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Cliff Jumping on Oahu

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Cliff jumping on Oahu is an exhilarating experience that combines breathtaking scenery with an adrenaline-pumping thrill. It’s definitely a bucket list activity that adrenaline seeking individual seek to do. With many cliff jumping spots on Oahu, there is a jump for every type of thrill seeker.

Waimea Bay, located on the North Shore, is the popular spot for cliff jumping, offering several different heights for jumpers of all levels. There is everything from 5 foot jumps all the way to 20 foot jumps. The crystal-clear waters below provide a stunning backdrop as you take the plunge into the cool ocean below. It is almost always crowded, but that is what makes it so exciting as everyone is there cheering you on when its your turn to jump! The Waimea jump rock is only accessible during the summer months, as the rest of the year has large to extra large waves. It’s the most iconic thing to do on Oahus North Shore during the summer time.

For those seeking a more adventurous jump, Spitting Caves in Portlock is a must-visit destination as it boasts a 50 foot jump! It’s gets its name Spitting Caves from a cave below the cliff jump. When the waves fill the cave, its spits out with powerful force, similar to a geyser. This rugged coastline features jagged volcanic cliffs and deep, churning waters that create the perfect setting for an adrenaline-filled leap. However, it’s important to exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings at all times, as the powerful waves can be dangerous. This is an advanced cliff jump, so only people with years of experience cliff jumping and ocean experience should attempt this. There has been many deaths over the years due to people jumping when the conditions are rough. Make sure to pick a calm day with light winds and small waves. If the waves are big, just enjoy the scenery. Many go there to look for the humpback whales during the winter months.

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Another iconic cliff jumping spot on Oahu is Laie Point, located on the island’s eastern coast. This picturesque location offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding coastline, making it a popular spot for both locals and tourists alike. However, like all cliff jumping spots, it’s important to approach Laie Point with caution and follow all safety guidelines. Fun fact, the cliff jumping scene in the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall was filmed at this spot!

When cliff jumping on Oahu, safety should always be your top priority. Before taking the plunge, make sure to assess the height of the cliff, the depth of the water below, and any potential hazards such as rocks or currents. It’s also important to land correctly, keeping your body straight and entering the water feet first to avoid injury.

While cliff jumping can be a thrilling experience, it also comes with inherent risks. Dangers such as strong currents, underwater rocks, and unexpected weather conditions can pose serious threats to jumpers. It’s important to be aware of these risks and to never jump alone or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable cliff jumping experience, it’s recommended to wear appropriate footwear and to always follow local regulations and guidelines. Additionally, it’s a good idea to watch other jumpers and to assess the conditions before taking your turn. With the right precautions, cliff jumping on Oahu can be a thrilling and memorable experience that you’ll never forget.

If you are looking to have a cliff jumping experience on Oahu, Mahina Hawaii Adventures knows all of the best spots to go to, and the safest times to go depending on swells, tides, rainfall, etc. Cliff jumping should be done safely, and having a local professional guide with you is the safest way to go. You can request to cliff jump with us on one of our Half Day or Full Day Adventures! Lets send it!

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