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The World’s Most Amazing Swimming Pools: A Photo Essay

Note from the Editor:  Freelance writer Kiyo Wiesnoski brings us this next post. Kiyo, originally from the Bay Area in California, currently lives in Henderson, Nevada. She is an avid swimmer and is constantly on the lookout for the best pools in Las Vegas.


Summer is just about over but before we bid summer adieu, here’s a look at some of the most sensational pools from around the world. You definitely won’t find these at your local rec center.

1. San Alfonso del Mar, Chile

biggest pool in the world in chile

This is the biggest pool in the world, spanning over half a mile in length.  This massive pool holds 66,000,000 gallons of water and goes up to 11 feet deep.  It runs along the beach of a private resort, mimicking the ocean across from it (you know, so you can swim at the beach without the fear of getting eaten by a shark).

2. Nemo 33, Belgium

scuba divers world's deepest swimming pool in belgium

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Nemo 33 is the deepest pool in the world, and has lots of replicas of underwater caves where scuba divers can explore.  There are also glass windows in some parts, where you can impress onlookers.  The pool is filled with 2,500,000 litres of filtered, non-chlorinated spring water.  At its deepest, the pool reaches a depth of 33 meters (or 108 feet)!

scuba divers at the bottom of the nemo 33 in belgium

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3. Joule Hotel Pool, Texas (U.S.)

pool with glass wall

Photo by Jeff Stvan.

This pool is on the 10th floor of the hotel, hanging out over the edge of the building to suspend swimmers above the city.  A glass wall lets swimmers enjoy the view of the streets below.

4.  Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

worlds longest elevated swimming pool

Photo by Daryl Chia.

The Marina Bay Sands is home to the world’s longest elevated swimming pool.  The infinity edge pool rests on the rooftop of the building and really does give the illusion that there is no edge.

sands hotel pool in singapore

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5. Seagaia Ocean Dome, Japan

When the weather is nice, the ceiling of this dome can be retracted to let the sun in, but on rainy or gloomy days, the ceiling simulates a blue sky.

man-made indoor beach in japan

Photo by Max Smith

These pools are definitely bucket list worthy, and provide a mini escape from the stress of the real world once in a while.

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10 thoughts on “The World’s Most Amazing Swimming Pools: A Photo Essay

  1. a certain part of san alfonso del mar’s pool is 115 feet deep! thus making the second pool on the list no longer the worlds deepest, although it is very awesome!

  2. my question is WHY would I want to go to that Nemo pool in Belgium?! It would freak me out. I guess it is only used for training purposes?

    That’s really cool what Matt said, by the way. So the San Alfonso Del Mar’s pool is not only the longest/biggest, but also the deepest in the world? How awesome! I hope to get down there soon

    – Maria Alexandra

  3. From what I have heard, the pool at San Alfonso Del Mar is only 11 ft deep at the deepest, not 115. A couple different articles I read have said this. Another article I read said that the Nemo pool was 115 ft deep at it’s deepest.

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