Water is the key element of life. We all want it, need it and enjoy it every day. Many people can’t fathom starting their day without standing under a shower waterfall to invigorate their bodies and souls. Nothing soothes tender muscles and skin like soaking in a deep bathtub filled with warm water. Exercising in water provides a gentle resistance that enhances the effects of stretching and bending.
Fancy a swim? Need a workout? Feeling thirsty? Water is there, waiting for you. We’ve even developed pools, jacuzzi bathtubs and infinity pools for our enjoyment, but what about Mother Nature? Nothing compares to a pool conceived, designed and built by it; these magnificent works of art are located all over earth and waiting for you to dive right in!
11. Las Grietas, Ecuador
Las Grietas is formed between two walls created by lava. It’s home to a pool fed by both fresh and saltwater sources. With a steady temperature between 18 & 20 degrees F, the lake is ideal for cooling down after a day of hiking or to give you a second wind for evening festivities.
10. Ik Kil, Cenote, Mexico
Ik Kil, also known as Sacred Blue Cenote, is a must-see. Marvel at the clarity of the blue water as deep as 85 feet below the lake’s façade. Realizing nature created this marvel from collapsed limestone bedrock is perhaps Il Kil’s most incredible feature.
9. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
After you recover from the swoon of viewing 6 million liters of milky blue water in a lava field at a bare simmer between 100 and 102 degrees F, consider the health benefits. The geothermal seawater from 2,000 meters beneath the earth’s surface is chockfull of minerals to make your skin glow.
8. Pamukkale, Turkey
In southwestern Turkey, there’s a natural wonder called Pamukkale, which translates in English to “cotton castle.” The “castle” is comprised of white terraces of travertine 7 rock, the result of hundreds of centuries of water flowing over the surface from the nearby thermal springs.
7. Sliding Rock, USA
This gem in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina is a 60-foot smooth rock waterslide with a seven-foot deep natural pool at the bottom to catch you at the end of your daring descent. For years, the slide was only accessible through climbing rocks to the top of the drop.
6. Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas
Dean’s Blue Hole was formed when a cave flooded at the conclusion of the Ice Age, this spellbinding lake in the Caribbean is an astounding 1,000 feet wide and 650 feet deep. Snorkelers explore the shallow perimeters, full of many species of vividly colored fish.
5. To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa
Nestled in the tiny (population: 1,089) Samoan village of Lotofaga on the south coast of Upolu island, To Sua Ocean Trench demands little effort to enjoy its wonders. Just climb down a ladder to enjoy the enticing crystal clear water in the 98 foot deep hole and beat the heat of the jungle environment.
4. Buley Rockholes, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory
Buley Rockholes in Litchfield National Park, Australia is the ideal destination. Explore different sizes and shapes of holes, some of which are nearly 7 feet deep, all interspersed with flat rock shelves. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes with non-slip soles as the rocks can be slick and are best navigated like a crab, keeping your center of gravity low.
3. The Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls, Zambia
The Devil’s Pool is part of the largest – and most threatening – waterfall on earth, Victoria Falls. The bravest visitors often bound right into The Devil’s Pool, but judge your leap carefully; every year, several people die taking the 355 foot jump.
2. Giola, Thassos, Greece
On the stunning island of Thassos, you’ll find a hidden lagoon named Giola that provides exquisite views of that sea. Although you’ll swear the pool has to be made by man based on the meticulous detail of the carved rock, it is totally a natural phenomenon.
1. Tat Kuang Si Waterfall, Luang Prabang, Laos
If you find yourself fighting heatstroke in Laos, find Tat Kuang Si Waterfall in the national park on the Mekong River and engulf yourself in its inviting turquoise waters. You can lounge in the tranquil pool at the base of the falls or play Tarzan as you grasp a rope swing that lets you dangle over the triple tiered waterfall with inviting cool pools at every level.