17 Clearest Waters In The World To Visit Before You Die

  • Palawan Island

Location: Luzon, Philippines

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     The undeveloped island of the province of Palawan is the fifth largest island in the country. The northern coast lies along the South China Sea while it’s southern coast is located within the waters of the Sulu Sea. In 2016, the Palawan Island has again been voted as the “Most Beautiful Island in the World” by the readers of Conde Nast Traveller and Travel+Leisure Magazines. The long shorelines is surrounded by white fine sand and pristine blue waters. However, the most popular tourist spot is located at the northern tip of the island called “El Nido”. It has been voted as the “Most Beautiful Beach in the World” by Conde Nast Traveller magazine. Furthermore, National Geographic Traveller has also named the Palawan Island as the “Best Island Destination” of the East and Southeast Asia.

  • Maldives Island

Location: South Asia

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     It is considered to be the most geographically dispersed country and the smallest country by land area and population. It is situated southwest of India and Sri Lanka within the Indian Ocean. It gained its political independence in the 1965 from the United Kingdom. It is a perfect place for a holiday due to its luxurious set-up and elegant clear waters. It is one of the most chosen location for grand wedding, honeymoons and/or anniversary celebrations.

  • Peyto Lake

Location: Canada

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     The typical illustration of the lake which has an elegant and bright turquoise colour is brought about by the vast amount of glacial rock flour that flows into the lake during summer. It is located in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. The water of the lake comes from the creek that drains the Caldron Lake and Peyto Glacier; then the water from Peyto Lake serves as the origin of the Mistaya River that heads northwest. The name of the lake comes from Bill Peyto, a packer and guide in the early 1900s.

  • Exuma

Location: Bahamas

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     The Exumas that are surrounded with pristine blue waters are actually a collection of 365 islands and cays. The largest area covers an enormous 69 square miles. The islands were first settled in by American loyalists escaping the Revolutionary War in 1783. Now, it serves as a popular destination for yachting, sailing, coral reef exploration, swimming and cave exploring. Many of these unnamed beaches are included in the Exuma National Land and Sea Park of the Bahamas National Trust.

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     One interest Fact: on a small island adjacent to Staniel cay and almost in the middle of the Bahamas are domesticated pigs. It is unknown how they got there, but as boats arrive in the area, these gentle creatures swim toward the people and expect to be fed.

  • Bora Bora

Location: French Polynesia

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     The island is a 29.3 square kilometres located northwest of Tahiti and is surrounded by sand-fringed motus, a turquoise lagoon and barrier reef. It was first inhabited by Polynesian settlers in the 4th century ad was an independent kingdom up until 1888 when the last monarch, Queen Teriimaevarua III was forced to step down as the French took the island as part of their colony. Its economy is mostly driven by Tourism. Known as a popular destination for snorkelling and scuba diving, remnants of the activities brought upon by World War II can also be enjoyed. One of the few accommodations built to serve tourists in the area is Hotel Bora Bora opened in 1961. However, there is no public transportation on the island, that’s why; it is recommended to hire rental cars.

  • Five-Flower Lake

Location: China

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     Originally known as Wuhua Hai, this is known to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. And due to its high mineral content, the water changes from blue-green to green, yellow or emerald. It is located along the Jiuzhaiguo Valley which means “Valley of nine villages” in the Sichuan province, Southwestern China. It lies at the end of the Peacock River that is sitting 2,472 meters above sea level. Since 1992, the valley where the lake is located has a protected are and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site. The lake got its name due to its changing colours when viewed from above. It is only 5 feet in depth and the very bottom can be clearly seen due to its pristine waters.

  • Bahia de las Aguilas

Location: Dominican Republic

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     This isolated paradise literally translates to Bay of Eagles. It is a protected area so as the Jaragua National Park that surrounds it. The beach is located a few kilometres away from Pedernales and sits between the southern end border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. As of 1993, the area has been established as a national park and is now considered a UNESCO-recognized nature reserve. Because of this, fishing is technically illegal; however, small-scale fishing is done by the local occupants. It should be noted that the park is isolated; therefore, there are no luxury hotels and amenities. The distance one should travel takes about 20 minutes from the town.

