Around half of holiday makers say that swimming is on their to do list, making the activity far more popular than staples such as viewing museums and historical sites. No summer holiday is complete without a trip to the hotel pool or down to the beach. However, if you’re a thrill seeker, then the average swimming pool might not cut it. Instead, consider hiking deep into nature and finding a beautiful and unspoilt wild swimming hole. Here you can have more privacy and bathe among wildlife. It is those unique experiences that really make travellers happy, so read on to find out about some of the world’s most spectacular wild swimming spots.
Coryvrreckan Whirlpool, Scotland
If you’re looking for the perfect staycation swimming experience, then Scotland is your best bet. Though it may be cold, Coryvrrecken Whirlpool is a thrill seeker’s dream. A rocky pinnacle below the water has created a whirlpool that makes this a fun, if dangerous place, to go for a swim. In fact, while taking a boat across the water, George Orwell was nearly killed here. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it is a popular adventurous swimming location nonetheless. To stay safe, go when winds are low and the current isn’t so strong.
Bimmah Sinkhole, Oman
If you are looking for a destination that is a bit warmer and further afield, then Bimmah Sinkhole in Oman could be perfect. This sinkhole offers shade away from the hot desert sun and the incredible clear waters will help you cool off even more. With steps and a handrail leading down, this is a slightly more touristy and less wild option. However, it is a still all-natural way to enjoy your swimming holiday.
Cenotes X’keken, Mexico
Mexico is the perfect location if you are looking for hidden swimming holes. Cenotes X’keken is a great example of these secret and stunning wild pools. The turquoise water, located deep within a limestone cave, will help you to forget about the world and enjoy true relaxation. This is an eco-friendly way to swim because the water is naturally cleaned by being filtered through the limestone and therefore doesn’t require chemicals.
Gunlom Falls, Australia
Despite being on the opposite side of the Earth, Australia is one of the most popular destinations among Brits. No doubt one of the reasons is that, during our winter months, Australian temperatures soar, and the water is perfect for swimming. If you want a truly magical and wild experience, then Gunlom Falls is for you. There are several swimming holes among these waterfalls, on different levels. There’s even an infinity pool, where you can swim right up to the edge and look out across the mesmerising Kakadu National Park.
No matter which country you visit, there’s bound to be a creek or river where you can strip off and jump in. Visiting the above will take you to Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, showing how the whole world can have a unique wet and wild experience awaiting adventurous travellers. Combine your love of hiking, nature and swimming by looking for a natural alternative to the hotel pool.
Now working as a writer, Jackie Edwards started her career in the hospitality and travel industry, but after becoming a mom refocused and decided to spend more time with her family. When she’s not writing, she volunteers for a number of local mental health charities and also has a menagerie of pets to look after.