Travel diary: 5 different things to do in Macau

Updated on August 11 2015

Macau: Asia’s casino mecca, just a ferry ride away from Hong Kong and perfect for a weekend getaway. And yet, once you’ve been to Macau once or twice, it can quickly become routine.

In between the high-roller tables and five star hotels, make your next trip all the more special with our guide of exciting activities worth checking out in Macau:

Explore backstage and dive underwater at The House of Dancing Water

Go behind the scenes at one of the world's most famous productions.
Go behind the scenes at one of the world’s most famous productions.

Macau is home to the world’s largest theatre pool (five times the size of an Olympic-sized pool) and director Franco Dragone’s water-based production The House of Dancing Water at the City of Dreams. To celebrate their fifth year anniversary, The House of Dancing Water is offering an exclusive Underwater Discoveries and Discovery Tour.

The House of Dancing Water Discovery Tour (an additional HK$550 per person upon purchasing a standard adult House of Dancing Water ticket) includes a tour of the theatre and the 360 catwalk stage, –which sits 17 metres above the pool — and a set of limited-edition souvenirs.

If you really want to get a true feel of the show, the Underwater Discoveries package (available until the end of October)  will allow you to experience two dives in the theatre with a professional diver, a private tour for two as well as VIP tickets to the show, a two nights stay at the Hard Rock Hotel and a limited-editing diving suit to take home.

Cruise around in style on the Pearl River Delta

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Make a day out of your journey over to Macau.

Why take the ferry over when you can charter your own yacht and spend the day cruising around in Macau? Riviera Oriental offers luxury yachts where you can even sleep-on-board.

Jump off Macau Tower

Travel diary: 5 different things to do in Macau
Bungee off at night for the best view of Macau.

Head to Macau Tower for the best 360 view of the city before bungy jumping from 233 metres high (MOP$3,088 per person). It has a Guinness World Record for the Highest Commercial Bungy Jump in the world and is even more incredible at night (available from 6pm in winter and 7:30pm in summer). Want something a little different? Opt for the Skywalk instead (MOP$788 per person) and take a stroll around the outer perimeter of the tower on a platform which measures only 1.8 metres wide with no handrail.

Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre, Largo da Torre de Macau, Macau, +853 2893 3339,

An authentic Portuguese experience at Albergue 1601

Travel diary: 5 different things to do in Macau
Sample the perfect blend of Macanese and Portuguese cuisine in a colonial setting.

Albergue 1601 is hidden away in a charming courtyard in the historical neighbourhood of the St. Lazarus Quarter on the Macau peninsula. Enjoy authentic Macanese seafood in a traditional colonial-style Portuguese setting. If the weather is good, we recommend dining al fresco under the camphor trees

Albergue 1601, 8 Calcada da Igreja de S. Lazaro, Macau, +853 2836 1601,

Relax by Hác-Sá Reservoir

Travel diary: 5 different things to do in Macau
After a night at the casinos, venture out for some fresh air.

Located on the peaceful south side of Coloane island sits Hác-Sá Reservoir — a hidden oasis great for hikes, mini-golf and for hiring out a canoe or paddle boat for some quality time with your latest squeeze.


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Yi Li is your typical half-Brit half-Chinese hybrid with a serious case of wanderlust. When not writing, she's either on the hunt for the best new cocktails, on a hike or enjoying a sinful bowl of truffle fries (and working them off at XYZ). Follow her @yilidawson on Instagram or Twitter.