The La Quebrada Cliff Divers – Acapulco, Mexico

The La Quebrada Cliff Divers have been icons of Acapulco since the group officially formed in 1934 after the owner of the cliff side Hotel Mirador blasted out a section of rocky coastline below his hotel to create a dramatic death-defying gulch for the divers to leap into as a tourist attraction. It’s a daring show that still dazzles.

A classic and spectacular dive from a La Quebrada Cliff Diver in Acapulco, Mexico.

A veritable Who’s Who of celebrities and politicians have watched the spectacle over the years and ABC’s now-defunct “Wide World of Sports” even featured footage of the divers’ feats in its show opening for years. More than 75 years later, however, we feared the La Quebrada divers may have become a cheesy side show. We were wrong.

Once in position, La Quebrada Cliff Divers take a moment to prepare themselves and wait for the right conditions in the churning waves and surge below.

The La Quebrada Cliff Divers remain spectacular fearless athletes who leap nearly 100 feet (30 meters) past a deadly jagged cliff face five times a day. Wearing nothing more than a Speedo, they plunge into the narrow gulch welcomed by surging surf which fluxuates between 6 and 16 feet (2 meters to 5 meters) deep depending on the tides and the surge. It’s nuts.

A double-double from the spectacular La Quebrada Cliff Divers of Acapulco.

Hollywood’s glitterati may not be flocking to Acapulco to see the divers anymore, but these guys have become stars in their own rights. An international film crew was shooting a GE commercial featuring the divers while we were there. 

Being a La Quebrada Cliff Diver is still an honored profession with skills passed on from experienced divers to new recruits. The divers perform various shows each day and we watched more than a half dozen performances (including spectacular night time dives with flaming torches) and we were wowed every time.

La Quebrada Cliff Divers Acapulco Mexico

This statue commemorating the La Quebrada Cliff Divers of Acapulco looks down on the gulch and the divers’ ongoing feats.

The following composites of photos are a kind of time-lapse display of the various stages of two of the most amazing daytime dives we saw.

You might see some of the following dive sequence in a GE commercial that’s currently on television. Note the camera in the lower left-hand corner…

This sequence shows a spectacular double dive sequence… 

And here’s our video of some of the daytime diving….

The following composites of photos are a kind of time-lapse display of the various stages of two of the most amazing nighttime dives we saw, including the gorgeous finale dive with lighted torches.

And here’s our video of some of the night diving…


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7 comments on “The La Quebrada Cliff Divers – Acapulco, Mexico

    • Thanks Barbara. I never tried it before, but was inspired by an old B&W image they had in the Mirador Hotel that did that had a diving series like these.
      I figured it couldn’t be too difficult, just a tripod, fast motor drive and photoshop. Layer the images together and erase a spot in the background where the divers next position is.

  1. Wow! These photographs are amazing. I am glad to hear that they are still amazing. We have neve been to Acapulco but would love to go for this spectacle alone! Wow, what daredevils

  2. Excellent photos! We just saw the divers in Acapulco a few weeks ago, as well. Our guide told us the grand-daughter of one of the original ones from the 1930s is now a diver herself. Would have been fun to see her.

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