If you’re looking for more than just thrill factor when it comes to skydiving, then you’ve come to the right place. The freefall might be the main event, but what about the amazing views once the parachute has been pulled?
We’ve taken a look at the best places in the world to go skydiving and not just for the crazy altitudes or selfie moments, but because they offer unforgettable views over some of planet earth’s most amazing landscapes.
Check out our TOP 12 favourite skydiving locations across all 7 continents.
Grand Canyon – USA
Catch your breath as you plummet towards the world’s largest canyon system on skydiving jumps over the Grand Canyon! One of the natural wonders of the world, the stunning red rock formations in Arizona stretch 277 miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep. Appreciate its true size from the air before readying yourself to freefall at one of the highest drop zones in the world (after Everest).
Everest – Nepal
Home to the highest peak in the world at 8,848m above sea level, Mt Everest creates a natural border between Nepal (Sagarmatha) and Tibet (the autonomous region of China) in the Himalayan plateau. But, jumping out of a plane in the shadow of the mighty Mt Everest means a multi-day trekking expedition to reach the altitude airbase – and can cost up to $20,000! Making it one of the world’s most elite experiences.
Cape Town – South Africa
Whatever you’re up to in South Africa’s most popular coastal town, make sure you try a tandem skydiving experience for epic views of Table Mountain, Robben Island and Table Bay. With the airbase only 20 minutes outside of the city, it’s one of the most accessible extreme sports in the country. Ascend up to 9,000m above the shoreline and discover the peninsula from the air – with plenty of time to spot False Bay, Hout Bay and Cape Point as you glide back down to earth.
Athens – Greece
Explore the mythical acropolis of Athens from the air! Travel up to 4,200m for a beautiful bird’s eye view of the ancient 5th-century Grecian metropolise and freefall over iconic landmarks before your instructor pulls the parachute at 1,500m! Glide towards the Parthenon on a scenic 10-minute parachute ride before landing safely on the ground.
Propriano – Corsica
Get a new perspective on the Mediterranean island from the sky with parachute jumps from 4,000m in Corsica. Falling towards earth at 200km/h is guaranteed to get your heart racing, but as soon as the parachute is released you’ll have time to take in the views on a calm 7-minute glide over the stunning French coast.
Interlaken – Switzerland
Head to the heart of the Alps for a skydiving experience with a twist! Jump out of a helicopter from 3,600 metres in Interlaken for breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains in Schynige Platte. Freefall for 45 seconds at 200km/h before your instructor releases the parachute for a panoramic flight towards the Eiger and Jungfrau. Check out Lauterbrunnen – a 20-minute drive from Interlaken for amazing views, too.
Dubaï – UAE
A man-made oasis in the heart of the Arabian desert, Dubai is one of the most famous skydiving locations in the world thanks to its amazing architecture and artificial islands that extend into the sea. Reserved well in advance, so if you want to see iconic buildings like the Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa from the sky – be prepared to book up to two months in advance.
Zambie – Africa
Located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is the world’s largest waterfall. At one kilometre wide and 100m high, locals call it ‘Mosi-o-Tunya’ aka ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ due to its raging whitewater that can be heard up to 40 km away. Take off from Livingstone airbase and freefall over this wonder of the world with skydiving experiences at 3,000m directly over the falls!
Queenstown, New Zealand
Considered the extreme sports capital of the world, Queenstown is the original home of parachuting. An iconic location renowned as the set for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, fly across Lake Wakatipu in the foothills of the Southern Alps for a scenic freefall experience from 1,500m with a 60-second skydive at 200km/h – it doesn’t get more extreme than that.
St François – Guadeloupe
Leave the tourists on the shore and take flight with parachuting experiences over the tropical island of Guadeloupe. Jumping in tandem with an experienced instructor means all you have to do is turn up! After a short safety briefing, you’ll fly above the clouds and freefall for around 35 seconds (that’s about 200km/h) – afterwards, your instructor will pull the parachute and you’ll glide over the archipelago for views of la Pointe des Châteaux and out to sea. They even organise sunset experiences – a serious tick off the bucket list!
Amalfi – Italy
Possibly one of the most beautiful shorelines in Europe, the Amalfi coast is only a short drive from the town of Naples on the south-east coast of Italy. A dramatic natural setting below steep cliffs, take to the air for a stunning parachuting experience from 4,500m and unforgettable views across the Byzantine shoreline from Sorrento, Ischia, Vesuvius and the Greek temples of Paestum.
Soulac-sur-Mer – France
Offering endless shorelines and rugged grassy dunes that stretch up the Gironde, Soulac-Sur-Mer is on the south-west coast of France and has become an infamous parachuting location for locals and international skydivers. Lift off for a scenic view of the countryside and the beaches before you take the ultimate leap of faith and fall towards the big blue of the Atlantic Ocean!