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A bit too far off to be a spectator but Krabi's cliffs are always worth a look

Krabi Cliff Diving Attracts World's Best to Spectacular Event

Monday, October 14, 2013
PHUKET: In the World Series' first visit to Thailand the best high divers in the world will compete across four unique cliffs in Krabi, with spectator access for the grand final at Hong Island on October 26.

Arguably the world's most spectacular climbing site, Krabi's cliffs are sharp, pocketed walls of rock, each presenting unique challenges.

Divers face tides, ocean currents and a steep rocky ascent before diving into the warm waters of the Andaman Sea.

The first of four different locations for the 2013 final is a 24m dive from Wang Long Bay on Phi Phi Don Island; two opposing cliffs, guarding a narrow inlet of crystal blue water 10m deep.

This uninhabited island contains one tiny white sand beach surrounded by submerged limestone mountains.

The next stop is Maya Bay, one of the most popular beaches on Phi Phi Leh Island, where athletes will dive 27m from a special platform allowing them to perform more complicated arrangements of somersaults and twists.

Here, spectators will be able to gaze through 6m deep water to the schools of brightly colored tropical fish and coral below.

Hidden inside many limestone cliffs are caves housing beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.

At Viking Cave, the third dive site, athletes dive from atop a gigantic stalactite jutting out a dramatic 90 degrees from the cliff.

At this site, only accessible by boat, competitors dive 24.5m into the Andaman Sea at a depth of 8 metres.

The final dive site, on Hong Island in Lading Bay, is quintessentially Thai. A jagged atoll of cliffs surrounds powdery white sand with a view of more limestone pinnacles jutting out of the sea in the distance.

The beach here is ready to welcome spectators and judges with a perfect 90 degree view of the 28 metre dives.

Krabi is a geological wonder and an ancient civilization, with the limestone cliffs forming 300 million years ago and human habitation dating back 40,000 years.

Now, in 2013, for the first time ever, this unique marine landscape will provide the backdrop for the culmination of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

The event on Saturday, October 26, at Hong Island is the only location accessible to the public. The event starts at 9.30am and runs until 12.30pm.

For more information regarding travelling to the event and tickets please contact selected local tour operators.

More at:
http://www.redbullcliffdiving.com/en_GB/event/krabi-province

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