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Swim Here! 10 Best Places in the World to Swim

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We talk a lot about swimming, swim performance, and swimming injuries. Now that Spring Break is here, let’s talk about the best places in the world to swim. Your swimming skills will come in handy in many more places than the pool. Pack your suit and explore the best places in the world to swim before you die.

Swim Here Before You Die!

swim Havasu Falls
Havasupai Falls










  • Havasupai Falls, Arizona

Havasupai Falls is one of the top destinations in the Grand Canyon that only few tourists and the residents know about. Havasupai Falls is known for its dazzling turquoise waters, brilliant waterfalls, and exceptional hiking experience. The Falls gets its name from the nearby Havasupai people, or people of the green waters, who live in the Supai Village.



swim Bioluminescence in waves in the Gippsland Lakes, Victoria, Australia.

Bioluminescence in waves in the Gippsland Lakes, Victoria, Australia.

  • Gippsland Lakes, Victoria, Australia

In 2008 and 2009, the Gippsland Lakes were aglow thanks to little microorganisms called Noctiluca Scintillans. During the day, the immense algae bloom was red, but at night the bacteria glowed. When Noctiluca Scintillans are disturbed at night they glow, and that is why swimmers who trod out late at night can experience a once-in-a-lifetime swim. The bacteria have since lessened, but Gippsland Lakes is still an exceptional swim regardless of its glowing visitors.

swim The Philippines,tropical beach







The Philippines,tropical beach

  • Linapacan, Palawan, Philippines

Linapacan is a tropical island off of Palawan. The beach is secluded and rarely sees visitors. In addition to swimming and snorkeling, the island offers beautiful hiking and exploring opportunities. The journey to the island is not easy, but the trip is worth it.  



swim Wharton Beach Australia

Wharton Beach, Australia

  • Wharton Beach, Esperance, Australia

Wharton Beach is in Cape Le Grand, which is about 100 km outside of Esperance and 2 km west of Duke of Orleans Bay. You can swim, surf, and explore the dunes to get the full experience of the beach.


Two Grunt Fish swim near Exuma Island, Bahamas
Two Grunt Fish near Exuma Island, Bahamas
  • Exuma, Bahamas

Anywhere you go in the Bahamas is going to be beautiful. Exuma is one of the most popular places for tourists to visit. It has cobalt blue water, glowing sand, an abundance of wildlife, and a plethora of opportunities to swim, sail, snorkel, and explore. The locals are welcoming and the food is exceptional.



swim Sunset at Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe State Park
Sunset at Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe State Park
  • Sand Harbor, North Lake Tahoe, Nevada

I think we can all agree that most places in Tahoe offer some of the best swimming on this side of the Rockies. If you don’t want to travel too far from home, head North to Tahoe and jump in the water at Sand Harbor. Sand Harbor Lake is cold, but the swim is exquisite.


swim Maldives halfwater
Maldives halfwater
  • The Maldive Islands

Year-round sun, crystal blue water, golden beaches, and rich culture; who could ask for anything more? The Maldives are perfect for a vacation any time of the year. You can enjoy swimming excursions, snorkeling, indoor and outdoor sports, water sports, and yoga on the beach. The fun you can have is as endless as the beauty of the beaches.



swim A quiet moment in Aitutaki Lagoon.
A quiet moment in Aitutaki Lagoon.
  • Aitutaki Lagoon, Polynesian Cook Islands

The water at the Aitutaki Lagoon is clear and the sand is white. You can lie out in the beach beneath the glowing sun and bright blue sky. Aitutaki is a hot spot for travelers who love to swim, snorkel, fish and dive. Aitutaki has one of the most bio-diverse reef systems that is home to hundreds of species. You can choose to explore on your own or charter a boat to take you on a tour.



swim Blue Lagoon Camino Island Malta
Blue Lagoon Camino Island Malta
  • Blue Lagoon, Comino Island, Malta

Comino, which is a small island near Malta and Gozo, has been called the “paradise for snorkelers”. You can swim in the aquamarine water, explore the terrain, lie out in the white sand, or spend the day on a boat in the sun.



swim Sea splashing rocks at primosten
Sea splashing rocks at primosten
  • Raduca Beach, Primosten, Croatia

Primosten is in the Adriatic Sea, and it is home to one of the most famous beaches in the world: Raduca Beach. You can go parasailing, swimming, sailing, and more. Raduca Beach is an accessible entrance into the sea Adriatic Sea. When you are not in the water, you can enjoy wine, great food, and exceptional scenery.


This world is full of incredible places to swim. There are so many that we couldn’t possibly list them all here. Where are your favorite places to swim? Do you prefer sandy beaches, excluded falls, or local lakes? Share your list of the best place(s) in the world to swim.