May 15, 2017

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13 most crystal clear waters on earth

Some are lakes, some are oceans, and all are natural. We wouldn’t go so far as to claim this is a list of places to visit before you die, but we would heartily recommend you make a trip to a few while you’re still alive!

Come dive into some of the world’s most inviting crystal clear waters.

Australian outback

Australia - Clear Water in Outback Pool
The waters in this Australian red rock cave are perfectly clear. The only distortion is caused by ripples from the idyllic waterfall in the background – serene!

Five Flower Lake, China

Set in the Jiuzhaigou Valley in the northern Sichuan Province of China, Five Flower Lake is famous for the stunning patchwork of ancient trees that lie beneath the surface. These are some of the clearest natural waters known to man.


A highly popular tourist destination, Sardina boasts some of the clearest waters in the Med. The second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia is home to rare species such as the Mediterranean Monk Seal, the Albino Donkey and the Mouflon.

Crater Lake, Oregon

Formed by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama some seven-and-a-half thousand years ago, Crater Lake is one of the most astonishing freshwater lakes in the world. The lake bed is clearly visible to a great depth!

Piccaninnie Ponds, Australia

Unlike some others on this list, Piccaninnie Ponds nature reserve in Southern Australia is something of an undiscovered gem. Divers must obtain a special permit before they delve into its startlingly clear depths.

Lake Mashu, Japan

Officially one of the clearest lakes in the world, Lake Mashu takes its moniker from the neighbouring mountain peak, Mount Mashu. It was originally named “Lake Mashin”, meaning “Lake of the Devil”. The transparency of the waters has been measured at 41.6 metres, making it a contender for the clearest lake on the planet.

The Maldives


The Maldives are one of the world’s favourite tourist destinations, and there are plenty of reasons why – sun, sea and beautiful islands. A local vessel here highlights the beautiful waters – it’s so clear, you can clearly see the boat’s shadow on the bottom!

Sheosar Lake, Pakistan

Mirror image - Lake Deosai, Pakistan
Situated in northern Pakistan, the natural lake is so perfect you might easily mistake it for something man-made. With an awe-inspiring mountain backdrop and animals roaming its banks, Sheosar Lake surely deserves a place on this list.

Peyto Lake

No, that’s not Photoshop – the waters here really are that colour! The eye-catching turquoise of Peyto Lake is caused by glacial rockfall, and the effect is a magnificent one.

Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Named after Abel Tasman himself, an explorer whose name lends itself also to the Tasmanian Islands, these gorgeous waters sit on the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island.

The Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula

The Weddell Sea has been claimed by scientists to have the clearest waters of any ocean in the world. Described by a historian as “the most wretched and dismal region on earth”, due to the flash freezes that caught Shackleton’s ship, its clarity is only belied by the sheer depth of the ocean below.

Cancun, Mexico


Perfect for scuba diving, the clear waters around popular Mexican resort Cancun are some of the most beautiful in the world.

Cook Islands (Rarotonga)

Initially named the Hervey Islands by James Cook in 1773, the Cook Islands were renamed in his honour by the Russians in the 1820s. Here, you can clearly see the white sand beneath the surface – it’s so very clear!

  1. That boat is hovering in the air and not the sea – as it looks… Awesome photos and places. I especially want to go to see the Mediterranean Monk Seal, the Albino Donkey and the Mouflon….

  2. dr.harsh kalia says:


  3. Where’s Fiji? I’m not seeing it.

  4. Rogelio says:

    The list omits Pingaluk Lake in the Pingaluit Crater, Ungava District of
    far northern Quebec province, Canada. It also omits Crater Lake on Mount Mazama, Oregon. I saw Pingaluk some decades back; haven’t yet seen Mount Mazama.

  5. Crunchy says:

    “The stunning waters of Abel Tasman National Park, Australia”

    It’s in New Zealand. New Zealand is a country not part of Australia. Facepalm

    • Oops!

      Our content loaders are all human and this little error slipped through our net.

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  6. Lake Pukaki South Island of New Zealand so turquoise that you can see it from far off reflected on the grey sky. Even from an aircraft it shows it colour. Amazing sight.

    • Hi Ally

      I ran out of time on a trip to NZ earlier this year and had to fly straight back to Christchurch, so missed this sight. Really hoping to get back there sometime.

      Thanks for the recommendation.


  7. Gezilecek yerler says:

    thank you :)

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  10. Marianne says:

    No 13 is NOT in the Cook Islands.

  11. Ibrahim Dar says:

    The article is interesting but the image used for Lake Deosai, Pakistan is not of the actual Lake in Deosai.

  12. The world record for clearest body of fresh water is the blue lake in Nelson New Zealand

  13. Lake Peyto is not crystal clear whatsoever. it’s more like a very murky light blue

  14. Sharron Watson says:

    Stop being asses, people. Thanks for the info, Bob

  15. Jennifer Matassa says:

    enjoy looking at these beautiful photo….thank you so much since i could never go to any.

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