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9 Most Clear Waters In The World

Updated on August 21, 2016

How many times have you visited a beach or a lake, only to be tragically disappointed by the murkiness of the water? Wouldn't it be nice if you could actually SEE what's beneath water.

Well, super-clear waters are a delight to watch. The extremely clear and spring water been filtered through limestone for many, many kilometers. The amazing clarity of the water often forms hot spot for tourist attraction. Read on for most beautiful, crystal clear waters in the world. Have you been to any of the destinations below? Would you like to add some places to this list. Leave names in the comment section.

Cala Macarelleta, Menorca, Spain

It’s believed that this is the most beautiful beach on the entire island of Menorca, mainly because of it’s water clarity. Various stunning shades of impeccably clear turquoise and blue water in the bay with white sandy beaches and surrounding rocks with shallow waters which offer warmth during the colder months. If you visit this area you can ensure you won’t be overcrowded by visitors since the cove has a limited amount of visitors each day.

The Blue Lake, South Island, New Zealand

This lake is believed to be the clearest lake in the entire world and is said to be almost as clear as distilled water.Although you won’t be allowed to swim in the lake it is considered sacred you can still take in its beauty while hiking, fishing or camping.

Scientific tests carried out in 2011 by New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) showed Blue Lake to be the clearest natural body of fresh water known to man. According to the NIWA research results, visibility in the lake is up to 80 metres which means the water is considered almost as "optically clear" as distilled water.

Bodrum, Turkey

The clearest waters in this area have been drawing in tourists for years, mainly because of its clarity. So clear is the water here, that it’s said boats actually seem to be hovering above the water, rather than floating on it. Bodrum is packed with foreign visitors in summer. Yet, it remains unspoilt and retains its charming Turkish character, perfecting the balance between authenticity and tourist comforts.

Primosten, Croatia

Primosten boasts one of the most clearest waters in the world and what makes the beautiful blue waters even better is that the area is surrounded by vineyards that are so beautiful. These crystal waters makes it a delight for tourists and locals alike.

Mo’orea, French Polynesia

This is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in the world due to its clear, blue waters and gorgeous mountain scenery. This spot is so picturesque that it has actually been referred to as the most beautiful island in the entire world.

Moraine Lake, Canada

This lake, located in Alberta’s Banff National Park, is beautiful because of the glaciers that surround it. As well, because of the glacial sediment deposited in the lake, the water takes on a gorgeous blue-green color. It’s so picturesque that it has been used in background images for Windows 7, Bing, Blackberry, Palm and Android products.

Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Oh, how beauty can be a burden. These insanely pretty islands of Ko Phi-Phi Don and Ko Phi-Phi Leh are a hedonistic paradise where tourists cavort in azure seas, party all night long on packed-out sands and snap pictures of long-tails puttering between craggy cliffs.

The Phi Phi island consists of two large islands – Ko Phi Phi Don and Ko Phi Phi Leh – along with several other smaller ones. What makes these bodies of water so special is their clarity, as well as the limestone karsts that pop out from the sea. It’s so famous that the movie The Beach, was actually filmed here.

Five Flower Lake, China

One of the clearest natural waters known to man. This unique lake is part of Jiuzhaigou Valley, one of China’s nature reserves and national parks. The shallow lake is so clear it lets visitors see all of the ancient tree trunks that have fallen into it over the years. It’s most beautiful to visit when the trees around the lake change color, allowing the lake to reflect all of the colors.

The pristine water of Wuhua Hai, or Five-Flower Lake, is the pride of Jiuzhaigon National Park in China. The shallow lake glistens different shades of turquoise and its floor is littered with fallen ancient tree trunks.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

This place is home to several luxury resorts that sit high above the water on stilts, making it easy to take in the beauty of the island’s clear, turquoise water. Undoubtedly the most celebrated island in the South Pacific, Bora Bora is French Polynesia's leading lady.

You can also walk down to the beach and get up close to the water while lying on the white sand that surrounds it. It’s easy to see why this island attracts tourists from all over the world every year. One of the few places on earth that everyone hopes to witness in their lifetime and once you see it, you are forever enamored.


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      Ramona 15 months ago

      Glad that you liked it.

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      Bill De Giulio 15 months ago from Massachusetts

      What an interesting idea for a hub, well done. I am familiar with some of these but the more obscure ones I was not. Thank you for the education.