30 Top Secret Swimming Spots

By M. W. Byrne

Sep 29, 2021

NATURAL POOLS

Jacob’s Well, Texas

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Texas is riddled with swimming holes, but this one also has the longest underwater cave in the state for those serious about deep exploratory diving far from the ocean.

The Grotto, Ontario

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Known as Cyprus Lake Grotto to some and Georgian Bay Grotto to others, The Grotto rests at the end of a gorgeous hike and is hidden from the sun by a cave.

To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa

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Resting on a volcanic island and fed with saltwater, this is ocean swimming without the hassle of riptides and surf.

Hierve el Agua, Mexico

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Giving the appearance of a frozen waterfall, this clifftop swimming escape offers a wide view of the world around, along with mineral-rich pools that are naturally separated, offering a bit of privacy to all.

Tinago Falls, Philippines

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All but the greatest falls in the world will pale in comparison with the impressive Tinago Falls on the relatively unknown island of Iligan.

Rio Celeste River Waterfall, Costa Rica

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Truly a vision to behold, the emerald green of the forest when set against the light blue water of the Rio Celeste creates a gorgeous spectacle.

Giola Natural Pool, Thassos, Greece

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Truly a vision to behold, the emerald green of the forest when set against the light blue water of the Rio Celeste creates a gorgeous spectacle.

Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland

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Clear as window panes, though cold as it gets, the Fairy Pools offer wild swims for the brave of heart and thick of blood.

Krause Springs, Texas

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A lush landscape hidden in the bowels of the Lone Star State, Krause has 32 natural springs for ample ability to spread far and wide.

Havasu Falls, Arizona

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The resting water stays at a calm 70-degrees throughout the year and is fed by a huge 100 foot drop creating a preternatural blue-green swimming hole brimming with wonder.

Jellyfish Lake, Palau

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The resting water stays at a calm 70-degrees throughout the year and is fed by a huge 100 foot drop creating a preternatural blue-green swimming hole brimming with wonder.

Ik Kil Cenote, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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Lurking inside a cave, Mayan royalty once bathed in the greenish waters of Ik Kil Cenote. Today, cliff diving competitions are common here.

Blue Hole, New Mexico

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Divers will dig the secluded waters of Blue Hole, which are a rich azure color, true to the name. 80-feet deep and surrounded by rocks, it sits at 64-degrees every day of the year.

Hinatuan Enchanted River, Surigao del Sur, Philippines

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Though 50-feet deep, you can gaze nearly to the bottom of this oddity.

Bassin Bleu, Haiti

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A half-hour hike, often with tour guides, awaits anyone seeking to visit this location, but the climb isn’t miserable.

Berekhat Zefira, Israel

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An odd place in the desert near the Dead Sea, you will need a local to show you how to get there, as it’s as far off the beaten path as you can get. Good fitness and an adventurous spirit required.

Chena Hot Springs, Alaska

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The untamed beauty of Alaska sits all around you as you watch the freezing world go by from a cozy little rock-lined pool meant more for soaking than swimming.

Johnson’s Shut-In, Missouri

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A strange set of lakes that are naturally isolated from each other, you can easily end up with a whole pond to yourself.

Grotta della Poesia, Roca Vecchia, Italy

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A geological marvel of water and collapsed limestone; and a tremendous swimming hole right on the Adriatic sea.

Seljavallalaug Pool, Iceland

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An honest pool made by human beings back in 1923, this little miracle often gets overlooked by tourists busy running to the big Icelandic draws.

Pools at Ohe’o, Hawaii

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Named the “Seven Sacred Pools” there’s some of the most stunning falls and lakes in Hawaii here. A little extra legwork will earn you a private paradise free of charge.

Opal Pool, Oregon

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Right near a former mining camp, the Opal Pool takes some off-roading skills to reach, but has some of the finest faraway swimming anywhere in the Beaver State.

Emma Gorge Waterfall, Australia

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An hour of picturesque walking will put you at the Emma Gorge, where seclusion and a tower of dropping water are the order of the day.

Dorset Quarry, Vermont

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A private quarry that might soon get shut down, Dorset can be a wonderful place for light rock jumps, or can be overcrowded with hot locals looking to cool off.

Poco Azul, Brazil

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You can switch off between hunting for gold and diamonds in the nearby caves and swimming in the natural pools and hidey-holes that pockmark this splendid region.

Swimming Hole at Battle Ax Creek, Oregon

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Rushing rivers, calm waters, and scenery that is even impressive for the notoriously green Oregon state ...

Hamilton Pool, Texas

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You’ll be swimming in a cave with a huge, natural window right above you. Jade-green waters beckon, and those who need safety can be assured that the mineral-rich area is monitored for quality to avoid any harmful outbreaks.

Queen’s Bath, Hawaii

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Named for the kings, queens, princes, and princesses who used to frequent this tide pool, it’s as close to royal existence as most of us are likely to get.

Las Grietas, Ecuador

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Translated, Las Grietas means “The Cracks” because it is a series of volcanic fissures in the Galapagos Islands. Here, salt and fresh water are layered, making it as unique a swimming hole as you’re likely to find on Earth.

Cummins Falls, Tennessee

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A quaint spot that gets little foot traffic, Cummins Falls isn’t the biggest or baddest waterfall in Tennessee, it’s just right for a quick dip getaway.