Skinny dipping features on a lot of people’s bucket list and is particularly popular with travellers, since being away from home and meeting new people can make you more adventurous. Of course, it’s important to always respect local customs and stay safe, but with a little common sense this could be one of the most fun and exhilarating things you do on your travels. Read on for our pick of some of the best places to skinny dip and wild swim around the world, from a sinkhole in Mexico to a forest on the outskirts of Berlin.
Best Places where to Skinny Dipping
1. Karijini National Park – Australia
This national park in Western Australia is full of hidden coves, waterfalls and water holes made all the more beautiful by the colourful rock and turquoise waters. Temperatures can exceed 40 degrees on a summer’s day, so a refreshing dip, with or without clothes, will feel all the more amazing. (©Fabienne Loher)
2. Ik Kil Cenote – Mexico
You may recognise this underground lake from our recent TV advert. The Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico is famous for its sinkholes (“cenotes”) – there are thought to be around 7,000 in this region alone – whose crisp, turquoise waters provide the perfect place to cool off and relax. We think Ik Kil Cenote, which was featured in our ad, is one of the most beautiful.
3. Tegenungan Waterfall – Bali
Drive about 15 minutes’ south of Ubud and you’ll find a green valley with the huge, gushing Tegenungan Waterfall running through it. Unless you arrive early you won’t have this place all to yourself, but on a hot Bali day there’s no better place to cool off, surrounded by mountains and tropical palm trees above. Read more at thetravellinglight.com. (©The Travelling Light)
4. Semuc Champey – Guatemala
The beautiful and isolated Semuc Champey is something of a Holy Grail amongst backpackers in South America. Located in the middle of the Guatemalan jungle, this stunning chain of turquoise stepped pools, enticing caves and natural limestone bridge offer endless swimming opportunities. (©Global Degree)
5. Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye – Scotland
A dip in these stunning pools on the Scottish Isle of Skye is not for the faint hearted. Even in summer, the temperatures are bracing, but the pools more than make up for this with their crystal-clear waters and ethereal charm.
6. Tablelands – Australia
Just south of Cairns, this area is home to stunning waterfalls, rivers and crater lakes. Slide down the slippery rocks or swing from the hanging vines into the cool water below. With so many bathing fantastic bathing spots to choose from, you’re sure to find a secluded pool to skinny dip if you’re so inclined. (©Fabienne Loher)
7. Copenhagen – Denmark
A Copenhagen summer’s day is well-spent in a boat so climb aboard and start exploring the many nooks and secrets of Copenhagen’s harbour. When you’ve had enough of admiring the other boats and houseboats, it’s time to shed your clothes and swim up alongside your boat. More details at thetravellinglight.com. (©The Travelling Light)
8. Espiritu Santo – Vanuatu
This tiny island off the coast of Australia is famed for its magical blue holes, formed by natural springs bubbling up from below the ground. Two of the most spectacular are the Matevulu Blue Hole and the Nanda Blue Hole. Make sure you try out the rope swings!
9. Le Moulin de Rochereuil, Dordogne – France
The South of France is one of the best places in the world to wild swim and skinny dip. Go off the beaten track with a map and a picnic and you’re sure to find an untouched lake, waterfall or stretch of river all for yourself. This particular picture was taken in the Dordogne, but the Ardèche also has more than its fair share of wild swimming opportunities. More details at thetravellinglight.com. (©The Travelling Light)
10. Wanggoobla Creek, Fraser Island – Australia
Winding through the rainforest on this small but beautiful island, Wanggobla Creek boasts white sands and clear, icy waters. It’s less famous than Eli Creek, so if you’re looking for somewhere a little less crowded then this will be right up your street. (©Fabienne Loher)
11. Teufelsee, Berlin – Germany
Find this lake by “trekking” through a forest on the outskirts of Berlin, past a futuristic-looking abandoned US listening station. Berliners congregate here in summer (often nude so you can join in and strip off too) to bathe in the sunshine and the lake, escape the concrete city and enter a realm of true, wild nature. If you’re after something a little more private, keep walking east through the forest and you’ll eventually come to the huge Wannsee lake, where you’re sure to find a secluded spot. More details at thetravellinglight.com (©The Travelling Light)
12. Orkhon Valley – Mongolia
Take a stroll along the banks of the river Orkhon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in central Mongolia, and prepare to be amazed by the unspoilt beauty of the region. During the summer months you’ll find it hard not to strip off and enjoy a cool dip, especially at the impressive Ulaan Tsutgalan waterfall (©Global Degree)
13. Green Lake, Tragöβ – Austria
Surrounded by lush forest and snow-capped mountains, this lake is best visited in spring or summer when the water level is at its highest. Each year as the snow melts, the lake expands to cover much of the surrounding park and the submerged alpine grasses and meadow are what give the lake its distinctive colour. Thanks to the crystal-clear waters, you can even spot park benches and footpaths beneath the surface. But be warned: even in summer, the temperatures can be pretty chilly.
14. Cedar Creek – Australia
At this dreamy watering hole 45 minutes’ drive from Brisbane, the real world ceases to exist. Hoist yourself up past the main busier waterfall and swimming hole and keep walking to find your own little spot to strip off completely and swim in the bare. Enjoy rope swings, rocks climbs, mossy waterfall slippery slides and all-day picnics. More details at thetravellinglight.com. (©The Travelling Light)
15. Washougal River – Portland
Portlanders escape the city’s summer heat to perch and picnic on rocks and swim amidst these fast flowing streams. Jump off the bridge, explore rocky outcrops and the river’s edge, this is ultimate immersion in nature where you’ll be surrounded by epic mountain ranges all around you. More details at thetravellinglight.com.
16. Mount Barney – Australia
This is a three hour return hike through the bush in Queensland’s Scenic Rim. At the end of the trail you’ll walk inside a cave. Hoist yourself up through the gap in the rocks overhead and emerge at a gorge with water running through, an oasis in the bush. Strip down, swim and explore the waterfalls and streams. More details at thetravellinglight.com. (©The Travelling Light)
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