From skydiving to underwater scooting, Malaysia’s got them all.
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Malaysia’s tourism centres around food, shopping and biodiversity, but there are also ample outdoor activities to experience for those keen on trying something new or simply looking to quench their thirst for extreme adventure. Between the depths of the sea and the heights of clouds, there are many things for you to enjoy with your friends and family.
With travel restrictions easing up, it’s time for an adventure! Here are five fun activities that you can enjoy to get your adrenaline pumping:
If you’re up for an unforgettable experience of soaring the skies of Malaysia, then tandem skydiving is something you should not miss out on!
Most providers of this activity will give you all the equipment that you need and provide you with a video of your flight. Don’t worry if you’re a newbie and don’t know the ropes of skydiving – they harness you to an experienced diver so you’ll be able to fully enjoy the experience.
You can Tandem Skydive in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, or if you’d like to fly above waters, then Langkawi Island would be the perfect spot as it’s the only location to skydive on a beach in the whole of Asia!
Do keep in mind that this is a seasonal activity as it depends heavily on the weather conditions.
White Water Rafting
White water rafting has been popularised since the 1980s. Despite rivers being a source of food and means of transportation for Malaysians, it has since been an asset for ecotourism.
While it is considered an extreme sport, there are several different areas you can choose from depending on your experience level.
For beginners, the best option would be Kampar and Ulu Slim rivers in Perak, or the Selangor river in Kuala Kubu Bharu. If you’re a pro and wanna experience a real challenge, then Singoh river in Perak is the place to go.
Enjoy the thrill of rafting through dense forests to the sights and sounds of the jungle, while immersing in breathtaking views across the rivers!
Malaysia is blessed with many amazing limestone caves that are worth exploring. Most caves here have excessive growth of stalagmites and stalactites, a complete haven for people who are interested in studying ecology and natural biodiversity.
So if you’re up to the challenge of journeying through a dark cave (and if you’re not afraid of insects and bats!), then caving or ‘spleunking’ might be right up your alley.
Popular spots for this activity include Batu Caves in Selangor, Gua Kelam in Perlis, Gunung Reng in Kelantan, Tong Cave Temple and Gua Tempurung in Perak, and Gua Charas in Pahang.
Though there are many trekking trails in Southeast Asia, the ones in Malaysia are considered to be one of the best. With a rich ecology, tropical forests, rich flora and fauna and a pleasant climate, the mountains in Malaysia are considered to be perfect havens for trekking enthusiasts.
If you’re new to trekking, it’s advisable to have a trained guide for safety and to have someone be able to walk you through the terrain so that you don’t get lost midway.
There are many options to choose from depending on your comfort level, but some of the most popular trekking spots for beginners are Bukit Broga or Bukit Gasing in Selangor. But if you’re up for a real challenge then the nest peaks in Malaysia are Gunung Tahan in Pahang or Gunung Jerai in Kedah.
Just remember that it’s really important to be fit enough to get through these excursions, so build your stamina and start exploring!
Scuba Doo (Underwater Scooter)
If you’re keen to explore rich marine life but not exactly a professional swimmer yourself, then why not try a hand at Scuba Doo-ing?
Scuba Doo allows you to see sea creatures more comfortably than scuba diving allows. You can enjoy oceanic views on an underwater scooter and breathe normally with your head inside a dome. It can go down up to 10 metres under the sea, with no experience of swimming skills needed.
One of the most recent additions to the underwater experiences in this country, Scuba Doo is most popular in Kota Kinabalu. The rides can take you anywhere between 60 to 90 minutes.
So if you’re looking for a reason to get out of the house and do something fun, try your hand at one of these activities and experience something out of the ordinary. Just remember to stay safe when you’re having a great time out there!