If you ask any perceivably insane skydiving enthusiast they will tell you nothing compares to the adrenaline pumping experience of jumping out of a plane at 1500 feet into the unknown.
No room for stray thoughts or worries here. The intense focus and the pump of adrenaline leaves you feeling wired and ready for anything. Here are some of the best places to skydive around the world.
7 of best places to skydive around the world: Wollongong, Australia
The Wollongong Beach Skydive is one of Sydney’s only beach dives offering out of this world view of Sydney city and the Wollongong coastline. You may even be lucky enough to see whales and dolphins frolicking in the deep blue waters! With the choice of either tandem or solo jumps, the dive crew let you land on North Wollongong Beach itself, so you could have a quick dip to cool off straight after you’ve landed! If you’re a backpacker, student, or veteran, you qualify for a $30 discount.
Average cost per skydive: Prices Start from $255 AUD + discounts
Best time to go: All year round but particularly the Summer months are perfect.
As if Hawaii didn’t have enough to do already, so for those who want more than flying through the air at 120 mph is the you can experience one of the most picturesque views in the world when skydiving in Hawaii. You are able to see almost the entire island from Pearl Harbour to Kaena Point. Keep an eye out for promotions which can discount the dive by as much as $30. If you decided to tandem be sure to grab the DVD of your 15,000 foot drop so your friends can laugh at your petrified self falling out of the sky.
Average cost per skydive: Prices begin at $125 USD at group/student/military rates and $150 USD for single online bookings
Best time to go: Great all year round
Queenstown, New Zealand
As one of the adventure capitals of the world, Queenstown has hundreds of different activities for extreme thrill seeker enthusiasts. Discover your own natural high while jumping from a plane 15,000ft above New Zealand’s most stunning alpine scenery. Freefall at 200kph over Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks, part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area – the place of greenstone.
Average cost per skydive: Starts at $255 USD
Best time to go: Summer months (December – February)
Relative newcomer to the list of best drop zones in the world mainly through hosting one of the biggest annual international skydive championships, a competition sponsored by The Emirates Aerosport Federation (EAF) and Skydive Dubai. Unlike most other skydive locations, Dubai is a city jump. You will fly over the Palm Jumeirah, the artificial collection of islands 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.
Average cost per skydive: Begins at $544 USD but the larger the group, the bigger the discount
Best time to go: Beautiful 365 days a year!
No hefty down payment needed and under $400 when booked online, this is one of the most popular spots for backpacker skydiving novices. They’ll pamper you for no extra fee and while you won’t find a flute of champagne upon landing. Stay at Balmer’s Herberge at the base of the Alps and they’ll party your nerves back to normal.
Average cost per skydive: Start at around $390 USD
Best time to go: Anytime
Rio De Janiero, Brazil
When sky diving in Rio you will have the rare opportunity of seeing everything. From Christ the Redeemer to the beautiful beaches during the ascending scenic flight you will hurtle back towards it at 120 mph. We suggest booking your jump at sunset so you can have a truly memorable experience that will definitely top any story at a party.
Average cost per skydive: $ 200 USD for a 12,000 ft dive
Best time to go: Summer months.
The nothingness of the barren desert increases the dream-like state for divers hurdling towards earth at startling speeds, whilst the rippled dunes create the illusion of a pillow like landing. A truly safe and enjoyable experience at a good price making it a must do when visiting Namibia. It is definitely worth paying extra to get external video/photos but make sure to look up at the camera and smile!
Average cost per skydive: Tandem skydives start from $180 USD
Best time to go: Afternoon. All year around except during heavy fog.