Instead of taking a dip into the ocean or pool, why not check out these naturally made swimming holes? These wonders of nature are often tucked away and hard to reach but the final destination is well worth the adventure. Here are 10 of the most incredible swimming holes around the world.
To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa
The salt water swimming hole, Sua Ocean Trench, is located on a volcanic island in Samoa. Sua Ocean Trench is 100 feet deep and stands out with it’s luxurious jade green waters that are surrounded by beautiful green tropical gardens. The natural pool is accessible via a long manmade ladder.
Bassin Bleu, Haiti
To reach the incredible blue pools and cascades of Bassin Bleu you must travel through the bumpy dirt roads and palm tree filled hills of Jacmel, Haiti. If you are feeling brave and adventurous like many of the young locals, you can jump from the highest waterfall into the beautiful swimming hole below.
Ik-Kil Cenote, Mexico
Mexico is home to thousands of sinkholes, called cenotes, which are a result of collapsed limestone that exposes groundwater underneath. Ik-Kil Cenote is famous for it’s crystal clear blue waters and mesmerizing hanging roots and vines.
David Stream, Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, Israel
Ein Gedi Nature Reserve and National Park offers magnificent hiking views of the Dead Sea. At the end of the hike you will reach David Stream, a refreshing waterfall and swimming hole amongst the surrounding deserts of Israel.
Bottomless Lakes State Park, New Mexico
The first state park in New Mexico is made up of eight small “bottomless lakes.” The sinkholes are made up of underground water which give off a greenish-blue color that is created by aquatic plants. The deep water color and steep walls give the 90 foot deep waters a bottomless illusion. Many visitors enjoy kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and even scuba diving in the lakes!
Cascada Verde, Ecuador
If you are into motorcycles, Cascada Verde is the spot for you. Located in the rainforests of Ecuador, this waterfall is accessible by motorcycle through Ecuador Freedom Bike Tours. A breathtaking waterfall flowing into a refreshing swimming hole is the perfect stop after a bike ride through the mountainous rainforest.
Rio Celeste River Waterfall, Costa Rica
Located in Tenorio Volcano National Park, the Rio Celeste River Waterfall is known for its piercing blue water which comes from volcanic minerals. It takes about an hour to hike up the waterfall and the river is also surrounded by natural hot springs.
Dorset Quarry, Vermont
Located right in New England, is the 60 feet swimming hole in Dorset Quarry. The cold waters of Vermont are sure to cool you off on a hot summer’s day. Being one of the oldest marble quarries in the country, there are many stone ledges for jumping into the water or sun bathing.
Saturnia Thermal Baths, Maremma, Italy
The natural hot springs of Saturnia Thermal Baths in Italy give off an opaque white color due to the abundant sulphurous minerals in the water. The hot springs are made up of a collection of rock pools and cascades that reach temperatures up to 98 degrees Fahrenheit, like a jacuzzi made my Mother Nature herself.
Devil’s Pool, Zambia
Sitting on the edge of one of the world’s largest waterfalls, Victoria Falls, is the natural infinity pool called Devil’s Pool. To reach the pool you must first take a rocky hike, and if you are feeling fearless enough to jump in you will be pushed to the waterfall’s rock edge where you can overlook the enormous crashing falls.