Cliff diving is not a sport for the faint of heart. While it might seem easy enough to just take a leap of faith off the side of a rocky cliff into the gentle waters below, cliff diving is very dangerous and there is an amount of skill required to time high jumps and the waves rolling by below. With all that said, if you’re looking to undertake the adrenaline-pumping sport of cliff diving, here are some of the best diving spots in the world.
Rick’s Café is a pretty popular destination in Negril, Jamaica, especially in the later hours of the day, as it’s one of the best spots to take in a Caribbean sunset. It’s also one of the best places in the Caribbean to cliff dive. There are three possible tiers to dive from next to the cliffside bar, the tallest of which hovers at 35 feet above the water.
La Quebrada Cliffs
La Quebrada Cliffs is arguably the most popular cliff diving spot in the world, but it’s not for beginners! Seriously, unless you’ve specifically trained for this jump, it’s best to simply stand by and observe the local experts. The cliffs rise to a height of up to 136 feet above the water. That’s plenty high enough to kill you if you land wrong. Plus, the water below is only 11 feet deep—barely safe enough to dive—for a scant 5 seconds between wave swells. That means that divers have to time their jumps perfectly, down to the second, or risk crushing themselves on the bottom.
Santorini is famous for its picturesque, ocean-side cliffs. Kamari Beach is home to some of the best cliff diving in the world. While it may take some serious mental preparation to make a jump from 35 feet above the water, you can rest easy knowing that the depth below is plenty deep to ensure a safe entry.
Kaunolu, Lanai, Hawaii
Quite possibly home to cliff diving, this Hawaiian destination is another spot best left to the experts. The red cliffs rise to 63 feet, and divers plunge into water just 12 feet deep.