The World’s Best Skydiving Locations

24 Aug The World’s Best Skydiving Locations

Skydiving usually takes its place at the top of every adrenaline junkies to do list. For the vast majority of people, their first jump is often their last. Not because of an accident, but because this is generally a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

So with that being said, you should make sure the place you pick is as epic as the freefall. Below, you will discover some of the most interesting places around the world to skydive.

As always, if you think we have missed any please let us know in the comments section below.

North America


1. SNOHOMISH, WASHINGTON – United States

It’s a surprise to find a skydiving location nestled between the Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains. Skydivers can see mountains such as Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker and the rest of the Cascades as well as the Snohomish river below.

Skydive Snohomish

2. OAHU, HAWAII – United States

One of the world’s premier surfing destinations just happens to be a kick-ass place to jump out of a plane. A great skydiving experience for everyone wanting to see this tropical island paradise from thousands of feet in the air.

Skydiving Hawaii

3. SANTA BARBARA – United States

Some call this region of California the American Riviera. Skydiving here will give one aerial views of the slopes of Santa Ynez Mountains as well as the clear blue shores of the Pacific Ocean. An exhilarating experience you shouldn’t miss.

Skydiving over Santa Barbara

4. FLORIDA KEYS – United States

Enjoy the panoramic view above the Florida Keys including the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, coral reefs and a lot more.

Filming the jump in Key West

5. NIAGARA FALLS – Canada

What better way to see the majestic Niagara Falls than by jumping out of a plane from the skies above. Be careful not to take a wrong turn or you might end up in trouble with US border control.

Niagara Falls, from the air

Africa


6. VICTORIA FALLS – Zambia

Described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ and now more known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world, Victoria Falls is a spectacular sight for everyone to behold. Watching the waters’ indescribable panorama while sky diving is the main attraction for this location.

Victoria Falls and bridge from the air

7. NAMIB DESERT – Namibia

The arid lands of Namibia is yet another totally different skydiving experience. Situated in southwestern Africa, long stretches of desert sand dunes and endless blue-sky makes for the perfect panoramic view.

Looking down at the desert

8. GRAND BAY – Mauritius

Another country relatively new to the skydiving scene, Mauritius is a volcanic island nation in the Indian Ocean, known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. The good thing about skydiving here is that children can also experience their first ever skydive.

A new way to dive in Mauritius

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Skydive Mauritius

Jump Height: 10,000ft
Freefall Duration: approx 30 seconds
Season: Year-round
Approximate Cost: from MUR 13,000

www.skydivemauritius.com

9. CAPE TOWN – South Africa

One of the most southerly places to skydive on the planet. Enjoy spectacular views of one of Table Mountain, Langebaan lagoon, Robben Island, Cape Point and the city of Cape Town.

Aerial view of Cape Town

Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific


10. WOLLONGONG – Australia

The dive here is directly over North Wollongong beach where skydivers can even see (if they’re lucky) whales and dolphins while enjoying the coastal views of southern Sydney beaches. Landing spot for skydivers is in the Stuart Park where people can also enjoy several outdoor recreation and social gatherings.

Skydive the beach

11. QUEENSTOWN – New Zealand

As New Zealand’s action and adrenaline hub, its natural beauty provides the perfect backdrop for many adventure sports. Nestled on the shore of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu and against the majestic Southern Alps, a perfect place for skydiving aficionados the world over as it is deemed as the adventure capital of the world.

Freefalling over Queenstown

12. DENARAU – Fiji

Fiji is a tropical paradise with palm trees, crystal clear waters and white sand beaches. The best way to see it all… leap out of a small plane from thousands of feet up of course. Enjoy a colorful drink with your friends after landing safely.

Skydiving in Fiji

13. THE GREAT BARRIER REEF – Australia

The Great Barrier Reef claims the trophy for being the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef can be seen from outer space and and is comprised of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands supporting a diversity of marine life. An extraordinary skydiving opportunity for those brave enough to try.

The Great Barrier Reef

Asia


14. PATTAYA – Thailand

Said to be the only skydiving drop zone in Southeast Asia, Pattaya is located about an hour from Bangkok. Pickups from Bangkok are available so there’s no problem going back to Bangkok or other places you’ve rented an accommodation for.

