If you are ready to make the leap of faith, we have provided you with a list of some of the world’s favourite skydiving spots, each offering a unique flavour or perspective as you drop from the sky, with options to suit newbies and pros alike.
Mt Everest, Nepal
The tallest mountain in the world stands out as probably the coolest sky-dive in the world. Heres why… Nestled in a remote corner of Nepal, Mt Everest was first climbed in 1953. Since then it has attracted huge crowds of potential climbers ready to scale the icy walls of the mountain. So in 60 years of tourism, like most places that attract such large numbers of people, the emphasis generally tends towards making money, with not much care for the environment. As a result the mountain is littered with corpses from failed attempts, oxygen bottles, tents, you name it; its trash on Mt Everest. It’s pretty tragic, but the remote location combined with the treacherous conditions means that it is practically impossible to conduct a clean up operation. So what to do if you have always dreamed of going that high yet don’t want to contribute to the Eco-disaster? Sky-dive from 30000ft above Mt Everest and see Nepal and the mountains from the perspective only an eagle has. This is twice as high as a normal jump so be prepared with specialist equipment such as oxygen masks. First fly to Kathmandu, then to Lukla, where you will then need to trek to Syangboche. There a small plane that can take you up and above the world’s tallest mountain for the experience of a lifetime. Expect to pay upwards $20000 but to remember it for the rest of your life! Check out this link for more info.
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
This haven for extreme sports fanatics has long been the epicentre of adrenaline in the area. Blessed with a number of incredibly beautiful drop zones, set amongst the beautiful New Zealand nature, you can expect the dive of a lifetime here. Fox is an 8-mile-long glacier located in the remote Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It is especially cool because of the juxtaposition of earth and water with the snow covered and rugged peaks of the Southern Alps and the beautiful wild coastline of the Tasman sea. If that’s not enough to convince you to fly to New Zealand, consider that this is a dive above a Glacier, a pretty rare formation of ice that is sure to blow your mind with its beauty as you plummet to earth. Fly to Queenstown, a 4.5 hour drive north of Fox Glacier and rent a car or hitchhike, get a bus or a taxi. Prices start at NZ$295 for a tandem jump. Click here for more info.
For a long time the mecca of the adventure sports world, Interlaken is reputed to be one of the most scenic and beautiful drop zones in Europe. There are views of 5 countries at once, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Germany, pretty cool! Not only that but you can see the glistening peaks of the Alps, complete with views of Jungfrau and the Matterhorn. As a beginner or an expert this is a dive that will fulfill expectations time and again as it is truly a stunningly beautiful area of high peaks, mountain meadows, shimmering lakes and walls of rock and ice. Expect typical Swiss precision, organisation and a huge amount of very competent guides to take you on your first trip making it a good spot for newbies. The nearest airport is Zurich, 111 miles (180km) away, around 2.5 hours by car or 2 hours by train. By train, take international train connections to Interlaken Ost. Prices tend to start around CHF 395 for a tandem dive. To get more information try clicking here.
While the Kiwis seem to dominate the adventure sports scene, the Aussies aren’t far behind when it comes to adrenaline sports. So in true Aussie fashion, let’s sky-dive above the beautiful white sands and crystalline blue waters around Sydney. For those keen to spot some surf or even maybe some whales, there are several options around Sydney, namely a little bit further South in Wollongong or South West in Picton. The guy who runs this blog, Abhinav, recommends Picton in particular as a heavenly spot, located a little bit inland from Sydney with gorgeous views of the Blue Mountains and the Upper Nepean nature preserves. Check out Sydney skydivers for diving around Picton, with pick up from Sydney. Otherwise there is the option to dive in Wollongong, closer to the sea. Check out this link for more info. Prices start around AU$279.
Snohomish, WA, USA
America has an impressive adventure sport culture, regular Red Bull sponsored events are held in several states but when it comes to Skydiving, Washington state holds the cream of the diving crop. Snohomish, twenty minutes outside of Seattle in particular holds a fine reputation as the most beautiful spot in America to sky-dive. Something about the impenetrable forests around the Cascades mountain ranges, Mt Ranier, Mt Baker and the gorgeous San Juan islands lures amateurs and pros alike back again and again. Offering the best compromise for those looking to find a mix of mountains and ocean Snohomish tops the lists of many skydivers as a truly epic spot to jump from a small plane with nothing but a chute to slow your fall. In particular, its proximity to Seattle, with it’s large international airport makes it a fantastic place to fly in, fly up, jump down and fly out. If that’s your thing check out the local team’s website for more information by clicking here. Prices for beginners start at US$225, but the real deal is for those licensed skydivers with their own kit who pay US$12 as boarding fee and US$1 for every thousand feet that they want to climb. It’s US$20 to rent gear if you are licensed but don’t want to lug it all the way to Washington.
Thinking about an Adventure sports holiday but not sure about skydiving? Check out our blog post about Surfing in France by clicking here.