The 5 Best/Most Terrifying Cliff Dives in the World
Cliff diving – casting all caution and rational thought to the wind, before hurling yourself off a rocky face with nothing but water to catch you at the bottom. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart, but many thrill seekers the world over swear by it, worship it, wear it as a badge of ball-ownership. You can do it pretty much anywhere in the world, but some places have become famous for fearless flinging. Here are the three best/worst.
The Kimberly – Australia
The Kimberly is a difficult place to reach, but if you can get there, you’ll be faced with a massive limestone gorge, overlooking beautiful sapphire lakes. There are a number of cliff diving appropriate spots, and all you need to do is following the adrenaline induced screaming to find them, on a good day.
The Azure Window – Malta
Also regarded as an amazing diving spot, the Azure Window is a huge natural arch which extends 28 metres above the water. It’s easy to walk over the top, and once in the middle, a deep, dark expanse of water waits to catch you. Just try not to land on any scuba divers when you do, they would not be overly pleased.
Crater Lake – USA
The deepest lake in the United States is surely an ideal locale for cliff diving. I mean, no matter how hard you jump, 609 metres of water is easily enough to cushion your landing. One warning though, the water is pretty cold, so perhaps have a swim before doing the jump to get acclimatised, otherwise you might be in for a pretty nasty shock.
Crystal Pools – South Africa
There’s a beautiful waterfall in the Crystal Pools, sitting in the shadow of Boland Mountain, but you’ll have to jump if you want to see it. The water is dark and foreboding, but if you make the jump down into the pit, you’ll be treated to one of the most astounding natural spots in all of South Africa.
Lake Vouliagmeni – Greece
Lake Vouliagmeni is just outside of Athens, referred to locally as ‘sunken lake’. It’s thought to be inhabited by mystical creatures (who I imagine would have complained by now, were that actually true). The water is fed in from the Med by underwater caves, and stays relatively cold all year round, so again, be prepared. The jump is a popular one, so on a warm day you won’t be alone, leaving no room for chickening out.
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