Skydiving in Palm Jumeirah is an exhilarating and unforgettable experience that offers breathtaking views of Dubai’s iconic Palm Island and the surrounding city skyline. Here are three things to know before you take the leap.
The weather can affect skydiving operations. Palm Jumeirah is located in a desert climate, which means that the weather can be unpredictable. Skydiving companies may have to cancel or reschedule jumps due to strong winds or other adverse weather conditions. It’s important to be flexible and understanding if this happens, as the safety of the jumpers is always the top priority. You can easily take a ride to the sites from your accommodation at Avani Palm View Dubai Hotel & Suites or any other hotel near Palm Jumeirah.
Safety is the top priority. Skydiving in Palm Jumeirah is a highly regulated activity, and the companies that operate there adhere to strict safety standards. All instructors are certified by the United Arab Emirates Civil Aviation Authority, and the equipment used is regularly inspected and maintained.
You’ll need to be in good physical condition. While skydiving is open to people of all ages and fitness levels, it does require a certain level of physical ability. You’ll need to be able to walk up to the plane, climb into the aircraft, and exit it unassisted.
Whether you are looking for adventure zip rides, speed jet boat rides, serene cruise rides, downhill bike rides, joy luge rides, thrilling skiing experiences, or fun indoor activities, Queenstown is the one-stop destination to enjoy it all! Above all, all these thrilling experiences are curated for kids and adults alike, so you and your little daredevils can feel the thrill without having to worry about safety.
Imagine swishing through a 130 m line at a speed of 60k’s an hour? Kawaru zip ride is an ideal place for you and your daredevil kids to go wild with excitement. There are three zip lines altogether and you and your kids can opt to go single or tandem. However, if you are kids are only 8 or 9 years of age, they must only ride the tandem and must be accompanied by you. So, why wait? Brace yourself to soar up from the Kawarau Bungy centre and swiftly fly past the surrounding greenery! Do not forget to bask in the scenic views as you scream along the ride!
Fun in the water
With Queenstown hosting the world’s first commercial jet boat tour, what better way to explore this beautiful hinterland than hopping on board a jetboat with you and your kids? Be it white water rides, wilderness jet experiences, wine tasting tours, or clay bird shooting tours, you and your kids are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting an adventure jet ride. What’s more? If you and your kids are not fans of speed boat rides, there is always the famous TSS Earnslaw, to enjoy a serene cruise ride along Lake Wakapitu.
Sky Rides with views
A family expedition to Queenstown is not complete without a visit to the Skyline, Queenstown! Not only is this adventure centre, a magnet for killer views of Coronet Peak and shrouded mountain ranges, but there is also ample thrill rides waiting to be tried! Here you and your kids can enjoy Skyline luge rides that traverse across banked corners and tunnels along an 800m line, downhill mountain bike rides that allow for scenic views plus fresh breeze, and many more! The thrilling sporting centre is also within easy reach of Oaks, Queenstown club suites, better known as the best ski resort in Queenstown. So if you choose to stay in this magnificent resort, you can conveniently round off your experience with a drive to the Coronet Peak ski field.
Thrilling indoor activities
Did the weather put a damper on your plans? There is nothing to mope about! Queenstown is packed with a myriad of thrilling indoor activities to keep you and your kids busy throughout the day! Choose from a range of fun indoor activities like wall climbing, bouldering, paintballing, indoor sky diving, and visits to haunted houses, and your kids will be giggling with joy!
Located amidst the green swathes of Sri Lanka’s upcountry, Kandy was once the capital of Sri Lanka. Its proud history dictates that it was the only region in Sri Lanka that remained independent for the longest time period possible, under the foreign powers. All over the city are historical, cultural, religious, and natural attractions.
Temple of the Tooth Relic
This has to be the single most important religious site to Sri Lankan Buddhists. The temple houses Buddha’s tooth relic inside a pagoda-shaped casing, made of gold and adorned with jewellery. Sri Lankans believe that this tooth relic has the power to bring about rains to nourish the Sri Lankan soil. The temple is part of a palace complex.
