We all know the feeling of being stuck. You know, when you can’t get out of bed because your alarm won’t shut off and it’s pouring rain outside? Or when you’re in the office and time is just dragging on and on, but there’s nothing to do? It sucks. But we’ve found a way to find some relief from that feeling: Skydiving!
It doesn’t matter where you are; if it has an airport, chances are good that there’s a skydiving company nearby. And not only does Skydiving make for one heck of a thrill ride, but it can also help you break through those mental blocks. So what are you waiting for?
Here are the 17 most beautiful spots in the world for an exhilarating skydiving experience.
Grand Canyon - USA
Take a plane ride over the world’s largest crater! One of America’s most magnificent natural wonders is the Grand Canyon. This natural formation in Arizona is distinguished by its layers of red rock that span approximately 16 km wide and 446 km long, with an average depth of 1,600 m.
A skydive will provide you with a panoramic view of this prestigious site from the world’s highest dropzone after Mount Everest. However, these massive land canyons are more impressive in person than in pictures, so we recommend that you go and see for yourself.
Nepal - Mount Everest
The Himalayan region is home to the world’s highest peak, 8,848 metres high. Mount Everest is located on the border between Nepal (Sagarmatha) and China (Tibet) and is one of the most breathtaking locations on the planet for a leap into the void.
However, viewing this magnificent mountain range from above comes at a price, as it requires several days of trekking. A parachute jump can cost up to $20,000, but that is the price you must pay to fulfil a lifelong dream. The best part is, the mountain view from 10 km up in the air is absolutely stunning.
Inca Trail - Peru
This 65-kilometre trail was constructed around 1450 by a local Incan emperor as a royal road to connect Cusco with his ceremonial city of Machu Picchu, located 2,430 metres above sea level. It is still in use today and has become one of the most sought-after challenges for hikers.
A skydive from this region will show you an entirely new perspective of Peru, as well as give you a bird’s eye view of Machu Picchu – which is arguably the most famous Incan ruin.
Chernobyl is located in northern Ukraine, approximately 100 km from Kyiv. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster site was evacuated following a devastating explosion with an energy output equivalent to 500 times that of the Hiroshima bomb.
It has become one of the most radioactive places on Earth and a popular tourist destination for thrill seekers. Looking down at this desolate place will give you an unusual perspective on our planet’s resources.
Cape Town - South Africa
Tandem skydiving is one of the must-do’s if you are visiting South Africa. A 20-minute drive from downtown Cape Town, a drop zone awaits you and offers one of the best experiences of your life at an altitude of 9,000 feet above the ground. With breathtaking views of Table Mountain, Robben Island, and the bustling harbour of Table Bay, you will be spoilt by this adrenalin rush!
Further south, and on the other side of the mountain, are False Bay, Hout Bay, and the splendour of the Southern Peninsula as far as Cape Point. Sublime landscapes like those you see in the movies are just waiting to be discovered from above.
Cambodia - Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is a temple complex at the heart of Siem Reap province’s thriving tourism industry. At its height during the 12th century, this religious monument was home to over 120,000 people and covered a territory of about 400 square kilometres – one of the largest pre-industrial cities on Earth!
Nowadays, you can explore these majestic monuments first hand by skydiving over them! A breathtaking experience unlike any other awaits you as your tandem instructor takes you through your descent. Saying that swimming in Cambodia’s famous river wouldn’t hurt either.
New Zealand - South Island
New Zealand is known worldwide for its picturesque landscape, so it comes as no surprise that many tourists visit this beauty in hopes of observing these natural wonders firsthand.
There are few better ways to see the country’s raw beauty than a tandem skydive from Mount Cook – the highest peak on the South Island at 3,724 metres above sea level. You will be left breathless with incredible scenery, vast glacial lakes and rivers surrounded by towering mountains with alpine flora and fauna.
Athens - Greece
Explore the mythical city of Athens from above. Fly over the world’s oldest city in an aeroplane at 4200m for a one-minute thrill ride. Your instructor will open the parachute at 1500m, and you will fly for about 10 minutes before landing on the grass. An unforgettable view of the ancient Greek city and its famous monuments such as the Acropolis citadel and the Parthenon temple with columns.
