Bungy Jumping at the Macau Tower

I was all set to take it easy in Macau, when a reminder from 43 things came into my inbox. The reminded was for a SkyJump, but I ended up doing a bungy jump instead (something I never though I’d ever do). Upon reading the reminder, I quickly Googled for the Macau Tower bungy and found the necessary information. I was so gung ho, I was literally jumping in my seat as I read through the requirements.

AJ Hacket Bungy
AJ Hackett Bungy at the Macau Tower

The jump was always in my mind in the days before and during the trip. When we arrived in Macau, I found myself looking at the tower in amazement — though most of the time I refrain from looking at it, as if to deny its existence. It felt so real when we were actually in Macau, and up until the last moment (well, until I got my ticket which says “no refund”), I asked myself if I really wanted to do it.

What was really stopping me wasn’t the height. Though I have plenty of paranoid thoughts about things malfunctioning when I jump, it wasn’t fear that was stopping me. It was the hefty price tag: MOP 1,718 to voluntarily jump off from a ledge 233 meters (764 feet) above the ground. How crazy is that? In the end, I decided to shell out the money (including an additional MOP 599) for the DVD video and photo CD package). I figured the trip was free anyway — it’d be a lot more expensive if I go back on my own account just to jump.

No refund!
No refund!!

The AJ Hackett company operates the bungy, as well as all the adventure activities in the tower. Known the world over as the one who popularized the bungy jump, safety is high on their list. Everything is checked twice (sometimes even more!) to ensure that everything is in place.

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When you book for a bungy jump, the schedule you pick is an approximate time: there is no guarantee that you will be able to jump that the exact time. This is due to many factors: the weather, the wind, and people ahead of you who take ages to jump. When I registered at the AJ Hackett counter on the ground floor, I asked the girl behind the counter for tips, since it was my first bungy.

Macau Bungy
I came, I saw, I jumped.

“Just jump,” she told me. She then tells me about this girl who took 10 minutes to jump earlier that day. She was so scared that she couldn’t get herself to jump. When she finally did, she was so elated and was raving about how awesome it was. As AJ Hackett say, bungy jumping is 90% mental. Jumping off that ledge is too easy. It’s getting yourself to jump that’s the problem. It’s the company’s policy never to push or force people to jump. It has to be you jumping at your own volition (and remember, no refund!)

The fall is so fast I can hardly remember how it felt. All I can remember is having this overwhelming feeling of flying, quickly followed by an even more overwhelming feeling of falling from a great height as the ground rush towards you. The rebound was strong, and according to Kaoko, I went back up about 2/3rd of the height of the tower. They have devised a system that would let you get into a sitting position after the first drop, but I wasn’t able to find the cord to pull. Hanging several hundred feet off the ground, I was paranoid about pulling the wrong cord. In the end, I just gave up and enjoyed the ride. A couple more bounce and I was nearing the huge inflatable square where two AJ Hackett crew are waiting to unclip me from the bungy cord.

The MOP 2,688 question is: is it worth it? Hell yeah! Despite my paranoia, it was really fun and exhilarating. The basic bungy jump package (MOP 1,718) includes the t-shirt, certificate and a membership card that entitles you to a 20% discount on all AJ Hackett operations worldwide. For the Macau tower, your next two jumps will only be at MOP 588 and the fourth jump is free. I’ve a feeling I’ll be making full use of this card ;)

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 35 Comments
  1. Micamyx says:

    My golly ang tapang mo! Wah nung pumunta kami gusto ko rin sana. Pinayagan kami to watch dun mismo pero di ako nag-try. Maybe next time :P

  2. nina says:

    Go Mica! Kailangan ma-try mo sya!

  3. jesy says:

    Hands off to your courage Nina! I will need a whole bottle of Jack Daniels to do that. LOL :D tc!

  4. Dante says:

    WOW… is all I can say. Hand up ako sa iyo. Because of that I will have to try it.

  5. Grabe Nina!
    Admittedly, Bungy Jumping and sky diving are the two things I’m not sure if I’ll have the courage to do. :).

  6. dyanie says:

    woohoo!!! ang galing mo!! ang tapang mo!! clap clap clap!! :) napasigaw ako nung pinanood ko yung vid at kinabahan ako. partida viewer lang ako nyan ha haha!

  7. wanderlass says:

    oh gawd, what an expensive price to do something so scary! i think i’ll never bungee jump! and it is because of the height! way to go girl!

  8. nina says:

    Jesy: Haha, di na kailangan, talon nalang! :D

    Dante: Dapat talaga masubukan!

