The World’s Most Amazing Natural Pools

Pack your bathing suit and head out in search of some cool pools where you can chill out until fall. From the South­west to Scot­land, these pools should def­i­nite­ly be at the top of your buck­et list.

havasupai fallsHava­su­pai Falls, Grand Canyon in Arizona
Make sure you’re wear­ing com­fort­able hik­ing boots and bring your water shoes for your swim at the Hava­su­pai Falls. It’s a 12-mile walk down switch­backs and over the rocky desert floor, but you’ll be reward­ed when you arrive at the crys­tal clear blue-green oasis. Take your time relax­ing in this stun­ning nat­ur­al pool because even­tu­al­ly, you will have to make the walk back up the canyon.

Seven Sacred Pools, MauiThe Pools at Oheo Gulch in Haleakala Nation­al Park, Maui, Hawaii
You might think you’re in a trop­i­cal dream when you arrive at these spec­tac­u­lar pools just steps from the Pacif­ic Ocean, but when you jump in, you’ll know you’re awake. These pools are a part of the Haleakala Nation­al Park sys­tem and are also known as Sev­en Sacred Pools, although there are at least a dozen pools for you to explore. Depend­ing on which spec­tac­u­lar pool you choose for your float, it can take from two to five hours to hike in, but it’s well worth your time. Set against a back­drop of palm trees, trop­i­cal flow­ers, and ancient lava rocks, these ancient waters are a great get­away from the crowd­ed beach­es of Maui.

To Sua Ocean Trench in SamoaTo Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa
The flight to Samoa might be long, but the trip to the South Pacif­ic and the dis­cov­ery of To Sua Ocean Trench will make you won­der why you nev­er had this Trea­sure Island on your radar.

Once you arrive, trav­el the La Mafa Pass 1,700 feet up past plan­ta­tions trop­i­cal foliage and water­falls, until you arrive at the To Sua Ocean Trench in Lotofa­ga Vil­lage. The sparkling pool To Sau trans­lates to ‘big Hole,” and to swim in the cool, turquoise waters you’ll have to jump, but it’s advis­able to climb down the ladder.

After relax­ing in the nat­ur­al pool, you can head to the white sands of Fao­fao Beach to ride some waves or just relax on this South Pacif­ic beach.

Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye, ScotlandThe Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye, Scotland
It’s easy to fall under the mag­i­cal spell of these pools locat­ed south­east of Glen Brit­tle For­est and about two miles before Glen Brit­tle beach. These vivid­ly col­ored lit­tle pools fed by water­falls are sur­round­ed by marshy grass and grey rocks. There is a marked, easy trail to the aqua blue waters, which look warm and invit­ing, but the tem­per­a­ture, like the views and Scot­tish hills, will take your breath away.

secret lagoonSecret Lagoon, Gam­la Lau­g­in in Fludir, Iceland
Sum­mer in Ice­land is spectacular—especially so because the sun nev­er sets.

Ice­land is filled with warm nat­ur­al pools—and a few not-so-nat­ur­al like the famous Blue Lagoon, but if you go off the beat­en path to tiny vil­lages, you can find bub­bling pools of hot water filled with bathers with smiles on their faces.

The Secret Lagoon is tucked away in this tiny vil­lage of Gam­la Lau­g­in, an hour’s dri­ve from Reyk­javík. It’s a fam­i­ly run busi­ness and tourists from all over the world descend on these warm, nat­ur­al waters to float and watch the North­ern lights.