Ask someone what is on their bucketlist and most will answer skyding. Skydiving is an experience that intrigues and delights some, while the mere mention of it to others will make them queezy and weak in the knees. Over the years skydiving has become a top rated tourist activity, enhancing the experience of a vacation to beautiful locations across the globe. More and more, travellers are seeking out sensational skydiving thrills as their main purpose for visiting a new place. This list of incredible skydiving spots will indulge your wanderlust fantasies and inspire your next adventure.
10. Cape Town, South Africa
Soar with the hawks over Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa while taking in the views of the Atlantic Ocean, Robben Island and the harbors of this unique city. This jump is good for beginners as you’ll go up to about 9000 ft and freefall for 30 seconds, your parachute will open for the last 5000ft as you gently drift down to the ground.
9. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia
Skydive Tandem takes you up 10,000 feet over Victoria Falls to catch a breathtaking view of the massive waterfall. Afterwards, the plane takes you back to Zambezi National Park where you soar out over the wilderness. The best times to skydive this location is at sunrise and sunset for the spectacular views.
8. Darwin, Australia
Freefall over the Lee Coastal Point where saltwater crocodiles lurk beneath the turquoise waters, what could be more exhilarating and terrifying than that? You’ll get to float over Darwin’s tropical beach landscape in a warmer than usual temperature finally landing on the soft sand of Lee Point Beach.
7. Interlaken, Switzerland
Flying over the Swiss Alps sounds like a fantasy, but you can realize that dream by skydiving over Interlaken Switzerland. You’ll fly over the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau peaks as well as catch the views of 2 lakes before taking flight at 13,000ft. You will freefall for 45 seconds at 200 kph (kilometres per hour).
6. Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, New Zealand
New Zealand and adventure tourism are often found in the same sentence, and this skydiving experience would often be found on any skydivers wishlist. You can choose from 3 different types of jumps depending on your comfort level. When you jump out of the little plane you’ll be treated with views of New Zealand’s highest mountain, both Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, as well as the Pacific Ocean. This jump is also New Zealand’s highest skydive at 16,000ft so you’re definitely in for a dramatic spike in adrenaline with this one.
5. The Namib Desert, Namibia
The Namib Desert is a surreal landscape from the ground so you can only imagine what it must be like to view it from above while you slowly descend to the ground in a parachute. You will get to see a bird=s eye view of where the ocean meets the desert. If you jump from 15,000 ft you can freefall for 60 seconds before your parachute deploys for a gentle ride down into the oldest dunes in the world.
4. Mauritius, Mauritius
Skydiving over the far flung island nation of Mauritius’ stunning natural landscape is an experience of a lifetime. The flight takes about 25 minutes, so you’ll have plenty of time to take in the rich scenery before plunging to earth. Mauritius is made up of reefs, lagoons, and volcanoes so you’ll definitely have enough to marvel at after your 30 second freefall.
3. Oahu, Hawaii
The islands of Hawaii are undeniably one of the most gorgeous natural landscapes, frequently topping the list of most beautiful places in the world. Imagine being able to get a bird’s eye view of this majestic scenery from your parachute. When the sky is clear you can take in views of the other islands around Oahu and even possibly see whales and other marine life in the ocean.
2. The Great Blue Hole, Belize
The Great Blue Hole in Belize is sinkhole teeming with nurse, black tip, and reef sharks as well as other marine species. This destination is a bucket-list adventure for many who are looking to scuba dive the Blue Hole but now you can actually skydive 10,000 feet over it!
1. Mount Everest,Nepal
The idea seems inconceivable but you can indeed skydive over the legendary Mount Everest. You will be jumping from 23,000 feet, which makes it the highest jump in the world, definitely not for the faint of heart. If you can stomach it, you’ll be rewarded with the most jaw-dropping views of the Himalayas, Everest and her sister peaks, as well as a Sherpa village.
About the Author
Chelsie Joy writes a travel blog, Joy Adventures and is based out of Montréal, Canada. Having taught in South Korea, UAE, and Czech Republic, she has had the opportunity to travel widely and developed a passion for writing about her adventures. She specializes in writing about travel, fitness, the arts, and the environment.
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