10 of the Most Beautiful Natural Pools in the World
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The Devil’s PooliStock/Thomas Saupe
More than twice the height of Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls in southeastern Africa measures in at 355 feet tall and more than 5,500 feet wide. But for some brave souls, the top of the Falls is just another swimming hole. With water levels at their lowest from September to December, swimmers venture into the Devil’s Pool, an area with minimal current, mere feet from where the water gushes hundreds of feet down into the gorge below. Not many natural pools can boast their own waterfalls! If you’re a thrill-seeker, check out these 10 extreme travel adventures around the world.
Barton Springs PooliStock/Leonardo Patrizi
Fed from freshwater underground springs that were once used for purification rituals by the Tonkawa Native American tribe, the Barton Springs Pool in Austin, Texas, covers three acres and maintains a temperature of about 68 degrees year-round. Admission to the 18-feet-deep pool ranges from mid-March until the end of September. For residents, the cost is $3 for adults and $1 for kids (non-residents pay $8 for adults and $3 for kids).
Bondi Iceberg public pooliStock/nicomenijes
A 15-minute drive from Sydney, Australia, where the country’s southeastern coast meets the Tasman Sea, sits The Bondi Baths at Bondi Icebergs. The historic 50-meter public saltwater pool has been around for more than century and features a small beach, bar, and kiddie pool—not to mention the occasional wave crashing harmlessly into the pool. The entry fee ($7 for adults; $5 for kids) isn’t much considering the million-dollar view. Here’s a list of the best places to travel to for every month of the year.
Hot Springs National ParkiStock/ApricotBrandy
Located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Hot Springs National Park was designated by President Andrew Jackson as a special reservation in 1832. The 47,143-degree natural pools and springs within the 5,500-acre nature reserve have been a sanctuary for those seeking healing and solace for more than a century. Here are more of the most gorgeous hot springs in the world.
The East Fork Black River in southeastern Missouri cascades over and around billion-year-old lava rock to form dozens of small rivulets and wading pools in the 8,550 acre Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. These are the 14 most enchanting places in the world that look like they came straight out of a fairytale.
Dudu Blue LagooniStock/tobiasjo
Does floating in a secluded 100-feet-deep freshwater pool so pristine that it glimmers with a shade of cobalt blue sound like paradise to you? Then check out the Dudu Blue Lagoons, located near the town of Cabrera on the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. The lagoon also features underwater caves, making it a popular scuba diving destination.
Cenote Ik KilSubbotina Anna/Shutterstock
Tons of natural swimming holes, known as cenotes, cover the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, but Ik Kil is deemed to be the most beautiful cenote, by far. Not only is the deep blue pool surrounded by hanging vines and serene rainforests, it’s also a mere walking distance from the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza.
These breathtaking waterfalls and blue-green natural pools can be found on the Havasupai Indian Reservation within Havasu Canyon in Arizona. Each year, the spectacular Havasu Falls attracts thousands of visitors. Don’t miss these gorgeous waterfalls from all 50 states.
Sua Ocean TrenchMartin Valigursky/Shutterstock
Volcanic eruptions on the Upolu island in Samoa created this stunning aquamarine grotto. Sua Ocean Trench literally translates into “big hole”—the perfect name for a 98-foot deep pool. Visitors can descend into the tranquil waters by climbing down a long wooden ladder. Check out these new hot spots throughout the world that are gaining immense popularity.
Queen’s Bath is a favorite summertime attraction in Kauai, Hawaii. Fresh saltwater from the Pacific Ocean spills over the lava rocks to create a beautiful natural tide pool complete with its very own fish. Next, don’t miss the 15 most colorful natural wonders in the world.