As a fitness traveler, you’re used to living a bit outside the norm, right? Looking for ways to explore new places, stay fit and get excited with life is what we’re all about, and that’s exactly what we’ve got for you today. Stick with us and we’re going to give you our list of ten terrifying bungee jumps for fitness travelers.
1) Karawau Bridge, New Zealand
The only way to start this list is to go right back to where commercial bungee jumping began, with a man named AJ Hackett and his friend Chris Sigglekow. Together they conducted tests with a climbing kit, latex rubber, and parachute harnesses in order to develop commercially viable equipment to bungee jump with.
By 1987 Hackett had perfected the system and even made headlines by getting himself arrested after jumping from Paris’ Eiffel Tower. On the 12th November 1988, he opened the first ever commercial bungee jump site at Karawau Bridge in New Zealand. On that day it was attended by 28 people, today it has had over 650’000 jumpers! If you can’t jump off the Karawau Bridge and you happen to be in Auckland, try to jump there. We’ve made it and it was an awesome experience (watch Agness’s funny jump below).
2) Macau Tower, Macau, China
Standing at a whopping 233m Macau tower is the highest building based bungee jump in the world. Looking down from the tower you’ll see a sprawling metropolis, and on a good day, you’ll even be able to see mainland China.
You might not be surprised, but this jump was actually created and organized by none other than Kiwi entrepreneur AJ Hackett. For this jump to even be possible he and his team had to create what they called a ‘2nd generation bungee cord’ that would fall and rebound straight rather than swinging to the side (and into the tower!) You can book a jump at AJHackett.com, and it costs £210 including a T-shirt.
3) Verzasca Dam, Ticino, Switzerland
If you’ve ever seen the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye then you’ve already seen the Verzasca Dam in Switzerland. In the film’s opening sequence, Bond bungee jumps in order to gain access to a Soviet weapons facility, and whilst the site might actually be a hydroelectric power station, the jump is still very real. What’s more, at 220 meters it’s also one of the highest jumps in the world.
There’s also the option of a night jump, where you can experience throwing yourself head first into complete darkness!
4) The Last Resort, Bhote Kosi River, Nepal
At 150m The Last Resort in Nepal is a daunting prospect. You’ll be jumping into a beautiful (but also sort of terrifying) tropical gorge, with a full view of the Bhote Kosi River. Oh, but there’s a catch, all jumps are done upside down.
The resort also gives you the option of white water rafting and a tandem bungee swing, so there’s plenty to keep you entertained. Luckily after all that thrill seeking the resort also has a spa where you can unwind!
5) The Kolnbrein Dam
Located in Carthinia, Austria, the Kolnbrein Dam combines all the free-falling fun of a dam, with the added fun of a crane! Jumpers fall 164 meters, but the added suspense of being hoisted up in a crane really adds to your nerves beforehand.
6) Kaivopuisto (‘Sky Breakers’), Helsinki, Finland
Held each year between the middle of July and the middle of August, ‘Sky Breakers’ is less of a single bungee jump and more of a festival dedicated to bungee. Jumpers can free-fall onto platforms floating on the sea or take part in pub bungee with cocktails and party games thrown into the mix. There’s also bungee on a snowboard, jumps from hot air balloons and a whole array of beach based activities The centerpiece of the event is the ‘skybreaker’ jump, a not too shabby 150m leap. Basically, if you love jumping off of things and want to spend a whole week doing it then Helsinki is the place for you.
7) Pucon Volcano Jump
Yes, you did read that correctly. If normal bungee jumps weren’t enough for you then how about jumping above an active volcano!? The trip lasts a total of six days and culminates in jumping from a helicopter, falling head first towards boiling hot lava. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, you’re then left hanging on the bungee cord as the helicopter makes the 35-mile trip back to town!
You too can have all this terror for the low low price of £7800.
8) Victoria Falls Bridge, Zimbabwe, and Zambia
On the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, you’ll find the Victoria Falls Bridge. Not only will you have amazing views of both countries, you’ll also have the waterfall just behind you. (Cool tip, locals call it ‘the smoke that thunders’). The jump itself is 111m, and just to keep you on your toes the water below is filled with crocodiles. Enjoy!
9) Navajo Bridges, USA
This 142m bungee jump is located in one of the most iconic locations in the world, none other than North America’s ‘Grand Canyon.’ More specifically the Navajo Bridge crosses the Colorado river, where you can take in the natural beauty of the area before plunging downwards.
10) Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge, USA
No list would be complete without the current (2017) highest bungee jump in the world. The USA’s Royal Gorge suspension bridge sits at an astonishing 321m, crossing the Arkansas River and giving some pretty impressive views of the area.
What’s more, the Park area surrounding the bridge is home to a variety of other awesome attractions open 365 days per year (with the exception of terrible weather). There’s a theatre, after-dark concerts, a gondola ride, the ‘cloudscraper’ zip line and the ‘skycoaster’ swing.
Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed our list of ten terrifying bungee jumps, and maybe we’ve inspired you to try one out on your next adventure.