Top Places Where You Should Never Ever Swim
Indeed, nothing beats going for a refreshing swim in summer. It is one of the best ways of beating the heat during the hot summer days. While you'd love to find a serene lake or beach to swim in and relax, it's best to know what's ahead of you before jumping into the water.
This article is the guideline you need to know which lake or beach to avoid. You wouldn't love to find yourself in a dangerous and uncomfortable situation, would you? So, keep reading, as we have compiled a list of 40 locations you should stay away from. You are welcome.
40. The Boiling Lake
The Boiling Lake situated in Dominica is one of the most dangerous places to swim. As the name implies, the lake literally boils. Beneath the surface of the water, there is searing hot manga. The magma causes an increase in the temperature of the water to reach that of boiling point.
Undoubtedly, dipping yourself into this lake will not only hurt you, but your entire body will end up being scalded. To avoid this, it is better to stay away from the lake. You are probably wondering that there is no place as dangerous as the Boiling Lake, well, you are wrong. The next on our list will leave you in awe.
39. Jacob's Well
Jacob's Well is located in south-central Texas. Someone called Jacob doesn't actually own the lake. The lake is characterized by extremely clear waters, caves, and tunnels. You'll get to enjoy looking at the crystal clear water and explore the deep depths.
However, those depths are what makes the lake deadly. Majority of people who tour the depths never make it back because finding your way through the underway tunnels is very complicated than expected. These people do not discover this until the damage has been done. Nonetheless, how well can anyone notice the danger ahead of them in the next lake on our list?
38. The Nile River
The Nile River is well known as the crib of humanity. However, it is one of the places you should never be tempted to swim. The reason is dreadful crocodiles are living in the river. Intriguingly, there about 100 crocodile strikes per annum in the North African Nile.
This statistic is startling and cannot even be measured against shark attacks, which reportedly occur 16 times per year. Let's admit it, almost everyone is scared of crocodiles, and you are probably one of them. So, it's best to keep the Nile River off the places you'd love to swim in your lifetime. However, this next location will test your swimming skills
37. Hanakapiai Beach
Hawaiian beaches are simply amazing. The sandy shores, sunshine, and coral reefs will take your breath away. However, Hanakapiai Beach is seldom the abode of mighty tides. There has been a reported death of 80 people on the beach.
The waves might seem harmless, but the current can be hazardous. Once on the beach, someone signaled everyone as two kids were being pulled into the sea. Their father immediately jumped in to rescue them. Luckily through the help of beachgoers and helicopters, they were able to save them. How about locations that are not as beautiful as Hanakapiai Beach.
36. Bubbly Creek
Bubbly Creek is found in an area of the Chicago River. You are employed never to swim in the creek. First, your health is at risk. A significant part of the lake is infiltrated with discarded meat, fecal matter, and a load of disgusting materials.
As time goes by, the materials began to decay, leading to the presence of bubbles in the lake. Over the years, the lake has become uninhabitable even for fishes and other sea animals. The Bubbly Creek is not the place for a good swim.
35. Samaesan Hole
Thailand is one of the best places to be in the world. It has beautiful beaches, awe-inspiring scenery, and fantastic food. However, in Thailand, there exists a location known as Samaesan Hole. In all of Thailand, the Samaesan Hole is one of the shallowest areas for diving.
Sadly, the hole is immensely dark, and some parts of the area have low to zero visibility. This can make anyone people get lost. A novice swimmer will barely find their way out of the hole. The confusion is not something anyone would love to encounter.
34. Lake Karachay
Lake Karachay is situated in central Russia. The lake is polluted with toxic waste by the Russian government during the time where there was no waste regulation. Reportedly, with the amount of waste in the lake, you could be killed in an hour while swimming.
Beautifully, the government has begun plans to pack concrete into the lake. It is most likely possible that the lake will no longer be in existence soon. We are sure the residents of the area will be glad about this, as they will not have to warn their kids about the dangers of the lake continually.
33. Eagle's Nest Sinkhole
The Eagle's Nest Sinkhole is quite okay for swimming; however, it is dangerous for diving. The sinkhole is located in Florida. The hole which has a depth of about 300 feet, has led to a minimum of 10 deaths. For safety purposes, the sinkhole has been closed down.
An experienced diver might be able to find his/her way inside the hole; nevertheless, it is advisable to stop diving once you get to the sign underwater. If not, you might get jammed and drown.
