If you have not taken a dip in a swimming hole or have enjoyed the water cascading down from a waterfall, now is a good time as any to plan a trip somewhere you can have these experiences of a lifetime. There is just something magical about swimming in natural bodies of water surrounded by breathtaking nature scenery that will never be matched by swimming in a manmade pool regardless of how beautiful it may be. So if you are up for a swim in some of the most beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes in the world, here are some of the best places to start.
Cenote Ik Kil
Location: Yucatan, Mexico
A cenote is one nature’s many wonders. It is a sinkhole formed after bedrock collapses thus exposing water underneath. Cenote Ik Kil is a natural pit located roughly more than 80 feet below the surface. This beautiful swimming hole is spectacular to see from up above. But nothing beats swimming and floating on its waters while looking at the sky above you.
Location: Robert H. Treman State Park, Ithaca, New York
Robert H. Treman State Park is home to twelve waterfalls. But if you have to pick one, you can start with Enfield Falls which is near a good camping spot. The views on the trek down to the swimming hole is simply spectacular and worth the sweat. Jump into the refreshing pool of water and bask in nature’s beauty as you enjoy the swim.
Pools of ‘Ohe’o
Location: Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii
Hawaii has always been one of the few places in the world that is closest to being a paradise for swimming enthusiasts. The place is teeming with beautiful bodies of water – from beaches to lakes and everything in between. With so many destinations to go for a dip, it would be easy to overlook one of its best swimming holes. Located at the Haleakala National Park, the Pools of ‘Ohe’o refer to the many waterfall-fed swimming spots in the area.
Location: Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
Slides of all types have long been among many water-themed parks attractions. There is something exciting and exhilarating about sliding down from various heights and hitting the water as you reach the bottom. But if you think you can only find the best ones in water parks across the globe, think again! The Sliding Rock in North Carolina is exactly what its name suggests – a 60-foot rock formation where you will be tempted to slide down into the icy waters below.
To Sua Ocean Trench
Location: Lotofaga, Samoa
To Sua, which means big or giant hole, lies roughly 100 feet below the surface. Surrounded by lush vegetation and a sandy beach, this spectacular swimming hole is one place that you would not even dare to miss taking a dip.