Whenever the water is strikingly clear it is so hard to do anything but just stare at it. Something about the crisp, clean, picturesque clear blue water that is so hard to take your eyes off. Clear water is so beautiful and so fun to swim in or snorkel in and best of all scuba dive in. When you think crystal clear you usually either think of a beach in the Caribbean or a fresh mountain spring, but there are plenty of lakes and rivers that are just as beautiful and fun places you definitely need to check out.

If you’re looking for a vacation destination that is sure to have some great underwater visibility, or even just stunning water to look at and occasionally dip your toes in, then consider some of these places that have the clearest water in the world.

 

 

Five Flower Lake, China

Let’s start in China where a UNESCO World Heritage site named Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic is home to the Five Flower Lake. Clear lakes are a thing of beauty because you can see the colors change due to what is at the bottom of the lake or how shallow the lake really is. Parts of this lake look dark blue, parts are green and there are even parts of the water that appear purple. The water isn’t the only thing to enjoy here, the mountains and forest that surround the lake are a spectacle in their own right and you will have no shortage of incredible views no matter where you look. You can find an ancient tree trunk in the lake or a majestic waterfall that eventually feeds into the lake. Five Flower Lake is definitely a beautiful location.

 

Radhanagar Beach, Andaman Islands

Radhanagar Beach is a tough spot to get to, seeing as it is amongst the 300 Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal, but trust us, it’s worth it.

The diving and snorkeling around this island are spectacular due to the jaw-dropping visibility you will find beneath the water. Plus, after you’re done, you can stick around the beautiful white sand beach and catch a breath-taking sunset. Just make sure you’re going in the right time of year because monsoon season begins in late May.

 

 

Maldives

Maldives is a great option to travel to since it offers plenty of extraordinary resorts with some super-warm clear water to snorkel or dive in. You won’t just see tiny tropical fish swimming around coral reefs here, you can also head out to the deep water and check out whale sharks manta rays and sea turtles.

 

Blue Lake, New Zealand

This lake is one you can’t swim in, but the water looks so cool it is definitely worth taking the hike out to. Why is it so great you ask? Well because it is actually considered to be the clearest lake in the whole world, which means you can see 76 meters down into this lake. For comparison’s sake, if you filled this lake with distilled water, you could only see four meters deeper. Now that’s some clear water.