Nestled in the beautiful neighborhood of Portlock on the southeast coast of Oahu, Hawaii is a huge cliff jump. Known as Spitting Cave, the location is one of the coolest spots to chill at even if you don’t like cliff-jumping. I went there over ten times and never jumped.
Why Spitting Cave on Oahu is such an epic spot.
The cliffs are similar to China Walls, which is just around the corner. However, everything at Spitting Cave is on a large grander scale. A small inlet feeds into a cave in the cliffs below and as the pressure builds inside the cave with each ebb and flows the water bursts out with huge force. On days with rough conditions in the ocean, the blasts from the cave are phenomenal. I enjoyed watching the local experts like Dan Worden @adventuremandan and Sage Stephens @storyofsage who consistently blew my mind at this spot.
The cliffs drop down about 70 feet into the water although some ledges make it possible to jump in from lower.
These guys were competitive divers and would gracefully launch into multiple flips before producing no-splash landings. Often they would purposefully wait for the surge of water from the Spitting Cave to blast out so they could land on it.
I’ve seen these guys who are expert level but also recreational thrill-seekers making the jump. I think before I go any further it’s important to know the spot. I would never head to a spot like this without someone who knows the conditions, where to land and the safety precautions. The water is often quite turbid so you cannot see where rocks are beneath the surface. Guys like Dan and Sage know exactly where each rock is and also know how to land perfectly in the right spot. I personally never jumped here but might if I head back in the future now that I’ve done a bit of cliff jumping.
I’m all for adventure and fun but just go with someone who knows the drill or at least wait for some guys and girls to arrive and jump first. As Dan once told me. Know your limits but know how to push them.
Once you have jumped in you can need to climb back up the rocks to the top. It’s not incredibly dangerous depending on the route you take but it’s no staircase. Make sure you watch others and consider that before getting stuck down there!
Waimea Bay also has a jump rock perfect for an adrenaline rush that isn’t quite as crazy as Spitting Cave if you are looking to jump without the risks of Spitting Cave.
Spitting Cave is more than just a cliff jump spot
During the later months of the year, this is the prime spot on the island for whale watching. In fact, I’ve been to Spitting Cave a few times when the survey teams are doing the whale counts for research purposes. They set up all day on the cliffs and count the sightings. Not a bad job!
It’s not just a whale hotspot. Turtles and seals also hang around the area but because of the waves and lack of easy entry, it’s not really a snorkeling hotspot, although it is possible.
How to get to Spitting Cave on Oahu
The exact location is a little bit of a maze to get to. It’s on google maps, which makes life easy. When you arrive at the location on google maps. You will see a small little alley in between two houses leading out towards the ocean. I guarantee you will be blown away by the view once you reach the end of my valley. It’s one of my favorite spots on the island!