It’s not brain surgery, however the sky's blue, and also the water is wet. As the ocean (and other bodies water) is of course blue, water bodies are bluer than the others, inviting visitors to swim inside them. In the far reaches of Belize to the hydrothermally unique landscapes of Yellowstone, these places worldwide have some of the bluest waters, waiting for tourists to plunge into its watery depths!
10 The Maldives
Vacationers may debate whether Seychelles, Maldives, or Bora-Bora makes for a great vacation (HINT: they all do!). However, with regards to the Maldives, the island’s waters are as clear as crystals and as blue. These waters are great for water activities, from snorkeling to scuba diving. What’s more, travelers can venture to Vaadhoo and witness the shimmering blue glow of the Sea of Stars at night, made possible by bioluminescent phytoplankton. If the waters are enjoyed throughout the day or at dawn, its stunning rich-blue coast makes it a romantic destination.
9 Crater Lake, Oregon
How blue is blue? Travelers are interested in Oregon’s Crater Lake to discover. This caldera is really a breathtaking landmark studded with dramatic mountains and old-growth forests. But what’s even more attractive to tourists may be the lake’s deep blue hue. Crater Lake is among the deepest lakes in the world, and its waters are the purest, originating from snowmelt and rain. The view of this volcanic lake makes for a picturesque hike around the Crater Lake National Park.
8 Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, people who venture towards the Plitvice Lakes will seem like they entered into a different world. This gorgeous national park comprises a network of lakes that formed 1000's of years ago. Plitvice Lakes National Park takes up 30,000 hectares of land, filled with craggy rocks, stunning waterfalls, and some of the bluest waters around Croatia. Have a dip in the waters while being amongst the tranquility from the rolling meadows and forest.
7 Peyto Lake, Alberta
Banff National Park is one of Canada’s iconic and oldest national parks, and it’s easy to know why. Who could resist the crystal, pristine waters of Lake Louise? Similarly, Peyto Lake—situated in Banff—entices and attracts tourists every year due to its incredibly blue waters. The glacial lake is so blue, it appears as though Kool-Aid! What’s more, Cauldron Peak watches over Peyto Lake, developing a gorgeous backdrop with this popular tourist site.
6 Blue Lake, New Zealand
On South Island, tourists will find nowhere Lake in New Zealand’s Nelson Lakes National Park. As its name suggests, this lake is pretty blue but incredibly clear. The lake's beauty can also be sacred towards the Māori. The park all around the lake is open year-round, so combined with pretty views from the lake, it makes for a great day trip of hiking and exploring.
5 Jiuzhaigou Valley, China
Jiuzhaigou Valley is what humans get when nature mixes hues of turquoise, deep blue, red, yellow, orange, and green. This nature reserve inside the Min Mountains in Sichuan is known for its dramatic waterfalls, lush vegetation, misty mountains, and its Five Flower Lake. This gem is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, also it never fails to dazzle visitors, changing its color due to its chemical composition. Moreover, visitors can also enjoy this lake year-round, as it doesn’t freeze over in the wintertime.
4 Great Blue Hole, Belize
The Great Blue Hole off the coast of Belize stands out when compared to turquoise hue of the surrounding waters. Many people may find the Great Blue Hole to become terrifyingly blue. This attraction is a huge marine sinkhole and reaches depths of 407 ft (or 124 m)! This incredibly blue swimming hole is famous amongst recreational divers. It is a site for looking at local marine life like bull sharks, hammerhead sharks, or the incredible Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System.
3 Mount Ijen Crater Lake, Banyuwangi, Indonesia
The billowing smoke present in this crater lake only contributes to its mystique. Visitors who check out the Kawah Ijen Volcano in Banyuwangi will be greeted with a colorfully blue crater lake, almost resembling candy. However, this lake is not safe for swimming due to its incredibly high hydrochloric acid content (which gives the lake its signature color). Visitors can also witness blue fire at Mount Ijen Crater Lake, creating an excellent photo op.
2 Lake Kaindy, Kazakhstan
The dead, 1300 ft (or 400 m) spruce tree trunks produce an eerie vibe at Lake Kaindy. But the surrounding lush vegetation and the rich hue from the lake say otherwise. Situated in Saty, Kazakhstan, the shimmering waters of Lake Kaindy result from 1000's of years price of rainfall. It’s easy to admire this lake on a nice, sunny day, but those who venture underwater will see the preserved needles around the spruce trees!
1 Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
People have experienced countless photos of Yellowstone National Park’s Grand Prismatic Spring, whether in travel blogs or videos. Among the largest hot springs in the world, this beauty shines with shades of green, blue, yellow, red, and a bit of pink. Its vibrant colors derive from microbial mats (or layers of bacteria along with other microbes) that produce these varied colors. Many may wonder if the Grand Prismatic Spring is swimmable despite its popularity and stunning views. Unfortunately, swimming is not an option due to its high temperature and acidic content. The second-best option? Admiring this natural splendor and taking lots of photos!