23 places with the clearest, bluest water on the planet

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

Where can you find the beaches with the clearest, bluest waters in the world? We list 23 places where you can swim without moderation!

The Earth is 71% covered by water, from oceans to mountain lakes to jungle lagoons. Over time, the names and boundaries of these bodies of water have constantly changed, reflecting political, geographical and historical events. Regardless of their current name or what territory they’re in today, hundreds of bodies of water attract visitors year after year because of their dazzling natural crystal blue appearance. And as long as they’re well looked after, they’ll continue to do so for years to come. Provided you take care of them as soon as possible…

Discover these 23 places where you can find some of the clearest, bluest waters on the planet.

1. Bora-Bora, French Polynesia

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

Flickr – Pierre Lesage

Home to a multitude of luxury resorts built on stilts over the water, Bora Bora attracts tourists from all over the world looking for a better glimpse of the island’s turquoise waters. The white sand surrounding the island has a lot to do with the clarity and color of the water.

2. Achutupu Island (or Dog Island), Panama

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

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Dog Island is one of the San Blas Islands off the north coast of Panama.

3. Five Flower Lake, China

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

Flickr – Peter

The 5-flower lake is part of the Jiuzhaigou valley, one of China’s nature reserves. The clarity of the shallow lake allows you to see the many criss-crossing tree trunks that have fallen into it. The lake often takes on the colors of the surrounding forest.

4. Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

Flickr – Mike Behnken

The Phi Phi archipelago comprises two large islands (Ko Phi Phi Don and Ko Phi Phi Leh) and several smaller ones. The waters are renowned for their clarity, as well as for the vertiginous limestone cliffs jutting out of the water. Ko Phi Phi Leh was the setting for the famous travel-inspiring film The Beach.

5. Cayos Cochinos, Honduras

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

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One of the most discreet destinations on this list, Cayos Cochinos are protected by the Honduran government and remain off-limits to commercial fishing. The islets are a true example of the word « pristine ». They are also home to some of the best (and mostly still unknown) scuba diving spots in the world.

6. Moraine Lake, Canada

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

Flickr – Karl Johnson

Located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Moraine Lake is fed by glaciers. Glacial sediment deposited by runoff gives the lake its blue-green color. Moraine Lake has been used as wallpaper for Windows 7, Bing, Blackberry, Palm, Android…

7. Maldives

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

Flickr – Nic Adler

The Maldives, also known as the « Republic of Maldives », is a chain of islands in the Indian Ocean. It is the lowest-lying nation in the world. The waters surrounding the 26 atolls offer some of the world’s best snorkeling and diving.

8. Navagio, or Shipwreck Bay, Greece

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

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Off the coast of Zakynthos, one of the Ionian Islands, Navagio beach (also known as Shipwreck Bay) attracts thousands of tourists every year. In addition to its limestone cliffs and clear blue water, it’s famous as a BASE jumping spot.

9. Linapacan Island, Philippines

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

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Located in the remote province of Palawan, Linapacan is surrounded by tranquil beaches and super-clear waters.

10. Jenny Lake, USA

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

Flickr – Jeff Clow

Just east of Grand Teton National Park in western Wyoming, the clear waters of Jenny Lake often create picturesque reflections.

11. Lake Pukaki, New Zealand

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

Flickr – Florian Bugiel

Getting its strong blue color from rock (or glacial) flour, Lake Pukaki is a glacier-fed mountain lake. It is the largest of the three near-parallel lakes in the Mackenzie Basin.

12. Moorea, French Polynesia

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

Flickr – vgm8383

Due to its blue waters and idyllic surrounding landscape (which is predominantly green), Moorea is a popular honeymoon destination for Westerners looking to relax and take in the sights.

13. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

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Known as the world’s largest coral reef system and the most popular diving spot on the planet, the Great Barrier Reef is submerged in clear blue water. Thanks to this clarity, the barrier can be seen from space.

14. Corfu, Greece

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

Flickr – Trish Hartmann

The waters off the coast of Corfu, the second largest of the Ionian Islands, offer amazing visibility and clarity. The island is visited by tourists from all over the world, especially Scandinavians, Britons and Germans. The Canal d’Amour beach at Sidari is one of Corfu’s most famous.

15. Lake Tahoe, United States

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

Flickr – Steve Dunleavy

After the Great Lakes, Lake Tahoe is the largest lake in the United States by volume (and the deepest after Crater Lake). While many parts of the lake can be incredibly dark due to depth, size and stormwater runoff, the shores of Lake Tahoe show the true colors of the water.

16. Tulum, Mexico

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

Flickr – Camilo Gonzalez

While Tulum is home to the ruins of a pre-Columbian Mayan city, it also attracts tourists for its white sands and crystal-clear waters.

17. Peyto Lake, Canada

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

Flickr – Dave Hensley

Peyto Lake is located in Banff National Park. Photos of this lake can look like they’ve been retouched on a computer, so vivid is the color of the water. The lake’s blue hue is due to the large amount of rock flour deposited by melting glaciers.

18. Aragusuku Island (Panari), Japan

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

Flickr – Ippei & Janine Naoi

Panari, also known as Aragusuku, and the other Okinawa islands make up the most remote part of Japan, a few hundred kilometers east of Taiwan.

19. Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

Flickr – exilism

Two main islands, Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kesil, make up the Perhentian Islands off the east coast of Malaysia. When combined with crystal-clear water, the white sands of these islands offer an epic diving experience. Jellyfish, turtles, blacktip sharks and multicolored reef fish can be seen among the reef’s other residents.

20. To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa Islands

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

Credit – Abhimanyu Sabnis

Located in Lotofaga, a small village on the Samoan island of Upolu, the To Sua Ocean Trench is a large pool surrounded by greenery on all sides. The clear, bright-blue water is 30 metres deep. To Sua translates as « big hole ».

21. Whitehaven Beach, Australia

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

Flickr – Jeremy Vandel

The sand at Whitehaven Beach, a 7 km stretch in the Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland, is 98% silica, which explains its fine texture and brilliant white color. Seen from the air, the shallow waters and clear sand create interesting patterns.

22. Crater Lake, United States

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

Flickr – Raul Diaz

The main attraction of Oregon’s national park of the same name, Crater Lake boasts both a remarkable dark and light blue color. The lake lies in a caldera, which was created after the collapse of the Mount Mazama volcano over 7,000 years ago.

23. Wineglass Bay, Australia

Les eaux les plus claires et les plus bleues sur Terre, îles et plages paradiaques

Flickr – Rob Taylor

Famous for its white sandy beaches and sapphire waters, Wineglass Bay is a secluded spot in Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park. Hiking, sailing and fishing are among the region’s most popular activities. From the surrounding mountains, you can get a better idea of the clarity of its waters.

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