain for something new to do. Sure, you’ve done a birthday junk and the following year maybe you did a birthday tram. You’ve partied in LKF until the sun rises and managed to make it through a champagne brunch without embarrassing yourself (for the most part). But, if you’re like me, and are wanting to do something totally different than the usual HK birthday fare, then you must head to the Macau Tower and do the AJ Hackett Skywalk and Bungy Jump!
So, that’s exactly what I did (with the encouragement [and original idea!] from my wonderful mother, whom later regretted offering such a suggestion as she did not think I would actually follow through) on my birthday.
Since I knew this was going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity, I opted to purchase the complete package; all the photos, videos (video from the staff and a GoPro on my wrist), along with adding the Skywalk to my package for an extra $100 HKD or so. Though this ended up being quite an expensive birthday, it was well worth the price tag. In total, the cost came to about $500 CDN for everything. I know some people who have done it and haven’t purchased their photos, which they now really regretted (don’t you want to see your family members’ faces or those of your kids/grandchildren/etc. while they’re watching you jump off the worlds tallest bungy jump?!), so just splurge and treat yourself to a full package.
Getting to the Top
When you (finally) get out of the elevator at the top of the tower, you’re greeted with a brightly lit and spacious area thanks to the floor to ceiling windows that look down on the city. The staff are extremely friendly and help you sort out your package, leading you to where you need to go and what to expect.
We opted to do the bungy jump first to get it over with, so we weren’t antsy while doing the Skywalk and so that neither of us would chicken-out of actually jumping off the edge after we realized just how high we were.
We were each given a black AJ Hackett Macau Bungy tee shirt and were suited up in a harness. Be sure to wear closed toe shoes, but if you forgot, then don’t worry – they have plenty of shoes available. After, we went into a little enclosure where we awaited our jump with a few other restless individuals ready to take the plunge.
For whatever reason, I felt really calm during the whole process, though I can’t say the same for some of the people around me. I ended up being the first person in our group to jump. From the time that one of the staff members called my name up until the countdown before I jumped all feels like a blur in my head. Everything seemed to move at an increased speed, though despite the feeling of things being rushed, I couldn’t help but smile the whole time (thanks to the photographic evidence later on).
As I approached the edge, I peeked downwards – I could not believe I was about to willingly throw myself off this tower. The staff member told me that they would be counting down and then I was to jump off once they reached “one”. However, their idea of a countdown was not one I was expecting; they hastily counted back from five, giving me no time to think or process what was about to happen. At number “one”, I jumped off the edge – smile still plastered on my face. This was surely an experience I was not going to close my eyes for!
As I fell through the air, laughing almost the entire way (after I caught my breath and the fear of falling to my death was subdued), I was sad that it was over so soon. Thankfully the video cameras from above and the GoPro on my wrist captured my jump and I can re-live it any time I like. This was an incredible experience and it definitely won’t be the last time I take the plunge!
After we were both finished our bungy jump (and both agreed on how absolutely incredible, crazy, and wild of an experience we just had was!) we made our way back up the tower to go on the Skywalk.
We each were given a new shirt, this time orange in color, and were re-fitted in another harness. We were lucky, as we somehow managed to be the only people in our group during the Skywalk; two of us and one staff member making our way around the tower.
The Skywalk was quite tame in comparison to the bungy jump we had just finished, but it was still a lot of fun. The staff member that was with us had us do a lot of different poses while he took photographs. Unfortunately, after we looked at the photos, it seemed as though his lens was a bit smudged because they all were a bit blurry. Guess that just means we’ll have to go again!
We also had quite the audience of people looking at us from the glass windows. For whatever reason, they were taking pictures of us as we were doing the Skywalk. A bit bizarre, but hey – it’s China.
I would highly, highly recommend the Macau Skywalk and Bungy Jump to anyone coming to this part of the world! It is such an incredibly fun experience that you really shouldn’t pass up!