Niyama Private Islands Launches Skydiving Experience

Thrill-seeking couples and honeymooners now have another activity to try on a bucket-list trip to the Maldives.

A bird’s-eye view of Niyama Private Islands. (All photos courtesy of the resort)

While seaplane rides in the Maldives come with vistas of postcard-perfect atolls in the Indian Ocean, adrenaline junkies can look forward to even better views while gliding in midair over Niyama Private Islands. The fresh-faced resort in the country’s southern Dhaalu Atoll has just rolled out a tandem skydiving experience for guests seeking out a high-octane diversion, and first-timers can be assured that the dive is carried out in a safe environment, with seasoned instructors physically connected from leap to landing.

The excursion begins with a speedboat ride from the resort to nearby Dhaalu Airport, where guests will board a small plane for the 20-minute ascent to an altitude of 12,000 feet (about 3,650 meters). Following the jump, participants will go through 60 seconds of freefall at the extreme speed of 200 kilometers per hour. A parachute then opens for the five-minute descent, as divers enjoy jaw-dropping views of the resort and the wider Dhaalu Atoll before touching down at the airport.

The tandem skydive starts from US$639 per person (based on two people skydiving), including roundtrip transfers to Dhaalu Airport. For a small additional fee, the daredevil experience can be captured by a hand camera, while guests also have the option of arranging an outside camera with a separate skydiver to record the heart-stopping descent for sharing with family and friends back home.

More information here.

Skydivers descending over the Dhaalu Atoll.

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