10 World's Most Breathtaking Natural Pools10. Las Grietas, Ecuador
Las Grietas is formed between two walls created by lava. It is home to a pool fed by both fresh and saltwater sources. With a steady temperature between 18-20 degrees, the lake is ideal for cooling down after a day of hiking, or to give you a second wind for evening festivities.
9. Ik Kil, Mexico
As you descend into the cavern, strange vines and vegetation line your path, and the tiny unseen birds flitting overhead add an eerie audible to the experience. Marvel at the clarity of the blue water as deep as 85 feet below the lake's facade. Realizing nature created this marvel from collapsed limestone bedrock is perhaps Ik Kil's most incredible feature.
8. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The geothermal seawater from 2,000 meters beneath the earth's surface is chockfull of minerals to make your skin glow. In addition, the lagoon's water temperature is perfect for melting away tension knots and muscle aches. If you seek more physical therapy, slip into the natural sauna sculpted out of a lava cave and end your adventure by slathering your body in therapeutic white silica mud.
7. Pamukkale, Turkey
In southwestern Turkey, there is 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.
6. Dean's Blue Hole, Bahamas
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. Fearless divers hurl themselves as deep as possible into the depths of turquoise water in the center of the popular tourist spot without tanks or other traditional equipment.
5. To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa
The island where To Sua is located evolved from a colossal basaltic shield volcano and is the second largest and the most populated of the Samoan Islands with a population of 135,00. 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, Australia
Surrounding the rockholes are rushing waterfalls to sit under and cleanse your body and soul, or you can just sit on a rock and enjoy the scenery as exotic birds serenade you on all sides. Here, you can explore different sizes and shapes of holes, some of which are nearly 7 feet deep, all interspersed with flat rock shelves.
3. The Devil's Pool, Zambia
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. If you muster enough courage for this escapade, be sure to plan your visit for the dry season when the pool is filled to capacity and perfect for jumping.
2. Giola, Greece
On the stunning island of Thassos, you will find a hidden lagoon named Giola that provides exquisite views of the deep blue Aegean Sea. The pure, clear water of the lagoon is far enough away from the tourists to seem private and perfect for massaging your inner soul to a state of tranquility and leave life's troubles behind.
1. Tat Kuang Si Waterfall, 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.
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