Skydiving or Bungee Jumping, How do you choose between jumping off a cliff or jumping off a plane? Here’s my comparison of the two must do experiences. Enjoy!
Let’s go conquer our fears.
Skydiving or Bungee Jumping
Where it all happen?
Bungee Jumping: The Nevis AJ Hackett Bungee, Queenstown, New Zealand
Skydive: Nzone Skydive Queenstown, New Zealand
How did I decide to go for it?
I HAVE NO IDEA!!! What was I thinking? I don’t think I was thinking!!
Skydive: I reached NZone skydive centre, my check-in point and registered for the activity. (the first realisation that it was real)
During registration, I chose to get the pictures and videos of my dive for an additional cost. I had been wondering how it would be possible to have cameras in the sky, in the middle of nothing. I got to know that there were obviously no cameras installed and that a photographer would actually dive with me to capture my moments! How cool was that!
After the centre, I was sent to the dive zone. Dive Zone had a viewing area where I could see the dives happening before me. It was here that I was introduced to my master (i.e. my lifeguard) for the dive. He gave me my dive gear (a huge jumpsuit, glasses, helmet, gloves etc.) instructions, and finally the harness.
Bungee: Registering for Bungee was the scariest task. I had registered for the jump a day before and I remember questioning myself the entire night. The next day, I woke up showered and went to the AJ Hackett office in Queenstown. From the office, all jumpers boarded a bus and were dropped off at their respective jump locations. (Kawarau-where you jump from a bridge and splash into freezing water, The Ledge-a night time jump location and finally the Nevis-the highest and the scariest.) I was one of the few people who got off at Nevis, Skydiving or Bungee Jumping.
The ascent before the descent
Skydive: Harnessed to my diving master, we boarded a tiny plane which had no seats. There were six people in the plane, two divers, two masters and two photographers. The plane took off and I was thrilled. For some reason, I wasn’t nervous on the plane. Maybe because I knew I was harnessed to an expert, maybe because the view was amazing or maybe because I was overwhelmed with excitement. I just sat there, on the floor of a plane without seats and smiled, Skydiving or Bungee Jumping.
Suddenly, the pilot said “Door!”. It was then that I realised that the moment was here. The door opened and the master dragged me to the edge with my feet hanging in the air.
Bungee: To get to the jumping pod, I was put on a 35-minute cable car ride overlooking the Nevis valley. “okay, wait, where am I supposed to jump from?” The jumping pod is a small room hanging midair! Literally! After getting off the cable car, we had to line up according to the numbers given to us during registration. I was 5th in the queue but ended up being the third one to jump because the two people before me backed out (I do not know if they jumped later).
When my turn arrived, I was made to sit in this cockpit like a seat, a heavy rope was attached to my feet, some instructions were given and I was asked to stand up. Stand up and do what? Stand up and walk to the edge of the jumping pod to a tiny platform protruding from it. Was I scared? hell yeah!!!!
Skydive: So I was there, looking at the clouds under me, feeling nothing. Absolutely nothing. I guess it was one of those moments when I was too scared to even be scared! 1..2…3…and we jumped! I didn’t really do anything; it was my master who jumped. The first 5-6 seconds of the freefall were the scariest! I couldn’t understand what was happening, where my arms, legs or my master was. Then I felt a tap on my shoulders and I knew it was time to spread my arms. The total freefall lasts around 12 seconds. The stabilising chute opens then, followed by the parachute. Once the stabilising chute opened, I felt like I transformed into a bird. I could move my hands, look down and fly. When the parachute opened I knew it was time to land. I felt a sudden jerk and my body straightened automatically. We went lower made a soft, straight landing on the ground. (Nothing like the fancy rolling on the floor type).
Bungee: Okay, so I’m there standing on the platform, my instructor asks me to wave at the mysterious cameras hidden in the mountains and then says ‘jump!’. I look at him and ask “what! I just jump? Aren’t you going to push me?” “No. Just jump” “Okay.” And I smile and I jump. Yes, I did that. As soon as he said jump, I just jumped. I don’t know how my brain allowed me to do that, but it was insane. The speed, the pull, the beauty of the valley, the adrenaline rush, it was all crazy.
In the Nevis jump, you don’t land on the ground. You reach a certain level, they let you swing for a bit and then you are reeled up. The swinging part is beautiful. I was hanging upside down, swinging like a pendulum, and beneath me was the beautiful Nevis valley and the river.
I then held on to the rope to come in the seating position as instructed and was reeled up.
Skydive: In one word; Beautiful! It’s surreal. It took me to heaven. Somehow, skydiving connected me to the universe. During those 15 minutes, nothing mattered, no worries, no fear, no hatred. It was just love and beauty. Skydiving made me experience the ultimate level of freedom. According to me, skydiving is a must do an activity and there is no place prettier than Queenstown to experience it. Kudos NZone, Skydiving or Bungee Jumping.
Bungee: In one word; Thrilling! A complete breath-taker. Without a doubt, it is the ultimate fear conquerer. I really want to put into words the exact feelings of the moment when my feet left the jumping pod, but its kind of impossible for me to do so. It’s scary, but its fun. It’s just too intense to be described. You need to experience it to understand it. For me, the best part of bunjy was when I was hanging like a pendulum in the valley and looking at the river flowing beneath me. The fear was gone and I wasn’t ready to be reeled up yet. Cant thank AJ Hackett enough for the memorable experience, Skydiving or Bungee Jumping.
I hope this article helps you decide which activity you want next! Do contact me for further details. Keep Exploring!
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