Looking for more than just the thrill of the free fall? Are you after some amazing views once the parachute has been pulled? We’ve put together our picks of the best locations in the world to go skydiving. These locations offer not just crazy altitudes and great selfie moments, but also 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 a skydive over the Grand Canyon! One of the natural wonders of the world. Arizona’s stunning red rock formations stretch 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. Appreciate its true size from the air before freefalling over one of the natural wonders of the world!
Everest – Nepal
Home to the highest peak in the world at 8848m above sea level, Mt Everest creates a natural border between Nepal and Tibet 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.
Not only is it a costly experience, it is also an adventure reserved for experienced skydivers, if jumping alone, as the extremely high altitude means less air and fast, more difficult landings. At this location oxygen will be supplied on the plane and during freefall, due to the extreme altitude!
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 9000ft 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. Check out our skydiving experiences in Cape Town.
Athens – Greece
Explore the mythical acropolis of Athens from the air! Travel up to 4200m for a beautiful bird’s eye view of the ancient 5th-century Grecian metropolis and freefall over iconic landmarks before your instructor pulls the parachute at 1500m!
Depending on the drop zone that you jump from in this area, you’ll get to see a range of stunning scenery which may include views of Aegina Island, the Isthmus of Corinth, the Parnassus Mountains and the tumultuous coasts of Attica. Take a look at our skydiving experiences near Athens.
Propriano – Corsica
Get a new perspective on the Mediterranean island from the sky with parachute jumps from 4,000m in Corsica. Falling towards the earth at 200km/h is guaranteed to get your heart racing. 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. The very best of sea and mountains combined, with beach landings possible!
Interlaken – Switzerland
Head to the heart of the Alps for a skydiving experience with a twist! Jump out of a helicopter from 3600 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. See the beautiful Brienzersee and Thunersee lakes from above. One of the most stunning and accessible drop zone locations for mountain jumps. Take a look at our skydiving options in Interlaken.
Dubai – UAE
Dubai is a man-made oasis in the heart of the Arabian desert. It is one of the most famous skydiving locations in the world thanks to its amazing architecture and artificial islands that extend into the sea. 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.
Zambia – 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 40km away. Take off from Livingstone airbase and freefall over this wonder of the world with skydiving experiences at 3000m directly over the falls!
Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Skydive Franz is located between New Zealand’s highest mountains; the Aoraki and Mount Cook, and the ocean. It has NZ’s Highest Skydive – over the glacier of the Westland National Park. Along with the mountains and ocean, the 360° views gained includes glaciers, rainforest, rivers and lakes.
This unique spot is a UNESCO world heritage area that is recognised for its untouched beauty and lush greenery. Although Skydive Franz is a large company they only take small groups at each time slot. This is so the staff has time to give each of you a friendly and individual experience. Red Bull even named in it one of their 9 Most Insane Places to Skydive! Check out our skydiving adventures over Franz Josef Glacier.
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. See the island’s coral reefs from above, and the Grand Soufrière volcano in the distance.
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. Take a look at our skydiving experiences on the Amalfi coast.
Soulac-sur-Mer – France
Soulac-Sur-Mer is on the south-west coast of France and has become an infamous parachuting location for locals and international skydivers. Take off for scenic views of the countryside and beaches before you take the ultimate leap of faith and fall towards the big blue of the Atlantic Ocean!
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