Water is so cool, and there is nothing better than immersing yourself in the clearest most beautiful water in the world. For some people the only time they truly feel completely relaxed is when they are around a body of crystal clear water.
Not all bodies of water are created equal. Here are the top 10 places with the world's clearest waters . . .
1 Blue Lake ~ New Zealand - The Blue Lake, South Island, New Zealand. Found in Nelson Lakes National Park, a relatively small lake is said to have the clearest water in the world! It is almost as clear as distilled water, meaning that its visibility is up to 80 meters. Blue Lake (or Rotomairewhenua) is officially the clearest lake in the world. Blue lake is considered sacred to Māori, swimming or entering the lake is not allowed.
2 Hvar ~ Croatia - The water here along the southern Dalmatian Coast has a level of clarity that is unmatched anywhere in the world. Hvar has an average of 2,700 sunlight hours per year, which is a key ingredient for stunning ocean hues.
3 Laghi di Fusine ~Italy - This serene pair of glacial lakes is located about a mile from the Italian / Slovenian border, are both remarkably clear. The water is very cold for swimming, thankfully there are paths surrounding the lakes providing breathtaking views of the Julian Alps. Throughout the seasons, the lake’s tint changes color slightly.
4 Rio da Prata ~ Bonito, Brazil - Rio da Prata is one of the most dramatically blue rivers in the region. Thanks to the high concentration of underground limestone acting as a natural filter, the rivers surrounding the Brazilian municipality of Bonito are exceptionally clear and vividly blue. The Rio da Prata is so blue that the region has been dubbed “Caribe do Centro-Oeste,” the Caribbean of the Central-West.
5 Lefkada ~ Greece - The beaches on Lefkada are considered to have the bluest waters in the world. The island has many exquisite beaches with tranquil cool blue waters, particularly the ones along the west coast that face the Ionian Sea -- from Porto Katsiki in the south to Kathisma in the north.
6 Valley of the Five Lakes ~ Poland - Tucked way up in the High Tatras mountain range and running along the Polish/Slovakian border, these five alpine lakes each boast glassy, cerulean-tinted water. The largest of the lakes, Morskie Oko (or "Eye of the Sea"), lies 1393 meters (4570 ft.) above sea level, deep in the Tatra Mountains National Park. It is the largest lake in the Tatra Mountains, both Polish and Slovakian. The turquoise water in the lake is perfectly clear, you can spot some fish.
7 Zamami Island ~ Japan - Okinawa prefecture is populated with many beautiful beaches, but Furuzamami Beach on Zamami Island is arguably the most picturesque. From its pure white sand to its translucent waters, the remote beach’s colorful coral reefs are ideal for snorkeling and diving.
8 Exuma, Tropic of Cancer Beach ~ Bahamas - Tropic of Cancer Beach (also known as Pelican Beach) is the longest of the clear water beaches of Exuma 360-plus islands that are surrounded by clear, blue, Bahamian bathwater. The color, clarity, and temperature of the water are remarkable, but when the tide recedes to reveal hidden, white sandbars.
9 Koh Lanta ~ Thailand - Lying in the Andaman Sea to the west of the Thai mainland, Koh Lanta has a bounty of beautiful beaches marked by the clear, shallow water of the Andaman Sea. The real attractions, though, can be found at nearby diving spots where the deeper water affords snorkelers and scuba divers alike incredible views of ornate coral reefs, colorful fish, and hidden underwater caves.
10 Jiuzhaigou Valley ~ China - According to legend, the 108 lakes dotting the Jiuzhaigou Valley nature reserve were created when a goddess dropped the mirror she received from her lover, and it shattered into 108 pieces. It is one of the most incredible unspoilt natural reserves in the world. Five-Color Pond has the clearest water with a multitude of underwater creatures.
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