5 Crystal Clear Aquatic Destinations

A beautiful mix of wanderlust and aquatic hues

Nations across the world are gradually welcoming travellers into its borders and many are seizing this opportunity to visit turquoise beaches and crystal clear waters for some much-needed reprieve.

Blue is the most popular colour in the world, so it’s no surprise that people flock to water-centric destinations to relax next to clear blue water, with a cold drink in hand and a gentle breeze lulling them to sleep!

If you’re in the midst of figuring out your next travel destination, why not consider visiting these crystal clear ones?

#1 The Maldives

The Maldives is a nation consisting of islands that are situated in the Indian Ocean. There are currently 1192 islands spanning a distance of 871 kilometres. The country’s unique geography frequently enchants visitors with its colourful reefs, soft white sands, and vibrant species of fish protected by the reefs.

Maldives islands are also home to endangered marine life such as manta rays and whale sharks. The Maldives’ crystal clear water is popular among snorkelers, divers, and avid social media influencers and travellers. For a sunny side of life, Maldives may just hold the answer!

#2 Palawan, Philippines

Palawan is a Philippine archipelago province. Beautiful fishing villages, exotic wildlife, and numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites can all be found in Palawan. It also has one of the best dive sites in the world, primarily on Coron Island. Divers can see Japanese shipwrecks in Coron Island, which are significant historical remnants.

Foodies will also have the time of their lives in Palawan as there are plenty of eateries that offer local delicacies and iconic Philippine cuisines.

Looking for a slice of heaven? Palawan is your go to destination.

#3 The Exuma, Bahamas

The Exumas are a chain of 365 islands divided into three regions. Visitors can snorkel or lounge on various islands in Great Exuma, Little Exuma, and The Exuma Cays.

One unexpected feature that no tourist will expect to find in the Bahamas is the opportunity for swimmers and divers to swim with pigs in Big Major Cay. Yes, you read that correctly! Locals believe the pigs were abandoned by sailors who intended to return and eat them. While some speculate that the pigs may have swum from a nearby shipwreck, others believe otherwise.

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind experience in the Bahamas, your calling may just be found here.

#4 Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

The park is mostly covered in forest vegetation, with grasslands being a smaller part of it. The lakes, the park’s most appealing feature, account for just under 1% of the total park area.

16 named lakes and a number of smaller, unnamed ones make up the lake system, which cascades into one another. Some parts of this vast lake system are joined by waterfalls that flow into a limestone canyon. The water can be seen by visitors from the walkways and hiking trails.

The park is open to the public all year. It’s also worth noting that, while these lakes are stunning in their sapphire glory, visitors are not permitted to swim in them.

#5 Peyto Lake, Alberta, Canada

Peyto Lake, a glacier-fed lake located approximately 40 kilometres north of Lake Louise in Banff National Park, is known for its signature bright blue body of water. The blue body of water’s secret is glacier rock flour, which flows into these waters during the summer.

The scenic backdrop of Peyto Lake, which blends seamlessly with clear blue waters, is a hotspot for photographers looking for that perfect Instagramworthy shot. In addition to being a photographer’s dream location, aspiring hikers can have a great time here because the terrain is beginner friendly and the moderate elevation provides a decent hike. Have fun at Peyto Lake!

Note for travellers: Please be careful when swimming in the ocean. If you’re new to the terrains that you’re visiting, ensure that there’s a professional accompanying you for a safe and smooth travel experience.