A Swimmer's Vacation: A Guide to the Best Swims in the World

by Pool Builders on 12-23-2012 in Articles

The Cenote was formed when a crystal clear, underground river slowly carved out stunning passageways and humongous caves below the surface. Local snorkeling and diving companies offer tours through the caves. It's small, claustrophobic-inducing passages definitely make it a diving trip for the more adventurous traveler! Because the water is much chillier than the warm Mexican climate, you'll want to bring thermal protection for your dive. Pick up a Finis PU Thermal Cap to keep your head toasty warm.

Bioluminescent Bay is a must in any diver's lifetime itinerary. This shallow bay, just off the coast of Puerto Rico, harbors 720,000 phosphorescent single-celled organisms that brilliantly glow when slightly agitated. Plan your trip during a new moon and take a kayak out in the middle of the waters. Not only will your movements be illuminated by the glowing organisms (don't worry, they are completely harmless!), but the creatures also make it easier to spot local wildlife swimming through. So you don't miss a moment of the magical glowing action, bring along a pair of Speedo Rift Pro Goggles. These streamline, hybrid-mask goggles are ideal for open water swims and offer an incredibly wide field of vision.

Formed at the lowest land point of the surface of the earth, the Dead Sea is a super salty lake located in the Middle East. People have visited the Dead Sea for centuries to bathe and wallow in its rich waters and supposedly healing mud. The hyper saline waters are extremely buoyant and can easily hold swimmers above the water, even in a reclined position. It's one of the more popular destinations on the list and won't disappoint even the most seasoned traveler.

This next one isn't for the faint of heart! Located in the nation of Palau in the Pacific Ocean, a small limestone island sealed itself off from the sea and slowly became a contained lake. There happened to be a few jellyfish within the new lake's waters and over time, without natural predators, they began to flourish. The lake now harbors more than 10 million jellyfish, all of which have evolved and lost their stinging ability. This means that visitors are able to swim among the vast number of jellyfish unharmed. It's quite the thrilling sight to see and experience! If you're headed to Jellyfish Lake, pack a pair of compact Finis Zoomers. These short bladed fins will easily propel you through the waters and help you see each and every one of the 10 million invertebrates.

Who says you have to hit up open waters to have one of the most-unique swims around?! Holding over 66 million gallons of water, the artificial lagoon at the Chilean resort of San Alfonso del Mar is one giant swimming pool! This warm, crystal clear, saltwater pool has so much room to spare that you can even windsurf and kayak within its waters. On the other side of the world, there's the Rooftop Infinity Pool at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. The guest-only pool seamlessly overlooks the city below. It's the world's largest pool at its height. Because it's easy to lose track of time in both of these gorgeous pools, be sure to lather on plenty of sunscreen before entering the water. SolRX Waterblock Sunscreen provides 8 hours of SPF 44, waterproof protection.

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