World’s Highest Bungee Jump

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The Highest Bungee Jump is operated by AJ Hackett off the Macau Tower. It rests at 233m / 764ft high and goes into the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest bungee jump.

I have wanted to do this for awhile and we finally made it to Macau to check it out. While we were in Macau I finally got to jump … here’s the video!

Thoughts after jumping:

Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 6.57.51 PMo   The Macau Tower Bungee Jump is very popular and is completely attainable for anyone. Once you are on the platform and see how it all works, you will feel very safe in the hands of AJ Hackett. They are a New Zealand based company and I felt completely confident that they knew what they were doing. That said, I have bungee jumped, cliff jumped, SCUBA dived, and sky dived 12 times …. The Macau Tower Bungee Jump was, without doubt the scariest thing I’ve ever done. It’s super fun but such a sustaining feeling of free fall allows for plenty of contemplation on the way down :) 

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Macau Tower Prices

o   It’s expensive… plan on spending $400-$500 after videos and everything else (totally worth it though!)

o   It can get booked pretty quick. About 60 people jump off the tower a day … you can make reservations ahead of time or you can just show up and hope there’s some openings. I went on a not-super busy-day and from walking through the front door of the Macau Tower to walking out was about 4 hours.

o   Last thought: I was reassured by the fact that there is no second bounce. They have figured out how to allow you to free-fall, bounce back, and then stop. You don’t have to worry about getting tangled in excess bungee slack, or repeatedly bouncing away the momentum like most bungee jumping. You fall once, launch back up once, and it’s over!

A Bit on Macau

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Getting There: 

Getting to Macau is relatively easy. There is a crossing called Gongbei Port of Entry from the mainland city of Zhuhai. It is actually fairly manageable as a tourist because you can line up in the “Foreigner” line instead of the massively packed Chinese lines. If you are going to Macau from Hong Kong there are multiple fairies leaving frequently and from 2 different ferry stations in Hong Kong… just show up and buy your ticket at Shun Tak station (Hong Kong Island) or from Kowloon at Tsim Sha Tsui. For more information on getting to Macau from Hong Kong click here.

How does Macau Compare to Hong Kong?

IMG_4786Macau is very similar to Las Vegas. I knew it was called the Vegas of the East before going there, but I was surprised just how similar the 2 really are. All the big names from Vegas are all in Macau and are just as glamorous in Macau (Wynn, Venetian, MGM, Hard Rock, etc).

Macau accepts the Hong Kong Dollar. Once you work through the conversion rates in your head you will come to the conclusion that Macau is usually more expensive than Vegas!

IMG_4789Macau is a fun city to visit. Unless you have a lot of money and are high rolling into the city with big plans to win; don’t plan on staying for more than a couple days. Macau has some cool Portugese style neighborhoods, incredible architecture, casinos, and a fun environment…. BUT it is much more spread out than Vegas and targets gambling over entertainment! It probably isn’t the best place to take a family or plan on going to see some shows and be entertained … it’s just a place to gamble.

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