Skydive Monterey Bay
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours • Skydiving
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8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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The world’s highest tandem skydives | the largest and fastest jump plane in the world | super king air 200 | breathtaking ocean views | best safety record | world-class, top-rated skydiving and parachuting school
Marina, California

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2022

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MJM
1 contribution
Aug 2022
The entire experience was amazing! I scheduled the jump as a surprise for my son's 21st birthday. From the time I scheduled to the very end, the staff was kind, patient, and accommodating, answering all of my questions and ensuring that I felt at ease. The jumpmaster, Volker, was fantastic! He was knowledgeable and professional. He took time to answer questions, explained things as they were happening, and most importantly for me, he had a great sense of humor, which took away any anxiety I had about taking my son and I up to 18,000 feet in the air to jump out of a plane. We both had so much fun, can't wait to do it again!!

For those who are thinking about scheduling, I would like to point out that Monterey is a coastal town and weather is unpredictable. If you have limited time in the area, remember that weather decides the jump and the team can not control the weather. I was very nervous that it wouldn't happen on the scheduled day due to thick fog that morning but I received weather updates regularly and although it was pushed back by 30 min we were able to go ahead with the jump. They do offer rescheduling options, but the small deposit is non-refundable. It's important to remember that if you're traveling to pack patience, you may need to be flexible.

Thank you to the Skydive Monterey Team and Special Thanks to Volker for making my son's 21st birthday and our first jump one that we will never forget!!!
Written September 4, 2022
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Dave P
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Family
Well ladies and gentlemen you will not be disappointed with your experience at Skydive Monterey Bay. The family and I have done this jump three times, and each time provides for a unique experience. The level of professionalism, experience and talent displayed by the staff and Jump Master's instills confidence in yourself and obviously provides you with the needed courage to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.

