Friday, January 13, 2012

Five of the World’s Best Skydiving Destinations

Skydiving is one of the most exhilarating rushes you can experience wherever you do it. The feeling of freefalling from a height tens of thousands of feet above the surface of the earth before your parachute brings you smoothly down to ground is beyond compare. But there are some destinations which prove a draw to adrenalin-junkies from around the world, offering incredible views to admire from above or unique environments to make skydiving experience days simply unforgettable. Here are five of the most incredible destinations where jumping from a plane is made even more amazing:

Diani Beach, Kenya
Kenya’s stunning landscapes and enchanting wildlife attract visitors from across the globe, but skydiving offers a truly unique outlook on this most beautiful of countries. A recent addition to the adventures on offer in Kenya, skydivers flock to the gorgeous coast to freefall from 14,000ft above the idyllic Indian Ocean before floating down to land on pure, white sand.

Dubai, UAE
Dubai is a place that is determined to do everything bigger and better than anywhere else on the planet and skydiving is no exception. Divers get the chance to peer down on one of the most incredible skylines in the world, including the world’s tallest building and endless other skyscrapers, an extraordinary coastline of crystal clear water and golden beaches and the largest collection of man-made islands in the world. Skydiving has proved so popular here that Dubai now hosts its own annual International Parachuting Championships, attracting competitors from across the globe.

Hawaii, USA
The chance to gaze down down on an entire island as you float down to earth makes Hawaii a great draw for skydivers. Its palm tree-lined beaches, rolling Pacific waves and lush mountains give you the impression that you’re dropping straight into paradise. Or an episode of Lost.

Taupo, New Zealand
The self-proclaimed skydiving capital of the world caters for more than 30,000 jumpers every year, from beginners to seasoned pros. The abundance of professional companies offering jumps means you will get expert treatment every step of the way and its competitively priced too. But as well as getting taken care of, you will also get to enjoy breathtaking scenery with views stretching from coast to coast across New Zealand’s North Island, with the mirror-like Lake Taupo and dramatic mountain landscape of Tongariro National Park below.

Mount Everest, Nepal
The very definition of an extreme adventure, this trip will set you back more than a pretty penny, but it is surely a priceless experience. Jumpers don breathing apparatus before leaping from a staggering 29,500ft high, freefalling past Mount Everest before landing on the highest drop zone in the world nestled in the Himalayas.

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