Some people call it crazy, but those who have felt the rush know that the moments of fear are well worth the reward. From 700-foot drops to dips in the water below, bungee jumping allows us to fly through the air toward the earth and (usually) survive intact. From China to New Zealand, these are the 10 scariest bungee jumps in the world.
This bungee jump is one of the highest in the world, but that’s not what really makes it famous. The Verzasca Dam (actually called the Contra Dam) jump was featured in the opening scene of the 007 movie GoldenEye, making it a bucket list drop for action movie aficionados everywhere. If you plan to take on this dive, be prepared for a fall of more than 700 feet alongside a concrete wall.
You know a bungy jump is scary when you need to develop a specialty cord, guide cables and recovery system to keep the daredevils alive—and that’s just what they did at AJ Hackett’s Macau Tower Bungy Jump. Set in the gambling epicenter of Macau, this jump is the highest tower plunge in the world at 764 feet tall. Jumpers ready to take the fall will come within 100 feet of harsh parking lot pavement on the ground below, no rushing rivers to save you here.
Daredevil bungee jumpers look no further—a jump at the Kolnbrein Dam means launching yourself off of a crane, above a dam, for a total free fall of 541 feet. It just doesn’t get too much more extreme than that.
This epic freefall from one of the tallest bridges in the world is off limits to anyone who is not specifically invited to jump there. From 2003 to 2008 organizers of the Go Fast Games were able to open the bridge for public jumping during the three-day festival but the annual games have since been canceled. Those who made the jump fell a whopping 900 feet into the gorge below. Now thrill seekers can take to the Royal Rush Coaster, which involves a bungee swing that shoots up to three people over the side of the gorge.
Legend has it two out of every 10 people that line up to take the jump off of Bloukrans Bridge back down—and for good reason. The 708-foot drop is made even more frightening by strong winds and a preview of the fall through a metal grate bridge. The highest commercial bridge jump in the world, Bloukrans is so incredible that it’s attracted big names like Jack Osbourne and Prince Harry to its edge.
The massive Europabrücke, or “Europe’s Bridge,” is a major bungee destination for the particularly adventurous. The bridge runs 2,155 feet across the valley and provides jumpers with a drop of more than 600 feet. Perched along the side, it’s impossible not to feel small—and very nervous.
Regularly called the scariest bungy jump on the planet by frequent jumpers, this experience is nerve shattering right from the start. The journey to the jump starts in a van up a narrow mountain road, which leads to a wide gorge. The AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand jump spot itself is a tiny cabin hung out in the middle by some wires; once you take an open cable car to the cabin that’s blowing in the wind, it’s a 440-foot plunge into the canyon.
The Last Resort is set on a ridge above the rapids of the Bhote Koshi River, one of the country’s wildest waterways. Jumpers at The Last Resort launch from a pedestrian bridge that’s 524 feet above the rushing water below, while locals watch the thrill seekers in action.
Hurl yourself from the highest suspension footbridge in the world, set 623 feet up, but don’t forget to take in the stunning sights first. The Niouc Bridge bungy jump is one of the highest leaps in Europe—and the bridge also tends to be pretty shaky—but it’s surrounded by picturesque peaks and incredible views of the river below.
If the typical bungy jump just isn’t exciting enough for you, maybe adding a dive into water will help raise the thrill factor. Taupo Bungy features plunges of more than 150 feet that end in a splash. Based on your preference, the operators at Taupo can dunk just your hands or they can submerge your whole body. That fall and dunk in the water below is sure to get your heart racing.