Summer is the time of the year when people would trade anything just to jump into any body of water to beat the heat. If swimming pools are overrated and island destinations are out of reach, might as well have a good dip in a swimming hole.

Swimming holes are exciting, tranquil, romantic and a natural place to cool off. We will help you uncover some of the most stunning swimming holes worldwide.

Queen’s Bath – Hawaii

Queen’s Bath is a one-of-a-kind tide pool that can be found on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The pool has igneous rocks around it. It is a sinkhole was a result after a lava tube collapsed and fresh water from natural springs filled it. During ancient times, only the Aliʻi (or royalty) were allowed to come into the sacred waters. Nowadays, tourists flock the queen's bath as an intimate, secluded swimming location.

Ik Kil Cenote – Mexico

Ik Kil is also a sinkhole or cenote that was formed after a limestone bedrock collapsed then groundwater gushed from underneath. The ancient Maya treated Cenote Ik Kil as sacred and often used this for relaxation and their sacrificial offerings to their rain god. Ik Kil has a water level of about 26 meters (85 feet) below ground level. A few years ago, Ik Kil became a destination for  Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

Bimmah Sinkhole – Oman

Bimmah Sinkhole boasts an extremely crystal clear water inside a hollow section of a limestone. The water is 20 meters deep and was formed by a collapsed surface layer of limestone but locals believe otherwise. They think this was created by a meteorite. Its close proximity to the ocean is the reason why the turquoise blue water a saltwater and home to a few species of fish.

To Sua Ocean Trench – Samoa

Formed by an ancient lava eruption, the To Sua Ocean Trench is probably the world’s most stunning natural pool. The name literally means giant swimming hole. However, anyone with the fear of heights might hesitate going down thru a ladder just to get into the 30-meter deep pool. But adrenaline junkies may might as well just jump.