Places You Should NEVER EVER Swim

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When the hot summer rolls by, there’s nothing better than having a dip in the ocean or in a sparkling, crystal-clear blue swimming pool! After watching this video today, you’ll probably want to keep choosing the swimming pool option over the beaches because as inviting as what some of these beaches look, they are also extremely dangerous.

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9 - Kipu Falls…
These majestic falls are located in the Hawaiian archipelago. The falls are on private property, but that hasn’t stopped people from making their way there. Sadly, many don’t return from the trip. This majestic location shows off its stunning falls into a serene pool of water, but for some reason, people have been sucked into the water, never to be seen again. People have described the event, saying that the swimmer would be paddling away and the next moment appear panicked and distressed and then disappear. Some believe the waters to be home to a water spirit, while others believe there is an underwater whirlpool, whatever the reason, the waters are closed off to any swimmers and they’ve requested travel guides to exclude this watering spot from any future publications.

8 - Zipolite Beach, Mexico…
In Spanish this beach is known as Playa Zipolite which when translated means “beach of the unliving.” The crystal-clear waters and white sands tempt a lot of bathers to the area, but there are many signs warning people to refrain from swimming. The rip tides are wild, and when it’s a full moon, gets extremely erratic. Swimmers have often been swept out to sea and done a full circular motion and landed back at the beach, while others haven’t made it back at all.

7 - Hanakapiai Beach, Hawaii…
Yep, Hawaii is known for its gorgeous beaches but not all of them are safe for swimming! Hanakapiai Beach is one of them, and its situated at the end of a treacherous 2-mile trail. There are no lifeguards on duty and you’re exposed to some of the most powerful rip currents in the world. The rip currents are always there regardless of when you go, as there is no reef protecting the beaches shores. More people have drowned at this spot than anywhere else in Kauai. You’ll notice a sign at the beach with a marking for every person that has drowned there… the last update featured 80 markings! Definitely not worth the risk!

6 - Lake Karachay, Russia…
Similar to Yenisey River from earlier, this is Lake Karachay and this lake is highly contaminated. Between 1951 and 1968, Mayak – a nuclear facility – dumped toxic waste into this lake found in the Ural Mountains. They tried to stop the shifting of the toxic sediment by filling the lake with concrete blocks, but 4-years after their attempt the levels of radiation in the water were so high that they could deliver a lethal dose to a human within one hour.

5 - Amazon Basin, South America…
Here you have a plethora of reasons why swimming would not be recommended. The Basin is home to anacondas, piranhas and electric eels, but they’re the least of your worries! The Amazon Basin is also to home to a very small fish called the Candiru. These nasty fish like swim inside every opening of your body, including the urinal tube – for your own safety, stay far away from this body of water!

4 - Berkeley Pit, Montana…
This used to be an open-pit copper mine, and why people would want to attempt swimming here is beyond me. The water is filled with acidic, highly oxygenated water which include things like arsenic, cadmium, lead, copper and zine. 342 geese were found lying at the pit in 1995 with their internal organs burnt to smithereens.

3 - Citarum River, Indonesia…
Wait, this is a river? It looks like a garbage tip! This body of water is in West Java and as you can see, is one of the most polluted rivers in the world. The river is lined with factories who all think it’s ok to dump their rubbish into the water! This water provides thousands of people with liquid to drink, bath and wash their clothes in! In 2008 a $500 million loan was received from the Asian development bank to try and clean up the waters, but whether that was successful or not is unknown to us at this stage.

2 - Shark Alley, South Africa…
The majority of South African beaches are amazing for swimming, especially the warmer shorelines of Port Elizabeth and Durban, but there is a spot where you might not want to throw caution to the wind. It’s called Shark Alley and it’s located in Gansbaai. You can enter the waters with a steel cage around you and grab some astounding shots of the scary looking Great White!

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