    Jonel: Kaya yan! ;)

    Chyng: Salamat!

    Dyanie: Affected si ate! XD

    Wanderlass: But you dive, right? It’s just like diving, except it’s up in the air ;)

  9. Cat says:

    OM(F)G…that looks like one helluva trip! I love your ‘peace’ sign that you flash at the video before your jump. That’s priceless. Also, I wish I could’ve heard you on your jump—did you scream, yell profanities, or remained silent? LOL. ;)

    Goodness, I’d need an extra change of underwear after a jump from that kind of height!!! Bravo, Nina! :)

  10. bertN says:

    Does it feel like committing suicide and changing your mind at the last minute?

  11. nakupo! mas aatakihin ako sa price ng jump ;p good job nina!

  12. freeze says:

    OMG! nina, you’re one brave lady :)

  13. nina says:

    Cat: I wasn’t initially planning on buying the video, so I made sure I posed for the camera. I was scared shitless standing on that ledge! I screamed! Until I got bored lol.

    mrloo: It’s as easy as jumping off a ledge ;)

    BertN: Hahahaha! And yes, it does lol

    Ezra: still can’t believe I did it :D

    pinaytraveljunkie: Kaloka talaga ang price! Buti nalang next time discounted na :D

    Freeze: Salamat naman :D

  14. mickey says:

    kung ako sa iyo nina, aside from the peace sign, niyakap mo rin yung cutie na nag a assist sa iyo :-D

    masubukan nga yan, when I was in Macau last 2008, inunahan na ako ng nerbiyos sa presyo :-D

  15. Kristine says:

    Feeling ko maiihi ako at mags**t in the processs. Looks fun though. “looks” only. Heheh.

  16. aud says:

    Woohoo way to go girl! And you jumped solo!!!!

    I’d love to scratch bungy jumping from my list as well! One day one day!

  17. Cat says:

    LOL…from your video, I honestly thought you were silent. It’s weird, but since there’s no sound, it makes you think that you’re jumping off silently. LMAO! STILL, I don’t know how you managed to jump off so easily like that. They’d have to PUSH me off. You practically dived off like a seasoned pro!

    By the way, how close are you to the tower when you’re falling? I’d be afraid I’d hit the damned thing. :)

  18. WOW! as in wow, 0_o congrats on that successful jump. I can’t do it, baka mauna pa kong magkaheart attack bago ko matalon yun. haha. Galing!

  19. nina says:

    Mickey: Haha, baka itulak ako nun! XD

    Kristine: It’s scary as shit, standing on that ledge! I was so scare walking towards the edge. They were right though — it really is a mental thing. You just got to have faith that the bungee will keep you from falling splat on the ground!

    Aud: Do it! It’s so awesome :D (there are cheaper places to do it though… Bali has an AJ Hackett bungee ;)

    Cat: The audio in the first part of the video was taken from the AJ Hackett video, not the actual audio of the jump XD They have a guide system so you don’t go anywhere near the tower. I think I was about 30 meters from the tower.

    Weekend Haven: Thanks! Nakaktakot, but once you get over it, sobrang saya :D

  20. CDO GUIDE says:

    Ito din yon gusto kong e experience if maka punta ako ng macau ang Bungy Jumping..Sana with in this year ma try ko na toh..:-)

  21. kat says:

    oh goodness, i looked up at this tower and i cannot even imagine me being up there. you are so brave to jump off the macau tower. congrats!

    i am afraid of heights so i think i’ll never have the guts to do this.

  22. aldam says:

    wow. im excited to do bungee jumping when i visit macau. does anyone know any affordable but quality hotel in macau?

  23. Joyceee says:

    waaah. you went bungee jumping! :-0

    wasn’t able to visit macau tower when i visited the city! sad :(

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  25. Nicole says:

    OMG! you are so brave jumping off Macau Tower!!! I love to try that too but have no idea where I will get the courage to do so lol! :>

  26. nick says:

    Cant wait to do it also!

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  28. Lilliane says:

    I’m here because I remember reading this before and because here at the hostel, we were offered free jumps by the bungee company to sell their product. Like I said in my status, it was never on my bucket list, but the freaky cheapskate me thought, wow-freebie! I don’t know if I can do it. I’m soooo scared!!!

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  30. Baye Maniago says:

    there’s some sort of paralyzing pain and fear when I was watching your video. I doubt if I can do this :D

  31. jesspanganibanss says:

    Just a question! If you don’t decide to pay for the photos/video, do they allow family/friends to take videos/photos of you while you jump? Thanks a lot!

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