Having an adventure traveling the country—or the world—is a terrific item to have on your bucket list. It stretches your comfort zone, broadens your horizons, and gives you lots of great photos and stories to tell when you return home. Why not tick another dream on your bucket list and take the chance to go skydiving in one of the many breathtakingly places around the world while you travel? There are skydiving operators on every continent that offer all the thrills of free-falling in a safe, professional environment. And don’t worry— tandem skydiving destinations offers you the chance to parachute down while strapped to an experienced instructor; so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Some instructors will even let you steer or open the parachute yourself!
To whet your appetite for your next adrenaline-filled experience, here are eight scenic tandem skydiving destinations around the world, with the first five dotted around the globe, and the last three in the U.S.
Best Scenic Tandem Skydiving Destinations Around The World
Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, with skydiving, paragliding, bungee jumping and canyoning being some of the most popular activities available there. With stunning views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables, it’s no wonder visitors head there every year to cross this item off their bucket list.
One of the most stunning drop zones (or two) in all of Europe, tandem skydiving in the Swiss Alps gives you the safety of professional accompaniment while allowing you to take in waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, lush, green valleys, and crystal-clear lakes. You can even enjoy the novelty of a helicopter ride to get up to the top of the drop!
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
Marvel at two beautiful UNESCO heritage sites at the same time in a skydive from Cairns in Tropical North-East Australia: The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Queensland. Not for the faint-of-heart, this drop begins 14,000 feet above sea level but is well worth “taking the plunge.”
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Freefall from 13,000 feet in tandem at Dubai’s skydiving location “The Palm,” enjoying views of the sparkling Arabian sea, the artificial palm-shaped island, the sail-like Burj Al Arab hotel, and the Burj Khalifa—the world’s tallest building. Book well in advance for this luxury location, as it has quickly become a go-to destination for the rich and famous.
Bora Bora, Tahiti
Who could imagine a more picturesque view from tandem skydiving destinations than the Pacific Islands? With clear, blue waters, Otemanu Mount, the reef, and the lagoon; there’s so much to enjoy from 10,000 feet above the ground. During the 45-second free-fall and remaining gentle descent, you’ll be able to see the Society Islands on a clear day; and if you go mid-year, you might even catch a glimpse of a whale or two!
A bit closer to the mainland, the Aloha State offers tandem skydives from 10,000 and 14,000 feet at the Honolulu site. You’ll be able to see the entire island from North Shore to Pearl Harbor as you drop at 125 mph, including the vivid colors of green forests, tropical waters, the ridges and gullies of mountain faces, and the white ribbon of coastline. What better way to enjoy your perspective of paradise than with a bird’s eye view?
Poconos Mountains, Pennsylvania
Located driving distance from both New York and New Jersey; skydiving in the foothills of the Poconos Mountains enables you to feast your eyes on lush fields and forests, winding rivers, and alpine lakes. Go in summer or spring for a sea of green; or take the drop in fall for an explosive display of fiery reds, oranges, and yellows. Depending on the time of day, you might even catch a view of the sun setting behind Sugarloaf Mountain. Talk about spectacular!
San Joaquin Valley, California
Last but not least, take in the majestic San Joaquin Valley with tandem skydiving in California from a height of 12,500 feet. Located 120 miles from Los Angeles, it’s an awe-inspiring view of the diverse California landscape, with rocky hills and inviting grassy plains. The stable climate and low humidity make for high visibility with more jump-able days per year. The instructor who accompanies you can wear a video and still-shot camera to capture your experience and prepare it with background music for you to take away and treasure forever. Now THAT’S a souvenir worth jumping out of your comfort zone for!
What are you waiting for? There’s no time like the present for stretching yourself and diving into a new experience. With such spectacular locations, you may well now have a few skydiving adventures on your bucket list; and more fantastic travel destinations to visit on the way!