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12 Best Adventures in Malaysia

 
  • 01Skydiving

    Soar through the blue skies of Kuala Lumpur while you feel surges of exhilaration. You can be an advanced skydiver or a beginner, various companies offer packages for either. Tandem Skydiving harnesses you to an experienced skydiver, helpful if you’re a beginner.

    A majority providers of this activity provide you with equipment and videos of your adrenaline pumping flight. Keep in mind that this activity is seasonal and depends majorly on weather conditions as well.

    Price: Approximate price ranges from 800 MYR to 1500 MYR depending on the number of jumps.

  • 02Scuba Diving

    Malaysia is a land of awesome scuba diving locations, especially in the south eastern part of Sabah in the Borneo Island. There are lots of islands that are perfect for scuba diving due to the large presence of excellent coral reefs and marine life.

    You can enjoy diving all through the year here; however certain areas favour certain seasons. In general, April to December is considered to be the apt time for scuba diving here.



    Highlights – There are close to 10 important diving sites in Malaysia that are suitable for beginners and professional divers. The marine life is excellent as you find lots of fishes here.

    Location – Sipadan Isalnd, Mabul Island, Kapalai Island, Lankayan Island, Layang – Layang Island, Mataking Island, Pom Island, Sibuan Island, Redang Island, Leng Tengah Island, Tenggol Island, Tioman Island, Perhentian Island and Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

    Timings – All through the year.

    Price – Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) offers various packages in the range of RM1385 – RM2120 for open diving courses. 
  • 03Paragliding

    If you are looking for excellent adventure and thrill at the same time, you must try out paragliding in Malaysia. These can be enjoyed by beginners and trained pilots too. The foot-launched parachutes go up to at least 6000 metres, making you scream with joy.

    First timers can shed all their inhibitions as they are safely tied to the parachutes and well-trained pilots take control of the machines.

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    Highlights
    – You can ask for flips & flaps, cross country rides, flight techniques and be a part of flight analysis if you have the interest and experience for the same, while participating in paragliding in Malaysia.

    Location – Famous paragliding spots in Malaysia are Bukit Jagra, Bukit Sendayan, Bukit Bahau and Kuala Kubu Baru.

    Timing – Takes around 20minutes per ride. Minimum 4 and maximum 10 passengers are allowed. Minimum age of passenger should be 10 years. Paragliding is possible on weekends.

    Price - Approximately RM300 per passenger and last minute booking of RM50 per person allowed.
  • 04Parasailing

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    Malaysia is one of the most-sought after destinations of adventure water sports activities. Though almost all beach resorts provide parasailing tours for their guests, this is best enjoyed in Langkawi Island.



    Highlights – It is better to choose authorised tour operators for parasailing, because one may have to go through lots of risks when choosing illegal operators. Two to three people can travel in one ride and the ride usually takes ten minutes. The thrill that you get when you are lifted close to 500feet above sea level and when you land back safely on to the boat cannot be described in words.

    Location– Langkawi Island.

    Timing – One parasailing trip takes around 30 minutes to complete. 2 to 3 people are lifted at a time.

    Price – RM80 per person on the beach for 3km; RM180 per person on the boat for 8km.
  • 05Scuba Doo (underwater scooter)

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    One of the best water sports activities that tourists enjoy when they come here is scuba doo, where one gets to enjoy the waters of the ocean,with the help of an underwater scooter.

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    Highlights – Here, you can breathe normally as you sit inside a dome in your scuba bike. You get to travel to a maximum depth of 10m under the sea and enjoy the rich marine life of Malaysian waters, as you feed the fishes here. This is one of the newest activities launched by many resorts in Malaysia to provide ultimate fun to tourists. No scuba diving or swimming experience is required to take up scuba doo rides.

    Location – Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

    Timing – Underwater scooter rides are currently offered between 60 and 90 minutes.

    Price – RM200 to RM275.
  • 06White Water Rafting

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    White water rafting is one of the most common water sports activities in Malaysia. The rivers in Malaysia are graded according to the water course and the challenges faced by rafters coming here. Some are easy and are apt for beginners, whereas some are apt for people with good rafting experience.

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    Highlights – The views across these rivers when you undertake rafting is something that you have to see to experience. Set at the backdrop of majestic hills, with this white water rafting, you can experience some unforgettable moments in your life. Choose a package tour, because you can get to enjoy few other activities as well with these.

    Location – Kampar (safe for beginners), Ulu Slim (good for first timers), Selangor (medium challenges and most famous) and Singoh (highly challenging).

    Timing – Most of these rafting tours can be completed within 1 to 3 days based on the complexity levels.

