17 Amazing Leaps
Collected by Danielle Walsh, AFAR Contributor
From cliff jumping in Hawaii to sky diving in Queenstown, these 17 jumps are bound to be unforgettable.
Jalbire 45308, Nepal
If you want to experience the exciting rush of bungee jumping then where better than in Nepal with Mountain World Treks. The bungee site is situated on a 166m wide bridge standing 160m above the wild and fast flowing Bhote Kosi River, close to the...
1274 Miyanomori, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 064-0958, Japan
Coming from a tropical country, it was interesting for me to explore the unfamiliar world of winter sports in one of the actual Olympic sites. Mt. Okura was one of the venues for the 1972 Olympics and home to ski jumping events. Today, it holds an...
Auckland, New Zealand
On a weekend trip around Auckland, our group made an afternoon stop at Lake Wainamu. Dark sand dunes surround a section of lake. For most, walking along these will suffice. For New Zealanders, seeing who can jump the farthest off the dune is the...
The Bora Bora St Regis is located on the reef that surrounds the central island, which is in the background of the picture. All of the rooms are over-water bungalows, and jumping off of the deck into the warm waters of the lagoon was an incredible...
Batason, Buruanga, 5609 Aklan, Philippines
Ariel's Point is, by far, the best day trip from Boracay Island. That is, if you can manage to peel yourself off its beautiful beaches. What you get: A full day of Cliff Diving into the beautiful dark blue waters of the Philippine Sea. There are 4...
3215 E 1969th Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350, USA
Nothing beats the adrenaline, and sheer rush of falling from 13,500 ft. at 120 mph. That is, as far as I've known. I have nothing but great things to say about Skydive Chicago. They were very apt at making me comfortable with jumping out of a...
Vagator, Goa 403519, India
While in Vagator, I came across a rather unusual festival. I was told by a local that it's called 'Happy Feast,' and it's some sort of celebration that is held in small villages in this area. The gist of it is that all the village men go from...
Hana Hwy, Haiku, HI 96708, USA
Well, I have never done this before. And by this I mean jumping in a fresh water pool with all of my clothes on(yes that little spec to the right is me) We hiked through the wet rainforest and came upon a few rapids and decided to follow it...
The Arroyo Seco runs along the eastern border of the Los Padres National Forest- despite its name this river never runs dry and the gorge is filled with gorgeous and secluded beaches and quartz boulders allowing for some epic cliff jumps and sweet...
09109 Castrillo de Murcia, Burgos, Spain
Do the Spanish have the weirdest festivals in the world? I asked myself this as I made the 43-kilometer trek by taxi from the charming city of Burgos in northern Spain (no public transportation to this remote village). Since 1621, the...
3419 Olympic Pkwy, Park City, UT 84098, USA
The Flying Ace All-Star Show, Sundays at 1pm during the summer months, is not to be missed. One dozen Olympic athletes in training, many from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, slide down huge watered ramps, launch 60 feet into the air, and pull...
Queenstown, New Zealand
I spent 4 mind-blowing months living in Queenstown. In New Zealand the main occupations are farming and tourism. My two born and raised Kiwi flatmates were Skydivers for a living, so naturally I couldn't leave the country without jumping the...
105 Curran St, Westhaven, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Just off the jet & ready to jump start my virgin New Zealand experience,I had to do something just as crazy as the "kiwis."Yes, I did it.I bungy jumped off the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Although I was quite nervous,I thought I had done similar...
Chris Hani Rd, Klipspruit 318-Iq, Johannesburg, 1809, South Africa
100m up, where the wind catches your hair and you suddenly get this uneasy feeling at the bottom of your stomach... this is where you'll get one of the craziest views out over Soweto and Johannesburg. A few deep breaths and a couple of safety...
Hanapepe Pl, Honolulu, HI 96825, USA
After picking up a bottle of wine (don't forget to buy a screw top bottle unless you have an opener with you), plastic cups, a variety of tasty poke from Foodland close by, Drive through a neighborhood and find a parking spot on the street. Walk...
5072 W Linebaugh Ave, Tampa, FL 33624, USA
AirHeads Trampoline Arena offers trampolining in a clean, safe environment. They stress the health benefits of the activity, but jumping is also just fun. Adventurous jumpers will want to try trampoline dodgeball. There's open jumping every day,...
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