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Updated: Jun 17

The Maldives’ first permanent skydiving drop zone secures prestigious accreditation following spectacular launch with skydiving VIPs, world champions, and Red Bull Aerial Athletes 


All-sunset, all-beach, all-inclusive Ifuru Island Maldives has been certified as an International Affiliate Drop Zone by the United States Parachute Association (USPA) following a rigorous full assessment, just one month after officially launching the destination’s first permanent skydiving drop zone. 

The certification recognises skydiving providers and drop zones that uphold the USPA’s stringent safety standards, dedication to the highest standards of service and commitment to premium skydiving standards. It also cements Ifuru Island’s bond with the close-knit global skydiving community and showcases the continued expansion of the sport across international audiences. 

Ifuru Island’s skydiving drop zone was created in collaboration with 21k-jump World Champion Will Penny and Skydive Maldives to make the most of the resort’s private airport, and offers a thrilling new perspective on the idyllic Indian Ocean destination for adrenaline-seeking guests. 

On the USPA accreditation, World Champion freestyle skydiver and Skydive Maldives Ifuru Island Manager, Will Penny, commented, “Our core value at Skydive Maldives Ifuru Island is our safety standard. Coupled with knowledge sharing from the highly experienced team, this provides us with the platform to work at a world-class level. Our accreditation as a USPA International Affiliate Drop Zone truly aligns us with this shared vision.” 

Island Vibe Boss, Rochelle Kilgariff, added, “Ifuru Island Maldives’ exceptional skydiving experiences offer something magical to guests and visitors to the island. The USPA accreditation is a true testament to the team’s hard work and dedication to providing exhilarating experiences and the utmost safety. We are excited to welcome more of the world to experience a truly unique skydiving experience over the Indian Ocean.” 

The Ifuru Island Maldives drop zone was officially launched in December 2023, as an all-star lineup of skydiving champions, world record holders and aerial athletes took to the skies above the resort to perform an array of high-altitude feats that captivated the crowd on the ground. From professional skydiver, base jumper, and wingsuit pilot Fred Fugen – famed for his Red Bull stunts – performing jaw-dropping stunts with his wife Laurence, to Australian skydiver Richard Pym flying a 300sqm Maldives flag and 300sqm Ifuru Island flag through the skies in two impressive jumps, it was an awe-inspiring occasion. 

Other skydiving stars and intrepid VIPs participating in the launch week included five-times world champion Raph Coudray; multiple world-record holders David Nimmo and Luis Lopez-Mendez; and Spanish multiple national champion Dani Gallego; as well as renowned Nepali mountaineer and hero of Netflix documentary 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible, Nimsdai Purja MBE. 

Daredevil guests looking to ascend to the heavens before leaping into the blue to enjoy a captivating skydive over the mesmerising waters of the Indian Ocean, can do so from the beginning of November to the end of March - and for a limited time only, at a special launch price of USD550++ (approx. GBP432++).* 

Drop Zone Offer – Free Skydive, 45 per cent off stays and complimentary domestic transfers 

To celebrate its USPA accreditation, Ifuru Island Maldives has launched an exceptional ‘Drop Zone Offer’ including up to 45 per cent off accommodation, complimentary domestic transfers and a choice of complimentary skydive, wedding ceremony or USD500 dive credit - plus a complimentary interconnecting room for families booking Sunset Sky or Sunset Beach Suites for two adults and two children**. 

Valid for stays of seven nights or more completed before 23 December 2024. Book by 28 February 2024. Terms and conditions apply.  

From GBP555 per night, based on two people sharing a Sunset Sky Suite (inclusive of 45 per cent discount), terms and conditions apply. For reservations or more information on Ifuru Island Maldives, please visit 


Notes to editors

*Terms and Conditions apply. Minimum age for skydiving is 10 years. 

** Applicable to stays of seven nights or more. Terms and Conditions apply. 45 per cent accommodation discount excludes Sunset Two Bedroom Villas with Pool. Please see [Please can we confirm if this offer is being added to the website with T&Cs, we will then include the hyperlink here] for full details. 

***Terms and Conditions apply. 24-hour ‘Exclusively Yours’ all-inclusive meal plan includes complimentary meet & greet, with welcome drinks and amenities, at the island’s airport; dine-around experience at each of the resort’s restaurants and bars; premium brand spirits, Champagne, premium wines, tailor-made cocktails, and soft drinks; as well as an in-villa mini-bar replenished once a day. 

High-res images of Ifuru Island Maldives are available here: Ifuru hero images 

High-res images of the skydiving launch are available here: Skydiving Launch at Ifuru Island Maldives 

About Ifuru Island Maldives

Set in a secluded part of the beautiful Raa Atoll, Ifuru Island Maldives is an independently owned private island retreat. Focusing on fostering a playful, social atmosphere, the resort proudly stands on four pillars: Social, Fun, Lifestyle, and Great Value.

Intentionally designed to make every moment unforgettable, each of the resort’s 147 beach suites and villas are sunset-facing and offer exceptional views of the pristine beach and turquoise Indian Ocean beyond.

Offering a premium 24-hour all-inclusive programme ‘Exclusively Yours’, guests can savour a range of exceptional dishes and culinary creations at six restaurants – two of which are à la carte – and four bars, as well as enjoy in-room minibars which are replenished daily.

Ensuring guests can truly immerse themselves in the destination and create unforgettable memories, Ifuru Island offers a range of activities and excursions, including diving, snorkelling, cultural immersions, sunset charters, island-hopping and star gazing.

With its own private airport, Ifuru Island boasts the Maldives’ first permanent skydiving dropzone, offering guests a unique and exhilarating opportunity to skydive above the turquoise waters and the tropical islands that bejewel them.

Guests can also access a range of complimentary facilities, including snorkelling equipment, non-motorised water sport equipment, Coconut Kids Club, 24-hour gym, Tennis and Futsal Court (reservation required), recreational centre and high-speed wi-fi.

With a pristine sandy beach, infinity pool and the Xanadu Spa, which offers a range of treatments and wellbeing programmes, as well as plunge pools, saunas and steam rooms, there are plenty of opportunities to find rest and relaxation at Ifuru Island.

For further press information and images, please contact: Leanne Barton (, Nat Frogley ( or Flora Gandolfo ( at Frog & Wolf PR.  

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