When it comes to traveling the world, being an adventurer is one thing, but being a daredevil takes trying new things to a whole new level. Many tourists who choose to spend their vacations in beach locations or surrounded by bodies of water are excited about parasailing, scuba diving, and surfing, but only the most daring of travelers are brave enough to go cliff diving.
Jumping off waterfalls has increasingly become a favorite vacation activity and an amazing Instagram photo opportunity. For those who love the rush of adrenaline, read on to learn about the 10 most thrilling waterfall locations you can jump from while on vacation.
10 La Quebrada, Acapulco
Located in Acapulco, Mexico, the Quebrada Cliff, also known as "La Quebrada," is a 100-foot jagged rock mountainside that crashes into the water below it. Rather than simply a place for divers and jumpers, La Quebrada is also a huge tourist attraction, as those who make it out to the cliff are brave, entertaining, and extremely daring.
The divers know how to put on a show and make things dramatic for everyone watching. From having photos taken mid-dive to dramatically preparing for the jump, this is a go-to place for anyone who wants to brave the jump or be entertained!
9 Mazatlan, Mexico
Mazatlan is home to a beautiful diving cliff located in Sinaloa, Mexico, and is a great spot for pictures as the sunset continuously makes for the perfect background behind the cliff's highest point. Mazatlan cliff divers jump off the cliff sometimes more than once a day.
Because the cliff is surrounded by other rocks, many divers are extremely strategic with their jump, calculating how high they should jump to determine how hard they might fall. It's said that the sky and the water look the best at noon, so if you think you can brave Mazatlan cliff, bring a friend and a camera, and jump!
8 Kahekili’s Leap, Hawaii
Kahekili’s Leap is a rock ledge located in Hawaii on the south side of Lani's shore. According to traditional stories, King Kamehameha's warriors once used to prove their bravery by jumping off the Kahekili's Leap and into the ocean. Because of this, the cliff is also known as "Warrior's Leap."
The cliff stands 80-feet above the water, making it one of the steepest cliffs in all of Hawaii. Jumpers have to calculate their jumps accurately, as the water they aim to land in is only about 10-20 feet deep and the ocean bottom is rocky. Think you're warrior enough to try?
7 Rick's Cafe, Jamaica
In the city of Negril, Rick's Cafe is a Jamaican tourist hot spot. As its name implies, Rick's Cafe is a bar and restaurant, but most tourists make their way up island paths to experience the adrenaline rush from jumping off their cliff.
The cliff (and the restaurant) sits 35-feet above Jamaica's west end shore. The best time to jump is just before sunset. With a breathtaking view of where the sky touches the ocean, you'll never fail to find both men and women risking their all in and taking this jump on their Jamaican vacation.
6 South Point Cliffs, Hawaii
South Point Landing is, in fact, the southernmost point of Big Island, Hawaii, and the southernmost point of the United States. Best of all, it's also a great spot for cliff diving.
Different from many cliffs around the world, South Point Cliff has man-made ladders over the edges of its cliffs. Originally, this was built so that fisherman could use the ladders to lower boats in and out of the water. Today, however, the ladders have become the pathway between a thrill seeker's jump and their splash in the water. With crystal blue water and soft sand beaches, South Point is definitely worth a visit.
5 Brontallo, Switzerland
Many people may not actually know that besides chocolate and cheese, Switzerland is also really famous for cliff jumping. The rocky and tall country has plenty of heights to offer tourists and travelers, but Brontallo is the place to go if you're looking for a great jump.
Brontallo is a Swiss village that is constantly full of travelers. While a great place to hike and sightsee, Brontallo also hosts the World High Diving Federation Cliff Diving Championship every year during the month of July. With the highest cliff at 85-feet above water, this is the village to go to if you're willing to show off your daring side.
4 Havasu Falls, The Grand Canyon
In the heart of Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park is home to many waterfalls, but the most famous of them being Havasu Falls at 95-feet above water. Surrounded by burnt-orange mountains, Havasu Falls brings life and bursts with aqua blue color in the middle of the national park, attracting many hikers and jumpers. From the Supai Village where campers usually stay, you'll be able to hike, travel by horseback, or take a helicopter to get to Havasu Falls.
The Grand Canyon houses four other Havasupai Falls which include the Navajo Falls, Fifty Foot Falls, Mooney Falls, and Beaver Falls. If you're a true daredevil, consider taking a hiking trip out to Grand Canyon and jumping off all five Havasupai Falls.
3 Gravity Falls Waterfall, Costa Rica
Jumping off the cliffs of Gravity Falls is considered by many experienced travelers that it's one of the best things you can do while visiting Costa Rica. Located in the heart of the Coast Rican jungle, Gravity Falls is a huge tourist attraction.
If you also love hiking and exploring tropical or jungle-like environments consider booking one of many Costa Rican jungle tours that allow you to jump off Gravity Falls while swimming and hiking to your next jump off location. 80-feet above water, this a heart-pumping experience for true adventurers.
2 Kembar Waterfall, Bali
Located in the middle of Bali's Sambangan Secret Garden, the Kembar Waterfall is a 32-foot dive into the cool, refreshing waters of Indonesia. According to tradition, it's believed that Kembar Waterfall is not only a classic diving spot, but touching the water and swimming through helps to clean and clear your mind.
Many travelers who visit Indonesia take tours to reach the Kembar Waterfall as it sits in the middle of the path of many other great tourist spots like the Ulun Danu water temple and beautiful gardens. Most tours won't' require every tourist to jump off the Kembar Waterfall — just the brave ones.
1 Nauyaca Waterfalls, Costa Rica
Another Costa Rican waterfall that lies in the heart of Costa Rica's southern rainforest is the Nauyaca Waterfalls. Beautiful, majestic, and 147-feet-tall, the Nauyaca waterfalls are not only a great place for divers, but also perfect for the tourist looking for a tranquil, relaxing spot to explore while on vacation.
The falls pool into a large natural body of water, that allows for many adventures to swim in. Nauyaca Falls is also a fantastic spot for families with children, as it provides a space for both play and adventure. Make sure you've got on your best swimsuits before you take the leap!