Natural & Manmade Incredible Places To Swim
Bored of the pool in your gym? Want to take a dip somewhere a little more inspiring? These awe-inspiring water holes are sure to ‘wet’ your appetite…
The Yongala shipwreck, Australia
Image credit: The Yongala
Back in 1911, The Yongala sank, killing 122 people because the boat had no telegraph facilities, and so the crew were unaware of the dangerous weather. Since 1981, The Yongala has had official protection under the Historic Shipwrecks Act, and some say it’s the best dive in the world. You could spot manta rays, bull sharks, sea snakes and octopuses during a dive, as well as stunning coral, but exploration inside the ship is forbidden.
The Cambrian Hotel, Switzerland
Image credit: The Cambrian Hotel
The heated outdoor pool at The Cambrian boats a truly spectacular view. We’re not sure how much swimming we’d actually do in this one, but we sure would like to sit in it and gaze at the Swiss Alps.
Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls
Image credit: Devil’s Pool
If you’re a bit (read: a lot) of a daredevil and heights aren’t a problem for you, then you might just be tempted to try out Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls in Zambia. When the water levels are low enough, usually between September and December, a lip of rock comes close enough to the surface to transform this bit of water into a pool.
Guided tours are available, and highly recommended if you’re going to try it – the 355 feet drop at the other side of the rock can make this pool dangerous to newbies. You might be tempted to take the risk for the incredible view, though. Check out the video at the link below!
Crocosaurus Cove, Australia
Image credit: Crocosaurus Cove
Another one for the daredevils amongst you – fancy swimming with crocodiles? Luckily, Crocosaurus Cove offers a slightly safer option than jumping straight into a swamp, with their ‘Cage of Death’ attraction. Thrill-seekers are lowered into a perspex box in the crocodile enclosure, while the crocs are fed to encourage them to move about.
The Dead Sea, bordering Israel and Jordan
Image credit: Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is actually a salt lake, that contains so much salt, in fact, that it can sustain no animal life – hence the name. That salt content also provides extra buoyancy, making floating easy. It’s also a favourite destination for health tourism, reportedly helping with symptoms of conditions such as cystic fibrosis and arthritis.
Catch it soon, though – pharmaceutical and beauty companies using the resources has meant that the water levels have dwindled at an alarming rate since 1960.
About The Author
Hi there, my name is Joshuah. I work at Quintessentially.com as a lifestyle concierge (learn more here) and I love researching and writing about exciting and unusual travel destinations all over the world. I particularly love water, which is what inspired me to write this post. I hope you enjoyed it.