Natural Swimming Pools of the World
A lot of Aussies have pools in their backyards; however, all over the world, nature has given us some pretty amazing natural pools. Add these beauties to your must-visit list!
Ik Kil Cenote, Chichen Itza, Mexico Located near the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, the Ik Kil Cenote is a deep natural pit formed by the collapsing of a cave. Sunlight streams in and vines dangle down from the opening above, giving the space a surreal look. The water is about 25 metres deep, and black catfish join swimmers in the pool. A stairway carved into the limestone rock provides passage for travellers wishing to swim in this sacred pool; it is thought that the Mayans sacrificed young men and women in cenotes such as this.
Calanque du Sugiton, Marseille, France
Just one of many calanques located between Marseille and Cassis in Southern France, Calanque de Sugiton is the most accessible to hikers. Surrounded by towering white cliffs, those willing to take the hour trek from Luminy will be rewarded with a secluded swim in turquoise waters. Also accessible by boat, a small beach is located at the extreme end of the calanque, ready for anyone to claim it for an afternoon in the sun.
Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland This amazing collection of naturally formed pools can be found near the Glen Brittle Forest and Glen Brittle Beach. A stream running off the Cuillin mountains fills these pools, so as well as enjoying a swim, visitors can also enjoy exploring the little waterfalls that form all throughout the pools after rainfall. It is thought the name ‘Fairy Pools’ comes from the bright colours of the water; however don’t let the colour fool you, the water is always freezing, even in the middle of summer!
Las Grietas, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Las Grietas is known as one of the most unique natural swimming pools on these islands. A geological formation resulting from volcanic activity, the pools are basically deep volcanic fissures that collect a mixture of filtered fresh water and sea water. Visitors jump from the rock ledges into the refreshing water, or take a relaxing swim. The surrounding landscape features giant cacti and volcanic rock, and is home to many migratory and coastal birds.
Gunlom Plunge Pool, Jabiru, Northern Territory, Australia
Located in World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, this plunge pool offers visitors a chance to camp amongst the gumtrees at its banks. After taking a dip in the crystal clear waters, hike up to the top of the waterfall and enjoy sweeping views of Kakadu. There are also multiple other small rock pools and look outs to find nearby.
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