9 of the World’s Best Hidden Swimming Spots for Your 2017 Bucket List

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Psst! Like a swim but don’t want to share your pool or pond with anyone else? Then take a look at just 9 of the world’s best hidden swimming spots and add them to your (secret) bucket list for 2017, compiled with the help of Anchor Pumps.

Inner Hebrides: Fingal’s Cave on the Island of Staffa

If you’re feeling brave and fancy a dip in icy waters with massive basking sharks, then head to the Isle of Staffa for a swim around Fingal’s Cave.

There’ll probably be a handful of other swimmers with you as this is a tour trip (unless you’ve got your own boat?) but you’ll be so busy admiring the utter awesomeness of this spot that you won’t notice them.


Image credit: baskingsharkscotland.co.uk

Seljavallalaug, Iceland

This is the oldest man-made pool in Iceland. Uniquely filled with hot, geothermal water that comes directly from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, it’s a stark and remote swim spot that remains a hidden gem, largely because it’s surrounded by snow-capped mountains and is quite impossible to pronounce and get directions for!

Lady Elliot Island

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Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, Australia

While everyone else is busy heading to Fraser Island off Queensland’s coast, sneak off to this tiny island which is only accessible by a small plane instead (you can get to the base airport via luxury coach bus hire). This outcrop of the Great Barrier Reef offers hidden swimming opportunities to strictly controlled numbers of visitors. Plus, there’s a bar.

Parisian Catacombs

If you like a little danger with your dip (we never said these were all sensible suggestions) then head to Paris for a highly secret (and rather illegal) swim beneath its streets in the city’s catacombs. Creepy yet so very cool.

The Blue Cave, Croatia

This natural pool hidden in caves on the Croatian island of Vis is only accessible when the sea is calm and you’ll probably need a speedboat to get there, but the curious blue light that fills this magical sea cave is well worth the effort.

To Sua Trench, Samoa

Ordinarily a swim in a trench sounds like something you might like to avoid, and let’s hope that’s what everyone else does in this case because the hidden To Sua Trench in Samoa is like something from a dream. Essentially, it’s a hole, one which you will climb into and never want to leave.Samoa Travel

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Waitamo Caves, New Zealand

Ok, so this is more of a caving experience than a swim but it’s one of those lifetime dips that must be taken. In a wetsuit and hard hat, you can descend into the caves of Waitamo where, upon a rubber ring, you’ll float on your back through the dark underground tunnel system gazing up at what looks like a galaxy of stars but is in fact a display of glow worms.

Chelsea Swim Spa, England

If you want a regular pool swim but don’t want to share the water with anyone else, don’t spend hours hunting down places that have barely tolerable numbers of other swimmers, book a pool for your own personal use and make sure there’s none!

You can hire a warm and soothing hydropool in Chelsea which comes with a sound system so you can stick on a Spotify playlist and swim away your cares.

Your Place!

Taking a dip without having to share the water is one of life’s real luxuries, but if you’ve got the space, it’s a luxury you can indulge in any time you like if you just get your own pool!


A professionally installed one will cost between £10,000 and £25,000 but if you go DIY and pick up the parts, including liners, surrounds and pumps to fill and drain it, you could save thousands!


After all, what’s a little cash splashing when you get to splash for real at your leisure?! Just remember, if you install a pool, keep it a secret.



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