Ten of the Most Unique and Unusual Swimming Pools on Earth

The days are getting lighter and the temperatures are getting warmer…summer is almost here. And there is no better way to celebrate the start of the summer season than by planning a swim in some of the most unusual swimming pools on earth.

We’ve gathered together an extraordinary mix of our favourite swimming pools around the world – from pools set within a shark tank to heart-wrenching glass-bottomed pools.

Infinity edged pool with a view, Singapore

Photo Credit: Sarah Ackerman on Flickr

Perched high above the streets of Singapore, the Skypark at Marina Bay Sands Resort offers an incredible infinity pool with a view over the city.  Situated 55 floors above ground level, the swimming pool is said to stretch as wide as the length of the Eiffel Tower.

The world’s deepest indoor pool, Belgium

nemo33 pool brussels

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Nemo 33 was once the world’s deepest swimming pool. Today, this pool in Brussels still holds claim to the deepest indoor pool at a staggering depth of 108 feet. Kept at a warm 96 degrees Fahrenheit, the pool has the perfect conditions for divers who can explore the underwater caves without a wet suit.

Devil’s Pool on the edge of a waterfall, Zimbabwe

View of Victoria Falls from above the Devil's Pool

Photo Credit: Charles Haynes on Flickr

The adrenaline-inducing Devil’s Pool is perched at the edge of the mighty Victoria Falls, one of the largest waterfalls on earth. Those who dare to swim in this alarmingly unsecured pool can enjoy incredible views over the thundering falls and towards the Zambezi River 128 metres below.

The San Alfonso del Mar Seawater Pool, Chile

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Fancy a swim in the world’s largest swimming pool? The San Alfonso del Mar Seawater Pool in Algarrobo is the largest outdoor pool on earth stretching for one kilometre over 20 acres of land along Chile’s coastline. This enormous swimming pool holds a total of 66 million gallons of water at one time.

Pool within a shark tank, USA

Golden Nugget Pool Las Vegas

Photo Credit: Kent Buckingham on Flickr

Adrenaline junkies will love a chance to take a dip in the swimming pool at the Golden Nugget casino in Las Vegas. Formed around a glass marine tank filled with sharks and other fascinating marine life, you’ll feel as though you’re swimming alongside them – with nothing between you and these fascinating underwater creatures.

Don’t forget to test out the three floor water slide that shoots down through the middle of the marine tank.

Blood Red Pool, Thailand

Red Pool Koh Samui

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The Library Pool in Koh Samui is famous for its unusually deep, blood red colouring. However, contrary to what your eyes may see, you will be pleased to know the water itself is crystal-clear and will not stain your swimsuit red. This unusual swimming pool gets its colour from the orange, red and yellow tiles on the bottom of the pool floor.

Limestone terraced pools, Turkey

Photo Credit: Petr Kratochvil on Flickr

Turkey’s white terraced pools in Pamukkale are an incredible sight to see and their warm waters attract tourists from far and wide. Crystal-clear water mingles with bright calcium and limestone deposits known for their therapeutic qualities.  You can also soak in the natural hot springs in the ancient Greek-Roman city of Hierapolis.

Pool within a river barge, Germany

Badeschiff Berlin

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The Badeschiff (bathing ship) in Berlin is a swimming pool that has been created out of a former shipping container in the Spree River – a river filled with too much pollution to swim in. When night falls, this unassuming swimming pool turns into a party venue with DJs playing until the early hours of the morning.

The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Photo Credit: Andrew Bowden on Flickr

The Blue Lagoon is one of the most beautiful natural swimming pools on earth. One of the 25 Wonders of the World, this natural geothermal pool is set in the middle of Iceland’s steamy landscape and is one of the best places to witness the Northern Lights.

Glass bottomed pool, China

This swimming pool at the Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao is one of the most extraordinary swimming pools on earth – offering a glass bottom so swimmers can see the view directly below them. Stretching 100 feet over the street below, swimmers feel as though they are swimming in mid-air, an electrifying 24 floors above the ground.

What other unusual swimming pools would you like to swim in? Let us know in the comments below.


About the Author:

Lauren Morling
Lauren Morling is a South African freelance writer living in London. She has a passion for digital marketing and has been published in The Touristin, a Luxury Travel Blog, Life As a Human and the Daily Mail. Lauren works in digital marketing and has a journalism degree from the University of Cape Town.

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