In Pictures: Divers Jump from Beirut’s Breathtaking Pigeon Rocks

Via Lonely Planet.

One of Lebanon’s most sought-after natural landmarks, the Pigeon Rocks in Raouche, saw a host of eager divers taking part in a Red Bull cliff diving event.

Last weekend, 24 men and women jumped from a height of 27 meters, diving at a speed of up to 85 kilometers per hour straight into the waters of the Mediterranean.

These adventurers came from 18 different countries to participate in the first round of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. This is the first time in the history of the tournament to take place in Lebanon.

On Sunday, the athletes were zip-lined from the mainland to the diving location to prepare for their preliminary jumps. Even though the Pigeon Rocks extend up to 40 meters, the freedivers leaped from a maximum height of 27 meters due to safety concerns. Nevertheless, their freefall was just as breathtaking. Here are some of the best moments.

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