Ten of the Best Places to Swim Around the World
Some swimmers are also devoted daydreamers who long to be whisked away to the most beautiful blue bolt-holes in the world. Some of these ten bodies of water are secrets, too obscure to be tourist destinations. Others are sadly discovered. However for your sensory pleasure and hopefully to encourage you to pack your suitcase, here are ten scrumptious swimming locales based somewhere on this big blue planet.
1. Ik Kil, Cenote, Mexico
A bewitching blue sink hole with deep cavernous waters and creeping vines dangling from the cliff tops, that are designed to tempt travellers into staying for eternity. The perfect to escape from the scorching Mexican sun.
2. Blue Lagoon Resort in Grindavík, Iceland.
The Blue Lagoon (Icelandic: Bláa lónið) is located in an active lava field in Grindavík. The comforting thermal water is rich in silica and sulphur and can help people suffering from skin disorders like psoriasis; not only that the Blue Lagoon oozes soothing and nourishing charm. The water temperature stays at a balmy 37– 39 °C.
3. Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland.
Glen Brittle (Gleann Breadail) is a large glen on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. There's an enchanting array of natural wonders here including the pristine waters of the Fairy Pools, along with a babbling brook and serene waterfall. Go there early in the day to have it all to yourself, with the formidable Cuillin mountains providing a fitting backdrop.
4. Buley Rockholes, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory.
This little aquatic sanctuary is closer to home. Buley Rockholes is only an hour's drive away from Darwin. Expect some friendly visitors in the form of goannas keen to get a nibble on your tuckerbox. It's a beautiful and refreshing spot after a long bush walk.
5. Tat Kuang Si Falls, Laos
These falls are located around 30 km from Luang Prabang and feature unique three-tiered waterfalls that cascade from the steep hillside into various shallow pools and then plunge in a dramatic 60 metre drop. This hidden Eden is a perfect rest-stop after an arduous and yet amazingly beautiful jungle walk.
6. Homestead Crater, Utah, USA
This comforting and otherworldly thermal pool is hidden from view within a stupendous crater in Midway, Utah. The Homestead Crater is filled halfway with pure spring water that stays at a pleasant 33°C. From the top of this natural cathedral, light cascades in long haunting shadows. The huge crater begun forming 10,000 years ago as a result of rising heated spring water.
7. The Blue Holes, Bahamas
Welcome to glorious galleries of calcite, under the sea in the Bahamas. This underwater paradise is made for scuba diving exploration. Divers will enjoy the alien terrain featuring stalagmites, stalactites and weird calcite tendrils.
8. To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa
To Sua means big hole in Samoan and that's an apt description of this little blue wonder. This verdant and lush spot is located in the tiny Samoan village of Lotofago. There's an entrance fee to visit this tranquil paradise, but don't let that put you off as it goes to the local community. A gigantic turquoise hole filled with 30 metre deep sea-water is crying out for daring dive bombs off the long ladder.
9. Barton Springs, TX, USA.
A tributary of the Colorado River, Barton Springs is the natural result of a land shift that occurred millions of years ago. The actor Robert Redford learned how to swim in these waters at the age of four. The endangered Barton Springs salamander is a popular creature living in the area. Although if you leave him in peace, he will leave you alone too.
10. Blue Lake, Nelson Lakes, New Zealand
Someone, somewhere along the line claimed that this lake is the clearest and purest in the world. As far as we know this remains uncontested. Located at the northern most tip of the Southern Alps on the South Island, it is subject to cheeky midnight dashes from backpackers along with plenty of coveting glances.
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