Looking for a respite from the mid-day sun? Take a stroll around Kandy Lake. Located right in front of the Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandy Lake is part of the temple complex. The lake offers several hiking trails.
Royal Botanical Gardens
The gardens are called the Royal Botanical Gardens as it was once reserved for royals, but now it’s open to everyone! This is one of the must-visit attractions in Kandy. Located one hour and eighteen minutes from Hunas Falls Hotel Kandy, the garden nurtures a wide variety of plant species. The main attraction, however, is the palm-fringed walkway that often seems to grace Instagram.
Commonwealth War Cemetery
There are several commonwealth war cemeteries, but the one found in Kandy is one of the most important historical sites. The cemetery is the resting place of soldiers who fought during the Second World War. Despite having a gloomy historical element, the cemetery features a calm and beautiful atmosphere. You can get here from almost any hotel in Kandy, Sri Lanka in around an hour.
The list of Kandy attractions is endless. The city offers plenty of things to do and see, to keep you sufficiently occupied for more than a week. To make the most of your time here, take your time and plan your itinerary, and don’t forget to book your accommodation well in advance!
The ultimate experience for thrill-seekers in Queensland, Australia, is on offer at Gold Coast Skydive. On this exhilarating skydive, you will take to the air and take the jump in tandem with an experienced instructor.
Get started and attend to safety
After completing the preliminaries, you will become acquainted with your instructor and go through the safety briefing. You will be given the necessary knowledge and instructions, as well as the procedures to be followed. A Coolangatta resort to consider from which you could easily undertake the Gold Coast Skydive would be Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites.
Take to the air
At the Gold Coast Airport, you will board the aircraft and take to the skies. The climb to a 12,000 ft. altitude should take about 15 minutes. During the ascent, you will have the opportunity to admire the breathtaking sight of the Gold Coast’s beautiful coastline and verdant hinterland which will be a striking experience too.
Taking the jump
As you glance over the airplane’s edge, you will see the ground far below and hear the revving sound of the plane’s engine; your heart will beat fast as you take the jump! Initially, you will fall at a speed of as much as 220 km/h which will undoubtedly be an amazing adrenaline-inducing sensation.
The parachute descent
At around 5,000 ft., the parachute will be opened by your instructor. When this happens, your descent will slow dramatically so that you will soar gracefully in the air. On your way down to the inviting Kirra Beach, you will once again be able to experience stunning vistas of the Gold Coast, this time from a different perspective.
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush and a chance to see the epic Palm Jumeirah island from a whole new perspective, then sky diving in Dubai is for you!
The main location for skydiving in the city is the Palm Dropzone at Al Seyahi Street close to properties like Avani Palm View Dubai Hotel & Suites. This activity is offered by Skydive Dubai and once you have booked your slot, ensure you reach the designated place on time; it will take around three to four hours from check-in to completing your experience.
What to Expect
Easy to enjoy for those staying at a hotel near Palm Jumeirah, this experience gives one a chance to feel the exhilaration of freefall; your “leap” will be from 13,000 feet off the ground, reaching speeds of around 120 miles per hour! Below you will be the iconic tree-shaped Palm Jumeirah island and the dazzling cityscape of Dubai of which you will get a unique view.
Types of Jumps
For those new to this activity, tandem skydiving is available; you will be securely harnessed to an expert instructor who will be guiding you and ensure everything goes smoothly during freefall. Those with the necessary experience can go on solo jumps and make use of the gear rental facilities and full-service rigging loft on offer.
Keep in Mind
You must be 18 years old or above to participate in skydiving with Skydive Dubai, which also has some other requirements listed on its website (https://www.skydivedubai.ae/en/tandem-jumps/requirements). When it comes to attire, wear comfy tops and t-shirts with sleeves and sports shoes or sneakers that don’t have studs or buckles.
The Maldives may be known for its laidback charm, but don’t forget it has lots of action-packed activities too! Here’s a look at some of its best.
