Top 10: Deadliest Places to Swim

Sven August 27, 2010 20

Swimming is an excellent way to pass time on a hot summer’s day on vacation. But be careful where you decide to cool off. Here are the ten deadliest vacating spots where swimming is ill-advised, as listed by AOL Travel News.

1. Queensland, Australien

Louring in the waters outside Queensland, are a whole army of deadly aquatic animals. There you’ll find blue-ringed octopus, cone shells, box jellyfish, scorpion fish and the small but highly venomous irukandji jellyfish. Of all these unpleasant sea creatures the box jellyfish ranks as the dealiest, killing anywhere between 100 to 200 people every year. In the Box jellyfish family, the Chironex fleckeri, Carukia barnesi and Malo kingi are considered among the most venomous creates in the world. It can grow up to ten foot long and is the sole cause for many beaches’ closing every year.

Do not swim during jellyfish alert and make sure to always wear a full body swim suite especially made to protect against jellyfish stings (stinger-suite). Or, just don’t swim.

2. Bolinas Beach, Kalifornien

Bolina Beach is a paradise for surfers but is also a part of the notorious “Red Triangle”. This spot is thus not only famous for its totally awesome rip curls but also for being a fears feading ground for The Great White Shark. These stigmatized marina animals can be seen hunting for sea lions directly from the beach. While the odds of being attacked and killed by a shark are very low, those odds would dramatically increase if you choose to swim at Bolina Beach.

Do not swim at dusk, dawn or night. Do not wear glittery jewelry. Do not swim alone and never enter the water with an open wound.

3. Amazon Basin

Besides the piranhas, caimans and electric eels, the main reason why you shouldn’t swim the Amazon Basin is a small insect known as Toothpick fish or Candirú. This little parasitic freshwater catfish has the uncomfortable habit of invading the human urinal tube or any other bodily opening for that matter.

Do not swim with an open wounds. Wear extra underwear under your swim suite and don’t splatter around too much.

As featured in Grey’s Anaotmy

4. Gulf Coast, U.S.

Except the catastrophic oil spill courtesy of BP, the U.S Gulf Coast is the home of some very unpleasant creatures. Here lives the cottonmouth water moccasin, one of the deadliest snakes on the continent. Get a bite by this snake and you could be dead within two hours.

Do not swim underneath branches hanging over the water. You movement in the water may trigger the snake to jump down.

5. Victoria Falls, Zambia

The most dangerous place here is actually not the 360 feet high waterfall itself. The Devil’s pool is the perfect spot for the suicidal swimmers as this natural swimming lies just by the edge of the waterfall with nothing but a low lip keeping bathers from plummeting down the falls to a certain death.

6. Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

Before you go camping in this national park, be advised. The area is the home to more deadly creatures than any naive tourist can imagine. Huge centipedes the size of an adult man’s arm, man eating sharks, blood sucking leeches, giant mosquitoes and poisonous caterpillars and Scorpion fish.

Getting bitten by leeches is seemingly unavoidable so make sure to take up smoking as leeches hate tobacco. When attacked, mix water with tobacco and pour it over the leech and it should let go. Whatever you do, do not try and remove it by force as it will cause it to release its venom.

7. Hanakapiai Beach, Kuai, Hawaii

Looks can be deceiving. Hawaii’s own Hanakapiai Beach on Kauai’s Nāpali Coast is nothing short of a mirage but unfortunately also a death trap. Strong ways, unpredictable riptides and powerful current has taken the lives of over 80 beach visitors. The death count is kept up to date by a handmade sign right on the beach.

To stay alive, simply do not swim here.

8. River Nile, Egypt

Camouflaged by the muddy river water, just below the surface lurks the Nile crocodile for hours in wait for its prey. The most dangerous of the crocodile family, the Nile crocodile kills hundreds of people every year in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Nile Corridor is the home of over 500,000 of these creatures, which can live for up to 100 years and grow around 20 foot long. Also to be on the look out for when vacating by these waters is the Lake Nasser’s tiger fish, a cousin to the piranha – only much larger.

9. Shired Island, Dixie County

Swim in the waters of Florida Shired Island in Florida and risk developing the following symptoms. Skin rashes, pinkeye, hepatitis, respiratory infections and any other water born illness. Winning the award America’s Most Polluted Beach in 2009, you might want to think twice before you pack for a day at the beach. Better yet, check out before visiting any beach. As it turns out there are over 20,000 polluted bays, ocean, and Great Lakes beaches in the country.

10. Kruger National Park

The hippo is known for its unprovoked attacks on humans and despite the fact that they are plant-eaters, this seemingly cute and cuddly animals kills hundreds of people every year, making the hippo the deadliest mammal in Africa. If ever chased by a Hippopotamus, do not run in a straight line as it will easily outrun you. Despite its short legs, the hippo can run quite fast, but only straight forward. By running in crossed patterns you stand at least a slight chance of surviving.

Photo by Vadim Onishchenko


  1. Soendoro Soetanto August 27, 2010 at 9:30 am -

    Informative list. I will stay away from these places.

    Soendoro Soetanto

  2. Terry Smith September 13, 2010 at 4:01 pm -

    Where do the box jelly fish kill “anywhere between 100 to 200 people every year”?

    There have only been about 63 recorded deaths from box jelly fish stings in Australia since 1883.

