What is the Vani sulfur pool?
Georgia is known for its hot sulfur springs and healing mineral waters that fill natural pools and feed spa resorts all over the country, from Tbilisi to Tskaltubo.
Like similar springs at Borjomi and Nokalakevi, the Vani Sulfur Pool is essentially an open-air bath fed by a deep underground sulfur water geyser.
The official name, Dikhashkho Sulfur Geyser, comes from the village where the pool is located, part of Western Georgia’s Vani Municipality (south of Kutaisi).
What makes the Dikhashkho Sulfur Geyser special is its rounded shape, and it’s unexpected location. The pool is located in the middle of nowhere – literally in a field.
The surrounding landscape is very flat and looks out onto a small tributary of the Rioni River, which flows all the way from the mountains of Racha through Kutaisi to meet the Black Sea at Poti.
I’ve been told that there are similar springs all throughout this area, and that this particular sulfur geyser has been active for more than a century.
Sulfuric water gushes from a hose into two round pools formed by mineral deposits and shored up with bricks on one side.
The bottom of the pool is sand, while a cutaway on one side allows the water to spill out into the river. As a result, the water is constantly being replenished by the geyser.
Vani Hot Sulfur Springs