Death Defying Cliff Diving Locations
Cliff diving may look like a harmless vacation activity performed by the more daring travelers, but it can be deadly. People misidentify cliff diving as a casual activity, one that is simply jumping off a cliff. Boy oh boy are they wrong, sure, some cliffs are that simple, but the majority offer a higher degree of difficulty. Much more of a precision extreme sport, cliff diving can be safe if performed properly and in the perfect location. Everyone has seen the viral videos of a drunken idiot tossing themselves off a beautiful vista only to slam into the water awkwardly. Don’t be that dummy, instead go to a location where locals have been jumping for years, take their advice and only jump if you are ready… and sober.
Here is my list of the most death defying cliff diving locations in the world.
Rick’s Café – Negril, Jamaica
One of the most famous cliff diving spots because it’s situated next to a popular bar, check out Ricks in Negril. Sip on some Caribbean rum while the locals dazzle you with their dives. There are three dives here, with the tallest reaching 35 feet. The spot is considered so dangerous for two reasons, alcohol and the tree. Don’t drink and dive, only stupid people put their lives in danger while drinking. The other main danger is the tree that stands at the top of the cliff, which locals and idiots in general climb to the top of and jump off. The added danger of the unsteady perch and unpredictable winds create a nightmare scenario, only master divers need apply.
La Quebrada Cliffs – Acapulco, Mexico
These iconic cliffs were forever cast into our lexicon when Timex filmed local divers here for a commercial in the 50s. The cliff’s dangers go far beneath the surface, well, not that far. The real issue here is that the depth of the water is only deep enough (11 feet) for seconds at a time. The swell comes in and the divers must hit the water at the exact moment or the water will be to shallow. Locals put on 5 performances daily so you can live vicariously through their bodies.
Kahekili’s Leap – Kaunolu, Hawaii
No cliff diving talk is complete without mentioning Kaunolu, since this is where modern cliff diving began. Back in the 1770s, Hawaiian legend Kahekili would leap off the 64-foot cliff to prove his warrior spirit. It was the 12-foot shallow water, which made this a true test and not just an early extreme sport. Hawaii is a plenty with cliff diving spots but this one possesses the danger element we are looking for.
Ord River – Kimberley, Australia
Nothing says rugged like Western Australia and the cliffs overlooking the Ord River. This desolate location only adds to the allure of these famed diving spots. You’ll have to hike for hours to reach these locations so if you get hurt… good luck, you will need it. The highest jump in the area is 85 feet and is into the sometimes shallow Ord river.
Tar Creek Falls – Los Padres National Forest, California
This is possibly one of the most epic dives around. Just to reach the cliff, first you must climb up a sheer rock face almost 100 feet. Once there you are jumping parallel to a hopefully raging waterfall. If those falls aren’t raging, then the water level is too shallow and is a death trap. With California’s on-going drought, this cliff is waiting to claim victims.
Jump at your own risk and always look before you leap. I advise you have a local present or at least study the water before you hurdle yourself off a perfectly good cliff. .
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