16 February 2014

Adventure Sports in Malaysia

Adventure sports often appeal to those who love the adrenaline rush. Some take it as a hobby for the love and pleasure of it while others take it as a career opportunity. There is no doubt that this kind of sport is dangerous. However, the degree of danger in adventure sports may vary depending on the difficulty of stunts, geographical factors and the sport itself. Despite the dangers of adventure sports, many championships have been held throughout the world.

In Malaysia:

  • Paintball
Paintball has become one of the most popular adventure sports especially when it comes to hanging out with friends.
Photo Source: http://mstar.com.my
People of various ages tend to engage in this sport for leisure. Competitions have been held at national levels and state levels, usually organised by the Malaysian National Paintball League (MY- NPL). Paintball centres in Malaysia are usually open to public throughout the year. However, early bookings have to be made.

  • Bungee Jump
Discover Sunway Lagoon’s Extreme Park (in Selangor) which offers Malaysia’s first bungee jump in the country. Feel the rush when you free fall from 22 meters above the water.
Photo source: TimeOutKL

  • 4WD
For those who may love the jungle with some dirt, experience the 4WD off-road driving in the terrain of Malaysia at Endau Rompin National Park, Kenyir Lake, Taman Negara and Kuala Kubu Baru. Off-road driving is a year round activity but if you prefer a less muddy experience, the best time would be between the months of March to October.

  • Whitewater Rafting
The difficulty of the Pedas and Slim Rivers is graded as Grade 3 (difficult) while the Selangor River is graded as Grade 4 (very difficult). The Kampar River which has 14 rapids, range between Grade 1 (easy) to Grade 3 (difficult).
Photo Source: Oxbold.com

  • Kitesurfing
Tioman, Balok, Tanjung Resang, Gorek Bay and Cerating are perfect sites between the months of December to March with winds up to 20 knots.

Photo Source: http://www.explorer-asia.com

There are a lot more of adventure sports such as scuba diving, windsurfing, rock climbing and paragliding available in Malaysia. Oxbold, for instance, with its mission to “develop and make extreme sports available, affordable at anytime, anywhere in Malaysia” offers a variety of adventure sports ranging from rock climbing to a one-day pilot aircraft experience. Lessons such as car drifting, stand up paddling and windsurfing are also offered by Oxbold. The complete list of activities with their prices is available at Oxbold.com.

In conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014, events such as the FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale) Asian Paragliding Accuracy Championship, World Paintball Players League, Asian Circuit Wave Surfing and Pahang River Rafting Explorer will be held in Malaysia. Also, feel the spike of adrenaline at the KL Tower International Jump Malaysia 2014 which will be held towards the end of September 2014. For more information on where and when you can experience a great time of adventure sports during the Visit Malaysia Year 2014, please logon to http://www.vmy2014.com.