Paragliding in Malaysia
Paragliding is gaining popularity and there are many sites that offer this sport as a hobby or even further this hobby into a sport by taking up course and earn your license of course.
For a starter we need to find place to start off. The requirements for a suitable paragliding location are have high elevation for take-off, large landing site, and strong wind. Let’s check out below locations:
Paragliding Bukit Jugra (Jugra Hill)
Bukit Jugra is located in Jugra (Hulu Langat) which is about an hour from Kuala Lumpur. Its scenic view is the reason that is popular for paragliding. Paragliding in Bukit Jugra starts at the base of Bukit Jugra lighthouse. Bukit Jugra is one of the paragliding site in Malaysia with strong wind which paragliders can glide up to 600 feet above sea level and stay in the air for up to 30 minutes.
Paragliding Kuala Kubu Bharu
Kuala Kubu Bharu aka KKB by the locals is about an hour travel from Kuala Lumpur. This town is located in Hulu Selangor. The take-off site is at Bukit Batu Pahat which is about 1,400 feet above sea level.
Paragliding Langkawi – Gunung Raya
Gunung Raya in Langkawi has been one of popular paragliding area in the recent years. However the take off area is small and tight (not recommended for beginners). The take off elevation is around 900m.
Paragliding Negeri Sembilan – Pedas
Pedas is location near Senawang in Negeri Sembilan. The paragliding site is located at Pedas Paragliding Park. The take off is about 800 feet.
Paragliding Terengganu – Bukit Bubus
Bukit Bubus is located in Besut, Terengganu. The paragliding site is located in Kota Putera Paragliding Park in Besut. This is is consider one of the best place for paragliding in Malaysia as it is near to beautiful sea (this place also has similarity to Paragliding in Bali, Indonesia). The take off elevation is about 100 feet and be glide up to 500 feet above sea level.
Paragliding Johor – Gunung Ledang
Gunung Ledang is located between the border of Johor-Melaka in Johor. Gunung Ledang is the highest peak in Johor. Paragliders can take off at 1,052m elevation. This is another unique place for paragliding as this paraglide above the nature around mountains.
Paragliding Sabah – Ranau & Bukit Kokol
Ranau is located about 108km from Kota Kinabalu. This take off site is at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu at around 594m. This paragliding at Ranau is beautiful with hills and valleys.
Bukit Kokol is another place to paragliding in Sabah. Bukit Kokol is about 40 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu. One can experience sunset paragliding at Bukit Kokol. Paraglider can take off at about 822m.
Anyone age above 18 years old (age below 18 need to be signed by parent) and less than 120kg can paraglide. However if ones have medical condition that may affect their ability to paraglide, they must consult with their doctor.
Due to more popularity of this sports, there are more demand to enjoy this sport/activity. Tandem paragliding is also popular in Malaysia. However, it is important to know your tandem paragliding pilot is certified. In Malaysia, the MSAF Paragliding Bureau oversee paragliding in Malaysia which include pilot and instructor training standards, provides, technical support (airworthiness standards, runs coaching courses for pilot) and providing infrastructure within Malaysia.
At such, professional tandem paragliding pilot must be a certified paragliding instructor or an assistant instructor with at least a T2 (Tandem Professional Pilot Rating). One can request to see the pilot license before starting of the tandem paragliding.
Most of the tandem paragliding in Malaysia offers a package of paragliding with video taking during your ride (video of you and the surroundings).