Spoiler alert… bungy jumping is terrifying. In classic me fashion though, I said yes, because it means I get to have more fun (and stories for you all)!
How does one end up at the world’s tallest ‘commercial’ bungy jump? Well it all began while I was living in Dubai (the beginning of saying yes), and a friend/coworker asked if anybody wanted to join him on his sabbatical in Hong Kong. You see, our company offered a month paid vacation if you stayed for 5 years, and he had just been approved for his time off. While he decided to go to a few locations for his trip, the rest of us decided to meet him in Hong Kong. While there, he convinced us all to “take the plunge.”
If you have ever been to Hong Kong, you know that Macau is a quick hop, skip, and a jump away (aka a ferry ride). Macau is where this 764 ft (233 m) tall bungy jump exists, and it is an experience you can never forget. It is referred to as the tallest commercial jump, because there is 1 bungy taller, but it not possible for the public to use it.
The experience occurs at the Macau Tower and requires the use of specially designed cables that keep jumpers from swinging into the tower. Upon arriving in the tower, you take a nice long elevator ride up the tower, where they outfit you with the proper gear and give you a locker for your things (because even a penny falling from 700+ feet can be, well… catastrophic).
After getting outfitted, they allowed 2 of jumpers onto the outside staging platform at a time. I was 3rd in our group, and there is no sight quite like watching your friends fall off a tower (I recommend everybody see it).
As you go outside onto the platform, they strap you in to keep you from any mishaps and begin getting to work on preparing those of you on the platform for your journey. While I consider myself an adrenaline junkie, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t shaking with every emotion from anticipation to fear to cold (fun fact, it is super windy that high up). So, I am sitting in the chair getting decked out in the harnesses and such, shivering, and trying to act all cool… until they made me stand up.
When you’re harnessed and ready to go, they get you out of the chair and begin attaching the bungy cables. They have one person preparing your cables in front of you and another behind you. The cables around your feet are so taut that it threatens to pull your feet out from under you. This doesn’t stop the crew from having fun though. They joke with you, have you wave at the cameras recording you (a video is included), and so on, until your bungy experience is finally ready.
The crew steps back and yells “just lean over.” Let me tell you… that is WAY easier said than done. Every fiber of my being was revolting against leaning over the sheer drop for fear of the sudden stop that could occur hundreds of feet below. Nevertheless, I persevered and eventually overrode my natural programming to lean over. Never in my life have I been more terrified.
The feeling of my feet leaving the platform and my body plummeting toward the Earth is not a feeling I will ever forget, and the GoPro strapped to my wrist ensured I will never forget the several second expletive that came out of my mouth!
Once the initial fear passed, I realized this experience was one of the coolest things I have ever done. The drop became surreal and the backdrop of Macau and the water was superb from that high up. The first drop only lasts a few seconds, but the bungy snaps you back up for quite a few more drops. Once complete, they reel you down to the ground to unstrap you, and then you take the elevator back up the tower to see the spoils (video footage) of your jump.
All in all, I would say it was worth every penny, and while I still can’t believe I jumped, I am so glad I did.
So, if you ever get the chance to go to Macau, I hope you say yes to jumping too.