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8 Places in the World That Offer Very Clear Water to Swim

Clear Water
Written by Jane Sophia

When God gives water in the form of rain, He gives the clearest and cleanest water. It is we either directly or indirectly make the water undrinkable and non-swimmable. Wait! Don’t ask me, “what about the ocean that also receives the same clear water from the rain but still salty when you taste it directly from the sea”? I have no answer to that.

However, there are eight water bodies in the world where the water is at its clearest. They are ideal for safe swimming and snorkeling.

Shall we take a glance at those unbelievably clear public water bodies?

Clear Water of Five Flower Lake, Jiuzhaigou Valley, China,

Clear Water of Five Flower Lake

OMG! Isn’t that water looks serenely clear?

One more crystal clear water body is called aptly, “The Mirror Lake”.

crystal clear water body mirror lake

Have you ever heard about “AAAAA” rating given to an area of extraordinary natural beauty? Well, the Jiuzhaigou Valley that is located in the northern Sichuan Province of China is given that rating by none other than the UNESCO in 1992.

This pristine oasis in the Sichuan province is very far from Chengdu, the capital of that province.

Five Flower Lake and the nearby water bodies attribute the presence of calcium carbonate in a high level for the translucency of the water. Irrespective of the depth of the lake, the bottom of it is visible to naked eyes. That’s the ultimate proof of the translucidity of the water.

If you ever go to China, please make a visit to the Jiuzhaigou Valley to see the Five Flower Lake and some other lakes that have the clearest water. While you are there, you can also enjoy seeing:

  • Limestone ponds that have lovely blue crystal clear water
  • Roaring waterfalls
  • Snow-clad mountains in the distance
  • Hot springs
  • Golden snub-nosed monkey

Golden snub-nosed monkey

  • Giant Panda

Giant Panda

  • Frozen waterfalls of Pearl Shoals and Nuo Ri Lang waterfalls.

Clear Water of Ambergris Caye, Belize

Belize is an independent nation and is located on the Eastern coast of Central America, near the Caribbean sea. It comprises of several islands too and they are called Cays. Of them, the largest cay is Ambergris Caye. The entire coast in this region shows very clear water. When the water is clear, it becomes an ideal place for water sports such as snorkeling and scuba diving. Naturally, swimming goes along with them. If snorkeling is considered safe in any water body, then, swimming too can be safe. The ideal places for swimming and snorkeling in the clear water of Ambergris Caye are:

  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve,
  • Shark Ray Alley
  • Great Blue Hole-the first image under this sub-heading.

Crystal Clear Water in  Havelock Island, Andaman Island, India

Crystal Clear Water in Havelock Island

Andaman islands of India, the perennial tourists’ attraction is a group of several small islands and one of them is the Havelock Island.

The Radhanagar Beach of Havelock Island is thronged by water sports enthusiasts because of very clear aquamarine sea water. Other prominent clear water beaches of Havelock island are:

  • Elephant Beach
  • Vijaynagar Beach.

The forest in the Havelock island is home to a very rare white-headed Myna.

white-headed Myna

Clear Water in Devil’s Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Clear Water in Devil’s Bay

The Caribbean sea houses several paradises on Earth in the form of extremely beautiful islands that are dotted with plenty of greeneries, mountains, and cliffs with a sea view. The British Virgin Islands, an archipelago of several small and big islands are the world’s foremost island attraction. It’s a British Overseas Territory.

Virgin Gorda is one of the islands that is part of the British Virgin Islands. The entire island of Virgin Gorda is known for pools, lagoons, and grottoes. These make superb clear water baths for all the age group of people.

The image of Devil’s Bay above is similar to the Spring Bay with a lovely white sand beach.

Clear Water Katherine Gorge, Australia

Clear Water Katherine Gorge

Oh yes, the water is absolutely clear and still, that is evident from the image of the hill reflected on the water clearly. Catherine town is located in Northern Territory, Australia. Isn’t the scenery absolutely breathtaking?

The small town of Catherine situated in the Catherine National Park is far away from the major city of Darwin ( 300+ km) but it is accessible by plane.  There is so much to see such as crystal clear water bodies, exotic flora and fauna and more.

Clear water Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Clear water Plitvice Lake

That picture is worth 1000 words but then, I don’t think words are necessary to say the water is at its clearest best. There are 16 clear water lakes and some of them proudly display waterfalls bordering them.

The whole naturally beautiful area is situated inside the Plitviče Lakes National Park in Croatia. To access the clear water lakes, you need to drive for two hours from Zagreb city. You can go on a boat tour to the forest in close quarters and also see all the clear water lakes. Else, you can take a leisurely walk on a wooden walkway.

Crater Lake Clear Water, Oregon, United States

Crater Lake Clear Water

That’s very beautiful!  It is obviously a caldera lake and that’s why it is called a crater lake. Caldera lakes are formed by the aftermath of a volcanic eruption which sometimes creates a depression on the earth and the pit is filled up with rainwater. The crater lake is all lovely deep blue that displays its bottom clearly. There was a volcano here called Mount Mazama and it gave away due to geological phenomenon long time back.

Clear Water of Sheosar Lake, Pakistan

Clear Water of Sheosar Lake

It looks like another crater lake but it is not. Sheosar Lake is surrounded by small hills with verdant meadows. You can see this lake if you go to Deosai National Park, located in Gilgit-Baltistan province, Pakistan.

 

 

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