Top Ten Swimming Holes

A poem I wrote to celebrate all things swimming and all the amazing places we have swum on this trip. ¬†(Actually, I had to write this for my 8th grade, on-line English class and mom made me publish it on the blog ūüėē )

Morning Swimming Song

Spelunk Splinp
Splush Splash
Snap Thwap
Preparation
For the go
Heart pumps
Tim Tum
Sploosh
Clawing at the water
Trying to go farther, faster
Others striving to shut me out
Blam bloom
Where you are planted
Heart pounding, limbs flailing through familiar motions,
Victory!

Swimming is awesome. Swimming on vacation is even better. Here is a list of my top 10 favorite swimming holes … in no particular order:

10. Phra Nang Princess Caves, Railay Beach, Thailand.  Where stalactites and stalagmites jut over crystal clear ocean water.  Maneuvering a kayak through these caves was mind blowing.

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9. Le Faga Bay, Apia, Samoa.  Giant clams, and I mean GIANT, can be spotted nestled amid coral and fish. These babies are over 70 cm!

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Thanks Schaefermeyers for the fun and the photo!

8. Ao Nang Centara Beach, Krabi, Thailand. ¬†It’s all in those spectactular limestone rock islands.

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7. Spa Park not-so hotsprings mini water fall in Taupo, New Zealand.  We hoped this water spot would be an amazing spa experience, but what we got was a warmish bath next to the freezing river.  Still a fun stop, but no photo to prove we went there.

6. Swimming with Samoan sea turtles, Savai’i, Samoa. ¬†Who knew turtles weighed so much?

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5. Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, Kuala Lumpur. ¬†This wild ride of a park is nestled smack in the middle of condos, a mall and endless retail space. It feels a bit weird to ride a roller coasters in your bathing suit. ¬†What’s even weirder is being watched by working professionals and shoppers on their lunch break. ¬†I got over it real quickly, however, and loved the park’s giant suspension bridge, ziplines, water slides, and artificial surfing.

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4. Emerald Pool, Krabi, Thailand.  The 70 km scooter ride to get here was was killer, but the fresh spring water was well worth it.

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3. Waterfalls. ¬†Sooooooo many waterfalls to choose from, but this is one of my favorites – ¬†Afu Aau Falls, Savai’i, Samoa. ¬†I LOVE waterfalls.

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2. Grand Canyon, Chiang Mai, Thailand. ¬†A man-made quarry turned water park. ¬†Doesn’t get much better than this!

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1. To Sua Ocean Trench, Apia, Samoa. ¬†This has to be the granddaddy of all swimming holes. I’ll let the photos do the talking.

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