32. Kipu Falls
Kipu Falls is widely known as a beautiful tourist location, but in addition to that, it is also known as the place where lots of tourists have drowned. Strangely, the cause of drowning is not entirely certain. Furthermore, much fables such as assertions of old gods, and concealed whirlpools are laid as the premise of these deaths.
However, the cause is likely a considerable quantity of traffic. With the high number of tourist and those of inebriated caliber, many of the tourists are liable to drowning.
31. The Amazon Basin
The Amazon Basin is not safe for anyone! To start with, there are lots of predators inside the waters. Predators such as piranhas, barracuda, and little critters and others.
The basin is also an abode to horrifying fishes like the candiru. People claim that these fishes swim to the urinary tract to consume your genitals. However, others have discredited this postulation. Nonetheless, let the fear keep you away from the Amazon Basin.
30. Lake Victoria
The famous Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa. It is also the third largest lake in the whole world. Notably, some areas of the lake are not suitable for swimming. There has been a high number of deaths in the area -about 5,000.
One of the factors which make the lake dangerous is its solitary weather process. Due to this, the weather can drastically change from a sunny one to a stormy one in seconds. If any swimmer gets stuck in the middle of a storm, the result be might be disastrous.
29. Horseshoe Lake
Horseshoe Lake is one of the lakes in California. The main feature that makes the lake stand out is the high amount of carbon dioxide there. Due to the extended series of earthquakes that plagued the area in the past, there is an increase of carbon dioxide in its atmosphere released from the ground.
The high presence of carbon dioxide has led to the death of many living organisms in the area, including trees. Horseshoe Lake is not the place for you.
28. Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto is situated in Spain. The water is red due to past unhealthy activities that happened in the area. The area was once used as a mining site, the runoff from the site hugely polluted the area. The lake is intensely acidic.
Rio Tinto is not the place for a sweet and refreshing swim. You might want to change your mind and remove it from your bucket list. Search for a location without pollution. We are sure there are many other options you can explore.
27. The Ganges River
The Ganges River has industrialization to thank for its high pollution. The river which is now one of the most dangerous places for swimming is situated in India.
Most times, it takes a while for regulations to be put in place to deal with the pollution that occurs due to industrialization. This was what happened with the Ganges. Residents deposited plastic, trash, and other forms of waste into the river, which have made it extremely toxic for life.
Gansbaai is located in an area off the coast of South Africa. Due to its high quantity of sharks, it has been named as the shark alley. The sharks in the area can cause significant harm to swimmers.
Surprisingly, another island found in North America is known for a higher presence of the island. However, the sharks rarely attack people like those found in Gansbaai. It is best you avoid places like this.
25. Hoover Dam
Here is a piece of important information; it is illegal to swim at Hoover Dam. Daring to explore the area to swim might land you in jail. Terrible currents characterize the dam, and this is one of the reasons it was banned for swimming.
The water at the surface can effortlessly move down to the lower depths at a regulated pace. This is because there is a couple of intakes through the dam, which has claimed the lives of many swimmers. Also, the bell-mouth spillway of the dam could be a threat to swimmers.
24. Citarum River
Indonesia is one of the most stunning places on earth, and you should definitely visit. It is also an excellent spot for the best coffee. The archipelago has impressive shorefronts and a large number of biodiversity. Life in the area has successfully adapted to different islands.
Nonetheless, even with its natural opulence and elegance, on some occasions, it is not a safe place for swimming. The Citarum River drives home this point. The reason for this is none other than pollution. The river has been the dumping site for trash, so much that it is no longer suitable for swimmers.
23. Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is one of the water bodies in the UK you should stay away from. The lake has an elevated pH level at about 11.3. This makes the pool's alkalinity close to that of beach or ammonia.
It is essential to know that, in a standard situation, when ammonia finds its way into a local water body, it is closed down due to its potential threat to life. This means you must eliminate the thought of visiting The Buxton Derbyshire Blue Lagoon in your lifetime. You should opt for anything else apart from swimming in the lagoon.
22. The Gulf Coast
The Gulf Coast is quite different. It is located off of the Southern United States. First, it's filled with runoffs caused by the farming activities in Central America. This has inevitably made its shore a lousy spot for sea critters. However, it is habitable for some deadly animals, including snakes.
Yes, we are right; snakes can swim. Hence, you shouldn't think of trying to take a dip in this water body unless you are ready to face the warm temperature of the water and snakes, including rattlesnakes.
21. Reunion Island
Found in the Indian Ocean, on the small island off the coast of Madagascar is the Reunion Island. It is the official location for most shark attacks in the world. More terrifying than Gansbaai in South Africa.
