Sunset Goddess Manila’s Reminiscing Macau 2008 Series. Click here for the TRAVEL GUIDE.
One of the most memorable experiences I had in my Macau trip in 2008 was my adventure in the Macau Tower, where I got to experience the Skyjump.
But the crowning glory of the Tower and what makes it a must-visit Macau destination are the thrilling adventures provided by AJ Hackett, a company from New Zealand best known for their daring adventure “rides”. In fact, their bungy jump from Macau Tower is the world’s highest bungy jump! And I remember reading somewhere when we were planning that AJ Hackett has a 100% safety record so I felt safe and secure. But that was BEFORE I got to the top of the tower. Oh no…
We took a super high speed elevator up and it was only when we got there that I REALLY and TRULY got the idea of just how HIGH it was.
I wanted to try bungy jumping but good thing I didn’t because I what I did was the Skyjump and I thought I won’t be able to go through with the jump! I chose the Full Package Skyjump (it was MOP700 then and now it’s a whopping MOP2388 or US$306), which includes a T-shirt, certificate, membership card, a video of the jump on DVD, photo CD or 2 printed photos.
Unlike bungy jumping where they tie you up in the leg area, for the Skyjump, they put you in a harness, which is connected to a machine with a pulley mechanism. This is how they describe it in their website:
Skyjunp also allows people to descend from the tower feet first and as a tandem option.Skyjump is fun for all ages.
After paying and registering, they led me to a locker room where I placed my bag, changed into the shirt (which they require) and removed all my jewelry. Since the jump was part of our itinerary, I came prepared and was wearing sneakers. If you’re wearing sandals or slippers, they do have sneakers for rent.
Now, for the jump. These pictures that were taken of me before the jump show how worried I was. It was really high and when I got outside where I could already feel the wind, I think that’s when I really got scared. And that’s when it hit me—WHY AM I DOING THIS AGAIN???
|Worry all over my face before my jumping off the tower. And look at how chillax the staff looked!|
Here’s a picture of me with my jump master and I must admit, the photo op somewhat calmed me. 🙂
Then after that, it was just me and the edge. The edge that was hundred of meters up in the air, with nothingness in front of my feet. They told me to put my arms out and simply walk off the platform. The main thing I remember thinking was, why will a sane, young, healthy person like me simply walk off into the air?! As in, there was really this voice of human instinct that nagged at me—that I shouldn’t do something like this, which could possibly harm or kill me. I really thought I wouldn’t be able to do it. But I already paid and there’s no refund!It took a while for me to walk off that platform (or at least it felt that way!) Eventually, I think they counted me off and what helped also was that I also got a little push from the crew to spur me on….And then I simply walked off into thin air…
—And that feeling of falling was an instant high. THERE IS NO OTHER FEELING LIKE IT. About 1/4 of the way down, they stopped the machine for a photo op in mid-air. And thank God, because for me, posing for those two shots really calmed me down and after that, I just enjoyed the experience! 🙂 To this day it’s still one of the most memorable experiences of my life.
And here’s the video! 🙂
A giant air trampoline was waiting at the base. Then I went back up the tower since my travel companion was going to do the the Skywalk X, an adventure of walking along the rim of the tower.
For me, the Skywalk X was not as thrilling as the Skyjump but you still have to brave vertigo and the fear of falling through the “cracks” in the rim. And some parts were really narrow and even if you’re harnessed to the tower, that still won’t take away the fear of falling off! You will be followed around by a guide who will tell you to take certain poses along the rim and take your pictures. If you’re someone who’s afraid of heights, this is really quite scary.
After AJ Hackett, we went down and explored the shops, cooled off with some iced tea and egg tart at the Cafe on Four, and relished our thrilling adventures.
Even with my near panic before my jump notwithstanding, I’m really glad we included the Skyjump and Skywalk in our trip. Years and years since then, my Skyjump adventure still makes me giddy, and quite proud that in the end, I was still able to take that leap off that edge. Indeed, the Macau Tower is where memories are made. Cheers! 🙂