Adios chlorine. . . Hi there, natural swimming pools!
Grotta Della Poesia- PUGLIA, ITALY
According to legend, a princess used to swim in the waters of Roca Vecchia, an area renowned for its dramatic karst gorges. Her beauty inspired Italian poets who made the journey to Roca Vecchia to write prose that has endured to this day.
Nanda Blue Hole- ESPÍRITU SANTO ISLAND, VANUATU
Given the choice, it’s better to be in a blue hole than a black hole. And even more so if it’s Vanuatu’s bluest hole. This spectacular oasis was formed by fresh spring waters carving a hole into the limestone and is now served by a bar and picnic area. Oh, and the small entry price includes a free coconut to drink.
Fairy Pools- THE ISLE OF SKYE, SCOTLAND
The heart of the Black Cuillin mountains is the setting for this group of waterfalls and picturesque pools which appear either turquoise or emerald depending on the time of year. The freezing cold waters are for the truly brave of heart, even if you’re wetsuit.
Emerald Pool- KRABI, THAILAND
This crystal pool is found in the stunning Khao Phra Bang Khram reserve. Head there either in the early morning or late afternoon and be sure to also check out the nearby hot springs, where, you can swim in temperatures of between 32 and 42°C.
Cenote Ik Kil- YUCATAN, MEXICO
A world of Mayan gold and jade just waiting to be discovered. But the real treasure here isn’t in the depths of the majestic cenote, but above the surface: a mirror of water, tropical birds and the sun slipping in through the roof. Head here a visit to nearby Chichen Itza archeological site for the perfect day.
To Sua Ocean Trench- UPOLU, SAMO
To reach paradise there’s no need to go upwards. Here, you simply need to follow the wooden stairs that lead down to the To Sua Trench, a turquoise pool formed by volcanic activity and hidden away some 30 metres beneath the dense tropical vegetation.