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SSN Takes a look at the World's Best Cliff Diving Locations


La Quebrada Cliff, Acapulco, Mexico

This cliff is one of the most dangerous diving spots in the world because it's all about timing. If you've ever predicted when the DVD sign will hit the corner of the TV screen, you're all set. Basically, if you don’t jump at exactly the right moment, the vicious waves below will splatter you all over the jagged shore. Take a look see at how professionals do it and vicariously feel the thrill.

 

 

Red Rocks Cliff Jumping, Burlington, Vermont

This one’s not for first-timers, by any means, and really only for the fearless. These 80-foot jumps have earned quite the reputation for being dangerous. They are terrifying not only for the extremely icy waters, but also for the ultra-narrow rock walls you’re sandwiched between on your rapid descent.

 

 

Tar Creek Cliff Jumping, Fillmore, California

This 70-foot drop, on a condor reserve, is off a rock base adjacent to a waterfall, pouring into ice-cold waters. Nothing like taking the plunge with thousands of gallons of water rushing by you on your way down! If you can stomach it to check out your surroundings as you drop, keep a lookout for condors, ugly pterodactyl-like birds that are among the largest flying creatures in the Western Hemisphere.

 

 

 

Cliff Diving off Oia, Santorini/Thira, Greece

More than just a pretty sunset, there are plenty of places to tempt fate on the coast of Santorini Island. A great example is Kamari Beach, where there’s a 35-foot rock wall that offers an exhilarating jump into the ocean—with enough depth that makes it safe for beginners. Some other cliffs on the island can be found among the famed black sand beaches.

 

 

South Point Cliff Diving, Big Island, Hawaii

Along with Easter Island, Hawaii is one of the original cliff diving locales. During the reign of the Hawaiian King Kahekili in the 1770s, cliff diving was a means for men to prove their courage and loyalty. We’re not about forcing teenage boys to jump to their graves, but taking the plunge where it all began is definitely damn cool. Enjoy the gorgeous views and warm waters and keep your eyes peeled for sharks and those pesky currents threatening to drag you to Japan.

 

 

Cliff Jumping : Rick's Cafe Negril Jamaica

Around here, cliff diving is to young people what dredlocks are to weed. It’s not a big deal for locals to jump thirty-ish feet off tree branches into shallow water, or for restaurants to advertise dine & dive specials. Plenty of tourists have been injured—those kids make it look so damn easy!—but with a little bit of precaution, this jump into crystal-clear blue waters makes it well worth the risk.

 

 

Cliff Diving Brontallo, Switzerland

The Swiss love crazy death-defying shit. They have vacation packages made up for you and your entire family for just about anything that sounds like a one-way ticket to sure death—extreme skiing, bungee jumping, skydiving, white water rafting, you name it. It’s only natural that the most badass 80-feet cliff-diving opportunities would be in Brontallo, Switzerland. This little town has hosted several World High Diving Federation championships, despite the freezing water temperatures. Apparently, if you’ve got the balls to jump off a cliff, you’re not too worried about shrinkage.

 
 
 

Kimberley, Australia

 
Most cliff diving locations are on ocean’s edge, but the best spots in Kimberley are inland. You’ll dive into lakes surrounded by gorges, waterfalls and mountain peaks. The most renowned jumping area is from one of the many cliffs overlooking the Ord River. The big mama of these teeters at 80 feet, but there are smaller ones for weak-in-the-knees divers as well.