Exiting the plane

15. KAMCHATKA PENINSULA – Russia

One of the most spectacular regions in Russia opened for visiting foreigners in 1991. A skydiving experience here will most certainly be different from that one usually experience in the US and Europe. Skydivers will encounter volcanoes, as the peninsula has more than 160 volcanoes, (29 of which are active), and is not for first-time divers.

Akademia Nauk caldera

16. PALM JUMEIRAH – United Arab Emirates

An artificial archipelago in United Arab Emirates, Palm Jumeirah is now being known as one of the best skydiving destinations in the world. Dubai lives up to its reputation as an action-spots capital. Instead of mountains, glaciers or forests, skydivers will see the Persian Gulf and the whole of Dubai during their freefall.

Wingsuit Flying over the Palm Islands Dubai

Europe


17. SEVILLE – Spain

A one of a kind city in Spain, Seville offers great nightlife, amazing food and a rich history. It is also one of the must-try skydiving drop-zones for skydivers. Enjoy skydiving here with views of the oceans and sunny Andalusia.

Falling from 15,000ft over Seville, Spain

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Skydive Spain

Jump Height: 15,000ft (Europe’s highest permitted)
Freefall Duration: approx 60 seconds
Season: Year-round
Approximate Cost: from 205€

www.skydivespain.com

18. LE MARCHE – Italy

One of twenty regions with white-pebble, cliff-backed bays along the Adriatic, Le Marche is a gem. With a bird’s eye vantage point, skydivers will have an awesome view of the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea.

Flying free

19. TYROL – Austria

Tyrol boasts spectacular mountain scenery in the beautiful alpine region which is perfect for skydiving and any skydiving enthusiasts. Dubbed as the “Country of the Mountains”, an apt description for the many mountains and valleys of the region.

Skydive in Tyrol

20. INTERLAKEN – Switzerland

JUMP THE SWISS ALPS! Start off with a breathtaking 20 minute scenic flight over the Swiss Alps followed by a flip, barrel roll or straight jump out of the airplane. Enjoy the extreme 45 second freefall at 200km/h, followed by the fun and scenic canopy ride back to the ground.

The winter skydives can be fairly cold but so stunning. The summer can get pretty hot so maybe come for a skydive in summer!

Tandem jump over the Swiss Alps

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Skydive Switzerland

Jump Height: 13,500ft
Freefall Duration: approx 45 seconds
Season: Year-round
Approximate Cost: from CHF 395

www.skydiveswitzerland.ch

21. TEXEL – Netherlands

Texel is the largest island of the West Frisian Islands in the north of the Netherlands. Jump out over the Scandinavian waters with spectacular views on a clear day.

This is a popular spot for seasoned skydivers, with regular competitions and exhibitions.

Flying high over Texel

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Paracentrum Texel

Jump Height: 9,000 – 13,00ft
Freefall Duration: approx 30 – 60 seconds
Season: April – October and November – March opened each Saturday
Approximate Cost: from €209

www.paracentrumtexel.com

South & Central America


22. RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil

Skydiving in Rio de Janeiro gives you views of the city’s unmistakeable landmarks such as the Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf mountain. A view most people only get to experience from cable car or a hike up a hill.

Skydiving over Rio

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4 Comments
  • Wouter Steijvers
    Posted at 18:05h, 02 December Reply

    I do miss European scenery of Skydive Rotterdam, the Netherlands. jumping right next to one of the biggest ports in the world, with a fantastic view on the River Maas, the North Sea and the city of Rotterdam and Rotterdam Port.

    It’s a unique setting jumping above a major city, altitude from 10.000 ft till 12.000 ft.
    Pictures on request.

  • Lori Jennings
    Posted at 18:05h, 01 September Reply

    You can’t beat skydiving here in Florida, because of the amazing views and the year round mild temperatures. And the Florida skydiving hub of the Zephyrhills area is super close to the Caliente Resort & Spa which is a great place to stay!

  • Manu
    Posted at 18:04h, 27 August Reply

    I´d add Texel, a small island in the North of The Netherlands.
    You jump on the Northern Sea and can have a view at allt he other five sialdns of the arcipelago. Unforgettable.

    • Michael Glass
      Posted at 18:08h, 18 July

      Thanks for the tip Manu. This has now been added to the list. Did you do a jump there yourself?

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