Cliff diving, also ominously referred to as tombstoning, is an extreme sport with a global appeal. The inherent danger associated with the sport is one of its driving features so a list of the top ten most dangerous cliffs has been compiled. Kimberley, Australia, an area in the north of Western Australia, comes in last on this list with an eighty foot dive into the Ord River. Negril, Jamaica’s limestone faces on her western coast boast cliff dives of up to seventy feet into the Atlantic Ocean.
Dubrovnik, a city in Croatia, has played host to the World Series Cliff Diving Competition and actually boasts cliffside bars from which tourists and spectators can watch divers. Lake Verbano and Polignano a Mare, both locations in Italy, are numbers six and seven on the list with helicopter based jumps as well as natural cliff platforms to dive from in excess of eighty five feet. Brontallo, Switzerland can lay claim to cliffs that allow dives from up to seventy eight feet. Often referred to as the origin of cliff diving, Hawaii’s Big Island offers cliffs sixty three feet high.
The cliffs of La Quebrada in Acapulco, Mexico have forty and eighty foot platforms to jump from and locals even do it at night with torches to enhance the spectacle. Hong Kong, China, the home of Ocean Park, is known for platform jumps that have historically been as high as one hundred seventy five feet. The top of the list, Villers le Lac hosts cliffs as high as one hundred seventy seven feet from which divers have leapt.
Whether you are interested in diving yourself, or just watching this extreme sport, these ten destinations are sure to advise you of the most dangerous cliff diving locales available as either a warning or an invitation.
- Villers le Lac, France
- Ocean Park, Hong Kong
- Acapulco, Mexico
- Big Island, Hawaii
- Brontallo, Switzerland
- Polignano a Mare, Italy
- Lake Verbano, Italy
- Dubrovnik, Croatia
- Negril, Jamaica
- Kimberley, Australia
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