Imagine flying through ancient rainforests, embracing the rush of the wind as you whiz past towering trees, wonderstruck monkeys, and gushing waterfalls. What an adventure, right? The good news is that you don’t need to be reborn as a tropical bird to pull off this particular fantasy. All you need to do is go ziplining in Langkawi!
Truth be told, the night before the ziplining adventure, I was terrified. I’ve always been scared of heights, and I’m no adrenaline junkie. Not for me the bungee jumping and sky diving that extreme sports enthusiasts swear by – I’m happier with less intense activities like paragliding, snorkelling, scuba diving, and biking. Ziplining seemed somewhere between these two types of sports: it would be really high up and there’d be no instructor with me while I was actually in the air (scary!), but at least I would be secured to a line and not just hanging mid-air (reassuring!).
Hubs and I did our research and decided to go with Umgawa Legendary Adventures – a company that is run by a very experienced team and has all the requisite certifications. Their equipment is also very new, and hasn’t been through much wear and tear. Plus, their Sky Rangers go through intensive training before being qualified to accompany visitors. Based on my online deep dive, I found Umgawa to be the safest choice for ziplining on Langkawi. Plus, they have the longest and highest ziplines on the island! Win-win in terms of safety and adventure.
The course features 12 ziplines, 3 sky-bridges, a double zipline, and a steep descent at the very end. The Sky Rangers are scrupulous about your safety and very encouraging if you’re a little scared (like me!). They start you off small, with a low and short zipline to get comfortable. As you become more confident, you move on to higher and longer ziplines. I won’t give away the final measurements – let’s leave that to the wise Sky Rangers!
Classified by Umgawaga as a “zipline eco-canopy tour”, this experience allows you to immerse yourself in the rainforest in a different, beautiful way. Along with the incredible feeling of flying through the tropics and enjoying stunning island views, you will also learn a little bit about the treasures of the jungle. The Sky Rangers point out indigenous plants and trees, explaining how they’ve been used for centuries in traditional Malaysian medicine.
All in all, this is an excellent experience for anyone who’s up for a bit of adventure. It’s safe yet challenging, exciting but not strenuous, and loads of fun yet quite affordable (especially keeping in mind the top-notch equipment and quality standards). Note for selfie addicts: you can’t carry a camera while ziplining, but the Umgawa photographer will take some pics and share them on the company’s Facebook page. (That’s where my photos are from!)
- Hours: 8.30 am to 4 pm, open 365 days a year
- Address: 7 Wells Waterfall, Jalan Telaga Tujuh
- Price: MYR 500 (USD 110) per person for a 2-2.5 hour tour, inclusive of all equipment
Note: This writer paid her own way, and has not been compensated in any way, shape or form by the establishment(s) mentioned above to write a positive review.