During your visit to the Aloha State you might be looking for relaxation combined with sightseeing, but if you are looking for incredible sightseeing opportunities with a jolt of adrenaline, try viewing the beauty of Hawaii from thousands of feet above as you plummet from an airplane. With Hawaii’s variety of mountains and valleys combined with blue ocean waters and golden coastlines, the view from above is incomparable. And if you’ve never done it before, don’t worry. There are places that offer tandem jumps for first-timers and experienced skydivers.
Tandem skydiving means strapping to an instructor and taking the plunge.
Where To Go
There are three professional skydiving outfits in Hawaii. Skydive Hawaii (skydivehawaii.com) is on the island of Oahu at Dillingham Airfield on the North Shore. The company offers tandem skydiving experiences by appointment or walk-in. According to the company website, more than 150,000 people have chosen this company for their first tandem jump, and it is Hawaii’s oldest skydiving operator. Pacific Skydiving Hawaii (pacificskydivinghawaii.com) is a second option on Oahu, also on the North Shore at Dillingham Airfield. The company also offers tandem skydiving with licensed instructors so that all you need to do is enjoy the thrill of the jump without all of the technical knowledge. On Kauai, the sole provider of skydiving services is Skydive Kauai (skydivekauai.com), located outside of Lihue near the Port Allen Airport. The operator offers tandem jumps with licensed instructors over one of Hawaii’s most dazzling landscapes. You can even hire another skydiver to make a video of your descent for showing off to friends back home.
What To Expect
If you are unfamiliar with tandem skydiving in Hawaii, you should familiarize yourself with what a jump will entail. You will begin with an instructional course to prepare you for the jump and then get into the airplane and ascend to the drop zone. You will be connected to your instructor with a harness and will move toward the door of the aircraft when you approach the drop zone. The real thrill happens when you hop out the door with your instructor fastened to your back. You’ll free fall at speeds up to 130 mph, although it will be a different feeling from what you might experience bungee jumping. You will free fall for a minute or less, depending on your jump altitude, then the instructor will pull the ripcord, the parachute will deploy and you’ll feel pressure as you quickly decrease speed. The rest of the experience is a gorgeous glide down from the sky that could last up to seven minutes. Since you are in Hawaii there are two great advantages: The scenery is incredible and the weather is warm, so you can dress comfortably. As for the landing, it’s not as hard as you might imagine. The instructors on a tandem jump are highly skilled at setting you down gently.
When to Go
Winter is the rainy season in Hawaii, but that doesn’t mean a lot. It is mostly sunny with a few scattered showers every day. Typically, ideal weather will not be interrupted for long if at all during your trip to Hawaii. So basically there is no bad time to go skydiving in Hawaii.
Make sure you meet requirements prior to reserving a slot at one of Hawaii’s skydiving companies. You should be able to comfortably wear 30 to 40 lbs. of equipment and you must be at least 18 years old. If you have any health issues, such as epilepsy or heart conditions, that might interfere with a jump, do not attempt it. Also, the weight limit for skydiving is set at 250 lbs. by operators in Hawaii and heavier clients might have to pay additional fees.
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