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If you love activities that get your adrenaline pumping and being out in nature, then Langkawi, Malaysia might just be your idea of paradise.
There are so many activities you can choose from on the island, from SCUBA diving to island hopping on a jet ski, riding up the steepest cable car in the world, to cruising on the Andaman sea. We were fortunate to do several of these activities during our trip to Langkawi in January of 2018. One of my absolute favorite activities was a ziplining trip with Umgawa Zipline Eco Adventures!
This was my first time to go ziplining, and as someone whose palms and feet get sweaty just seeing perspectives of heights on TV, I was really going to be facing my fears. For me, 2018 is all about trying things that scare me, and this was the perfect way to kick off the year!
Our guides, Sal and Kim, were so much fun. They made me feel extremely safe the whole way through the trip. Everything we did, from putting on the harnesses, to the rules of ziplining (there are only a few, and they are simple!), to when we were actually up on the platforms, was explained thoroughly. They answered any questions I had, and their confident, friendly attitudes put me at ease. After the first couple of ziplines I was addicted, and couldn’t wait to do more. I’m proud to say I didn’t pee my pants even a little!
Sal and Kim’s number one priority was our safety, but beyond that they told us lots of interesting things about the rainforest, and pointed out plants and animals along the way. We were lucky to see two flying lemurs and several flying lizards, two of the four flying animals that live in that part of the rainforest. There are also three types of monkeys. We heard some of them playing, and saw trees shaking where they were jumping around, but unfortunately didn’t get to see any. But fear not, there are monkeys all over Langkawi so it’s very likely you’ll spot some on your trip!
Throughout the course we went over three bridges and flew through the treetops on 12 different ziplines. The ziplines vary in length and height, with the longest one transporting you over 200 meters! While you’re flying on the longest two ziplines you have views of the Seven Wells Waterfall and the Andaman sea. The feeling of flying through the air was so liberating, and the views were spectacular!
Umgawa offers two course options. The Big Waterfall Adventure, which takes you across three bridges, 12 ziplines, and one abseil, or The Jungle Flight, which is one bridge and six ziplines.
A couple in our group had opted for the short course option, but honestly I don’t think it’s worth it unless you do The Big Waterfall Adventure course. Their trip ended right before the zipline that takes you 80 meters high past the stunning Seven Wells Waterfall, which is one of the major highlights!
Umgawa makes sure group sizes stay fairly small. We had a lovely group of seven, and five of us completed the full course. It was all of our first times ziplining, and it was great to make new friends and experience something so unique together.
I would absolutely recommend Umgawa Zipline Eco Adventures if you love trying adventurous things and getting out in nature. I’m still buzzing when I think about flying through the air over the treetops, and that sense of fulfillment that comes from experiencing something new and facing your fears.
- Umgawa is open 365 days/year.
- The Big Waterfall Adventure takes 2 to 2.5 hours.
- Wear sport shoes and comfortable clothing.
- Water is provided during the trip.
- A welcome drink, refreshing towels, and a fresh coconut are provided as well.
- One-way transport to Umgawa is provided free.
- A professional photographer accompanies each group, and a few HD photos are provided complimentary. You have the option to purchase more photos at the end if you want.
- Book at least 7 days ahead to save money on your trip.
- Get more info here: Umgawa Zipline Eco Adventure
Disclaimer: Umgawa Zipline Eco Adventures provided me the tour for this review. All opinions are my own.
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Trying things surely make you overcome your fears. Just like you, I too was fearful of trying Rappelling. I tried it a week back after a lot of screaming. And imagine after the first time, I did it again the same day, just after an hour. So, adventurous activities are purely fun if there are done with proper safety gear.And Langkawi seems to be a hub of it. Now I am surely going to try other too. Thanks for sharing.
Agness of Fit Travelling says
Ziplining is on my bucket list for a while and Langkawi seems like the perfect place for that, Jen and Stevo. You must have had an unforgettable experience! How long did the ziplining last?
Jennifer Joslin says
The course took about 2.5 hours. It was such a fun morning, and being up in the trees in the rainforest was beautiful!
