Enough to make your head swim: World’s largest pool which cost $1bn and holds 66m gallons is so big you can even sail boats on it
At the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile, a quick dip could well turn into a marathon.
Swimming a length in this, the world’s largest outdoor pool, would mean stroke after stroke for more than three fifths of a mile – that’s 20 Olympic-size swimming pools.
The enormous man-made lagoon is set halfway up the country’s Pacific coast, in the city of Algarrobo, and is filled with 66 million gallons of crystal clear seawater.
A little slice of the Pacific: The world’s biggest pool is three fifths of a mile long and draws water from the ocean, cleaning it and allowing the sun to warm it to 26C
CRYSTAL LAGOON IN NUMBERS
- Capacity: 66 million gallons
- Area: 20 acres
Depth: Up to 115ft
Temperature: heated to 26C
- Estimated cost of construction: £1billion
- Cost of upkeep: £2million a year
Construction time: Almost five years
- Completed: December 2006
The competition: More than twice the length of the next biggest outdoor pool
It also hold the Guinness record for the world’s deepest – so if you don’t feel like diving 115ft to the bottom, it might be best to bring some spare goggles.
The pool opened in December 2006 after nearly five years of construction work and is said to have set developers back as much as £1billion.
And on top of that eye-watering initial cost, it takes a further £2million a year to keep it in working order.
It uses a computer-controlled suction and filtration system to suck water in from the ocean at one end and pump it out at the other, while the sun warms it to 26C – nine degrees higher than the sea.
The pool’s incredible dimensions leave the next biggest floundering in its wake, with the Orthlieb in Morocco measuring a mere 1,575ft long.
Big drip: The pool, shown left next to the city of Algarrobo, is thought to have cost £1billion to build and runs up £2million a year in maintenance