One of my favourite things about traveling is the opportunity to challenge yourself to experience things that completely push you out of your comfort zone. The Macau Tower Bungee Jump aka the highest bungee jump in the world was not only one of the most nerve-racking, exhilarating and terrifying things I have ever done, but one of my most memorable travel experiences to date.
How to get to Macau from Hong Kong
Unless you are flying directly to Macau, you will most likely be visiting as a day trip from Hong Kong. It is very simple to get to Macau from Hong Kong. The most popular and most convenient option is by ferry. There are two ferry operators that service this route – Cotai WaterJet and TurboJet. I chose TurboJet because the departing ferry terminal (Shun Tak Centre, Sheung Wan) was close to my accommodation in Causeway Bay and the destination terminal (Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal) is relatively close to Macau Tower.
How to get to Macau Tower from the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal
There are signs throughout the ferry terminal directing you outside where the bus station can be found. At the stop closest to the terminal you will see a sign for bus 32. This bus takes you directly to the door of Macau Tower.
The difficulty with catching buses in Macau is that you need to pay by cash and no change is given. Thankfully when I was informed about this (already on the bus) a lovely man had some spare change to give me (I only had a HKD $100 note on me!). On the way back I had some change from where I had broken a note buying lunch 🙂
Important Note: You will need your passport to hop on the ferry from Hong Kong to Macau and vice versa.
In terms of traveling back to the harbour after you jump, you can go to the same stop that dropped you off and catch bus 32 straight back. If you want to wander Macau for a bit longer like I did, just keep an eye out for a bus that goes to ‘Terminal Maritimo.’ For some reason no one knew what Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal was (even though this is the English name for it on Google Maps), so just keep this in mind!
What to expect at Macau Tower
I booked in for a 10am jump which is the first of the day. I did this just in case the weather was bad (leaving the whole day for it to hopefully clear up). Thankfully it was clear blue skies, but if you are jumping in rainy season, you might want to take this into consideration.
Before the jump –
As per the ticket, I arrived 45 mins before my jump. This gave me time to check out some information about Macau Tower displayed in the lobby. I also walked around the tower (trying not to look up too often haha!). At 10am I was allowed to go upstairs where I gave some final details. I then went to the change room where I got into the Bungee T-Shirt that was provided and put my bag in a locker (HKD 10). I still only had a large note on me and one of the crew members exchanged the money which was really helpful!
After this, I was weighed and put into the harness. I am not going to lie, I don’t think the fact I was about to jump off a 233m tower had sunk in yet. The final stage before the jump is the preparation chair. Here I got my photo taken, was informed that after I fall I will be required to pull a red cord to swing back to an upright position and was also told I would get a count down before it was up to me to lean forward and fall!
During the jump –
When I stood out on the platform and they dropped the cord (which is really heavy so you feel it pull at your feet) it finally sunk in what I was about to do. My hands were sweating, my legs were shaking and I was convinced I wasn’t going to be able to force myself to fall. It all happened so fast though (I think they make this intentional haha!) because I did not have much time to think about what was happening. I made an effort to not look down while sitting in the preparation chair which I think helped. To be honest, the first time I properly looked down was while plummeting at 220km/hour toward the ground 😛
So, how did it feel…
It was incredible. I had a smile from ear to ear for the rest of the day. Also, I was so surprised how quickly during the fall I stopped being scared. Make sure to check out the video from my jump that I will embed in this article ASAP. You can see that within 1 second of falling I am laughing and making faces at the camera 😛
Something to note: after I fell I had a lot of trouble pulling the red cord hard enough. I suggest pulling it with both hands because when I tried this, I swung upright first go.
What to do in Macau
I was the very first bungee of the day. This meant I jumped, received my video/photos and spent time on the observation deck all by 12pm. After jumping I followed the road outside to the harbour where I admired the skyline and got some pictures of Macau Tower from afar. During my walk I passed attractions such as Senado Square and the Ruins of St. Paul’s. Because of the intense humidity I didn’t last too long outside so after a quick lunch I found another bus stop that would take me back to Terminal Maritimo.
How to book the worlds highest bungee jump at Macau Tower!
So you know how to get there, what to expect and what to do in Macau… the only thing left to do is book!
To book the Macau Tower Bungee Jump I suggest going through KKday as at the time of writing this, it has the best online offer and was a seamless booking process. I received a voucher via email and all I had to do was present this at the lobby on the day.
Click here for all the package options (I personally opted to get the photo and video package as I wanted evidence of this crazy experience!). The bungee jump itself will cost £300.33 and the bungee jump + video and photo package costs £354.14.
For me, completing the highest bungee jump in the world was a bucketlist must do while in Hong Kong. The experience completely exceeded my expectations and I am now so keen to do more bungee jumps around the world! Big shout out to the Crew at AJ Hackett Macau Tower for making my very first bungee so memorable!
Have you bungee jumped before? Have any questions about the experience? Feel free to comment below!
Suitcase And I was sponsored to visit the Macau Tower Bungee Jump by KKday. The views in this article are my own.