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World's Largest Swimming Pool

World's Largest Swimming PoolAlready drawing the crowds in the South American resort of San Alfonso del Mar in Chile, this artificial lagoon and swimming pool is eight hectares in size and contains an incredible 250,000 cubic meters of water. Acknowledged by Guinness World Records as being the world’s largest swimming pool, the lagoon trounces all other record holders in the category, including the Orthlieb pool in Casablanca, Morocco, itself a huge 150 meters by 100 meters – the San Alfonso pool is 1km in length. The revolutionary clear water artificial lagoons, transparent to a depth of 35 meters and unprecedented in design and construction methods, are the brainchild of Crystal Lagoons founder, biochemist and Chilean businessman Fernando Fischmann. Equivalent in size to an incredible 6,000 standard domestic pools, details of its technology are to be unveiled for the first time at Cityscape Dubai later this month.

More pictures after the jump.

World's Largest Swimming Pool
World's Largest Swimming Pool
World's Largest Swimming Pool
World's Largest Swimming Pool
World's Largest Swimming Pool
Source: Nubricks & Crystal-Lagoons

Update: There's a video here.

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Well, that's nice: the tourists can polllute the pool and leave the ocean alone. Clever way to save the environment!

Omg, how do they clean it??

I wonder why you want a pool so big, if you have the sea behind...

because you can

Probally so you will not get salt in your eyes undertows, shark bites, jelly fish or even hippo turds!

how many life guards?

heh - hippo turds!

What about the bubbles that sucker made??? lol

it says that it cost 1.5billion dollars to make and fill

Plus about 2million each 6mths for maintainence alone.
not including lifeguard fees...


so i guess the life guards have to have speedboats to get there in time...i wanna life guard there!

wow, usually i get bored in pools after awhile but that is so cool

i think id get lost its bad enough i can get lost in myu house

The ocean in Chile has no continental shelf, which means after about a half km. of sea the ocean floor plummets about 8000, generating life-threatening tidepools and undertow. My guess the pool is so people can swim safely.

For the record, the sea temperature in chile is, ... chilling cold! frozen! don't ever go there!!

xi would rather swim in that then the ocean any day. i used to live in puerto rico and it was great to go swimmng in the ocean but, the worst part was the seaweed, it sticks to you and makes it hard to swim.

omg how big lol wat if a masive wave comes cuz the ocean is lyk a few 100 yards from it

Iwant to go there it looks fantastic any body know how much

I was there in Jan 2007. Cool place. Rented a condo for $1000 US a week. I don't remember seeing any lifeguards but there were sure alot of cleaners. The water is salt water which is pumped and filtered from and back into the ocean.

i think its fantastic and i would certainly want to swim in it.but i dont think i caould do even a length in it.

how deep is it?

wow thats wicked but its that big would you be able to get away with skinny dipping lol

i have peed in it




Its amazing.
what is the Hotel's name in which this wounderful pool is built
Congrts to the great thinker& makers involved in it.

I expent a weekend there and is beautiful...

Check this picture from this pool... http://www.flickr.com/photos/belrobplace/2071944516/

This one is even better...
If you could take the chance, visit it!!!

Cool night shots... would love to pay it a visit someday...

I guess the ocean isn't safe there? I don't see anyone on the other side of the pool.

perfect place for the swim in a triathlon.

This is one of those vulgar over-the-top Chilean projects that in 20or 30 years from now, someone will look at it and say: "What the fuck were they thinking!" And someone else will respond, "They were just trying to get in the Guinnes World Record book, no matter how stupid that was!"

that thing is amazing! my pool is like.. 1/6000 of it lol thats such a great idea too i wonder how they thought of it. what if like a tsunami comes or somethin lol that would be bad

To refer to this wonderful place as a vulgar, over-the-top project, the comment has to come from one of Chile's deadbeat neighbors, which envy how well this country is doing and they are not. This project offers the alternative of a tropical paradise in a country that doesn't have any tropics. It is wonderful and reasonably priced, both the sand and the water are heated, and the water is sparkling clean. Chile is a country that is changing rapidly and making a difference in the region, and these type of projects (and others) are just part of the process. Highly recommended!


for all those people who said who don't they go in the beach, its because ever few hundred feet there are massive strong rips.

For all those water lovers, who lose half of the fun being in a big body of water(sea), because of fear of sharks etc....this will do quite nicely. How about building the Worlds largest wave pool next to it(icing on the cake.)

Isn't it amazing how many ignoramuses bother putting in their stupid comments on this blog. Don't even bother writing you people, just leave it for those who like to give some positive and informed comment.

I was there a couple of times. A friend of mine has an appartment in this condo. Very nice place. I guess that must be some people that rent their condos through Real State agents.
The water in Chile is very cold due to the Humbolt current that came from Antartica, South Pole. That's the main reason for the pool. No sharks in the zone... too cold. But they have a salt water acuarium with sharks in the bar that is located inside the piramid (that is a warm water pool under glass roof. See picture)

I would like to point out about mmarchant2; that he is correct about people who don't leave positive and informed comments on this blog. I guess his INFORMED and POSITIVE comments(NON EXISTENT,) truly FRAMES himself.....ha..ha...!!!

Come on guys ! What kind of questions are those about building a pool next to the Ocean. Open up a World Atlas and you will find out why. Study a little about the country Geography and Weather tyo find the answers. This is CHILE, not CHINA. BTW tsunamis are common in Asia !!!
Congratulatios to the people that had this fantastic idea, I had never seen anything similar to this and we need innovation and daring further on manking creations.
Nice addition to beautiful Chile, an extra bonus to visit this country that has fantastic and unspoiled scenary.
Marcus- from Brazil.

Be a good place to stage a Triathlon or IronMan event...

I went swimming in it and lost my contact. If anyone finds it, let me know. I miss it very much.

great pictures, and great swimming pool too. I wonder swim on there. wow...

That pool is soooooooo big. I would love to get a chance and swim there. Anyone have some spare cash.y

Wow, this is unbelivable. i wonder how they keep the bottom clean. they would probably need about a thousand robots. I wonder how much it cost to build that thing.

OMW! Now we know why fuel prices are so high! WOW and there are children going hungry Why? How do they shock this pool.

Must be a massive equipment profile to manage such large body of water! Impressive technology indeed!

Wow!!!!! they probably need 2000 pool cleaners

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