Wild swimming is becoming popular with people who love escaping crowds and immersing themselves in nature. However, those looking for unbridled wild should always research where they swim beforehand, lest they find themselves in trouble.
Finding the right wild swimming spot takes a lot of research and monitoring of safety criteria, such as tides, proximity to sewage, and time of day.
An online post is sharing the most dangerous places to swim on Earth. Here are some you should avoid if you value your safety.
1. Lake Victoria, Africa
The largest body of water in Africa claims thousands of lives every year. Its wild nature, hidden currents, and dangerous inhabitants make for one of the deadliest stretches of water in the world. Giant hippos and crocodiles lurk beneath populated fishing territories.
2. Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai, India
If you like swimming in the sea, you may want to avoid Chowpatty Beach. It is steeped in raw sewage, and fecal coliform is 60% higher than safe. Its exposure to local motor boats also means that any sand visible under the garbage is now turning black.
3. The Amazon River, South America
The world’s second-longest river flows through the vast Amazon jungle, so anybody thinking about swimming in it will find plenty of company. Whether it is the piranhas, electric eels, or the giant, black caiman, swimming in the Amazon is not for humans.
4. Hanakapiai Beach, Hawai’I
Sadly, Hanakapiai Beach is a beautiful golden sand beach surrounded by blue water, though don’t let that fool you. The tranquil waters soon become deadly rip tides that have claimed dozens of swimmers. Definitely one of those places you should never swim into.
5. Cape Tribulation, Australia
Northern Australia is mostly tropical and has some of the world’s weirdest, most deadly animals due to its unique, secluded island status. Most locals warn visitors not to swim at Cape Tribulation lest they become the sizeable saltwater crocodile populations’ latest snack.
6. The River Wharfe, England
Up in Yorkshire flows the innocuous River Wharfe, which just appears as a semi-torrid river, sometimes only 6 ft wide in places. The river’s secret is its misleading, narrow appearance. The banks are undercut, meaning anyone who falls in gets sucked into the tunnels and hidden caves.
7. The Congo River, Africa
This river flows deep into Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness territory, the Congo jungle, and the deepest river in the world at 700 ft. If the bilharzia and E.coli aren’t enough to deter you, the country’s aquatic trading route is the busiest.
8. The Boiling Lake, Dominica
Magma chambers beneath this natural phenomenon contribute to its apt name. Temperatures in this seething water can reach almost 200 Fahrenheit. Even those people with selfie sticks and one million followers may have to reconsider swimming in this natural bath.
9. New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Florida boasts most of America’s best beaches. However, some of these pristine stretches of the coast are breeding or migratory grounds for huge schools of black tips, bull sharks, and gray reef sharks. New Smyrna Beach has the moniker ‘shark bite capital of the world.’ That pool never sounded so good.
10. Gansbaai Beach, South Africa
Gansbaai Beach is near Dyer Island, an African penguin colony. However, in between, the waters are known as Shark Alley for its uncompromising white sharks, no doubt attracted to the huge fur seal colony on the nearby Geyser Island. The famous ultra-HD slow-mo videos of South African shark breaches should be enough to ward off any foolish visitors.
11. Jacob’s Well, Texas
Dive into Jacob’s Well and you’ll find yourself in the depths of a 100-f00t underwater cavern with intricate chambers. This Texas swimming hole has claimed at least nine lives over the years, making it one of the most dangerous diving spots in the world.
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