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We went swimming the other day at a local hangout in a remote part of Hawaii.

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This swimming hole sits where a fresh water stream hits the ocean. On this day, waves were rushing in filling the pool with fresh sea water.

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Part of the attraction of this place is the cliff jump.

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It’s a nice drop that gets the blood pumping.

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I gave it a go.

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There’s a short jump off point as well for keiki.

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A big group of friends showed up.

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This crew knew how to have a good time.

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They also knew how to cliff jump.

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One after the other, the guys stepped up and hurled themselves off the rock.

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There’s a higher jump off point to the right. It’s a higher launching point but the water depth is much shallower. Each guy that jumped off said they hit the bottom.

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A cliff diver prepares to jump.

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He launches for a gainer.

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Now he’s fully inverted.

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At this point he can spot his landing.

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He lands feet first.

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Splash.

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Here’s another cliff jumper launching for a gainer.

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He stays tucked.

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Now he’s inverted.

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Spots the landing.

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Now he’s gotta get his feet under him, quickly.

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Here’s the mini-splash that occurs when his toes just break the surface tension of the water.

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And now the big splash.

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I’m not sure a floaty is a common thing here. It definitely did not fit on the trail you have to hike to get here.

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We stayed for a few hours swimming, relaxing in the sun and watching the cliff jumpers.

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This guy and his dog hung out with his friends on the floaty.

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Then his dog gave him a ride back across the pool.

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When we left the pool we noticed a trail that lead towards the coastline.

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It took us around the bend to this view.

[UPDATE: 4/24/2013] A lot of people have been asking where this place is. I think it’s one of those locations that should be left undisclosed. Tourists are advised to avoid the place. While the location is not exactly a secret, I’d rather not post the information on my website. For most people that see this, believe me, the spot is going to be far from home. It’s really not worth the effort to come here unless you live or are spending the night nearby. And if that’s the case, you probably already know where it is.

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This story was last modified on March 20, 2014. (Originally published in April 2013.)

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