On this particular day I Jumped with Jump Master Lutchey. He has literally made thousands upon thousands of jumps. The best line of the day was
"Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing" If you want an experienced Jump Master with a great sense of humor and full of energy; the Lutchey is your man.
Written June 14, 2022
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Ruchi R
1 contribution
Aug 2021
Had the best time skydiving for the first time with SMB! Teddy was really great at calming nerves, explaining details/instructions, and making sure we had a great time. My best friend had another instructor who was equally skilled and fun! Teddy was hilarious and cracked jokes the entire time to make sure we felt comfortable throughout. He made the whole thing basically effortless! Truly, I felt confident in his experience and felt safe the WHOLE time. You get a ton of hang time with the 18K dive; we had views of the ocean/mountains the whole way down :). I could go on and on, but really GO WITH SMB!
Written August 3, 2021
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Chloe T
47 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
This review is about the customer service and administration team as their communication was so incredibly poor and rude it directly impacted our trip. We are international visitors in Monterey for 3 days. Our dive was booked for Monday and we were leaving on Thursday morning. I had tried to phone and live chat with the company on multiple occasions prior to our trip whilst in my home country, as I noticed they say you can be a walk in or pay a non refundable deposit, but after no answer on each occasion (being left on hold for one of the calls for 40 minutes- costing $60) I realised I would get no help so had to risk paying the deposit but we were in Monterey for 3 days so hopefully ample time to reschedule if needed. On Sunday we received an email saying it might be postponed because of weather. I replied with a number of specific queries but never had a response. We were happy to keep waiting and see if it would go ahead. Sadly on Monday our dive did have to be cancelled due to inclement weather - understandable, we were happy to keep having our time pushed back just in case we could dive but at midday we were emailed and told the dive was canceled completely. I responded to their email immediately to try and sort it but it took them 24 hours to get back in touch, meaning we couldn't rebook our dive for Tuesday. I finally got hold of someone Tuesday afternoon to rebook for Wednesday only to be told they were doing plane maintenance on Wednesday (the website doesn't mention this, it says they fly 7 days a week all year round, so I assumed they had more than one plane and surely wouldn't do maintenance on all of them at the same time...). This means we can't do our dive at all. Despite the fact that the cancellation was not down to us, and the delay in response meant we couldn't do our dive another time, the company won't refund our deposit. Instead they maintain that it is on hold forever and we can use It on our next trip.
We will never be back here as it is close to $2000 to come to the USA so is a once in a lifetime trip. This company is not international friendly so only book if you are local enough to return at any time. The reality is the company have made an easy $200 off us through no fault of our own. Had we been no shows or not offered alternatives, I would have understood, but this is not the case.
Most companies with non refundable policies would have, in these extreme circumstances, done something to support the customer, either by honoring a refund (even partial) or offering something. Instead I got no response to my multiple queries, ghosted part way through a live chat, and snarky comments by the person I spoke to.
I bought the sky dive for My partners birthday as a special treat, and it was the whole reason we were in Monterey.
Written August 28, 2022
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Dolly M
1 contribution
Jul 2022
I enjoyed EVERY PART of the skydiving experience. I jumped with Brandon and he was fantastic. Brandon was a clear communicator and was gentle with my nervous self. Just typing this reminds me how much fun it was... the freefall, the circling on air, the rookie taking the reins and the descent in the chute. Loved every minute of it.
My ear hurt quite a lot from the pressure difference and Brandon shared tips to make it better. It didn't help 100% but at least made it bearable. It was awesome and if I lived in Cali, I think I would do it every other month hahaha.
Written August 1, 2022
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Vilakshan
Mountain View, CA2 contributions
Mar 2022
I did my first ever skydive here,18k ft jump with photo and video package on the day after my birthday (Actually I planned it on my birthday but it got postponed to next day because of bad weather)
The overall experience of the jump was good. The instructor was also good.
But the video didn't come out well as the camera has some fog on it, the staff showed me the video and refused to give me the video as it's not great or not meeting their expectations. They were not ready to give the video and were not even ready to give me a refund for the video package.
The video was really special to me because it says I am doing it on my birthday, also has my wish in it, so I didn’t want to lose it.
And cannot be the same experience and enthusiasm if I do it again. And of course, it won't be my birthday.
Had a rough talk with people working there and had the worst experience with the management. I waited for around 2-3 hrs at reception to talk to them and get the video, the worst part was there is no seating at the reception and no one would tell me how much time it would take to see someone from the management.
Finally after waiting a long time I got my sub par quality video, went through a lot of inconveniences, had a terrible first skydiving experience on my birthday, and the management did not even consider offering any compensation. What was supposed to be an adventure I will cherish is now soured by this bad experience.
Written March 7, 2022
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Marlyn Mendez
Richmond, CA1 contribution
Nov 2021
HAD AN AMAZING TIME! I went with a friend as a last hoorah before she left the state so we decided to do the 18,000 ft. jump. (because why not?)

We were anxious seeing multiple instructors and not knowing who we'd be assigned to. My Jumpmaster was Brandon and I felt extremely comfortable and safe with him.
(I would 100% recommend Brandon if choosing your instructor is an option!)
He explained how everything would happen from start to finish and answered all of my questions. He made sure I was well prepared and ready for my jump, by the time we got on the plane all my nerves were gone, and it was just pure excitement. The landing was very smooth which was the part I was most worried about :)

I'm glad that he was assigned as my tandem instructor.

It was truly an unforgettable experience!!
Will be back in December for sure!
Written November 18, 2021
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Andrew Z
1 contribution
Sep 2020
This was an awesome experience!!! A very professional operation; the entire staff was friendly, high energy and totally supportive of all the skydivers. I specifically flew in from Las Vegas just to go to Skydive Monterey. Totally worth it and I absolutely recommend to anyone considering their first sky dving experience. Jumping from 18,000 feet and the views were breathtaking.

For those of you that want to do this to check off your bucket list, I highly recommend you spend the $$'s to purchase the video of your jump
Written September 20, 2020
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Robert L
1 contribution
Dec 2021
Ask for Jumpmaster Lutchey. He instills confidence and makes it fun. The free fall from 18K was long and included exciting 90 degree pivot turns. Under the canopy he included both sharp turns and soft descent. The landing was smooth and soft.
Written December 2, 2021
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mostafa hararah
2 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
It was a unique experience, just insane, i had a really great time and a lot of fun.
and the throw the whole thing never felt afraid because I really had a professional jumper with me his name is Benja, he made me feel confident and comfortable.
Benja, thanks for the great experienc
Written June 26, 2021
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