Cool and Weird Places to Swim

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 19, 2009 5:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – If you love swimming but tire of the ordinary and the chlorine-scented, consider these "unusual or cool places" uncovered by WebUrbanist:

  • The Dead Sea: Lie back and read a good book in the world's saltiest body of water, which will likely keep you afloat while delivering "an awesome sensation."

  • "Bizarrely beautiful depths": Swim alongside monster jellyfish—some about 5 feet across—in places like the Black Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and Southeast Asia.
  • Devil's Pool: Tempt fate by leaning over "the Devil's Armchair" in this Zimbabwean lagoon, which sits on the edge of a 360-foot drop over Victoria Falls.
  • Glow-in-the-dark bay: Watch your arms and legs turn blue-green from the radiance of 720,000 phosphorescent organisms in Mosquito Bay, Puerto Rico.
  • Cave diving: Plunge into underwater caves like the Devil’s Eye Spring in northern Florida. The brave can even "leap-frog from air pocket to air pocket inside the cave."
To see the complete list, click here.

Taal Lake, the Philippines.
Taal Lake, the Philippines.   (Flickr)
Floating in the Dead Sea with a good book.
Floating in the Dead Sea with a good book.   (Shutterstock)
A jellyfish rises to the surface--and swimmers can follow.
A jellyfish rises to the surface--and swimmers can follow.   (Shutterstock)
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