A skydive is a once-in-a-lifetime experience; something to tick off the bucket list. It can even be the defining moment of an incredible holiday. And if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right. Whether you are a freefalling veteran seeking out your next jump or a wannabe adrenaline junkie keen to take the first plunge, you will want to enjoy the view on the way down. Here are some of the most incredible places in the world to skydive – there’s nothing quite like hurling yourself out of a plane at 13,000 feet to get the old ticker pumping.

1. Great Barrier Reef – Cairns, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is one of nature’s finest creations. It stretches out for over 2,300km, covering almost all of Queensland’s east coast and providing a home for a remarkable array of sea creatures. While its intricate beauty is best appreciate up-close, underwater, to grasp the sheer size and importance of it this magnificent ecosystem, you have to see it from above.

On the way up, you’ll be treated to sensational views of the reef as it seems to span off in all directions. On the way down, you’ll get a little better acquainted, as you hurtle towards it at breakneck speed. There are not many more unique jumps in the world than this one.

2. The Andes – Córdoba, Argentina

The university town of Córdoba is renowned in Argentina for its incredible nightlife, but it is also one of the cheapest places in South America to skydive. So common is it for tourists to come to the city in search of the ultimate thrill that almost every hostel and hotel offers to arrange the service.

However, the cost is not the only reason why you’d want to jump out of a plane here – the view itself is staggering. As well as aerial views of Argentina’s second largest city, to the west you can clearly see the colossal spine of the continent; the Andes.

3. Hawaii

People flock in droves to Hawaii to skydive due to its remarkable terrain and stunning coastal vistas. From the ground, the islands are breathtaking, from 10,000 feet up, they are something else entirely.

From its volcanic cliffs and long, sweeping beaches to the chance of seeing a pod of migrating whales off the coast, Hawaii’s dramatic landscape is best seen from above hurtling downwards.

4. Jumeirah, Dubai

Dubai is known to be a place of opulent splendour and indulgence. However, due to its location, sandwiched between ocean and desert, it’s also a hotspot for adrenaline junkies.

The city is impressive enough from ground level, but, from above, its myriad of skyscrapers come to life as you see first-hand the desolate terrain from which the city has risen. The undeniable highlight of a skydive in Dubai is the sight of the Palm Jumeirah, an artificial archipelago of wealth that juts out from the emirate’s coastline. From the sky, the palm tree design looks almost surreal, but as you fall closer you’ll appreciate that this man-made phenomenon is very real indeed.

As well as skydiving, it’s possible to take balloon rides in the desert and while it’s not as much of a rush, the views are sensational.

5. Fox Glacier, New Zealand

A stalwart of many “world’s best places to skydive” lists, Fox Glacier could well be the most stunning of skydive locations featured in this article. The country itself is rightfully hailed by many as one of the most beautiful on the planet, and when you start to rise up in the plane above Fox Glacier, you’ll see why.

Lakes so blue they look photoshopped, dramatic mountains soaring out of the earth and, of course, the Franz Josef glacier await you as you climb above the magnificent scenery of New Zealand.

Take your pick

Wherever you decide to go on your next trip, chances are there’s a fantastic place to skydive and see the world from the top down. Get in touch with our destination experts today and we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.

Gavin Lapidus Company Director

Gavin has been one of the directors at eShores since 2007. He came from a sales & marketing background, but always had a passion for travel. He has travelled to most places around the globe, including North and South America, Europe, the Far East, South Africa, Indian Ocean and Australia.