Night Diving & Snorkelling
These two activities are captivating during the day, but at night, provide a whole new level of adventure! Available at private resorts like Huvafen Fushi Maldives that have PADI-certified diving courses, night diving and snorkelling let you encounter nocturnal creatures of the deep and bioluminescence via yellow mask filters and UV lights.
If speed is what will fill your desire for an adrenaline rush, then jet-skiing is not to be missed; think of the vast Indian Ocean as your water-filled playground in the Maldives! Island resorts provide jet-skiing excursions which are ideal to explore the area around where you stay or even to head further afield into the horizon.
A relatively new entrant into the field of water sports in Maldives, the Seabob is a high-powered underwater scooter that propels you on an amazing ride. It can reach speeds of around 20 km/h and you just need to hold on tight and manoeuvre it in and out of the water; if you ever wanted a “dolphin experience”, this will provide it!
If you’re not afraid of heights or want to conquer your fear of it, in an exhilarating way, then parasailing is perfect. You will be securely attached to a parasail which will be lifted to heights of around 150 metres when the speedboat reaches optimal velocity; couples seeking to take their love to new heights can opt for tandem parasailing at sunset!
Sky diving is such a thrilling activity and there’s no better place to check this heart-racing activity off the bucket list, than in dazzling Dubai! Read on to find out how and where you can go sky diving while on holiday in Dubai.
If you want to get your adrenaline pumping, there’s nothing like jumping from a height of 13,000 feet above sea level to freefalling the earth at around 120 miles per hour. While free-falling from a dizzying height isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, Dubai has earned itself a reputation as being a premier sky diving location!
Jump in Pairs
As a rookie, you won’t be able to free fall solo. Unless you have your sky diving license, all jumpers are required to jump with a professional skydiver. Once you jump off the plane, you will freefall for a minute or so but as soon as you are around 6000 feet off the ground, your instructor will pull on the chord to activate your parachute.
Dive with the Best
Since this is a daring feat in itself make sure you go with the most reputable and safest vendors in the business. Dubai is also known for two premier dive spots – the Palm Zone and the Desert Zone. Either of these destinations will make for an unforgettable experience!
Planning your next holiday to the stunning islands of the Maldives? Read on for some facts regarding the country’s tourism!
As the Maldives is an Islamic nation, there’s a prevailing ban on bringing pork products and liquor into the country. Apart from those, firearms, drugs, and pornography are also off-limits. However, you can buy alcoholic drinks at your Maldives resort.
Almost all tourists arrive by air from Velana International Airport; this is situated on Hulhule Island. After being cleared from the airport, you can head to your island resort; for instance, if you’ve booked your holiday at a resort like the Kurumba Maldives, you will be most likely arriving there by speedboat.
Best Time to Visit
November to April is considered the best time to visit the North Male Atoll, with minimum rainfall. However, this is when rains prevail in the South Male Atoll.
All tourists arriving in the Maldives require a valid passport although no visa is needed in advance. On arrival, all tourists with a valid passport will be granted a tourist visa of 30 days.
Whether or not you enjoy a glass of wine, Hunter Valley is a wonderful retreat, with something for everyone. With its verdant vineyards and rustic charm, read this guide to uncover the best of Australia’s favourite “Wine Region”.
Imagine having a bird’s eye view of the sun’s warm morning glow, slowly light up the lush landscape? Book a morning hot air balloon ride to enjoy this experience first-hand. You can even opt to have a bubbly breakfast, as you soak in the morning sun. It’s the perfect excursion to book for a group of friends or even as a romantic date in the clouds.
With so many winemakers in the regions, book a tasting and tour and you’ll come out of your holiday feeling like a real sommelier! The tours are comprehensive and will give you a great opportunity to learn a lot more about what goes on behind the scenes. That’s not all, you’ll be able to enjoy the local wine and all the accompaniments that would pair well with it.
The Hunter Valley Gardens are beautifully maintained and are a great choice for those travelling with family. Apart from the serenity this little haven offers, there are lots of special nooks and surprises for all those who visit. From special rides for kids to even Indian, Chinese and Oriental gardens – prepare yourself for a real treat!