Words by Ruffie Cruz
It’s not every day you find yourself plummeting to the ground from 13,000 feet in the air at over 120mph. While some do it as a regular sport, most of us dare to jump out of a plane for bragging rights. However, there is a common denominator – submission.
What makes skydivers brave is the courage to surrender, not the adrenalin rush. We just don’t admit it but letting go is really one of the most satisfying feelings. If you are ready to trust the process and throw away whatever is burdening you right now, here are the Top 5 spots for skydiving in the Philippines:
Skydive Greater Cebu is the only USPA (United States Parachute Association) Member drop zone in the Philippines. Located at Santa Fe Airport in Bantayan Island, Skydive Greater Cebu offers some of the best views in the Queen City of the South. Its airplanes are provided by the Southern Air Flight Services, Inc.
Age: 18 years old and above
Weight: 250lbs (Below 230-250lbs must pay an additional $25 charge)
Altitude: 10,000 feet
Duration: 20-25 minutes air flight; 45 seconds free fall; and 4-5 minutes in parachute
Price: P18, 000 per tandem jump (P15, 000 if you pre-register)
Inclusions: Photos, video (raw & edited), certificate
Availability: Pre-registration is open all year round. Jumps take place on November to January.
Contact: www.skydivecebu.com/ 0923-8751689
Tropical Asia Parachute Center is located at Omni Aviation, Clark Special Economic Zone in Angeles City. Pampanga is also famous for its annual Hot Air Balloon Festival held every February. Tandem jumps are also offered during the said event.
Weight of jumper: 230-250lbs
Weight of equipment to wear: 35lbs
Lecture: 4-6 hours
Preferred time of jump: November to January
Two options: Tandem or Static-line jump
According to e-Philippines, tandem jumps are done with a licensed instructor harnessed to the jumper. Static-line jump, meanwhile, is a solo freefall with a string attached to the airplane for immediate deployment of the parachute.
Altitude: 10,000-13,000 feet (tandem); 3,500 feet (static-line)
Free fall: 30-50 seconds (tandem); 3-6 seconds (static-line)
Price: Around $400 (P19, 000)
Inclusions: Photos, video, and certificate
Skydive Greater Vigan is the newest skydiving attraction in the Philippines. It opened January 2017 and has been visited by hoards of adrenaline junkies since then. Skydive Greater Vigan is Located at Mindoro Airport, Vigan, Ilocos Sur. It is under the same franchise as Skydive Greater Cebu.
Age: 12 years old and above (Below 18 must have a signed waiver from parent or guardian)
Weight: 240lbs (Below 230-250lbs must pay an additional $25 charge)
Altitude: 10,000-13,000 feet
Duration: 25 minutes air flight; 40-50 seconds free fall; and 5-7 minutes in parachute
Price: P18, 000 per person (P15, 000 for groups of even numbers)
Availability: Open daily by appointment from 8 a.m. to sunset
New offer: Accelerated Freefall (AFF)
– Get USPA license in just 25 jumps. Each jump must be completed in 30 days or the jumper repeats the previous jump.
(For more details) Contact: [email protected] / 0917 7690504/ Facebook @skydivegreatervigan
SkyDive Davao is located at Mati City Airport. It is part of Aerotours and has been around since 2008. All jump instructors here are USPA certified.
Altitude: 10,000-13,000 feet
Preferred time to jump: October-December
Price: P15, 000-P18, 000
Availability (tandem jumps): Pre-registration is open all year round
Contact: [email protected] /0916-448-8000 / 09065003069/ Facebook @skydivedavaooriental
Located in the province capital, Iba, SkyDive Zambales offers both solo and tandem jumps. Similar to other facilities for skydiving, all jump instructors – military personnel and policemen – here are USPA licensed. GMA reporter Kara David covered Skydive Zambales with actor Raymart Santiago.
Altitude: 10,000 feet (tandem); 3,500 – 4,000 feet (solo)
Prohibited during jump: GoPro (Per Tara Let’s Anywhere, most guests divert their attention to taking selfies rather than listening to the radio instructions or observing the landing path)
Price: P17, 000 (tandem); P12, 500 (solo)
Solo jumps: The jump master will be the one to pull the parachute string. If the main parachute does not deploy, a second parachute automatically opens at 1,000 feet.
Contact: 0925 8582008/ 0917 6291990/ Facebook @skydive.zambales.9