Ever since it was introduced commercially by New Zealander AJ Hackett, the extreme activity of bungee jumping has attracted thrill-seekers worldwide. Jumping off structures like buildings, buildings and crane have become a bucket-list worthy activity when it comes to travel. In celebration of World Jump Day this July 20, we take a look at some of the coolest destinations to try this extreme activity.
Kawarau Bridge, Queenstown, New Zealand
Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand is the birthplace of Bungee Jumping. It’s the world’s first commercial bungee jump and one of Queenstown’s most famous attraction. Visitors get to leap off 43-meters from a suspension bridge with a view of the stunning Kawarau Gorge and its stunning turquoise waters below.
Macau Tower, Macau, China
Located in the heart of the China’s gambling capital, the Macau Tower is among the world’s tallest buildings. It currently offers the world’s highest bungy jump from a building at 233 meters. Visitors get to leap from the outer rim of the giant tower, with mainland China visible provided the weather is good.
Bloukrans Bridge, Tsitsikamma, South Africa
This scenic arch bridge located near Nature’s valley above the Bloukrans River in South Africa is surrounded by nature reserves, mountains and distant sea views. Towering over the river at a height of 216 meters, the Bloukrans bridge is the site of the world’s highest bridge bungee. It has been operated by Face Adrenalin since 1997.
Verzasca Dam, Ticino, Switzerland
Here’s one bungee destination where you can live out your James Bond dreams. Made popular by the opening scene in the 1995 film GoldenEye starring Pierce Brosnan as 007, the Contra Dam (commonly known as the Verzasca Dam) in Switzerland offers a stunning jump for thrill-seekers and movie buffs. Visitors get to plunge down the 220-meter high concrete wall of the arch-shaped dam. The dam was depicted as a Soviet weapons facility in the film, but really houses a hydroelectric power plant.
Extremo Park, Monteverde, Costa Rica
Known for their ziplines and Tarzan Swing, one of the newest attractions in Extremo Park in Costa Rica, is an extreme bungee jump with a view of the lush jungle canopy of the Central American cloud forest. Visitors have to travel on a tram suspended by cables to reach the high platform, which stands 143 meters above the ground. This is currently Central America’s highest bungee jump making it definitely worth trying out if you’re in the area.