Skydiving is one of the most thrilling sports you can participate in, producing an unmatched mixture of endorphins and adrenaline in the body. Thrillseekers will enjoy finding new and more interesting locations in which to indulge in their favorite hobby. There are so many places to choose from, so how do you choose?
You could start in the skydiving capital of the world, Taupo in New Zealand. Every summer around 30,000 people come here to jump from the sky with a spectacular view over the lake, so they are well prepared for new skydivers with great packages to entice you in. The scenery is world famous, with scenes from Lord of the Rings filmed in this area. New Zealand has it all – craggy mountains, amazing rainforests and majestic glaciers. Fox Glacier is a fantastic New Zealand skydive with amazing views. New Zealanders are passionate about their extreme sports, so you don’t need to worry about the experience and quality of the instructors and the facilities here. Australia is also great for skydiving. Imagine the views of the Great Barrier Reef and those long sandy beaches.
For the really adventurous…
If you want to be really daring, why not try skydiving into a volcano? At the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, tours include a skydive jump over Mutnovsky, the area’s active volcano. If you prefer waterfalls to volcanoes, you could try soaring above the highest waterfall on Earth, Victoria Falls. Or for the ultimate in skydiving, you can go to the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest. It’s very expensive and needs to be booked in advance as there are only four skydiving trips made there every year, so you need to put some serious thought (and cash) into this option.
If you really want the opportunity to skydive in some snow-capped mountains, it might be more realistic to head to Switzerland where the Alps await you. This is one of the most popular spots for new skydivers to learn, where you can indulge in some hand-holding. Also in Europe, Andalusia in Spain is a popular destination.
Island Sky Dives
Hawaii is a great location for environmentally conscious skydivers, with energy efficient planes. You will also see almost the whole island from your dive. But for the best in island views, head to the tiny island of Guam, supported mainly by tourists from its neighbour, Japan, but with a US military presence, it caters to both English and Japanese speakers. You can see the whole of the island from 14,000 feet above.
Plettenberg Bay in South Africa offers great views of wildlife sanctuaries and mountains. It’s even possible to see whales and dolphins here. Plettenberg Bay is perfect for scenic skydiving with its beautiful beaches and untouched forests. Brazil is another colorful option with the recent Skydiving World Championships hosted in San Paulo. This is a landscape full of sunshine and mountains and one of the most popular spots for skydiving in Latin America.
Florida has its own Skydive City in Zephyrhills, bringing in lots of skydiving and parachuting enthusiasts from all over the world. There are many events held both here and at Eloy in Arizona that you can watch. The Indoor Skydiving World Championships take place at iFly Singapore, from the 13th-16th December 2012 and registration is now open.
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