by Jennifer Dawson
Looking for a great place to travel, but trying to avoid crowded pools and tourists? There just might be some great wild swimming places out there for you to try. Most aren’t for families, but there are a few which can introduce your kids to the wonders of wild or extreme swimming.
Places To Take The Kids
Wild swimming areas are great, but some aren’t for the entire family. However, there are a few places which might be able to introduce them to the wonder of water. In Crystal River, Florida, a great waterway fed by freshwater springs, you are able to swim with the manatees. It’s an interactive experience with nature your kids won’t forget. Another great place to take the kids is Jellyfish Lake in Palau, where there are 2 types of jellyfish there whose sting is harmless. You can find them normally in the sunniest part of the lake, and they tend to follow the sun across the lake.
While enjoying all these trips with the family to exciting and enthralling places, be sure to be safe while swimming. To make sure the excursion into the wild water is one they’ll never forget, don’t use these locations to teach them how to swim. Keep your family safe by emphasizing the aspects of not swimming alone, having plenty of sunscreen, and don’t forget to maintain your supervision over them.
Beautiful Places To Visit
Located on a volcanic island, the To Sua Ocean Trench in Samoa with its jade green water makes an irresistible choice. The tidal surge is strong, and there’s a rope suspended midway across the waterhole to help keep you from being swept towards the tunnels and the pounding surf, and the island’s falls are straight out of any action adventure movie. Kuang Si Falls in Laos is a multi-tier waterfall with water in several vivid cerulean pools as it flows downstream. To get to the top of the falls for a breathtaking view of the countryside, there’s an almost hidden stairway, you have to traverse, without railings and with overflowing water in some places.
If You’re Looking For Adventure
With the expertise of a local guide, take a hike to enjoy the well-hidden pools and water basins at Berekhat Zefira in Israel’s Dead Sea region. It’s located the canyons northwest of Masada, and it’s well worth the trip on foot to go off the beaten path. The Devil’s Pool located between Zambia and Zimbabwe is perched 360ft above Victoria Falls, and this swim is only possible when water levels are low or else you’ll float over the falls. Prepared to get pushed to the edge by the force of the river, with the edge bringing you to a halt giving you an up-close view of the sheer drop off the side of the falls.
The Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim is a swim through Istanbul in the Bosphorus, where the major shipping channel is closed once a year to accommodate the swim. It’s a chance to swim between Asia and Europe, but just be sure to avoid the eddies around the island and find your way to the finish line while getting to swim under two of Istanbul’s huge landmark bridges.