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11 of the World’s Most Beautiful Natural Pools

It’s hard to beat natural, regardless of what you’re doing. Naturally formed pools are some of Mother Nature’s coolest inventions and we’ve got 11 of the most stunning from around the globe for you to check out.

11 of the World's most Beautiful Natural Pools

By The Culture-ist

  • Blue Lagoon, Iceland

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    Located in a lava field in Grindavik, Iceland, Blue Lagoon has 6 million liters of warm water, perfect for cold winter months. The pool is also rich in minerals that are said to be good for your skin.

  • Ik Kil Cenote, Mexico

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    A cenote is a natural pit created by a collapse in limestone bedrock, exposing groundwater beneath. The Ik Kil Cenote is exceptionally round with spectacular clear blue waters 85 ft from the surface. 

  • Havasu Falls, USA

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    Located south of the Grand Canyon National Park, the Havasu falls are only accessible by helicopter or a 10-mile hike. The water is rich in calcium, giving it a blue-green hue.

  • To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa

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    To Sua translates to "big hole", but the To Sua Ocean Trench is more than just a hole. A ladder takes you down to the picturesque, crystal clear waters for a perfect way to cool off in the jungle.

  • Kuang Si Falls, Laos

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    Kuang Si Falls is a 3-tier waterfall that feeds into small pools on each level. If you're looking for a full-day activity, visit the falls & enjoy lunch on one of the picnic tables along the falls.

  • The Devil's Pool, Zambia

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    The Devil's Pool is not for the faint of heart. The pool appears during the dry season & is located atop Victoria Falls, the world's largest waterfall, where visitors can lean right over the falls.

  • Giola, Greece

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    While this pool looks like it's been carved right into the rocks, it's a completely natural lagoon, replete with crystal clear aquamarine waters. If you're in Athens, be sure to make a trip out.

  • Sliding Rock, USA

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    Sliding Rock is exactly what it sounds like: 60 ft. of smooth rock that feeds into a natural pool, making a natural waterslide. Stairs have recently been added, along with lifeguards in the summers.

  • Las Grietas, Ecuador

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    Las Grietas is a canyon formed between two walls created by lava. The pool here is fed by both fresh and saltwater sources at temperatures between 18 & 20º, making it perfect to cool off after a hike.

  • Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Turkey

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    Pamukkale translates to "cotton castle" and the description couldn't be more accurate. Mineral baths were formed over thousands of years from rich thermal springs, giving it it a pure, white color.

  • Dean's Blue Hole, Bahamas

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    1000 ft wide and 400 ft deep, the nearly perfect circular "blue hole" is a sight to be seen. The pool was formed when a cave was flooded after the ice age. It's also a favorite spot for divers.

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