5 Dangerous Swimming Spots From Around The World

I absolutely love the water and swimming, but there have been a few times where I was so grossed out or scared that I simply wouldn’t go close to the water – however, the places I’ve been to are nothing compared to the places below.

Today I will share with you some of the most dangerous swimming spots and locations from around the world – so watch out:

1. Shired Island, Florida, USA

Shired Island has been on the list of Americas most polluted beaches for several years, and last year ‘won’ the price for “Americas most polluted beach”, failing 90% of the water tests.

If you want to avoid respiratory infections, rashes, meningitis, pinkeye, stomach problems or hepatitis on your summer vacation, make sure you go somewhere else!

2. The Beach Of The Dead, Oxaca, Mexico

So tempting, but also SO lethal! This beach, more commonly known as Playa Zipolite (which in the Zapotec language means “beach of the dead”), has crazy strong rips and undertow currents that change all the time.

During the “rebalses” (rebel) period it’s pretty much impossible to swim here, but the beautiful beach continues to lure in travelers.

Thankfully there has been a lot less accidents since they started hiring lifeguards to work there.

3. The Red Triangle, California

Check this – 11% of all shark attacks on humans worldwide have occurred within the red triangle (Bodega Bay, north of San Francisco), a popular place for divers and a surfer’s paradise.

The reason is because the area is full of seals, sea lions, elephant seals – i.e the favorite meal for great white sharks – so maybe don’t go surfing there :p

4. Jelly Fishes In The North East Coast Of Australia

Australia can be one dangerous country – before going there it seemed to me as there wasn’t one place in the whole country you could feel safe.

Although once I was there, I realized you can’t go around worrying about what might happen, and I took on the Aussie mind set – either it happens, or it doesn’t.

Despite the 3 recent shark attacks in the area I still went surfing. But sharks aren’t the most dangerous creatures in the Aussie waters – the Box Jellyfish is…

These almost invisible jellyfish are among the most venomous creatures in the world (over 5 and a half thousand deaths since the 50’s)! They’re found in the waters from Darwin down the eastern coast to Queensland during October – April.

5. The Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls – Zambia/Zimbabwe

How would you like to be carried toward the edge of a 100 meter drop of the world’s largest waterfall?

The Devil’s Pool is an infinity pool created every year at the edge of the Victoria Falls, when the water levels reduce (if you try to go swimming there at any other time of the year you can count yourself dead).

If you’re brave enough, you can let the stream take you in high speed towards the edge, where the rocks stop you ONLY inches away from the 100 meter waterfall.

Have you been to any of these places? If not, what are some scary swimming spots you know of?

15 Responses to 5 Dangerous Swimming Spots From Around The World

  1. nobody September 5, 2010 at 6:43 am #

    I’ve only been to Zipolite and it was impossible to swim there. Riptides were insane!

    As for #5, Victoria Falls is in Zambia/Zimbabwe, not Australia.

    • Sofia September 6, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

      I can imagine how scary it must be! I was pulled under the water by currents in a river in Bosnia, I never want to experience that again…!

  2. Jon Gorrie September 5, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    That waterfall looks amazing! Great picture! :)

    • Nathan September 9, 2010 at 8:56 am #

      yeah – it looks crazy, saw some videos online as well – seems like a nuts place to swim!

  3. Michael September 5, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    Dying to see #5 someday

    • Nathan September 9, 2010 at 8:58 am #

      same here – seems crazy, but would be an amazing adventure!

  4. Anonymous September 5, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    Photos from Devils Falls always amaze me! A quick Google shows photos that you’d swear were photoshopped .. what a fascinating place to visit some day.

    • Sofia September 6, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

      When drooling over pictures on google I always claim they’re photoshoped, until I get there and realize that the place is even more beautiful than the pictures! This is probably one of those places :)

  5. GlobalButterfly September 5, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    Wow, good to know, since I looooove the water!!!

  6. budget accommodation September 8, 2010 at 7:44 pm #

    In some spots there are more things than a jelly fish floating around =(

    • Nathan September 9, 2010 at 8:57 am #

      yeah Aussie also has many sharks and other things :p Not my fav. place to swim, but has great surfing, so its hard to say no!

  7. walks of italy September 14, 2010 at 4:41 am #

    Great post , i love swimming and travel ,shired island picture really amazing ….

    • Sofia - As We Travel September 14, 2010 at 7:32 am #

      Me too, combining them is the best ;)

  8. Katherina October 18, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    I’ve been to Zipolite two years ago. I did dare to get wet, but did not properly swim in it. The currents were really strong and if you don’t watch out, they drag you into the open water…and there’s not really anyone watching out (lets say, no lifeguard). But its true, the beach is amazing…

  9. Shaun May 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    Have you heard of the Irukandji jellyfish? They are also in the north of Australia.

    With bell and tentacles just 2.5 centimeters across, it is almost impossible to detect.

    The sting of the Irukandji jellyfish is not usually very painful
    initially. But within half an hour or so of being stung, victims start to
    have severe backache or headache, along with nausea and shooting pains in
    their muscles, chest and abdomen—with ensuing complications proving fatal
    in some instances. No definitive treatment (antivenin) is currently available
    for Irukandji stings.

    Just another one to worry about lol.

    Shaun