On the small island, there have been a reported number of 39 attacks. The number of attacks could be considered low compared to the high number of people who visit the place to swim yearly. It could be safe for swimming; however, we would advise you to look for a safer location.
20. The Strid
This is probably the most dangerous place on our list. The Strid is found in the middle of Yorkshire, England. This is a place we'd advise you never to explore. The existence of little and concealed currents is one of the factors that makes the Strid dangerous.
These currents can quickly get people stuck in, which can lead to drowning. Frequently, the currents will haul you below rocks, and you could get trapped there. This is not something you'll love to experience.
19. Queensland, Australia
Queensland is not only the second biggest territory in Australia, but it is also one of the most deadly places to swim. Many powerful and destructive creatures inhabit the area.
These creatures include terrifying sharks, stonefish, saltwater crocodiles, and the terrifying box jellyfish and blue-ringed octopus. Just a sting from the box jellyfish can trigger a cardiac arrest which can claim your life almost immediately. We bet the picture is clear; Queensland is not the place for you.
18. Bolinas Beach, California
California has lots of amazing beaches in the entire world. However, many of these beaches are not safe. One of them is Binas Beach, which has an area known as the Red Triangle. The area is often populated by great whites who come around for lunch.
The sharks are very familiar with the place because it is blessed with lots of seals, and other sea animals. Sometimes, these sharks mistake divers as food, which leads to an attack.
17. New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Similar to California is Florida, it is a location filled with stunning beaches which are equally dangerous. The New Smyrna Beach is an abode for deadly animals like sharks.
Just like the Reunion Island, it has a reputation for being the shark attack capital of the planet. Even though you might not get to enjoy the warm and sandy beach just like in New Smyrna Beach, it's best to look for a safer place to swim where there will be no shark threats.
16. Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, situated in Zambia, is a place that would leave you breathless. The waterfalls and refreshing atmosphere will keep you captivated. However, just as you expected, it is not a good place for a nice swim, no matter how tempted you are. A precipitous death-fall could occur.
Besides, at the edge of the waterfalls are features known as 'The Devil's Pools.' These pools are small digs create an allowance for water in which you can swim in. Sadly, they are exceptionally dangerous because they are found on the edge of the falls. While it might seem like the perfect spot for swimming, you are advised to avoid the place.
15. Potomac River
Potomac River made it to our list for a reason. While it's hard to think, a place like this could be dangerous, the rapids found in the river can drag you to its bottom.
At the bottom of the water, you will struggle with breathing and the turbulent currents. This is not an experience you'd enjoy, so it's best to stay away from the Potomac River.
14. West End, Grand Bahama Islands
Everyone should at least take a trip to the Bahamas in their lifetime. Right off the coast of Florida, you'd find remarkable spots for swimming. However, the water body is home to many sea animals that might land you in trouble. And yes, sharks are among these animals.
For example, on Tiger Beach, you'll encounter a vast presence of tiger sharks. Tiger sharks are one of the most savage shark species in the world. However, you aren't entirely at risk if you decide to swim. Somehow the rate of shark attacks is low in the area. Nonetheless, you will need to be extremely careful.
13. Lake Kivu
Rwanda has a terrible past, one of which gave the country a sad history. However, more than a tragic past, the place is home to one of the most hazardous lakes in the world -Lake Kivu.
The case is known as an exploding one, which can emit lava on various occasions. This is because of the unstable ground feature gifted to it by a volcano found nearby. When the lake erupts, carbon dioxide is emitted into the atmosphere. We all know how deadly this is.
12. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach is an average beach in South Carolina where you can visit whenever you like. However, the beach can be dangerous due to its rip tides. If you get caught in them, it might be challenging to make it out in one piece.
Furthermore, there are deadly warm-water cannonball jellyfish. These jellyfish can induce paralysis when they sting their victims.
11. Gulf of Thailand
If you are ever at the Gulf of Thailand, there is one animal you should watch out for -the box jellyfish! The animal has a maximum size of about eight inches long. When it stings a victim, there is a high tendency for the person to die from shock.
Do you know what is worse? You'd be shocked while inside the water. If you experience paralysis while in water, you'll most likely drown. Just in case, you want to try swimming in this location, go along with the right clothing, and pray for a big chunk of good luck.
10. Blue Lake
Blue Lake is found in Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia. Due to the beautiful blue color of the lake, many scientists and even regular people are fascinated by it. Thanks to the high presence of hydrogen sulfide, the lake got its blue color. Regardless of the high level of interests many people have towards the lake, no one has been able to reach its bottom.
