Hawaii’s southern tip on the Big Island is the southernmost point in the United States at 18.9 degrees latitude.
The cliffs in this picture are a few hundred yards north of the actual south point. Hawaii fisherman have used these cliffs to fish for deep-water game for many years.
The strong currents, wind, and the fact that there is no land to the south until Antarctica, led fisherman to drill holes in the cliff walls to attach handmade ropes. They then held or tied the other end of the rope to their boats.
Others use these cliffs for fun, taking advantage of the 40 foot drop into deep waters and an old metal ladder climbing back to the top.