10 Unusual Bathing Spots
Bathing on a soft sandy beach is a no-brainer. But what about more unusual bathing spots? Lava pools, caves, cenotes and man made lakes make a wonderful holiday destination. Check out the list and pick your favorite!
#10 Avaiki Cave, Niue
Niue is a raised coral atoll, which ensures its natural and unspoiled beauty. Water here is extremely clear, having a 30 meters (100 ft) visibility! The versatile marine life can be admired while snorkeling or boating. Meanwhile the Avaiki Cave is said to be the first settlement by the newcomers from Polynesia, at around 900 AD. It features limestone caves, carved by erosion, and pools, filled with this turquoise water, which is not even very saline.
Photo Sources: #1 davidlansing / #2 davidlansing / #3 Unknown
#9 Bahmah, Wadi Shab, Oman
A natural sinkhole in Hawiyat National Park is truly beautiful and provides a great swimming experience. Surrounded with the desert, the sinkhole is filled with crystal clear water, creating a nice oasis. There is a car park and changing facilities to ensure a nice trip.
Photo Sources: #1 / #2 globe-trotting.com
#8 Porto Moniz, Madeira, Portugal
Photo Sources: #1 by Bas Meelker #2 by Unknown #3 by Francis Naef
One of the most popular and attractive features of the village are the natural volcanic pools. The whole archipelago is of a volcanic origin, therefore these natural pools are quite common among such islands. The pools get inundated with salty water, which thaws and becomes very pleasant to swim in. Other attractions in the village include an aquarium and a science museum.
#7 Cenote, Chichén Itzá, Mexico
Deep natural sinkholes are very often found in Mexico. Chichén Itzá’s two pits are especially beautiful and popular among the tourists, since the city itself is very interesting and worth visiting. Chichén Itzá was an important city in Mayan civilization. Sacred Cenote serves not only as a natural wonder, but as a historic spot, as well.
Photo Sources: #1 by alltour.it #2 by cool.hu
#6 Calanque d’En-Vau, Cassis, Marseille, France
A picturesque calanque, situated on the bay that borders two cities, is one of the most unique natural sites in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. The inlet carved into the white limestone features dazzling turquoise water like you haven’t seen before. There are a few calanques here, but this one has the most precipitous and therefore impressive cliffs.
Photo Sources: #1 by Unknown #2 by Unknown
#5 Havasu Falls, Arizona, USA
The beautiful falls, found in the Grand Canyon, form a natural pool, which provides an exhilarating swim for the hikers. The average water temperature reaches pleasant 21.1 C (70 F) degrees. Its blue color is due to magnesium and calcium.
Photo Sources: #1 by toonts.com #2 by Ahjulia #3 by twitter.com #4 by Unknown
#4 Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Maranhão, Brazil
Photo Sources: #1 by Yuzuru Ozawa #2 by Michael Anderson
Known as the desert lagoons found among the sandy dunes, these natural wonders attract visitors from July to September. A sandy scenery is not a desert, though. But it definitely looks like one, therefore, the lagoons add up to the uniqueness of the park. Water is crystal clear, warm and perfect for swimming.
#3 To-Sua Ocean Trench, Lotofaga, Apia, Samoa
On the Main South Coast Road you will find the iconic To Sua Giant Swimming Hole. A stunning attraction site featuring a unique land formation consisting of two giant holes joined via an ancient lava tube cave. One without water and the other a beautiful 30m deep swimming hole with turquoise water accessed by a ladder. This site also offers lush gardens, day fales with cliff top views, blowholes, sea arches and rock pools to explore.
Photo Sources: #1 metro.co.uk / #2 Unknown
#2 Devil's Pool, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Photo Sources: #1 Unknown #2 by markshoberg.blogspot.com
In Zimbabwe, Africa, you will find the magnificent Victoria Falls,at a height of 128m. The location is known as the "Devil's Swimming Pool". During the months of September and December, people can swim as close as possible to the edge of the falls without falling over. These falls are becoming well known amongst the "radical tourist" industry, when more and more people search for the ultimate experience.
#1 Champagne Pools, Fraser Island, Australia
Champagne Pools are located just North of Indian Head, along 75-mile beach. These pools provide a very popular swimming hole with the ocean crashing over the rocks into shallow sandy pools. The foaming water is where the name Champagne Pools comes from. There are extremely strong currents along this part of the island and swimming around the rocks is not encouraged. Caution should also be taken walking on the sharp rocks as well.