In the early parts of the 1800s, some of the modern era’s greatest artists spent hours and days exploring the rivers and streams of the wilderness in search of the perfect swimming hole. Thinkers and artists like Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth considered these still pools to be in perfect artistic proportion to their surroundings. As such, swimming holes were thought to be great places to get in touch with the natural element within yourself. Whether or not any of that is true is probably up to the swimmer, but swimming holes are still beloved the world over for their beauty. For freshwater swimming that simply can’t be beat, nourish your inner philosopher and check out these fabulous, hidden swimming holes from around the world.
1. Tinago Falls, Philippines
On days when the powerful Tinago Falls is slow enough, one of the Philippines most stunning waterfalls is also home to two accessible swimming holes. Around the falls is a thriving rainforest that make for the perfect adventure.