Close your Google windows and pack your swimming costumes.
The search for the most beautiful winter escapes is over. We at Fast Cover Travel Insurance have compiled a list of five captivating swimming holes from around the world. With the most picturesque settings and clear water, each of these locations offers you a chance to indulge your senses. Prepare to be tempted to book your flight, organise travel insurance and set off to see some of the most idyllic natural sights in the world.
To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa
‘To Sua’ translates to ‘gigantic swimming hole’, but To Sua is not just any sizeable body of water. This magical spot is located near the village of Lotofaga on the south coast of Upolu island in Samoa. You can climb down a steep ladder to enter the water, which is up to 30 metres deep, and enjoy the sight of the surrounding greenery. Take a picnic and find a spot to look out over the rolling ocean after you climb out of this magical swimming hole.
Nanda Blue Hole, Santo, Vanuatu
The Nanda Blue Holes, also known as Jackie’s Blue Hole, is perhaps one of the most beautiful blue holes in Vanuatu. The water is an unbelievable deep blue due to the depth of the hole and the flow of water that is naturally filtered to an almost pure state by its natural limestone surrounding.
The surround of the Blue Hole were made for day-trippers, with a large bungalow, a bar, boardwalk and picnic area.
The Blue Hole is close by to a number of resorts including Turtle Bay Lodge and Oyster Island Resort. It is a must see for anyone travelling through Santo.
Giola, Thassos, Greece
This beautiful natural lagoon looks like a swimming pool carved into rocks, with the walls reaching 8 metres high. It is still relatively unknown so there is a bit more effort involved in finding the location. You will need an off-road vehicle to get to this natural pool, but it is well worth it. Take some lunch, lather in sunscreen and relax on the flat rocks in between swimming in the warm lagoon water.
Ik Kil, Cenote, Mexico
This cenote (a natural pit caused by the collapse of limestone bedrock), also referred to as the ‘Sacred Blue Cenote’, is located 3 km from Chichén Itzá and Pisté in the Eco-archaeological Park Ik Kil. It resembles a well with its naturally round shape. It is approximately 196 feet wide and 130 feet deep. It is covered in vegetation and has clear blue water. This cenote was believed to be used by the Mayans as a place for sacrificial rituals, but is now an ever increasingly popular stopover for those travelling to the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza.
Havasu Falls, Supai, Arizona
If you stumbled across these falls you’d think they were a mirage. Located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation south of the Grand Canyon National Park, these falls are a welcome reprieve from Arizona’s arid climate. The falls are only accessible via helicopter or by a 2 mile hike. Havasu Creek is fed by a spring so that it remains flowing and at 70 degrees all year round.
Each of these beautiful natural pools offers a sensory experience for any traveller. Take a small break from the hustle of travelling in the naturally clear blue water and let your mind wander away. If you’re thinking of visiting these swimming holes, make sure to get cover first so you can leap into the deep water without hesitation. For Aussie travellers preparing to jet off, check out Fast Cover Travel Insurance.