Rio da Prata, Brazil – The rivers surrounding the Brazilian Municipality of Bonito are almost all vividly transparent. Thanks to the high concentration of underground limestone acting as a natural filter. Rio da Prata is one of the clearest water bodies on the planet. Allowing snorkelers to easily spot the shimmering scales of golden Dorados and yellow-finned Piraputangas swimming next to them.
Maldives – Home of turquoise-blue waters so vibrant they seem surreal. Maldivian waters are so translucent, it often appears as if the boats sailing around the islands are floating in mid-air. Visitors can spend days exploring the coral reef, visiting an underwater playground, or relaxing in one of the world’s best spas.
Lampedusa, Sicily Italy – Lampedusa is the largest and most stunning of the Italian Pelagie Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The famous part of this place is the water shimmering, crystalline and electric-blue. Rabbit Beach is the island’s most popular swimming spot, offering blissful shallows to splash around in framed by gently sloping limestone cliffs.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia – The woodsy park, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979, is dotted with 16 turquoise blue lakes. A wooden walkway winds through the park’s upper and lower lakes giving visitors the chance to wander alongside while boat tours give visitors a closer look at the deep blue waters.
Boracay Island, Philippines – The shallow, glassy water surrounding Boracay has the level of clarity you’d expect from a hotel pool boasts a shade of turquoise so striking and ethereal you’ll skip your heartbeat.
Five-Flower Lake, China – Spectacular waterfalls tumble into the brilliantly blue lakes at this UNESCO World Heritage Site in China’s Sichuan province. The park’s most famous attraction is the crystalline Five-Flower Lake. The starling blue water offers a window-like view to the bottom where fallen trees make a lace-like pattern on the lake floor. The water is so still and cleans it mirrors the surrounding mountains and trees as well as the sky above.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia – Home to a multitude of luxury resorts on stilts above the water, Bora Bora attracts tourists from all over the planet. Looking to get an up-close view of the island’s clear, turquoise waters. The fine white sand surrounding the island accounts heavily for clarity and color.
Blue Lake, New Zealand – With underwater visibility of up to 262ft, Blue Lake is officially the clearest lake in the world. It’s considered sacred by the Maori locals, humans are not permitted to enter the water. You’ll be forced to either admire the clarity from the shore or check out an aerial vies by booking a scenic helicopter flight.
Exuma, Bahamas – The waters that surround Exuma’s 365 islands are so supernaturally blue and clear it feels as if you’re in an infinity pool whether you’re swimming alongside adorable piglets on Big Major Cay, wading in the calm shallow of Small Hope Bay. Beautiful hue aside, Bahamian waters are calm and warm all year round.
Peyto Lake, Canada – Peyto Lake is found in Banff National Park. Images of the lake may look computer-generated due to the vibrant colors of the water. A large amount of rock flour, deposited from the glacial runoff, gives the lake its powder-blue color.