10 Unusual Things to Do in Macau

Pink dolphin | © chem7 / Flickr
Pink dolphin | © chem7 / Flickr
Photo of Matthew Keegan
1 August 2017

There’s far more to Macau than meets the eye. Beyond its famous casinos, there are dozens of alternative attractions and activities that you’ll be surprised to know even existed. From the sublime to the ridiculous, here are 10 of our favourites.

Pink dolphin watching

The waters between Macau and Hong Kong are home to the world’s pinkest dolphins. The Indo-pacific Humpback dolphins are native to local waters and are distinctive because of their rosy coloured hue. Macau Sailing offers private cruises including a full day tour to Qingzhou Shuidao Island from Macau. This is a great way to watch pink dolphins.

Take a sangria bath

You may have enjoyed a refreshing glass of sangria while holidaying in the Mediterranean, but have you ever bathed in it? At the Grand Lapa Spa in Macau, this unusual bathing method is believed to have therapeutic qualities. It’s part of their signature Macanaese Sangria Ritual. An indulgent treatment, lasting over two hours, which includes a body scrub, sangria bath and massage. Vinotherapy (using the skin, seeds and stems of grapes in spa treatments) is particularly moisturising for the skin. In addition to the bath, a glass of sangria is also offered for your pleasure.

Spa at Grand Lapa, Grand Lapa Hotel,

Macanese Sangria Ritual | courtesy of Grand Lapa Macau

Macanese Sangria Ritual | courtesy of Grand Lapa Macau

Raise your adrenaline levels at the world’s highest bungy jump

There’s one BIG reason why adrenaline junkies often flock to Macau and that’s because it’s home to the world’s highest commercial bungy jump. At 233m / 764ft high, the jump holds the Guinness World Record for the highest commercial bungy jump in the world. Situated at the top of the striking Macau Tower, Jumpers leap from a platform 233m above the ground and experience the ultimate free fall experience before slowing down 30 meters from the ground and rebounding back up. For those looking for a thrill, this is the ultimate experience. Macau Tower also offers variants of the bungy jump, like the Skywalk and SkyJump activities, that are slightly less terrifying!

AJ Hackett Macau Tower Limited, Level T2 – Adventure Zone – Macau Tower, Macau +853 8988 8656

Courtesy of AJ Hackett Macau Tower

Bungy Jump | courtesy of AJ Hackett Macau Tower

Stay at the Michael Jackson mansion

Fans of the late king of pop will no doubt feel right at home here. The MJ Mansion is located in the Sofitel Macau At Pointe 16 Hotel. It’s decked out with an elaborate and luxury interior featuring Michael Jackson insignia and memorabilia. Other highlights include a private karaoke room to sing the night away, a rain forest shower and a Jacuzzi with unique river views and all the latest hi-tech mod cons. A tad on the eccentric side, but a unique place to stay nonetheless.

Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16,

Michael Jackson Mansion | courtesy of Sofitel Macau

Michael Jackson Mansion | courtesy of Sofitel Macau

Ride the only figure of eight Ferris wheel in the world

The number eight is said to be auspicious and bring luck in Chinese culture, so much so that the Studio City resort in Macau even has its own figure of eight Ferris wheel – the first of its kind in the world. Admire the views from 130 meters up in the air as you travel around the figure of eight shaped wheel in one of its 17 spacious Steampunk-themed cabins.

Studio City,

Golden Reel Figure-8 Ferris Wheel at Studio City | courtesy of Melco Crown

Golden Reel Figure-8 Ferris Wheel at Studio City | courtesy of Melco Crown

A rare chance to see giant pandas

Macau is home to the Macau Giant Panda Pavilion. The pavilion offers a rare chance to catch a glimpse of two giant pandas,” Kai Kai” and “Xin Xin”. They are among the 320 giant pandas living in breeding centres and zoos around the world and are part of an endangered species that has only 1,864 left living in the wild. Last Year giant panda Xin Xin gave birth to a set of adorable twins named named Dabao and Xiaobao, giving more reason to visit. The pavilion is a 3,000 square meter (32, 291 sq ft) state of the art facility that comprises indoor activity quarters and an outdoor yard, as well as centers for the feeding and caring for the pandas.

Macau Giant Panda Pavilion, +853 2833 7676

Giant panda © Chen Wu/WikiCommons

Giant panda © Chen Wu/WikiCommons

Cruise Macau on a traditional junk

Macau was once renowned for its fishing industry and many fishing boats and ships were built here in shipyards around the region. These traditional fishing boats are called junks. You can rent a junk and cruise Macau’s Peninsula coast enabling you to get an unbeatable view of the skyline at sunset. Simply relax on ship with a few friends and some cold beers, or even jump straight into the water for a swim. Either way, it offers a rare opportunity to see Macau from a totally different perspective. Macau sailing operates private cruises with the ships departing from Macau Yacht Club.

Traditional Chinese Junk | courtesy of Macau Sailing

Go karting

Every November Macau plays hosts to its biggest annual sporting event, the Macau Grand Prix. However, if you have the need for speed and fancy getting behind the wheel yourself, look no further than the Go karting at Macao Motorsports Club. The track is 1.2km long and is one of the most challenging karting tracks in Asia. All the equipment is included in the hire price, but you’ll need a drivers license.

Macao Motorsports Club, Estrada de Seac Pai Van, Coloane, Macau +853 2888 2126

Go-Karting | courtesy of Macao Mototrsports Club

Go karting | courtesy of Macao Mototrsports Club

Score a hole in one at Macau’s lesser known golf courses

The Ventian Macao casino resort is massive and it’s easy to miss that it has its own golf course. The 18 hole Grado mini golf course is a lesser known feature at The Venetian. It offers fun for all the family and provides golf balls and score cards for you to keep track of your game along the way.

The Venetian Macao,

Mini golf at Venetian Macao | courtesy of Sands China

Mini golf at Venetian Macao | courtesy of Sands China