Summer is a beautiful time of the year, with many holidaymakers heading to beaches and pools around the world.

For the more adventurous at heart, nature offers its own way to cool off in some of the most magical secret swimming holes you’ve never seen. From crystal clear waters to gushing waterfalls, swimming holes are natural jewels that reveal the raw beauty of nature.

If you’re looking for something a little different to do this summer, these are some of the world’s most extraordinary swimming holes.

To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa

The To Sua (literally meaning ‘Giant Swimming Hole) Ocean Trench is a 100ft / 30m deep jade green, saltwater swimming hole on a volcanic island in Samoa. The stunning attraction site is accessed by a long ladder. It also offers lush gardens, day fales with clifftop views, blowholes, sea arches, and rock pools to explore.

  • Location: Lotofaga, Samoa.
  • Nearby hotels: Saletoga Sands Resorts, Aga Reef Resort, and Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa.
  • Getting there: Fly into Faleolo Airport on the outskirts of the capital Apia, and pre-book a hoppa airport transfer to your beachside accommodation. The To Sua Ocean Trench is approximately a 2-hour drive from Apia, making it a great day trip.

Devil's Pool, Zambia

The Devil’s Pool in Zambia is perfect for adrenaline junkies and daredevils. The natural rock pool is situated on the lip of the Victoria Falls – one of the seven natural wonders of the world – and offers an exhilarating experience to swim to the edges of the falls. You'll need to trust that you won't be swept over the edge; but once you're in, the water is warm and the view is incomparable.

  • Location: Livingstone, Zambia.
  • Nearby hotels: Tongabezi Lodge, Kamunjila Lodge, The Royal Livingstone Hotel.
  • Getting there: Fly into Livingstone Airport, and pre-book a hoppa airport transfer to your hotel. To get to Devil’s Pool, you’ll need to book the official Livingstone Island tour, run by Tongabezi, departing from the Royal Livingstone Hotel.

Ik-Kil Cenote, Mexico

There are an estimated 7,000 cenotes in the Yucatan, yet Ik-Kil is known to be one of the most beautiful with crystal-clear waters and dramatic hanging roots. The cenote is located near the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, Mexico. It boasts water that is 131ft / 40m deep and requires swimmers to climb down 200ft / 60m to reach the waters, which were considered sacred by the Mayans.

  • Location: Chichen Itza, Mexico.
  • Nearby hotels: Hotel Okaan, Mayaland Hotel, The Lodge at Chichen Itza.
  • Getting there: Fly into Chichen Itza International Airport, and pre-book a hoppa airport transfer to your accommodation. You can visit Ik-Kil Cenote as part of a tour or on your own.

Kuang Si Falls, Laos

Located south of Luang Prabang in Laos, Kuang Si Falls is a three-level waterfall that collects in a number of pools as it flows downstream making perfect swimming holes. The falls begin in shallow pools atop a steep hillside, which lead to the main fall with a 200ft / 60m drop. Most of the pools are open to swimming, although some are closed because they’re considered to be sacred.

  • Location: Luang Prabang, Laos.
  • Nearby hotels: Sakaodeuan Hotel, Villa Namkhan River, Mekong Charm Riverside.
  • Getting there: Fly into Luang Prabang International Airport, and pre-book a hoppa airport transfer to your Laotian destination. It’s 23km from town and takes approximately 45 minutes by tuk-tuk.

David Stream, Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, Israel

Nahal David (David's Stream) is a beautiful waterfall oasis that is a major attraction in the Ein Gedi – a nature reserve and national park with spectacular views of the Dead Sea. The waterfall is a dramatic and refreshing contrast to the surrounding desert landscapes and is believed to be the place King David hid from the wrath of Saul some three-thousand years ago.

  • Location: Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, Israel.
  • Nearby hotels: Ein Gedi Kibbutz Hotel, Ein Gedi Camp Lodge, Kfar Hanokdim.
  • Getting there: Fly into Ben Gurion Airport, and pre-book a hoppa airport transfer to your hotel. Ein Gedi is about a one hour drive from Jerusalem and requires approximately another hour of easy hiking.

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