Monday, September 7, 2015

Tips and Tricks : AJ Hackett Macau Tower Bungy Jump

I've called it! After the 43m leap of faith in New Zealand (read all about it Here) , I found myself jumping 233m from the Macau Tower, the highest bungy jump in the world currently.


If the bungy is not appealing or too intimidating, you may also opt for the Skyjump (slight deceleration compared to bungy), Tower Climb, and Skywalk (a walk outside the tower for that slight vertigo) activities, but I'll keep that for some other time if I find myself in Macau again.


Just like any AJ Hackett branches you may visit, safety is paramount for all jumpers, the safety features and information pertaining to the jump, cords and FAQ can be found in their website. Located at the Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre (around 6 minutes drive from Senado Square), the fastest way to get here is by cab or you can board the bus (MT4, 18, 32 or 33) that all leads to the tower.


Once again I found myself financially wiped out with the bungy jump costed at MOP 3088 (Approximately RM 1680) and the full combo of MOP 3788 (RM 2060). Luckily, since I've jumped with AJ Hackett's before, I was given a waiver of 20% for the jumping cost, in total I've paid MOP 3269 (Jump : MOP 2470 and Video/Photo combo : MOP 799, totalling up to RM 1771). Notable difference between my previous jump and this is that they provided GoPro to capture the video alongside the jumper, pretty awesome addition I must say! Also, you can't really put a price on your safety, no?

It is advisable to pre-book the jump and select the schedule that you prefer, I chose the 12.30 p.m. slot only to complete the jump around 2pm, that's quite a long wait right? A testament to the popularity of the bungy jump itself!


Entrance to tower is separately charged I'm afraid, at MOP 135 for adults (Do check out the other rates and opening hours here). The ticket will take you all the way up to the 61st storey of the tower (although the ticket could grant you limited access to other floors for sightseeing too) for the jump preparation.

If you are a solo traveler like me, you may deposit your belongings at a rental locker for a fee of $30 (for 3 hours) after you have checked in / registered for your turn. Each jumper would be given a red t-shirt (orange t-shirt for the Skywalk and crew) which serves as an easy identification of the type of activity you are participating in.

Skywalk
After the weigh in and changing to the tee and the canvas shoes provided, it was time to the plank! While patiently waiting for your turn, you get the privilege to see a fair amount of people in front taking the plunge, if the wait itself isn't already intimidating.


There would be a chair that allows the Jump Masters (yes, I think this is what they call themselves) to carefully strap the harness and cords on you. They are very friendly and will engage in conversations while waiting for the ropes to be delivered up from the previous jump. They may have a little cruel sense of joke, but it is all good, if you are on the 61st floor, that is half the battle already and probably nothing could stop you. 

Bro Tips : Another notable difference to my jump in NZ is that there is a lever for you to pull after the 2nd bounce so that the rope can slowly descend you down to safety.


... Until you got on to the plank. While waiting for my turn, I've gazed down, so I know exactly what I have gotten myself into. After seconds of GoPro interview and camwhore moment, I found myself half feet on the plank and the count down began. In 5... 4... 3... 2... and...


That was when I plunged. Instinct and impulse took over. And I did it. I really did.

Second time around, it wasn't easier I must say but once the adrenaline rush took over - Scream, Pray or Curse or just do the Scream-Pray-Curse combo like I did. After a floating in mid air for a few seconds, and some awkward failure of pulling the lever, I finally released the lever and I was slowly brought down to the safety cushion.


Unfortunately, after taking one last camwhore shot and still strapped with the harness, I found myself walking towards the exit of the safety cushion, only to be halted and questioned with intimidation by one of the ground staff. He questioned, "Where are you going?", as if I have done something really impulsive to him. Of course I responded that my stuffs are still up the tower, so I wanted to go up? He just gave me a really cold stare and point blank told me to "wait for instruction".


Here's the thing, I speak fluent (if not perfect) English and I would understand his instruction, IF GIVEN. Assuming that I have missed his instruction (cut me some slack, I have just jumped the highest bungy and the adrenaline was still pumping, and I was still visibly excited), he could've told me in the most polite manner, with a fucking smile, "Sir, please wait here until we have unstrapped you". I don't know how this particular staff is trained but attitude is unacceptable. 

PS: I have emailed to the manager pertaining to this issue but as per the date this blog entry is written I have not gotten any outcome of the investigation from him, so I have no qualms sharing this experience publicly. 

All in all, that blunder aside, I am definitely looking forward to the next adventures AJ Hackett has to offer. 

USB and Membership Card
Bro tips : Upon completing the jump, I received the USB containing the pictures and videos, and a membership card that allows you to jump for a steady rate of MOP 1,088 for the next three consecutively jumps, and the 4th jump is free. Macau temptation is strong!


Full video of the jump can be viewed here.
Also, the GoPro angle can be viewed here. :)

5 comments:

  1. I wanna do this when I went Macau for the second time but looking at the price, oh boy too bad I'm not rich enough to spend for just a jump. Hahahaha.

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    1. Saved up just for this the moment I knew I was going to Macau... hahaha... the price is definitely more towards the exuberant side :P

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  2. Well done Ivan. I am surprised to know this is the world's highest bungy jump!
    I am not sure how well you know Macau. Most of their folks speak that way!
    My first trip was in 1985 and it was horrors! Now their public services and manners have improved a lot.
    Those years HKG fared worst for being one of the rudest country in the world. Ask the older generations!

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    1. Now I know Macau. The ground staff is not even Macanese, he looks like a Filipino expat who works there, but perhaps he had turned towards the Macanese side during his stint here. HKG was still alright, a bit snobbish, but still bearable. The mainland tourists however....

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