Cliff diving is a very popular extreme sport. It originated from Hawaii during 1770, when Hawaii’s king, Kajekelli, devised a method in order for his people to prove loyalty and their courage to him. The aim was to jump into the water from a cliff and make as little splash as possible.
Today, adventurous people searching for the next thrill partake in cliff diving all over the world. It has turned into a worldwide sport and requires skill, focus, and physical conditioning, and obviously the nerve to jump off a cliff.
Diving cliffs come in a range of heights, and there are many popular spots dotted around the world which boast fantastic scenery and the thrill to match. Many cliff divers are looking for the next spectacular cliff diving destination. Because of this we have done our homework and have compiled a list of the best cliff diving locations in the world. Here are the top locations:
La Quebrada Cliffs, Acapulco, Mexico
La Quebrada Cliffs offers a huge shot of adrenaline when it comes to jumping. Jumps off the 44m high cliff need to be timed to perfection as the difference of a second can mean the difference between life and death. Divers must land in the water when the ocean swells, which is only for 5 seconds, in order for the water to be at a safe depth. Despite the chance of injury and even death, La Quebrada Cliffs is extremely popular for divers and also tourists, who can watch the action from the Acapulco restaurant terrace.
Rick’s Cafe, Negril, Jamaica
Rick’s Cafe is located in the western tip of Jamaica and is one of the finest places to watch a Caribbean sunset. As well as this, it is also one of the world’s most popular cliff diving destinations in the world. Either sit back in Rick’s Cafe and watch the action or take part in conquering the three dive cliffs. The tallest reaches 35 feet above the cove. In 1974, the town was a small fishing village, now it is booming with both locals and tourists visiting Rick’s Cafe.
Kamari Beach, Santorini, Greece
Kamari Beach cliffs are very popular with both tourists and cliff divers. As the water under the 35 foot cliff is very deep, it is perfect for divers of all abilities, especially beginners. The cliff offers divers a breathtaking jump into the ocean as well as astonishing views of the volcanic island and its pristine beaches.
Tar Creek Falls, Los Padres National Forest, California
Getting to Tar Creek Falls is as thrilling as actually diving of the cliff. To reach the cliff, you must hike up 70 feet of rock face before emerging at the cliff, making it particularly dangerous. The cliff is a spectacular sight and is next to a flowing water fall. The exhilarating trek and dive, the wildlife and the scenery, attract many people to the Los Padres National Forest in order to visit Tar Creek Falls.
Rishikesh is the yoga capital of the world and is the favourite place for many thrill seekers. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh offers may incredibly tall cliffs which range from 20 to 30 feet. Divers dive into what, according to the people of Rishikesh, is holy water which has healing abilities, however, the water is also very cold and dark so it is recommended that only experienced cliff divers dive from the Rishikesh cliffs. Rishikesh is also famous for its whitewater rapids of the Ganges, which is an added bonus for people visiting Rishikesh to cliff dive.
Ord River, Kimberley, West Australia, Australia
The Ord River features some of the largest diving cliffs in the world with many towering over 84 feet, and a wide choice to dive from. The river is located in Kimberley which offers breathtaking scenery of cliffs, waterfalls, mountains and gorges, and is one of the least populated places on earth so you will certainly have lots of room to explore. However, be sure to let someone know you are going and when you plan on returning, or take a partner, to avoid becoming injured and stranded.
Serpent’s Lair, Inis Mór, Ireland
The Serpent’s Lair is a very unique cliff diving location. It features on the 2012 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series and put many divers to the test. Serpent’s Lair is located in the rugged island of Inis Mór. It is a natural blowhole which was carved into the island due the the furious Atlantic Ocean. The cliff is 85 feet high and divers have under 5 seconds to pinpoint their jump. It is certainly not for the faint of heart.
There are many cliff diving locations dotted all over the world that offer fantastic scenery and exhilarating descents into the ocean or river, too many in fact to place in a list. If you are a keen cliff diver, be sure to travel around the world in search of the best cliff diving locations, it will certainly be an unforgettable experience.
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This blog was written by Rachel Jensen on behalf of Cruise Nation, the cruise specialists.
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