8 unusual dives to make you crave the water

From a stack of shipping containers to a sixth-floor window, this cliff diver can do it all.
By Alison Mann

He's got 13 world championships and two world records to his name, so it's safe to say Orlando Duque has done some awesome cliff dives.

The Colombian cliff diver has just travelled to Croatia to dive in the stunning Blue Caves, which involved some tricky climbing even to start.

Take a look at some more of his best dives, including a leap from a stack of shipping containers in Germany and meeting some hammer-head sharks in Colombia.

More: This crazy guy set a new cliff-jump world record

The Blue Cave

Where: The Blue Cave, Croatia
Height: 13m
What he says: “When you are inside the cave, there is only enough light when it’s really sunny outside, otherwise it’s dark. Then climbing into position is complicated. In terms of depth it was good, about 8m, but what I really liked was the beauty of it without being so high.”

A diving tradition

Where: Stari Most Bridge, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height: 28m
What he says: “There is a diving tradition there, they have been holding competitions for 500 years.”

Diving from a boat

Where: The ARC Gloria, Colombia
Height: 27m
What he says: “That boat is a traditional sailing ship and where the Colombian Navy do their training. It was an honour to meet the military and a really nice, beautiful place to dive.”

In the shadow of the Guggenheim

Where: Bilbao, Spain during the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series
Height: 27m
What he says: “It was such a nice dive and the people are so into cliff diving, so it made the event even better.”

A jump into the Amazon

Where: Amazon rainforest
Height: 35m
What he says: “Normally the dive is the dangerous part, but here you are in the Amazon River so you don’t know what will happen! But it was absolutely beautiful.”

A remote Colombian island

Where: Malpelo Island, Colombia
Height: 27m
What he says: “This involved a 40-hour trip on a boat to reach the rock in the middle of the sea in Colombia. When I was in the water I could look down and see hammer-head sharks, it was super-nice.”

Create your own jump

Where: A workshop in Hamburg, diving from shipping containers
Height: The locals dived from 7.2m, but Orlando jumped from 25.2m
What he says: “That was so nice. It’s amazing how you can build a place to dive in 10 minutes, it was so cool. I love that in nature you have such untouched beauty, but in industry you can pile up a bunch of containers and jump!”

A jump out of a window

Where: Hamburg
Height: Six storeys
What he says: “Hamburg is such a nice place, with bridges and canals around the whole city. The windows of buildings look right out to the water, so we found one at the right height above deep-enough water and jumped out the window – it doesn’t get cooler than that!”

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