Tulum - Mexico
Tulum is a famous Mayan ruin in the Quintana Roo region of southeast Mexico, located on the Caribbean Sea coastline close to Cancun.
Looking out over this ancient city with its intricately preserved architectural styles will make your skydive in Tulum so much more meaningful. Take a selfie at the top of the world after this exhilarating experience!
Propriano - Corsica
Is the island of beauty even more stunning from above? The only way to find out is to fly up to 4000 metres and look down on Corsica. You should have a great time with adrenaline with the sensations of free-fall at 200 km/h. And once you’ve deactivated the parachute, you’ll have 7 minutes to enjoy the stunning scenery of this French island.
Interlaken - Switzerland
Climb to 3,600 metres and experience the thrill of a parachute jump from a helicopter over the snowy peaks of the Swiss Alps. You will fly over high cliffs and the Schynige Platte plains. When you’re at altitude, remember to say hello to the tourists at the restaurants.
Your parachute descent lasts about 45 seconds in a breathtaking panorama with a 200km/h fall in the landscapes of the Eiger, Jungfrau, and Interlaken, and then your instructor will gently land you. Another place to visit in Switzerland is Lauterbrunnen, which is only 20 minutes away from Interlaken and is well worth visiting.
Dubai - United Arab Emirates
You’ll be hard pressed to find a more breathtaking view than that of Dubai. Everything in this city is insane, with its excessive architecture and artificial islands. It is especially well-known for Skydiving because of the iconic drop zone on Palm Jumeirah Island and the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, which stands at 828 metres! This destination is very popular among skydivers, so make your reservation at least two months in advance.
Zambia - Southern Africa
Victoria Falls is located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The world’s largest waterfall, measuring more than a kilometre in length and 100 metres in height. Because the sound of the water can be heard up to 40 kilometres away, the locals refer to this waterfall as “Mosi-o-Tunya,” which translates as “the smoke that roars.”
Arrange your skydive directly from Livingstone International Airport. You’ll fly over the Victoria Falls before crossing the Zambezi River, and if you’re brave enough, you can soar up to 3,000 metres above the waterfalls for a breathtaking view.
New Zealand's Queenstown
Queenstown is known as the world’s adventure capital, and it is also the birthplace of Skydiving in New Zealand. This location may be familiar to you because the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was filmed in this area.
A flight will reveal an incredible view of Queenstown, including Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains, which will appear to be miniature. When you reach 15,000 feet, the door opens, and you’re in for a 60-second free fall at 200 km/h and a healthy dose of adrenaline.
Guadeloupe - St. François
What could be better than Skydiving over Guadeloupe’s lagoons and heavenly beaches if you’re looking for an unusual activity to do on a dream island? Tandem skydiving has the advantage of requiring no prior training, only a 10-minute briefing with your instructor on safety rules and how to jump before you jump.
A 35-second free fall that allows you to reach a speed of 200 km/h while being entirely controlled by your instructor. All you have to do is enjoy the sensations and allow yourself to be carried away before softly landing. For this tandem jump, you will fly over Pointe des Châteaux and the nearby islands, and if the weather permits, the flight can even be done at sunset… it doesn’t get much better than that!
Italy's Amalfi Coast
Amalfi is a town on the southwest coast of Italy located a few kilometres from Naples in a spectacular natural setting at the foot of steep cliffs. As the crow flies, this is without a doubt one of the most beautiful coastal landscapes in Europe. You will jump from a height of 4500 metres and be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Amalfi Coast of Sorrento, Ischia, Vesuvius, and the Greek temples of Paestum.
France - Soulac-sur-Mer
Soulac, located in Gironde, is one of the most beautiful skydiving destinations in France. A seaside resort in the southwest of France with a breathtaking view of the beaches and their famous waves, ideal for Skydiving. A 15-minute guided tour onboard a plane to learn about the region and build up pressure before jumping into the void over the Atlantic Ocean.
I hope you agree that Skydiving is a thrilling activity that enables you to see the world from an entirely different perspective. In this article, we’ve highlighted some of the best places in the world to skydive and detailed how it can fuel your life for the better!
I hope these destinations have inspired you to get out there and experience something new today. Let us know where YOU enjoyed Skydiving so we can share with others as well!
Start packing up your gear now and head to one of these awesome destinations!