Skydiving, it’s probably the closest that you will ever come to flying. Hurling yourself out of a plane before gliding down to earth under a parachute will give you the greatest adrenaline rush and is one of the most common bucket list items. If you're ready to take the plunge, here are some of the most loved skydiving sites, or drop zones, around the globe. Remember, doing a tandem skydive is a fantastic way to see an entire region in all its glory
Considered one of the world’s most beautiful drop zones, you can take in the view from either 12,000, 14,000, or 20,000 feet above Hawaii’s North Shore. Tropical blue waters, white sand beaches, lush forests – fewer places in the US can stand up to the beauty that is the Aloha State. And what better way to experience the Island’s remarkable scenery than with a bird’s-eye view. Tandem skydiving is the safest way to experience skydiving for the first time. After a few minutes of instruction, you’ll sail through the sky at 120 miles per hour enjoying the breathtaking views as you gently descend to earth with your instructor.
Skydiving over the Palm Drop Zone is so popular that they recommend you make your reservation at least one to two months in advance. Relative newcomer amid the leading drop zones in the world, Dubai has been catching up, namely by hosting one of the biggest annual international skydive championships. Unlike many other drop zones in this list, Dubai is a city jump. Here you fly over the Palm Jumeirah, the artificial archipelago made of reclaimed land jutting out from the city’s urban marina, where you’ll get a mind-blowing view of the Persian Gulf and the whole of Dubai. It’s where the celebrities do their skydives and it’s no wonder, the visuals over The Palm are so impressive.
Take the adventure to beat all adventures by dropping out of the sky at 23,000 feet with Mount Everest in the background. Due to its elevation above sea level, Mount Everest is the world’s highest mountain. It also happens to be widely considered one of the world’s most spectacular spots for skydiving. Dropping out of a plane over the incredible snow-covered Himalayas in Nepal is a feeling unmatched by any jump in the world. If the ultimate adrenaline rush is what you crave, then free-falling past the world’s tallest mountain is the skydiving adventure for you.
In America, there are so many great places to skydive out west, that it’s hard to narrow it down to just one favorite. Skydiving over the breathtaking Arches National Park in Moab stacks up just about as high as you can go. With massive sandstone arches, sensational scenic hiking trails and monstrous red-rock monoliths, there aren’t too many backdrops in the U.S. that are this picture perfect for an epic skydiving experience. Skydiving in Moab is as exhilarating as it is beautiful. The jump from more than 10,000 feet gives you a bird’s eye view of Moab, the Colorado River, Dead Horse State Park and Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
Why wouldn’t you want to skydive over Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world? Victoria Falls presents a breathtaking view of the grandeur of the Zambezi River which forms a border between two African nations- Zimbabwe and Zambia. Imagine yourself falling from the sky, passing through the rainbows, feeling the humongous sprays of water from the fall and landing near Zambezi River. It is almost a mile long and over 300 ft tall. Locals call the waterfall ‘Mosi-o-Tunya’, which means ‘the smoke that thunders’, because the noise of the water can be heard 25 miles away. You’ll need to pack your courage for this jump.
If you were asked to name Europe’s most beautiful place to skydive, there’s a high chance Switzerland would come to mind. The amazing views at Lauterbrunnen include waterfalls, glacial lakes, and lush green fields surrounded by the snow-capped mountains of the Swiss Alps. It’s not only one of the most scenic places in the world to skydive, but it’s also one of the few places where you’ll reach altitude via a helicopter. The Lauterbrunnen Valley is the chosen playground for many extreme sports fans so not only will you get a gorgeous skydive in the middle of snow-capped mountain peaks, there’s good possibility of brushing shoulders with skydiving and base-jumping elite. ‘The Valley’ is a popular stop for travelers looking for classic Swiss scenes and vibes.
Regularly ranked in the top three skydiving centers in the world, the expert instructors here have a long list of prestigious titles and credits to their names. This drop zone is located 40 miles northeast of Barcelona between the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees mountain range giving you double the terrain for amazing views. One of the top skydiving destinations in all of Europe, Empuriabrava, Spain offers views of both the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees Mountains during the descent. The drops take place over one of the largest marinas in the entire world as well, ensuring fantastic memories from a truly beautiful part of the world.
Queenstown is the self-described “Adventure Capital of the World.” This little town in the Southern Island is not for the faint-hearted! With a plethora of activities for the thrill seeker, coupled with some marvelous and picturesque attractions make Queenstown quite a memorable visit. Skydiving is quite a common adventure activity here and will have you wanting an encore on the entire experience. Delve into adventure and one of the best places to skydive.
There is a bounty of amazingly beautiful drop zones in New Zealand, a ground zero for extreme sports and arguably the top country in the world for skydiving. A consistent favorite is Fox Glacier, an 8-mile-long glacier located in the remote Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Opt for a tandem skydive from 9,000, 13,000 and even 16,500 feet! You will be rewarded with the most stunning scenery, which includes a stunning 9 mile glacier and Mt. Cook enveloped in clouds, a view which is to die for. Fox Glacier is famed as the second most scenic skydive in the world and not without reason.
Many vacationers in Australia like to head straight to the beach, but you can take the direct route by jumping straight from a plane. Wollongong Beach is beautiful from land, but from sky it is even more spectacular. This skydiving experience is one of the few adventurous sports that you shall never ever forget. What’s more, even the first timers can bravely do the jump as the place’s beauty will nullify any kind of fear that a person has. Go one hour south of Sydney and you’ll reach the drop zone of one of the best skydiving destination in Australia. Waters at North Wollongong Beach are full of whales and dolphins and witnessing those creatures from a height of 14,000 feet above the ground is a dream come true.