Natural Swimming pools are more remote and pristine than popular coastal destinations, these bodies of water are hard to resist.
Australia there’s an instant urge to dive right into a glimmering turquoise water body to cool off when the mercury soars. Whilst swanky pools are too common and beaches are heavily thronged.
With summer vacations upon us, we thought we’d instill some of that “Where in the world is that?” wanderlust in you, so here are the most incredible natural swimming pools that you can take a dip in:
1. The Great Blue Hole, Belize:
The largest underwater sinkhole in the world. Encircled by an island of coral, it has stunning hues of blue and marine life. Snorkeling and diving in it are popular, and it’s even more stunning to look at from an airplane’s window.
2. The Blue Grotto, Capri, Italy:
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A sea cave that is illuminated by a magical blue and emerald light from an opening above water. It’s accessed by rowboats on the island of Capri, Italy.
3. Pamukkale, Denizli, Turkey:
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Natural terraces of carbonate minerals left by flowing hot springs. Popularly known as the “Cotton Castle,” attracts tourists that bathe in the hot, mineral-rich water.
4. Hidden Beach, Marieta Islands, Mexico:
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It is an open, sun-drenched crater located that is accessed when the tide is low. This was created by the explosion of a bomb that accidentally landed there during military trials, but it’s a sight to see.
5. Gunlom Plunge Pool, Australia Unlom Plunge Pool, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia:
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It’s a seasonal waterfall and pool with a 1 km climb to the top which overlooks the southern parts of the park with crystal clear pools and incredible views.
6. Bioluminescent Bay, Vieques, Puerto Rico:
This is a national natural swimming pool landmark that lights up at night due to a microorganism that glows neon blue when movement occurs in the water.
7. Öschinensee Lake, Lötschberg, Switzerland:
A pristine lake fed by glacial brooks surrounded by cliffs and peaks. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a great attraction to make your friends envious with your travel experiences.
8. Hamilton Pool Preserve, Austin, Texas:
A 50-foot waterfall that flows into a beautiful jade pool is thousands of years old, this is a natural pool that developed when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to erosion.
9. To Sua Ocean Trench, Lotofaga, Samoa:
It is an all-natural swimming pool with a small dock. Surrounded by lush gardens and inhabited by marine life. It was formed by a massive basaltic shield volcano.
10. Semuc Champey, Guatemala:
Harder to reach than the other natural swimming pools but it’s worth the effort to plan a trip to the middle of Guatemala. Famed for its 300m-long natural limestone bridge filled with aqua pools. This dip will be etched in your travel memories forever.
11. Giola, Thassos, Greece:
Secluded natural sea lagoon carved into rocks, the emerald pool overlooks the Aegean Sea. Popular with day-trippers, the pool is not easily accessible. This one is worth adding to your travel diaries.
12. Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Barreirinhas, Brazil:
This National Park is filled with valleys of sand dunes. During the monsoon, it gets filled up creating thousands of crystal clear lagoons. The lagoons can reach up to 90m long and 3m deep.
13. Cenote Ik-Kil, Yucatan, Mexico:
Formed by the collapse of limestone bedrock. The Mayans believed they were a portal to speak with the gods. It is open to the sky and the sunlight turns the water a bright teal with vines hanging around it.
14. Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, USA:
This is a surprising find in one of the hottest and driest places in the world. It cascades into one large pool. The water’s blue-green hue is due to the high concentration of calcium carbonate.
15. Blue Lagoon, Iceland:
A naturally heated geothermal pool with blue-green algae, fine silica mud that nourishes and exfoliate the skin. Definitely, one of your travel stories to be shared over dinner banter.