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The cliffs at South Point are a prime jumping spot, and easily the most popular cliff jumping location, on the Big Island.

Perched about 40 feet above the sea, the picturesque ledges overhang the blue waters by a bit, making a clean drop into the ocean below. Two wooden platforms remain from the time when this spot was used to lower boats into the surf below, however these platforms are empty now, and make clear the spot where jumper can have a safe entry into the water.

From the sea, a rickety ladder allows jumpers to pull themselves back up. Keep in mind that the ladder sways with the water and is probably the hardest part of the experience.

The area around the cliffs tends to be popular with locals fishing, along with tourists stopping by to check out some of the rock craters into the cliffs and watch the jumping action.

While the water has about a 20' depth here, the area can have choppy surf that can be extremely hazardous washing up against the cliffs and can make grabbing the ladder hard. It's always best to make sure you're aware of your own abilities with potentially hazardous situations. People have died here due to currents.

The area is pretty scenic in general, aside from being near the southernmost geographical point of the 50 United States. The area is worth stopping at if visiting to explore the Papakõlea Green Sand Beach nearby.

The cliffs are located near the end of the road to South Point. High clearance vehicles can drive onto the dirt beside the cliffs, however smaller vehicles should park on the paved road above and walk down.


Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass



Popular cliff jumping spot on the island.


Surf can be hazardous.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed


Vault toilet
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