You got me with that 7 waterfall thing. It must be quite cool to do this and see the nature below. Though for me it take me a while to open my eyes and stop screaming. Nonetheless I am game for this
Jennifer Joslin says
Haha yes it was a lot to take in between flying through the air and twisting to take in all the views, but it was so beautiful! Hope you get a chance to do it!
Grace Bachman says
Looks like a fabulous experience! I’m one of those weird people that loves heights, so I’ve really enjoyed zip lining when I’ve gone in the past. Nice to know that they take safety seriously. Such a benefit to get some free photos as well! So often when I do adventurous activities there’s no evidence 🙂
This is a great experience. I keep seeing zip lines everywhere but this is the best possible location. An aerial view of the rainforests is surely worth the price for this adventure.
Carol Colborn says
I am not a risk-taker and so I have never done zip line adventures. This makes me feel like I am missing a lot!
I’m actually afraid of heights but I love ziplining. I also want to try crossing the bridge with a waterfall in the background. Hope I can visit Langkawi on my next trip to Malaysia this March.
Brooke Herron says
I Have to say that when I first went ziplining I didn’t think it would be as cool as it was-it was absolutely the views from so high above over nature and amazing waterfalls that made it the kind of experience you don’t forget. And-once you’ve faced your fears you know you can do it! 🙂
I recently did zip lining in Whistler Canada surrounded by snow. It was fun. It seems you had fun zip lining in Langkawi. The bridge looks exciting and scary at the same time. Do you get a better view of the waterfalls when you Zip Line or from one of the bridges.
Fiona Maclean says
I’ve never been ziplining, though I have just seen the zipline adventures in St Lucia which look fabulous. This one looks truly amazing though and I’d love to see the Seven Wells Waterfall!
Skye Class says
Wow, this looks like so much fun. I would certainly choose the Big Jungle Waterfall Adventure for all 12 ziplines. Besides, I still haven’t had a chance to explore Langkawi, and I want to get back there later this year. I’ll definitely keep this on my bucket list.
How exciting! Such small groups for activities enhances bonding and team spirit too. Bridge crossing seemed easier to me than zip lining. Hope I get the courage to do something like this.
Nice. I enjoy ziplining, only if the views are fantastic. And the views that you described here – of the waterfalls and the Andamans sea and the treetops – seem to be spectacular.
Megan Indoe says
Ziplining is so fun! And what’s crazy is my first time was last summer! Now I want to go again, Langkawi looks like a rad spot to do it! I love that rope bridge you crossed too! This just reminded me we need to go back to Malaysia!
Eric Gamble says
Ziplinging in Langkawi Malaysia sounds awesome. I love zip lining! I think the thrill of soaring through the rain forest would be epic! Also Crossing one of the bridges with the Seven Wells Waterfall in the background looks really cool.
I love hearing everyone scream as they step off the platforms and that nervous feeling I get when step off is always one of my favorite feelings!
Tamara Elliott says
Looks like you had so much fun girl! I love Malaysia for all of its adventurous outdoor activities- never thought to do ziplining there though! Will have to remember it for my next visit 🙂
How fun! I love zip lining, but it’d be really fun in a beautiful place like Langkawi. That bridge looks so small though, I might be scared to walk on it!
Divyakshi Gupta says
Being an adventure junkie sooo many adventure activities in Langakawi! Zip lining through a rainforest is such an awesome awesome thing to do! 🙂 To top it you saw flying lemurs and flying lizards! WHOA!! So nice to hear that is so doable and not at all scary 🙂 This is truly liberating! Like a dream coming true of flying over tree tops 😀 I get those quite often ! Hehe.
So cool! I did an obstacle zip line course for the first time in the Poconos. But I think ziplining with flying lizards coming at me would make it a bit tricker! Hahah
Good on you, I love ziplining too! This sounds like a pretty awesome course with its 12 different ziplines as well. The view of Seven Wells Waterfall sound like it would have been incredible, thanks for sharing!