    • Gregory Thtwatong September 23, 2010 at 9:28 pm -

      Box Jelly fish kill people in Sumbawa, Philipines, Papua New Guinea. Solomon Islands. Basically anywhere in the warm oceans of the region. They are not restricted to Australia.

      The only specifically Australian killer is the Michaelmass crab, but that wasn’t mentioned in the article. These crustaceans have been known to strip down to the bones people who innocently fall asleep on the warm idyllic tropical beaches of N.E. Australia.

      • TERRY SMITH September 26, 2010 at 11:10 pm -

        Michaelmass Crabs are not a problem because they only come out on the beaches during eclipses of the sun that occur on the 29th of February. Also they are very quickly eaten by the Drop Bears and so get little chance to attack sleepers.

        • Senator October 5, 2010 at 1:06 am -

          I have found much of the information that has been reported by the author of these “deadly swimming” locations to be so very inaccurate as to render them pretty much a load of horse hockey.

          I totally agree with Terry that the Drop Bear (Dropous, Macropodiformes Macropodidae) completely eliminates any potential threat created by Michaelmass Crabs (Michaelmassidendi, Medusozoa, fictionalias) and the ensuing bloody feeding frenzy renders being in those areas a highly dangerous prospect. Besides, the rarity of the occasion lends itself to providing all intelligent blokes and blokettes with the perfect excuse for a vitamin B shivoo.

          Important note. I know that some folks, especially science types, are convinced that the Drop Bear is a figment of the imagination and that the ancient Macropodiformes, Macropodidae has long been extinct.

          What they do not understand is that Dropous variety of Macropodiformes, Macropodidae evolved from Nature’s need to regulate the overwhelming masses of Michaelmassidendi that invade numerous beaches to mate and lay their eggs. Nature also provided Dropous the special ability to hibbrnate between those very rare occassions when Michaelmassidendi make their appearence and the hibrination takes place in extremely deep, secluded caves with buried hidden entrances. This is undoubtatly the reason that Dropous appears not to exist.

          A few of those science types have in the past attempted to observe Dropous and Michaelmassidendi in action, however these brave (or is that foolish) souls were never heard from again, their existance having been totally eliminated. We do not know, however, if it is the result of having been consumed by Dropous, Michaelmassidendi, or perhaps both and we choose instead to order up another VB and let Nature thake her course.

  3. Kalifornien September 14, 2010 at 1:01 pm -

    spellcheck must be off….

  4. adkman September 22, 2010 at 7:22 pm -

    Leeches with venom? Candirú catfish listed as insects? Somebody needs to do some serious fact checking before posting this shit

    • darlene November 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm -

      That just does too show you that even the smartest, don’t know what they are talking about

  5. alyssa September 27, 2010 at 8:58 pm -

    omygosh thats scary

  6. Auusie dude October 4, 2010 at 12:52 am -

    Dude you need to learn how to spell.
    You forgot to mention the sharks and crocodiles, blur ring octopus, stone fish ,sea snnakes , they can all kill you.
    In fact everthing in Australia can kill you, especially the snakes, spiders, koalas and ants.

    • Senator October 6, 2010 at 10:26 pm -

      “In fact everthing in Australia can kill you,”

      But you did fail to mention the most dangerous of all the world’s creatures, one that has been seen visiting and residing in almost every accessible place on the planet and has been found residing in abundance in Oz. Homininae Hominini Homoidiotous.

      • syca October 7, 2010 at 4:27 pm -

        Senator, you made my day: “…Homoidiotous.”

        BTW – what about the redbacks?

  7. MommyWifey08` October 10, 2010 at 9:27 pm -

    oh ya lets take the kids to swim at the top of a 36o ft waterfall. that sounds like a great idea. IDIOTS where is DCFY when you need them?

    • darlene November 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm -

      You seem to think life is all about you and kids. Well missy, as the photo show’s, there are others in this crazy world, that will and do stupid things. The only thing you can do is teach your children right from wrong. Even after you’ve done that, what they chose to do when they’re grown, is up to them not you. I’m sure those people you see ding stupid things, thier parent’s did’nt take them to a high waterfall and say,”Go for it kid’s. Have a great swim.” Think outside you’re brian. Think of how stupid some people can really be.

  8. Ally October 23, 2010 at 4:43 am -

    I’m from Australia and I’ve been swimming in the beaches for 13 years, and as long as you stay out of the water during Jellyfish and Shark Alarms, your safe. In fact, the worst shark I’ve ever come into contact with was a Wobbegong, and that was on Moreton Island. The only jellyfish I’ve ever been stung by was a blue bottle, and even if it stings like shit, you don’t die. I’m not saying Australia is 100% safe, because we are one of the most dangerous countries around when it comes to wildlife. But seriously, just because your at Australia, are you going to put your life on hold? pfft

    • A sensible Pom November 27, 2010 at 5:02 am -

      The fact you have “Jellyfish and Shark Alarms” I think say’s it all.

  9. Clayton November 10, 2010 at 3:48 pm -

    Can I just say … Australien? WTF!
    Australian maybe?
    Also I live on the Gold Coast which is halfway down the east coast of Australia and you can go swimming all year around and all you might get is a blue bottle or two during summer, and they only give you a little sting. HA! Australien LOL!

  10. harry November 25, 2010 at 3:23 pm -


  11. Fussbodenheizung November 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm -

    Wow, it makes me afraid to put one single foot into the water. It is a real great collection of dangers!