    Price – starts from RM150 per person and goes up to RM1500 per person.
  • 07Snorkeling

    With its vast beaches and rich marine life, Malaysia transforms into a sought-after snorkelling destination just after the monsoon season. The coral reefs are brimming with fishes, sharks and other endangered varieties of sea turtles. Most of the beaches after these exciting colourful reefs right below the surfaces, making them havens for snorkelling enthusiasts.



    Highlights – Coastline Terengganu, Tioman Island, Langkawi Pulau Payar Marine Park,Perhentian Island etc. are some of the best snorkelling spots in Malaysia that you cannot afford to miss, if you are an adventure and marine life lover. Most of the resorts organise diving and snorkelling courses for their guests for an additional cost, which can add value to your trip.

    Location – Most of the islands in Malaysia are great snorkelling destinations.

    Timing – There are many trips available – half a day trips, 2 hours trip to nearby sites etc. Choose the one that suits you the best.

    Price – Close to RM100 per person for half a day.
  • 08Microlight

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    Want to fly freely like a bird in the skies of Kuala Lumpur for one hour at least? Try out the Quick Silver MX2 Microlight when you come to Malaysia next. It is a super-powerful aircraft that travels at a speed of 110km per hour.

    Highlights – Fly past the vast skies of Kuala Lumpur and get panoramic views the capital city. Don’t forget to capture pictures and videos as you would your posterity to go through these. Microlights are driven by experienced pilots and the machines are automatically serviced when they reach 100 flight hours. Participants get a certificate and souvenir upon completion of ride.

    Location – Kuala Lumpur.

    Timing – Currently Microlights are available for weekends only from 10AM to 5PM, provided the weather cooperates. Aircraft can carry maximum of 6 people.

    Price – RM1500 per person for one hour of ride.
  • 09Hot air Ballooning

    Hot Air Ballooning is one of the key activities in Malaysia and provides unlimited fun and excitement for tourists of all age groups. Apart from the annual Putra Jaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, you can also enjoy generic balloon rides any time during the year, when you come to this part of the world.

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    Highlights - As you travel through the skies during early mornings, you will get a remarkable view of sun-rise, which is a truly majestic sight.

    Location – Putra Jaya.

    Timing – The average flying time is one hour. It takes around 4 to 5 hours for you to start form your hotel, finish the trip and then go back to your hotel safely.

    Price – Around RM850 per person for a base package (complimentary food, 1 hour flight and certificate), RM1000 per person for 2nd package (additional services of in-flight photo, time-lapsed video, hotel transfers etc.) and RM1150 per person for 3rd package (additional services of premium gift box etc.)
  • 10Bungee Jumping

    One of the most adventurous activities that you can try out when you come to Malaysia is Bungee Jumping. Lots of tourists from all over the globe come here to try this.

     



    Highlights – Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is the most famous and permanent Bungee jumping locations in Malaysia. The jump is from 22m above sea level, which might not be too much when compared to other destinations of the world. However it can be intimidating and exciting for first-time jumpers. You need to choose reputed bungee jumping agencies for this. You will be given a certificate once you complete the jump, which you can proudly flaunt with your family.

    Location –Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, Kuala Lumpur.

    Timing – The jump actually takes about 5 to 6 seconds only ; suitable for kids aged 10 years and above. Jumps available from 10AM to 6PM.

    Price – RM 90 per kid and per senior citizen; RM130 per adult.
  • 11Caving

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    If you love adventure and are not scared of insects, caving is one of the primary activities that you can enjoy in Malaysia. There are lots of caves here with excessive growth of stalagmites and stalactites, a complete haven for people who are interested to study about ecology and natural biodiversity.

     



    Higlights – The caves are completely dark; hence you need to be careful while coming here. Worms, spiders, cockroaches, centipedes and a lot of other insects are found on the cave-floors in plenty. Every evening, a large number of bats come out of the caves and leave their droppings on the floors, which forms the food for these insects. Easy, pilgrimage and adventure types caves are found here.

    Location – Batu Caves, Gua Kelam, Gunung Reng, Perak Tong Cave Temple, Gua Tempurung Cave, Gua Charas and many more.

    Timing – Caving can be done all through the year, as long as the weather is favourable.

    Price – Varies as per complexity of caves
  • 12Trekking

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    Though there are many trekking trails in South East 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.

    Highlights – Some of the nest peaks in Malaysia are Mount Kinabalu, Mount Nuang, Mount Gayong, Mount Gagau, Mount Jerai, Mount Tahan, Mount Angsi, Mount Ledang, Mount Beremdun and Mount Korbu.

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    Location – All over Malaysia.

    Tips – Most of the trekking trails in Malaysia are tough; hence only people who are medically fit and who have enough experience in mountain hiking should undertake these activities. Guides are available for almost all these important treks. It is recommended to take their services, so that you don’t get lost midway.

    Fee – Lots of hiking tours are available from leading tour operators. This will include permit fee, accommodation, food, camping charges etc.