Author: Michael Glass

Michael is the founder of Backpacker Travel. He also runs walking tours in San Francisco and is a freelance travel writer. Michael is extremely passionate about travel and loves to explore festivals around the world.
Cliff jump in Pembrokeshire

Enjoy the Welsh scenery for a bit. Spot the scenes from Harry Potter. And leap. The seaside area of Pembreshire is perfect for hiking, and a refreshing dip in the chilled waters. You might even run into the local dolphin population.

Rishikesh Cliff Jumping

Find yourself in Rishikesh, India. Find yourself in the world capital of yoga. Find yourself hurling off 20 to 30 feet. As you raft down the rapids of the Ganges, your guide can give you the opportunity to add some adrenalin into the holy, but ice cold and murky, waters.

Cliff jump in Negril

Get yourself to the famous Rick’s Cafe for cliff jumping with the lot. Leap into the crystal clear waters from any of the five vantage points up to 35 feet. Or catch the locals getting even higher from the trees above. Finish up your afternoon leap fest with a beverage and world famous sunset with Bob Marley tunes on play.

Backflip sequence

So you’re ready to dive into the chilly fresh water of the Canadian Rockies, ay? Combine your thrill seeking nature with the picturesque lake beauty. Careful though. You might get stuck staring at the scenery and forget what you were up there for in the first place. Try Horseshoe Lake in Jasper or the Seebe Cliffs.

cliff jumping Zarautz

Take a hike through the Basque country cliffs of vineyards, spectacular beach views and protected wildlife areas and find yourself jumping for joy off these fun than scary 10 to 13m cliff faces.

Time it right with the tide, grab your GoPro and your friends for some “we life” moments.

mostar bridge jump

Technically not cliff jumping, the 20m (60ft) bridge jump in Mostar, Bosnia has become a must do for Eastern European travelers. Seemingly suicidal, jumping from this bridge is far less dramatic and blood pumping.

Historically, the Stari Most saw jumpers plunge to impress. It’s still that, with bystanders than partakers, but everyone who makes it is impressed with themselves for having the balls to leap. Speaking of which, it’s very important to enter this dive well and with all bits protected.

Cliff Jump Brontallo

Switzerland goes hand in hand with fair maidens, ski bunnies, cheese and chocolate. But cliff jumping? Yes. There’s plenty of heights on offer here for all levels. It’s the 78-footer that the champion divers take on each year.

Best you stick to the manageable ones and check with the locals, who monitor the water levels, before you plunge into the icy mountain waters.

Kahekilis leap

If you want to leap where warriors leapt before you need to go to Hawaii. Tough ask, we know. Hawaii likes to start a trend. Not only are they bestowed with kickstarting surfing, they are also responsible for cliff jumping as we know it. The big kahuna of 1770, King Kahekili would leap feet-first in the waters of Lanai without making a splash.

You remember how your mother would say, “If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you too?” If your friend was Kahekili, you would. His warriors were encouraged to launch off 63-foot cliffs into water as shallow as 12-foot. You can prove your warrior status at many of the Hawaiian islands.

jumping finn

We all know Australia is the notorious home of things that can kill you. So why not press the issue and get the adrenalin pumping in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of the globe so you don’t have to it with everyone. Plus not too many people will hear your girly scream as you plunge into the lakes and rivers of the area. It’s a great reward after exploring the area’s stunning cliffs, waterfalls, and gorges. Check depth and croc population.