Can you go skydiving in Cabo? Yes, you sure can!

Skydiving is an adrenaline-inducing adventure that can be done in most parts of the world. When I went skydiving in Cabo, it was the second time I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane. The first time I went was in Qualicum on Vancouver Island. It was an amazing experience. But not for the reasons you may think.

A lot of people think that skydiving is the scariest adventure you can have. If you have a fear of heights, then yes I can see this being true. Otherwise, it’s actually not very scary at all. I found bungee jumping to be way more of an adrenaline rush.

For me, the best part of skydiving is the epic views you get from the plane, as well as when you’re parachuting down to the ground.

Skydiving views in Cabo
The views of the city and beach are truly stunning from thousands of feet up in the air

Is skydiving in Cabo safe?

Believe it or not, skydiving is actually an extremely safe activity. You are more likely to get into a car accident than die skydiving. In 2020, The United States Parachute Association recorded just 11 skydiving deaths out of 2.8 million who jumped. That gives a fatality rate of less than half a percent. When you jump tandem it’s even safer.

What is tandem skydiving?

The first time you go skydiving, it is often tandem. This means that you jump with an instructor. You will be strapped together and the instructor will guide you and tell you when to pull the parachute. If you freeze or don’t want to pull the parachute, they are there to do it for you.

What to wear skydiving

You want to be comfortable during your skydive so dress accordingly. I wore a tank top and yoga capris. Avoid anything with buttons or buckles on the front because you will be strapped into a harness. These will dig into you where the harness sits.

Avoid wearing any jewellery or anything that could fall off of your person. Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes that won’t fly off in the air. I may have been skydiving in Cabo where it’s sunny and hot, but I traded my sandals for my running shoes for my skydive.

You will need to wear a pair of safety glasses for the first part of the skydive until the parachute opens. These will be provided for you and should fit overtop of glasses if you wear them.

Don’t worry about trying to bring your phone or camera, they will take photos and videos for you. Every picture you see here is from my instructor’s GoPro. They will always take care of the photography for you so you can simply enjoy the ride.

Tandem skydive in Cabo
Here I am strapped to my skydiving instructor in Cabo San Lucas

How long does a skydive last?

The entire experience will depend on where you are, the length of the drive to the plane if necessary, the plane ride, how high up you go, and then the actual skydive. The skydive portion usually lasts for five to six minutes. It goes by so fast that I didn’t believe it lasted that long until I saw my video.

The freefall is approximately one minute, then once you pull the parachute you have several minutes of slowly descending. From the moment I jumped out of the plane till I landed on the ground was just under six minutes.

What skydiving in Cabo looks like from up in the air

Skydive freefall
The look on my face says it all! The freefall is an exhilarating minute in the air.
Once you pull the parachute you can remove your safety glasses and enjoy the view
Views of Cabo while skydiving
After the parachute was pulled, my instructor let me take the reins and steer us for a while.
Safe landing after skydiving
Safely landed right on the sandy beach in Cabo San Lucas after my tandem skydive

How much does skydiving cost?

The cost of skydiving varies depending on where you go. The average cost of a tandem skydive is around $340 CAD / $250 USD. Remember that you are paying for the plane ride as well as the skydive and the instructor’s time. I’ve done it twice, and enjoyed both skydiving adventures.

Is skydiving on your travel bucket list? I highly recommend it for a heart-pumping adrenaline rush. Plus, the views you’ll see are incredible. For another great travel adventure, check out ATV’ing on the Oregon Dunes.

If you aren’t sure about taking the plunge, check out these similar, but less scary activities.