Skydiving is gaining ground, but I can’t imagine why; sure, the views may be breathtaking, but I wouldn’t risk my life for a cool picture. However, some may disagree, which is why people around the world seem to be drawn to this adrenaline releasing activity more than ever before. It produces an incomparable rush and makes you feel as if you’ve cheated death.
If voluntarily jumping from a plane and flying through the air at mind-blowing speed all while relying on a tiny string to pull out a parachute as the ground rushes to greet you is your cup of tea, then the biggest decision you will make is where you’ll jump. We’re here to help, by revealing the best 10 spots in the world to do so.
10. Pattaya, Thailand
If you’re life-long dream is to go skydiving in Southeast Asia, then this is your best bet since it’s reportedly the only drop zone in that massive region that’s open year round. Located in the Nong Kho Reservoir near Pattaya, Thailand, you’re able to experience the beauty of land and sea. The view from the fall here encompasses the western coast of Thailand. Lush green fields and blue sparkling water combine to make this drop site a dream come true.
9. Hawaii, USA
Hawaii is known for it’s great surfing, beautiful beaches, fresh fruit and laid-back atmosphere. Skydiving should be added to the list because it’s one of the prettiest drop zones in the world. The main island is the main site for skydiving, but if you’re all the way out there, you should take some time to island hop before or after your adventure.
8. Namib Desert, Namibia
The vast desert in Namibia is home to absolutely nothing. No animals, no foliage, no nothing. So this fall is the most unique one you could possibly find. Falling from 10,000 feet gives you 5 minutes to soak in all the sand. As far as you can see and in every direction there’s sand and huge sand dunes.
7. Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa is home to all kinds of cool animals and safaris seem to be the main thing to lure tourists in, but think again because Cape Town is one of the coolest places to fall into. The city itself is beautiful, a town of brightly colored buildings nestled right beside the sea with Table Mountain on the other side. The city offers tons of things to do, but nothing quite as nice as seeing it from above.
6. Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Dubai is basically just a giant playground. Home to really tall buildings and huge malls, there isn’t much else to do, but play in this man-made site situated in an Arabian wasteland. This location is great for recreational skydiving, but it’s also home to the largest annual skydiving championships.
5. North Wollongong Beach, Australia
The land down under is one of the best places to go up, then fall from. Sydney is a huge cultural center and the Sydney Opera House draws thousands of visitors throughout the year, but imagine seeing it in a whole new light, from above. North Wollongong Beach is located outside Sydney and offers a beautiful scenery.
4. Mt. Everest, Nepal
Mt. Everest is known for besting hikers who try to reach the top, but can’t conquer the climates. If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing this great mountain, think about seeing it from above. Falling over it gives you just as amazing views without the strenuous hike. Even though the jump is easier than hiking the mountain, it’s still for thrill seekers.
3. Fox Glacier, New Zealand
New Zealand is a naturally beautiful country that offers tons of outdoor activities for people to take it all in, but seeing the country in one glimpse from the sky is the best way to do it. Fox Glacier is an eight mile long glacier located in the remote Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Getting there could be as extreme as the fall.
2. Cairns, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is home to thousands of fish and other aquatic creatures and is so large it can be seen from space so you can imagine how amazing it looks from a skydive fall. Not only is it beautiful, the plane takes you up to 14,000 feet, which is one of the highest tandem jumps in Australia. This is so high you can see all the way to Queensland.
1. Interlaken, Switzerland
Finally, the best place in the world to jump out of a plane is in the beautiful Swiss Alps. Interlaken is a town near the center of Switzerland that’s known for it’s abundance of extreme sports. The town is nestled between mountains, including the highest peak in Europe and is home to two lakes that are so blue they don’t seem real.