Swimming holes are, by nature, off the beaten path. Often accessible only on foot, these natural pools afford beautiful views and refreshing swims well worth the hike (and far from the tourists). We have curated our favorite places to take a dip, from Croatia to Nevada City, shown to us by locals. Jump in!
Queen's Bath ("Keanalele") at Kiholo Bay
This fresh water pool is easy to miss while walking along the bay, but I urge you not to. Not only is it a refreshing dip in the hot Kona sun, but it is essentially a lava tube that goes much further back than it appears. There are the two "pukas" (holes); the one in the forefront has a ladder to help you in to the the chilled water. The second hole is further back where my parents are standing. I encourage you to swim past the second puka all the way back to the edge of the caves for a little thrill. It's shallow enough to walk, but it's a good idea to bring a waterproof flashlight. ;)