Many people have a bucket list of the things they want to do before they reach a certain age. Skydiving makes an appearance on these lists quite often, and for good reason. There has always been a certain allure to the idea of flying through the air, and what better way to give yourself that magical feeling, along with a good rush of adrenaline, than skydiving? Whether you’re a seasoned skydiver, or planning that first jump, skydiving in a location with great scenery will make that jump even more memorable. Here are eight great locations to consider while planning your skydiving trip.
1. Fox Glacier, New Zealand
New Zealand is considered the adventure capital of the world, due to the numbers of people who participate in extreme sports here. The natural beauty of the scenery is stunning, and includes the Tasman Sea, lakes and glaciers. The many top notch instructors and facilities available here will make sure that you have the best skydiving experience possible, regardless of your skill and comfort level.
2. Interlaken, Switzerland
Skydiving in the Swiss Alps is a unique way to enjoy an extraordinary view of snowcapped mountains and glaciers. This is also one of the more affordable places to skydive. Once you’ve completed your jump, you’ll find there is much more to do if you are so inclined, including white water rafting and paragliding.
Dubai is quickly becoming one of the best skydiving destinations in the world. On your descent here you will be able to see a man made peninsula floating on the water with its own private beach, the tallest building in the world and the World Islands archipelago. Once you’ve seen the views you can enjoy Dubai’s nightlife, or even try a quad ride in the desert.
4. Seville, Spain
Besides being a lovely destination to visit with great weather most of the year, Seville offers the benefit of having a variety of skydiving courses available. No matter what your experience, comfort level or budget, there is a choice available for everyone. For those looking to soar to new heights, there are drops available as high as 15,000 feet with amazing and varied views of the city below.
5. Wollongong, Sydney, Australia
Skydiving in Sydney will provide you with panoramic views of the both the coastline of Australia and Sydney. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a whale, dolphin or other marine life in the water off the coastline. You’ll find that Sydney is a beautiful city to visit, whether you’re taking it in up close, or from thousands of feet in the air.
6. Le Marche, Italy
This area of Italy is known for its art, culture and cuisine, as well as its beautiful scenery. It’s also a great place to skydive due to astounding views of the Adriatic Sea. Don’t forget to take some time to relax and enjoy the cuisine with a great glass of wine before you leave!
7. Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara is the location of North America’s highest tandem skydive. It’s also a great choice for first time skydivers, offering spectacular aerial views of the California coastline. With a drop zone located only a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, you’ll be able to take advantage of many other opportunities, such as surfing, sightseeing and much more.
8. Mt. Everest, Nepal
For those looking for the ultimate skydiving experience, what could provide a bigger thrill than soaring over the highest mountain peak in the world? This skydiving adventure does come at a hefty price, and needs to be reserved six months in advance. There are only four diving trips available at Mt. Everest per year, but if you’re looking for the experience of a lifetime, this might be the way to go.