If these glorious natural swimming pools don’t give you extreme wanderlust we don’t know what will. We have rounded up some of the world’s most amazing naturally occurring pools that you can actually swim in. Whether they are death-defying waterfalls or magical glowing caves these lagoons, lakes, and bays will astonish you.
The Great Blue Hole, Belize
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The Great Blue Hole is a giant submarine sinkhole surrounded by coral, located 60 miles off the coast of Belize. It has a rich blue color, is nearly 1000 feet wide, and 400 feet deep. It’s believed to be the largest sinkhole in the world. It is a popular destination for recreational scuba divers, attracted by the opportunity to dive in crystal-clear waters and see myriad species of marine life alongside spectacular coral formations.
As a result, The Great Blue Hole is a popular destination for recreational scuba divers, attracted by the opportunity to dive in crystal-clear waters and see thousands of species of marine life alongside spectacular coral formations.
Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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The Havasupai Falls, Arizona, is a major destination for hikers who want to visit the blue-green waterfalls. Havasupai actually means ‘people of the blue-green waters’. The spectacular waterfalls and isolated community can be found on the Havasupai Indian Reservation, which attracts thousands of visitors each year.
The Dead Sea – Israel and Jordan
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The Dead Sea – bordering Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan – is a salt lake whose banks are more than 400m below sea level, the lowest point on dry land. Its famously hypersaline water makes floating easy, and its mineral-rich black mud is used for therapeutic and cosmetic treatments at local resorts. The surrounding desert offers many oases and historic sites.
Pamukkale, Denizli – Turkey
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This surreal landscape of brilliant white travertine terraces and warm limpid pools of Pamukkale, hang like the petrified cascade of a mighty waterfall. Pamukkale, which means “cotton castle” in Turkish, is marked by terraces of carbonate minerals left by flowing water from hot springs and travertines. These mineral-rich pools attract thousands of tourist each year, who come to bathe in its waters.
Hidden Beach, Marieta Islands – Mexico
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It is safe to say that the Hidden Beach is the world’s most idyllic bomb site. This secluded strip of sand is believed to have formed decades ago when it was used as target practice by the Mexican Government in the early 1900s. But there are no ruins or devastation to be seen. Instead, happy tourists taking in the amazing scenery on the deserted Marieta Islands in Puerto Vallarta.
Lake Hillier, Western Australia
Lake Hillier off the coast of Australia
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Lake Hillier is a saline lake on the edge of Middle Island, the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherche Archipelago off the south coast of Western Australia. It is particularly notable for its pink colour. No-one fully knows why the lake is pink. Scientists speculate that the colour comes from a dye created by bacteria that live in the salt crusts.
Hamilton Pool Preserve, Austin, Texas
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Hamilton Pool is a natural pool that was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to massive erosion thousands of years ago. The pool is located about 23 miles west of Austin, Texas. Since the 1960s, Hamilton Pool has been a popular summer swimming spot for Austin visitors and residents. Hamilton Pool Preserve consists of 232 acres of protected natural habitat featuring the jade green pool into which a 50-foot waterfall flows.
To Sua Ocean Trench, Lotofaga, Samoa
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Probably one of the most magical swimming pools in the world. The To Sua Ocean Trench provides a lush green landscape that is matched by crystal clear waters, an abundance of tropical fish and a sandy bed. A series of canals leading from the pool to the South Pacific Ocean ensure the hole is never dried out.
The Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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After thousands of years of erosion, many rock pools have formed and one of them has formed right on the very edge of the sheer drop. This is indeed the ultimate infinity pool. Over 500 million litres of water a minute cascade over the almost 2km wide falls, causing a deafening and spectacular explosion of spray which can be seen 30 miles away.