Adrenaline junkies agree few outdoors and adventure experiences beat the rush of leaping headfirst into thin air, taking a plunging free fall and coming perilously close to crashing into land before being bounced back toward the sky — safely attached to a bungee cord. True bungee addicts strive to jump from the wildest, record-breaking structures on Earth, and here we’ve gathered the world’s 5 tallest, most adrenaline-filled bungee jumps.
The AJ Hackett Macau Tower bungee jump officially ranks as the world’s highest bungee jump, letting jumpers pitch off the tower from an astonishing 764 feet above ground. This adrenaline junkie’s dream lets you free-fall for more than 6 seconds before your bungee cord rebounds — but not before you’ve come within a mere 98 feet from the ground.
Make like James Bond in GoldenEye and take the plunge off Switzerland’s Verzasca Dam, a 720-foot arch dam spanning the Verzasca River, though unlike Bond (or his stunt double), you’ll have the bounce of a bungee cord to protect you. The dam played a starring role in the opening sequence of the 1995 Bond film, leading to a portion of it being leased to Trekking Team adventure outfitters. The company now offers a series of jumps off the dam, including a classic plunge and a backward jump. Of course, if you’re willing to dive off the 721-foot ledge, you might not have many fears — like a fear of the dark. In that case, put your courage to the test and try one of Trekking Team’s night jumps, a heart-pounding good time.
Once you’ve caught the bungee-jumping bug, you’ll have to start checking landmark jumps off your list, not least of which is Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest single-span arch bridge, at 709 feet. The bridge was the first in Africa to be jumped off when Face Adrenalin introduced bungee jumping to the continent in 1990, and remains a popular destination for adventure-seeking tourists. A walkway created by the outfitter hangs below the highway that runs across the bridge. Bungee jumpers trek across the walkway until they reach the highest part of the bridge’s arch; here, they take the plunge amid the extraordinary vistas of the Eastern and Western Cape. If you’re too nervous to bungee jump, it’s still possible to journey onto the walkway and admire the breathtaking views of the river below and mountains beyond.
Stretching across part of a 656-foot canyon in Val d’Anniviers, the Niouc Bridge offers bungee jumpers the chance to leap from the world’s highest suspension bridge — a thrilling, if shaky experience (as anyone who’s ever walked a suspension bridge can imagine). The jump leads to a 623 foot fall, and the views from the bridge are awe-inspiring: Jumpers are surrounded by typically crisp, blue skies, vast mountains and the Navizence River swirling below. If taking the bungee plunge isn’t enough adrenaline for one day, join one of Bungy Niouc’s other activities, like the “Giant Swing,” a bungee-like jump that moves you in an enormous circular drop, rather than a vertical plunge, or you can embark on a hair-raising ride on the 720-foot handheld zip line.