The lake has a reputation for being mysterious because of this. Many have theorized that the lake is not fit for swimming. Honestly, the depths of the lake might be filled with deadly sea creatures and monsters. So it's best to find a more suitable spot.
9. Mono Lake, California
Mono Lake is right outside of Lake Tahoe. It houses a couple of unique geological features. It's hard to navigate through the Lake Tahoe town without taking note of the lake. Sadly, the water body had been deprived of important resources because of tributaries found in neighboring cities such as Los Angeles.
Presently, the lake has an unhealthy and high amount of carbonates, and its toxicity is not balanced. For a nice swim, please skip the Mono Lake.
8. Laguna Caliente
Laguna Caliente means 'hot lagoon' in English. The lake has a high temperature that could harm your flesh. It is found in the center of a stratovolcano in Costa Rica.
Due to how dangerous the place is, no one is allowed into the area without a permit. Also, the territory is liable to volcanic eruptions. Notably, an eruption which took place lasted for about two years and released toxic gases into the atmosphere. Of course, no one would want to swim here, including you.
7. Lake Chagan, Kazakhstan
Lake Chagan, Kazakhstan is often referred to as 'Nuclear Lake.' This name is all you need to know before you conclude that it is not safe for swimming. The lake was established via the detonation of a Russian underground nuclear bomb.
The explosion created this large and hugely poisonous crater lake. Approximately, the crater dug about 353 million cubic meters of dirt from the ground, which led to the creation of a 300 feet deep, and 1,300 feet wide crater. The lake is toxic mainly because of the radioactivity in the region, which can trigger a mutation. Need we write more? This place is the wrong spot!
6. Lake Nyos, Cameroon
Found in the boundary of the Cameroon Volcanic Line, Africa is Lake Nyos. The lake was created from the collision of an old asteroid. Also, a couple of volcanic activities occur in this region.
On a fateful day in 1986, (21st of August), an eruption led to the emission of toxic carbon dioxide cloud from the bottom of the water body. Immediately, the gas escaped into the atmosphere, about 1,700 humans and 3,000 livestock animals were eliminated. The event went down in history as one of the fatal carbon dioxide casualties ever to have happened.
The Nyiragongo located in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa isn't suitable for swimming. The area is known as the largest lava pit on the planet and one of the swimming holes with the highest temperature in the world.
Apart from the obvious danger from the lava, the pit releases a toxic quantity of carbon dioxide gas. If this is sufficiently inhaled, the victim will likely faint and then suffocate.
4. Berkeley Pit
If you thought the Berkeley Pit in Butte Montana was named after the famous philosopher - George Berkeley, you are wrong. The site of the lake was a former location for copper mine. The pit is considered dangerous because of the chemical composition of the mine in the water.
We all know how being exposed to toxic water is unhealthy. The pool is approximately 1,780 feet deep and half-mile wide. Like we stated earlier, the pool is unsuitable, you should find a better spot in Montana.
3. Beqa Lagoon
Who wouldn't want to hang out in a lagoon? Probably, no one! The beautiful forests and chilly waters are some of the best things about them. However, lagoons can also harbor things that could be a potential threat.
Like Reunion Island, Beqa Lagoon has a high presence of sharks. You do not want to be surrounded by sharks while you panic and struggle for breath. You might need to keep off from this lagoon if you do not like the idea of a shark attack.
2. Pustoye Lake, Siberia
Siberian north is notably known for its cold. Even though it's tough to live in most areas; some locations are habitable. Lake Pustoye belongs to the latter group. However, despite the calm and blissful appearance of the lake, it is quite mysterious.
Surprisingly, sea animals have been unable to survive in it. According to reports, scientists tried populating the lake with plant and fish species to see if they could reproduce, but it was not successful. We do not think this is a place you'd love to swim in.
1. Mumbai, India
India houses breathtaking beaches. However, it is also home to some of the most toxic beaches. Due to industrialization, a lot of people and industries have chosen to dump industrial waste and other unwanted stuff into the water. This issue has become quite prominent in Mumbai.
The once-beautiful lakes have been transformed into cesspools. No one will relish the idea of bathing in filthiness, so this location is a no for swimming.
It's exciting sharing our list of the 40 places you should never think of swimming. We hope you have removed some locations from your bucket list and replaced them with more delightful spots for swimming. Which of these locations do you find the most terrifying? Have you gone for a dip in any of these locations before? We would love to have your opinion in the comment section. Be a caring friend, and share this article with your family members and buddies.
Sources: Science 101