27 Fun & Exotic Places To Swim In The World

By: Emily Asciutto | emily.asciutto@activecities.com

Most everyone has a local swimming spot they like to frequent. Swimming and playing in the water is a refreshing and healthy pastime. But have you ever gone for a swim somewhere entirely unique? All around us there are natural lakes and waterways suitable for swimming. If you look hard enough you’ll find some truly magnificent spots. Here is a list to you get you started; 27 fun, beautiful and exotic places to swim in the world.

1. Bridal Veil Falls, Georgia
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Bridal Veil Falls is part of the Tallulah Gorge, which is nicknamed “Niagara of the South.” This park is located in Georgia and has the second largest area in depth, behind the Grand Canyon. Bridal Veil Falls has a series of waterfalls that you can slide down.

2. Linapacan Island, Philippines
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This small island, with a population just over 14,180, is the perfect location for a relaxing getaway. Linapacan Island is in the province of Palawan, in the Philippines. This island has some of the clearest waters in the world.

3. Maldives
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The Maldives consist of 1,192 islands, but only 192 are inhabited. The Maldives are known for their crystal clear waters and vast reef wildlife, making it a great place for scuba diving and snorkeling.

4. Chena Hot Springs, Alaska
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These springs are more than just an area for recreational swimming; People rush to these hot springs to bask in the healing powers of their mineral rich waters. In addition there is a beautiful view of the Aurora that is visible 200 nights out of the year.

5. Menorca, Spain
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The best area to visit is on the southwest side of the island at the bays of Macarella and Macarelleta. Menorca is full of white sandy beaches and turquoise water. The beaches are surrounded by beautiful pine tree covered hills. The best part is that it’s warm enough to swim year round.

6. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
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The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spring that stays pleasantly warm at temperatures between 98-102 degrees. The water contains minerals like silica and sulfur, which can help heal skin aliments. This is a great spot to visit if you enjoy combine cold climates with with soothing warmth.

7. White Rock Park, Indiana
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This natural pool has it all. Rope swings, zip lines, scuba diving, and diving boards from three different platforms.

8. To Sua Trench, Samoa
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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.

9. Devil’s Pool, Zimbabwe
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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.

10. Crater Lake, Oregon
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There is only one entrance to the lake, which is a steep mile-long trail. So, it’s a great way to get some hiking in before a nice dip in the lake. Visibility in Crater Lake has been measured at 43.3m, among the deepest in the world.

11. Ik Kil, Mexico
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This swimming area is one of the most secluded places in the world. It’s a perfectly round natural pit, complete with vegetation and waterfalls. The swimming hole is sunken 85 from surface, and is only accessible by a rugged set of stairs carved into the landscape.

12. Dead Sea, Jordan/Israel
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The Dead Sea is one of the only places in the world where you can “sit” on the surface without sinking. It’s a hypersaline lake and one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. The shore is measured at 1,385 feet below sea level, making it one of the lowest points on Earth.

13. Jenny Lake, Wyoming
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Jenny Lake is located in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. This massive lake, which is 423 feet deep and encompasses 1,191 acres, was created by glaciers 12,000 years ago. This spot is great for swimming but also leads to several hiking trails, boat rides and climbing routes to the tallest peaks of the Teton Range.

14. Panari Island, Japan
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Panari is one of the Yaeyama Islands. Its main draw is being one of the world’s best scuba diving destinations, having coral and marine life on a par with the Great Barrier Reef.

15. Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
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Ko Phi Phi Don is the largest of the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand, and is the only island in the group with permanent inhabitants. The island can only be accessed via ferry, and is regarded as a serene paradise for tourists.

16. Lake Tahoe, Nevada
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Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America, and the 27th largest lake by volume in the world. Lake Tahoe is a perfect spot to experience clear water and a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.

17. Playa Blanca, Colombia
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It is a beautiful, clean beach that fits the picture of the Caribbean paradise perfectly. The water here is calm and warm, making it a great place to snorkel and swim.

18. Matira Beach, French Polynesia
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Bora Bora is well known for its lagoon and barrier reef. Many of the hotels consist of huts built on the lagoon, enabling you to jump into the water right from your balcony. Many species of sharks and rays live in this area, making it a great place for snorkeling and scuba diving.

19. Hanauma Bay, Hawaii
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This island has no run off from rivers or streams, which results in very clear water. The best beach is Flamenco Beach, which is a mile of white coral sand surrounded by arid tree covered hills.

20. Culebra Island, Puerto Rico
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This beach is a perfect spot for the beginner snorkeler. The bay is well protected, allowing for hundreds of tropical fish species to dwell. And, due to the frquent volue of (human) swimmers, the fish are not as threatened by visitors.

21. Sardinia, Italy
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Sardinia is on the western coast of Italy in the Mediterranean. It has not been infiltrated with tourists, so it’s a hidden gem. Sardinia has stunning beaches, many of which offer panoramic views of the mountains, turquoise seas, and granite rock formations.

22. Havasu Falls, Arizona
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What? You thought the Arizona desert didn’t have any water? This oasis is a great spot for a dip in the hot heat. It’s located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation and is only accessible by helicopter or a 10-mile hike with pack mules.

23. Heaven Lake, China/North Korea
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This Lake is the highest Crater Lake on Earth. At an altitude of 7,182 feet, it’s a great place to go for a swim and literally feel like you are on top of the world.

24. San Vito lo Capo, Italy
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This is a great spot to enjoy crystal clear waters a midst the authentic Italian culture.

25. Sliding Rock, North Carolina
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The name says it all. You can zoom down 60 feet of smooth rock before falling into an icy cold mountain swimming hole.

26. Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas
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If you love deep diving, this is the place for you. At a depth of 663 feet and width of 1,000 feet, Dean’s Blue Hole is the deepest seawater swimming hole in the world. In fact, many world record attempts for free diving have been made here. (The current world record depth is over 700 feet!).

27. Krka Natural Park, Croatia
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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 base.