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Top 10 Natural Pools

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2. Giola, Thassos, Hellas - Top 10 Natural Pools

Think pools and baths, and spas are all human invention? Not at all. Check out these incredible natural reservoirs, created, shaped and formed by the natural forces and then inundated with water from the underground or waterfalls. Some are better than the water parks!

1. Queen’s Bath, Kauaʻi, Hawaii
As if sandy beaches were not enough, the nature has created some additional wonders in Hawaii. Queen’s Bath is fed by the ocean and enables to swim on this rocky coast. There is even a small waterfall nearby, where swimmers can rinse off salty water.

Why to go there?: A beautiful natural pool, where you can have a refreshing dip in summer.
1. Queen’s Bath, Kauaʻi, Hawaii - Top 10 Natural Pools
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1. Queen’s Bath, Kauaʻi, Hawaii - Top 10 Natural Pools
Photo: Laura Hope

1. Queen’s Bath, Kauaʻi, Hawaii - Top 10 Natural Pools
Photo: Alex Rapada

2. Giola, Thassos, Hellas
A unique water reservoir, located near the village of Astris, provides a pleasant swimming experience. The Aegean Sea inundates the lagoon with water, which gets much warmer than in the sea. It is indeed one of the most popular bathing sites here!

Why to go there?: Not only it is a unique natural pool, but the water is much warmer than in the sea and more pleasant to swim.
2. Giola, Thassos, Hellas - Top 10 Natural Pools
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2. Giola, Thassos, Hellas - Top 10 Natural Pools
Photo: Evgeni Dinev

2. Giola, Thassos, Hellas - Top 10 Natural Pools
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3. Hamilton Pool, Texas, USA
Created by the collapse of the ground, today the natural pool is a favorite attraction. Surrounded with limestone walls the pool also features a waterfall, plunging down from the ceiling. Visitors reach the site by completing a picturesque trail and then have a dip.

Why to go there?: Beautiful park, great natural site and hiking opportunities.
3. Hamilton Pool, Texas, USA - Top 10 Natural Pools
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3. Hamilton Pool, Texas, USA - Top 10 Natural Pools
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3. Hamilton Pool, Texas, USA - Top 10 Natural Pools
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4. Bahmah, Wadi Shab, Oman
A natural sinkhole in Hwaiyat Najm Park is truly beautiful and provides a great swimming experience. Surrounded with the desert, the sinkhole is filled with crystal clear water, creating a nice oasis. There is a car park and changing facilities to ensure a nice trip.

Why to go there?: One of the best swimming places in the country.
4. Bahmah, Wadi Shab, Oman - Top 10 Natural Pools
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4. Bahmah, Wadi Shab, Oman - Top 10 Natural Pools
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5. Havasu Falls, Arizona, USA
The beautiful falls, found in the Grand Canyon, form a natural pool, which provides an exhilarating swim for the hikers. The average water temperature reaches pleasant 21.1 C (70 F) degrees. Its blue color is due to magnesium and calcium.

Why to go there? Stunning surroundings, a natural pool with two waterfalls and plenty of hiking opportunities.
5. Havasu Falls, Arizona, USA - Top 10 Natural Pools
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5. Havasu Falls, Arizona, USA - Top 10 Natural Pools
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5. Havasu Falls, Arizona, USA - Top 10 Natural Pools
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6. The Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls, Zambia
A gorgeous and one of the most popular waterfalls in the world is known as “the smoke that thunders” among the locals. The Devil’s Pool is a naturally formed pool on the Zambia’s side. From September to December the current becomes weaker than usual and some adventurers dare to swim in it just a few feet away from the abyss.

Why to go there?: It is worth seeing the waterfall. But swimming in the pool is not an approved activity.
6. The Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls, Zambia - Top 10 Natural Pools
Photo: Annie Griffiths

6. The Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls, Zambia - Top 10 Natural Pools
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6. The Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls, Zambia - Top 10 Natural Pools
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7. The Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, USA
The largest hot spring in the country got its name due to the vibrant iridescent colors, caused by bacteria. The color of the spring’s rim changes every season, except for the center, which is free from bacteria due to the extreme temperature.

Why to go there?: It is the third largest hot spring in the world and indeed impressive.
7. The Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, USA - Top 10 Natural Pools
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7. The Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, USA - Top 10 Natural Pools
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7. The Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, USA - Top 10 Natural Pools
Photo: Tom Charonsinphon

8. Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming, USA
The travertine Minerva Terrace is one of the most spectacular spots in Yellowstone National Park. The water streaming from under the ground and down the hill is extremely hot (80 °C;170 °F). The hot springs cover a very large area, which is exciting to explore.

Why to go there?: Although impossible to bathe, the area is indeed very beautiful.
8. Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming, USA - Top 10 Natural Pools
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8. Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming, USA - Top 10 Natural Pools
Photo: Alexander Koenders

9. Champagne Pool, North Island, New Zealand
The geothermal pond is a spectacular natural marvel, formed 900 years ago – a relatively young age for such a formation. The hot spring is 62 m (203 ft) deep and the water temperature is about 73 °C (163 °F). It is obviously not suitable for bathing, but gorgeous to admire.

Why to go there?: The pool is a popular attraction in the region.
9. Champagne Pool, North Island, New Zealand - Top 10 Natural Pools
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9. Champagne Pool, North Island, New Zealand - Top 10 Natural Pools
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9. Champagne Pool, North Island, New Zealand - Top 10 Natural Pools
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10. Geneve Bay, Saint Martin
10. Geneve Bay, Saint Martin - Top 10 Natural Pools
Photo: Carver Haines

10. Geneve Bay, Saint Martin - Top 10 Natural Pools
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10. Geneve Bay, Saint Martin - Top 10 Natural Pools
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