Soulstice Swim Spots 2016 - The World's Most Beautiful Swimming Holes

Soulstice Swim Spots 2016 - The World's Most Beautiful Swimming Holes

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Krka Waterfalls, Croatia

Natural Park is a great spot to hike and enjoy the company of several beautiful waterfalls. Skradinski Buk is one of two main waterfalls, where you can swim at the 

Sumba, Indonesia

Photo: Modern Farmer

Swimming_IndonesiaSumba lies at the eastern end of the nearly 14,000 islands that make up the archipelago of Indonesia. Because it’s so hidden, exotic and far away, this swimming hole is almost mythical. To find it amid the dense jungle and empty beaches of Sumba, first fly to Bali and then take a boat or plane to the posh Nihiwatu resort on the south coast of the island.

 

Once there, follow a small gravel road away from the coast for about 10 miles until you reach a small parking area. Duck into the jungle and make your way along the small-but-open trail across a rickety old footbridge. Soon you’ll spot the magically clean water and see the nearby falls and the surrounding rocky outcrops. All that’s left to do now is JUMP IN!

To Sua Trench, Samoa

  

This might one of the most unique places to swim in the world. To Sua means “big hole”, and it’s been converted into a swimming area. The only way down is a 30 meter-long ladder that leads into the water.

Devil's Pool, Zimbabwe

Photo: Quora

Devil’s Pool is at Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. This place is an ultimate destination for the daring and adventurous swimmer. It is one of the largest waterfalls in the world, and between September and December, the water is at a level safe enough for swimming. The “devil’s armchair” is just inches from the waterfall’s drop off, where people tend to casually stage themselves for the perfect photo op.

Jellyfish Lake, Palau

Jellyfish-lake

Image source: Flickr@wikipedia

Swimming at Jellyfish Lake is a surreal experience. A set of isolated lakes that trapped jellyfish over 12,000 years ago, the jellyfish lost their stingers when they didn’t have any natural predators. You are allowed to swim in the lake but scuba diving is not allowed in order to protect the ecosystem. The Lake is on the island of Eil Malk and it takes a short hike to reach it.

Pamukkale Hot Springs, Turkey

Pamukkale-in-Turkey

Pamukkale is Turkish for ‘cotton castle’ and these springs are renowned for their mineral rich blue water and restorative properties. The series of white travertine rock and hot springs range from lukewarm to boiling, so you can always decide on whether you want to soak or swim. The scenery is phenomenal and the tourist hot spot and can be visited all year long. 

Sooke Potholes, Canada

1 Sooke Potholes

Image source: Flickr@Mark_smith

The Sooke Potholes are a short distance away from the city of Victoria in British Columbia but make you feel like you are being transported much further away. They are a series of deep, polished rock pools connected by cascading waterfalls formed during the last ice age, by the movement of glaciers. The water here is beautiful and clear, and it is a wonderful swimming and picnicking destination. Access is easy through the Sooke Potholes Provincial Park, making it an excellent place to observe local wildlife.

Catarata Rio Caleste

Photo: Catarata Rio Celeste

This is just one of the many waterfall swimming holes in Costa Rica. If you like waterfalls surrounded by lush green jungle, Costa Rica is the place to go. 

Semuc Champey, Guatemala

Photo: Somewhereyonder

Semuc Champey is a natural 300 metre limestone bridge that crosses a series of stepped pools and waterfalls close to the Maya town Lanquín in Central East Guatemala. In the Maya language Semuc Champey means 'sacred water', a name which it most definitely lives up to! On top of the bridge is a series of stepped, turquoise pools - which are a favourite swimming spot for those in the know.

Make sure to tag #soulsticeswimspots in all your swimming adventures!

By Jesse Delgrosse @gringosontherun.com
Follow Jesse' adventures @jdelgrosse, @gringosontherun and @soulsticeswim

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