Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Best Place to Skydive on Every Continent

Skydiving is a prominent thing-to-do on most people’s bucket lists. It frequents itself at the top of the list so often that some say skydiving has lost its perennially #1 ranking as the world’s biggest rush.

So why not step it up a notch, Nerve Rush style. Skydive on every continent!


1. North America: Skydive Santa Barbara

With a drop-zone located only a few miles away from the Pacific Ocean sky-dive Santa Barbara offers up breath-taking panoramic views of the California coast line. This drop zone isn’t just a create spot for first timers. For those that have jumped before but are looking to add a little extra thrill to the experience, Santa Barbara offers up the highest tandem skydive in North America. An 18,000 ft jump with over a minute and a half of free-fall time is sure to give a fix to any adrenaline junkie.

2. Europe: Skydive Switzerland (Interlaken)

Aside from its chocolate, banks, and watches, Interlaken, Switzerland houses one of the most extraordinary drop zones in the world. At the base of the Swiss Alps and nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz you will have the option of jumping from an airplane or helicopter. Scenic views of mountain tops and glaciers offer a unique look as your shoot opens. If skydiving wasn’t enough to tickle your fancy, Interlaken also gives you the opportunity to test your nerves through hang-gliding, Alpin rafting, and paragliding.

3. Africa: Skydive Victoria Falls

From bungee jumping, to elephant back riding, and now skydiving. Victoria Falls in South Africa, located on the Zambezi river between Zambia and Zimbabwe, gives those with a few screws loose a chance to see one of the worlds largest and most beautiful waterfalls from a unique perspective. A 25-minute scenic flight with Skydive Vic Falls gives you a chance to see the falls up close as well as many other local landmarks.
The indigenous name for the Falls is “Mosi-oa-Tunya” – which translates to “The Smoke that Thunders.” If that doesn’t scare the crap out of you, I don’t know what will.

4. Asia: Skydive Dubai

Well on its way to becoming one of the worlds best skydiving resorts on the planet, Skydive Dubai offers thrill-seekers a chance to fly over a man-made peninsula that is literally on the water and even has its own private beach. After taking in the views that include the World archipelago, the 7-star Burj Al Arab hotel and the Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world – you can take a dip in the Arabian sea or enjoy the world-renowned night life. If that is not enough, hop on a quad and rip in up in the desert.

5. Oceania: Skydive Queenstown, New Zealand

Deemed the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown is located on the south island. Between Queenstown and Rotorua, a 2nd location on the north island, 180,000 people have tumbled out of  planes since 1990. The first commercial skydiving operation in New Zealand gives you the chance to leap from up above the Remarkable’s mountain range (how fitting is that). The Rotorua location is found between two towering volcanoes and is surrounded by mud pools, active geysers, and steaming lakes. The sky above this drop zone is known as Ranginui, or the Maori Sky God.

6. South America: Skydive Sao Paulo, Brasil

Perfect blue skies and wonderful weather make Sao Paulo a pristine drop zone. Located near the Atlantic ocean just outside of Rio De Janeiro, this jump offers up one of the most beautiful skylines in the world. If you time it right, you might be able to get a jump in as well as catch Formula 1 race, attend the ATP Brasil Open, or an Indy 300 event. The 2011 Skydiving world championships were held here..so you know it’s legit.

7. Antartica: OK..Maybe Not

This is not for the noob. Valery Rozov was the first man to climb the nearly 10,000 ft Mountain, Ulvetanna and base jump off of it. The free fall lasted roughly 45 seconds through -30 degree Fahrenheit winds. Although you might not be able to experience what Valery did there is a chance to get close.

So you want to go on holiday and you want to relax, you don’t want the hustle and bustle of the tourist destinations but you don’t want to be so secluded that you feel like you’re on a real life ‘Lost’ island. Well you are in luck, because as usual, I have been surfing the waves of the internet in search of the perfect destinations for you to all relax. Peace and tranquility is what most of us desire when we have had enough of life’s stresses.

Nowadays it seems as though there are no places left on this earth where we can just relax and go with the flow, listen to the sound of the ocean and soak up those UV rays we like so much. However there are still places on this planet which seem almost forgotten, there are those that are steeped in mystery and there are islands that you can exclusively hire all for your very own if you so wished to do so. So grab a coffee, sit back and relax as you go through this article and decide on which destination is going to be your next holiday location.