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Blowhole DWS, The TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b V0-1 4+ R
Crab Traverse DWS 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a V1 5
Dong Central Station V1-2 5
If You're Ballzy Enough V1 5
Rip Hide DWS 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b V1-2 5
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Shared By: JP Griffith on Mar 23, 2012
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This is a fairly popular cliff jumping area for tourists on the Big Island. The is typically a group of jumpers here or some will come at some point while you are there if the swell isn't too big. Tour boats stop and take a look at the cliff as well.

The lines are fun and gymnastic and there is lots of potential in the cave. The rock is solid and there are natural pockets that seem to be in the perfect places.

The rock is volcanic and extremely hard on the hands. With out tape, some of the harder routes will definitely slice open your skin. The swell can also be dangerous if it is big enough. You would not want to get pinned in the back of the cave! Because there is cliff jumping it is obviously deep enough in spots, yet rocks start to come up and some out of the water on the right side so be cautious.

Getting There

Drive south from Kona on Alli Drive for about 7 miles until you get past the golf course and take a right to stay on Alli Drive. Continue a couple hundred feet until the road dead ends and hop out and follow the trail to the left. Walk for about 5 minutes until you come to the obvious cliff jumping cave.

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V1 5
If You're Ballzy Enough
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b V1-2 5
Rip Hide DWS
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If You're Ballzy Enough
V1 5 Boulder
Rip Hide DWS
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b V1-2 5 Boulder
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I saw in your photos you didnt use shoes. Were you able to climb without too many problems or is it better to have shoes? Thanks Aug 31, 2012
JP Griffith
Denver, CO
JP Griffith   Denver, CO
Shoes would definitely be better. The rock is super sharp, but if you have calloused feet then I suppose it'd be fine. The pain is the factor, not friction. Sep 16, 2012
lisa s  
hi, wondering (as someone who's never been to hawaii!!) headed there soon though - do you just help yourself? do you work with a guide? any logistical details would be wonderfully helpful. thanks for any help you can give :) Jan 26, 2014
Tim G.
Salt Lake City, UT
Tim G.   Salt Lake City, UT
Climbed around on this the other day during my trip to the big island. Such a cool little area, and my first chance trying DWS. I didn't have chalk and I jumped off the cliff first so I had slippery wet hands. I also put on some sunscreen before hand which didn't help. I didn't get all the way under the cave for the full Rip Hide route. I started in the same spot but stayed more to the left and on the face. It was probably in the 5.8 range. A nice option for people that want to take it easier. Lots of nice jugs to pull on and it stays out over the water for a safe landing. The rock didn't feel that rough to me. I did it with bare hands without any pain or blood.

There was a local guy there that was kind of watching over the kids that were there to jump off the cliff, telling them when to jump between waves and such. When I got to the top he came over and said "there's a much easier way to climb up over there." To which I replied that I was trying to make it harder on purpose to rock climb. He just looked at me kind of puzzled. Mar 12, 2014

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