There is a lot of fun that comes with swimming. Many people have their own ways of doing it in swimming rivers and even oceans. Still, swimming in a natural pools can be a different experience for you. However, you will have an unforgettable experience when you choose to swim in a beautiful natural pool.
1. Ik Kil Cenote, Yucatan, Mexico
Ik Kil is a cenote outside Pisté in the Tinúm Municipality, Yucatán, Mexico. It is located in the northern center of the Yucatán Peninsula and is part of the Ik Kil Archeological Park near Chichen Itza. It is open to the public for swimming. The cenote is open to the sky with the water level about 26 metres (85 ft) below ground level. There is a carved stairway down to a swimming platform. The cenote is about 60 metres (200 ft) in diameter and about 50 metres (164 ft) deep.There are vines which reach from the opening all the way down to the water along with small waterfalls. There are black catfish which swim in the cenote. The cenote is part of a larger complex of a restaurant, store, changing rooms, and cottages for rent. The entrance fee at the time of writing (February 2021) is 150 MXN for adults and 100 MXN for children.
Opening Time: Cenote Ik Kil opening hours are Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm.
2. Barton Springs Pool
Barton Springs Pool is a recreational outdoor swimming pool that is filled entirely with water from nearby natural springs. It is located on the grounds of Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The pool exists within the channel of Barton Creek and utilizes water from Main Barton Spring. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming. Over the years, Barton Springs Pool has drawn people from all walks of life, from legislators who have concocted state laws there to free-spirited, topless sunbathers who turned heads in the 1970s. Robert Redford learned to swim at the pool when he was five years old while visiting family in Austin. Today, Barton Springs still attracts a diverse crowd of people and has seen record setting numbers of visitors nearing 800,000 in recent years. Depths of the pool range from 0’ to 18′ with surrounding grassy areas for patrons to lounge upon. Adjacent to the pool bathhouse is Splash!, an educational exhibit where patrons can learn about the history and biology of Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer which feeds it.
3. Pool To-Sua Ocean Trench (Samoa, Polynesia)
The To Sua ocean trench is a swimmer’s delight, set on the edge of a tropical paradise with the South Pacific lapping at its shores. Surrounded by lush gardens, visitors wind along cliffside paths to the natural salt water pool sunken deep into the earth. it has to be one of the most unusual places to swim on the planet. The 30-metre, almost perfectly symmetrical swimming hole surrounded by lush vegetation sits in the middle of a lava field near Lotofaga village atop a jutting edge of spectacular coastline on the south coast of Samoa’s main island of Upolo. The only access into the sparkling emerald green waters of the pool is via a single ladder with a small sitting/viewing platform at its base. Yet despite its amazing depth and size, To Sua is hard to see as you approach across the parkland surrounding it, which is dotted here and there with fales (small shelters) and picnic areas. To Sua, formed during an ancient lava eruption when the land around it slipped away, consists of two large holes joined by a lava tube cave. The main hole – the pool – is filled with seawater and is connected to the ocean by an underwater cave. The pool is fed by a series of canals and tunnels with water from the ocean pounding just metres away.
Opening Time: The To Sua ocean trench is a swimmer’s delight, set on the edge of a tropical paradise with the South Pacific lapping at its shores. Surrounded by lush gardens, visitors wind along cliffside paths to the natural salt water pool sunken deep into the earth.
4. Hamilton Pool (Texas, USA)
It is 23 mi (37 km) West from Austin and is one of the most unusual as well as beautiful lakes in the world. The lake belongs to Travis County Park. It formed thousands of years ago after a calciferous dome broke off the ground and fell, opening and forming a fascinating pool. It is considered to be ground and underground lake simultaneously. A 50 ft (15m) waterfall contributes to the fascinating natural beauty. Visitors are allowed to swim in the lake. Although, it is restricted sometimes, due to the water monitoring, since the water quality has to be checked occasionally. Even though the signs said the Hamilton Pool trail was moderately strenuous, it really wasn’t that bad. The trail started off by descending on a combination of dirt and rock slabs. The roughly circular swimming hole is partially shaded by a rock outcropping. The overhang is all that is left of what was once the ceiling of a cave. The grotto partially collapsed and revealed a natural swimming pool. Delicate ferns cling to the rocks above the pool, and water often trickles down through the ferns, creating trickling or gushing waterfalls depending on how much rain has fallen recently. About 150 feet in diameter and 25 feet deep, the pool is large yet ecologically sensitive.
Opening Time: There is a morning time slot (9:00 am – 12:30 pm) and an afternoon time slot (2:00 pm – 5:30 pm). Each time slot requires a reservation.