  • Belo Sur Mer

Location: Madagascar

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     The area is a town that belongs to the district of Morondova in Madagascar. The majority of the population which comprises 60% are farmers, 30% are fishermen, and 10% are industrial workers. The village, sitting on the edge of a small lagoon, appears to have been swallowed up by the dunes.

  • Lake Arnensee

Location: Switzerland

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     This spectacular place is located in Canton of Berne. For you to have a good view of the area, you need to follow an ascending trail that leads to Lac Renaud and continues up until you reach the highest point called the Cole de Vore. As you begin your descent towards the lake, the blue-green waters are so clear that the bottom floor is highly visible. The terrain of the lake is flat that it can be considered a perfect spot for picnics.

  • Lake Tahoe

Location: United States of America

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          Having a depth of 1,645ft, it is considered the second deepest lake in the US, and also, the sixth largest lake by volume at 122, 160,280 acre ft. It is the freshwater lake located in the Sierra Nevada; straddling between the borders of California and Nevada. The clear blue waters of Tahoe, surrounded by mountain range are a perfect attraction for those who love skiing in winter. Tourists may also try to do different water sports offered by surrounding establishments or have some family picnic around the lake.

  • To Sua Ocean Trench

Location: Samoa

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     The calmness of nature surrounding it and the crystal-clear waters within what seems to be a 98-foot deep hole has made this tourist attraction an ultimate experience of relaxation. It is located in the volcanic island of Upolu in Samoa; what feeds the hole with water are the series of canals leading to the South Pacific Ocean. The only access into the sparkling turquoise waters is a single ladder with a viewing platform at the base. The climb down is nerve-racking but is highly rewarding as it has abundant population of tropical fishes and a sandy bed.

  • Hanauma Bay

Location: Hawaii

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     This paradise is one of the most visited beaches in Hawaii aside from the ones in Waikiki and the north shore. It is located along the southeast coast of O’ahu Island. Known for its wide variety of marine species, tourists visit the area to enjoy snorkelling. However, in order to protect the sanctuary, Hanauma has been established to be both a nature preserve and a Marine Life Conservation District.

  • Lake Pukaki

Location: New Zealand

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     Located within the Mackenzie district in the Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island, it is the largest of three parallel alpine lakes. The spectacular blue color is created by the extremely fine ground rock particles from the glaciers called the ‘glacial flour’. The lake is not only an attraction for display, but it’s now part of Waitaki hydroelectric scheme. The flow of water is diverted and raised to increase its energy generating capacity.

  • Jenny Lake

Location: United States of America

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     Located in Grand Teton National Park in the state of Wyoming, it is considered to be a major focal point with many hiking trails, scenic boat rides and access to climbing routes onto the tallest peaks of Teton Range. Jenny Lake gets its name from a Shoshone Indian woman who married an Englishman named Richard “Beaver Dick” Leigh. Jenny and their 6 children died of smallpox in 1876. In an effort to preserve the lake, a study was done in 2005, and it showed that the lake’s waters can still be considered pristine and has not been impacted by pollution.

  • Panari Island

Location: Japan

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     It is a hidden paradise locally known as Aragusuku Island or Panari which means “separated”. The area is made up of two separate islands that is connected by two coral shoal. It has an excellent coral reef that is visited by those interested in snorkelling. The island can only be accessed by private tour company, one of which is located in its neighbouring island called Kuroshima Island, Yaeyama.

  • Mauritius

Located: Africa

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     The island in itself is a paradise that is surrounded by white sand beaches and by the vast and stunning blue Indian Ocean. There are two UNESCO heritage sites that are visited by those interested in learning Africa’s cultural values. Because of Mauritius being a tropical island, the lush green vegetation is seen all throughout the year. Trou Aux Biches is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the island. It is because of the great conditions for swimming and snorkelling; the water being clear, shallow and calm.

  • Aitutaki

Location: Cook Islands

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     The barrier reef that forms the basis of Aitutaki is the shape of an equilateral triangle. It is located within the Central-southern region of the Pacific Ocean. Known for its turquoise-coloured lagoon, this paradise is famous due to it being uninhabited and spared from mass tourism.

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