7 rock pools that prove nature really knows how to show off

2014-04-08 10:31
If you find yourself in South Africa right now, it's clear that the cooler, winter days are wanting to weigh in on all the summery fun we've been having. 

But we're simply not ready for that kind of discontent just yet.

Who can resist the come-hither look of a refreshing rock pool. Sure it takes a bit of guts, especially if you're not prepared and need to go the all-natural route. But sometimes you really can't help the spontaneous urge to dive-bomb right in. 

Following are seven spectacular natural pools, as recommended by Tripadvisor readers, with a few of our own added in.

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1. Devil's Pool Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia

World Heraitage site, Mosi-oa-Tunya, is one of Southern Africa's best-loved attractions. Found on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe you'll be blown away literally by its height and beauty. For adrenalin enthusiasts part of the pilgrimage includes getting the over-the-edge Devil's Pool shot - check out the Instagram hashtag below and you'll understand what we mean. Yes, this is definitely one for the must-do list.

2. Eco-Arqueological Park Ik KilChichen Itza, Mexico

Probably not as well-known as Devil's Pool above, this place certainly presents a 100% dive-bomb thrill. With its beautifully carved stairway leading down to creeping vines and tiny waterfalls, this will certainly by a surreal swim to boast about - you can also expect a few black catfish for company.

3. Havasu FallsArizona, United States

This place is striking simply because its located in the starkness of the Arizona Canyon, taking on oasis proportions. You're also not easily rewarded, as enjoying a splash here requires a bit of a hike to reach it. But it's worth it, we're told as you will get to enjoy a double-waterfall. There is also ample 'beach' area, allowing you to revive and rejuvenate for the trip back. 

4.To Sua Ocean Trench, Lalomanu, Upolu, Samoa

To Sua literally means Big Hole. This magical site allows you to descend 30 below the ground into an incredible  natural pool surrounded by lush and colorful gardens - undoubtedly a nature photography enthusiast's playground from any angel. It's important to note, visitors need to pay a fee to use the stairs that lead down below.

5.Kuang Si FallsLuang Prabang, Laos

While the pools found-halfway up these waterfalls are said to be the perfect place to take dip, the walk there does require a sure foot and a degree of tenacity - so be careful.  Also, if you time your visit correctly,the reward is an unforgettable sunset. You are also encouraged to stop in at the beautiful old temple en route, Pha Bath Tai.


6.Enchanted River Hinatuan, Philippines

Surely the name alone says it all. According to a mystical legend the seemingly unnatural hues of this riverbed (not entirely due to Instagram enhancement it seems) were caused by fairies who had stirred the river with their wands, enchanting the water with hues of sapphire and jade. Either way, we still think it looks remarkably inviting.

 7.Horsehoe Falls Rock Pool, Mkambati, Wild Coast, KZN

The Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape of South Africa gets its name from the rough seas that pound the shores. This is also where you will find the Mkambati Nature Reserve with its impressive Mkambati Falls, one of the few in the world that cascade directly into the ocean. A little further upstream are Strandloper Falls and the huge Horseshoe Falls - the perfect place to make the most of the last few summery days, don't you think?

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