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35 Clearest Waters In The World To Swim
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Every one loves taking a dip in the clearest of waters on a beautiful hot summers day. So if you are missing the summer already then check out our list of 35 of the most clearest waters in the world to swim, do some underwater exploring, and come back with amazing photographs.

1. Linapacan Island, Palawan, Philippines

Linapacan Island
Photo: Scott Sporleder

This island is in a remote province and home to many beaches with super clear water. The island has a population of just 14,180 people.

2. The Maldives

The Maldives
Photo: Richy

The 26 atolls that make up the Maldives sit in the Indian Ocean about 400km southwest of the tip of the subcontinent. Abundant reef wildlife (including whale sharks) + incredibly clear waters bring in a lot of tourists.

3. Bodrum, Turkey

Bodrum, Turkey
Photo: Oky – Space Ranger

Along the southern coast of the peninsula of the same name, Bodrum has an ancient history and was the site of one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World (the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus). It also has some amazingly clear water.

4. Cayo Coco, Cuba

Cayo Coco, Cuba
Photo: O.Taillon

A resort island on Cuba's north coast, Cayo Coco is linked to the mainland by a 27km causeway. The adjacent reef and clear waters have earned international recognition as a diving destination.

5. Cala Macarelleta, Menorca, Spain

Cala Macarelleta, Menorca, Spain
Photo: visualpanic

At the south end of the Mediterranean island of Menorca, the beach at Cala Macarelleta can only be reached on foot or by boat - probably one of the least-crowded beaches you'll find in Spain and perfect if like to take a swim alone.

6. To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa

To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa
Photo: To Sua Ocean Trench

To Sua Ocean Trench is a clear water pool located in Lotofaga village. To Sua means "big hole" and has been converted into a large swimming area. A ladder is installed on side for visitors to access this 30 meters deep pool.

7. Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon
Photo: Grant Montgomery

Visibility in Crater Lake has been measured at 43.3m - among the highest in the world. There is only one access point down to the lake - a steep, mile-long trail. It is easy enough to get down but the climb back can be tiring. So best decide if it's worth the swim before venturing down.

8. Bak Bak Beach, Borneo

Bak Bak Beach, Borneo
Photo: Bearnerd Bondly

This unique beach is made up of mostly stone and you can find some interesting sea life here.

9. Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan, China

Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan, China
Photo: Who is taking pictures?

In the north of Sichuan province, the Jiuzhaigou Valley is a national park, nature reserve, and UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to several crystal-clear lakes, it's a region of multi-tiered waterfalls and snowy mountains. Tourism arrived late but is growing strong, and while swimming isn't allowed...there's always nighttime skinny dipping.

10. Sabah, Malaysia

Sabah, Malaysia
Photo: Zahriel

Another one from the remote Malaysian state, which covers the northern portion of Borneo and is ringed by reef-rich islands. This photo was taken near Semporna, which is a hub for people who come to dive Malaysian Borneo.

11. Jenny Lake, Wyoming

Jenny Lake, Wyoming
Photo: Jeff Clow

Jenny Lake sits right below the peak of Grand Teton and is a landmark for many hiking trails, backcountry trails, and climbing routes. Despite the fact that motorboats are allowed on the lake, its waters are still considered pristine.

12. Rio Sucuri, Brazil

Rio Sucuri, Brazil
Photo: Luiz Felipe Sahd

Located in the Pantanal region of Brazil, Rio Sucuri is a spring-fed river that has some of the measurably clearest water on Earth. Multiple tour outfits run trips that let you snorkel the river.

13. Calanque de Sormiou, France

Calanque de Sormiou, France
Photo: Paspog

Calanques are steep-walled coves, and there's a series of them along the 20km stretch of coast between Marseille and Cassis. Sormiou is one of the largest of these, and it's popular for its nearby climbing routes as well as its beach.

14. Panari Island, Okinawa, Japan

Panari Island, Okinawa, Japan
Photo: ippei + janine

Panari, also called Aragusuku, is one of the Yaeyama Islands, the most remote area of Japan. The islands are also known as one of the world's best diving destinations, having a number of coral species and marine lives as large as those in the Great Barrier Reef. (Over 400 types of corals, 5 types of sea turtles, manta rays, whale sharks and all kinds of tropical fish species all live around Okinawa.)

15. Puerto Ayora, Galapagos

Puerto Ayora, Galapagos
Photo: Bill Bouton

The most populous town in the Galapagos still sits right up next to some amazingly clear ocean water. Even here in Academy Bay, you can see pelicans, iguanas, sea lions, herons, rays, and other iconic wildlife.

16. Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Photo: SteveD.

The photo above was taken in the Bonsai Rock area, on the east shore of the lake, which apparently flies under the radar.

17. Cayos Cochinos, Honduras

Cayos Cochinos, Honduras
Photo: Scott Sporleder

The Cayos Cochinos is a unique retreat for travelers looking to escape urban landscapes and crowded tourism centers. The islands have no roads, thus no cars or bikes and all areas are accessed by hiking. The perfect place for a secluded swim.

18. Primosten, Croatia

Primosten, Croatia
Photo: Mike Le Gray Photography

Primosten is most famous for its vineyards, in addition to beaches that have been voted the best in the country.

19. St. George, Bermuda

St. George, Bermuda
Photo: JoshuaDavisPhotography

The oldest continuously inhabited English settlement in the New World features many historic forts, like the small Gates Fort pictured above. Also: some damn clear water that calls out for you to take a swim.

20. Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
Photo: ThomasOfNorway

Visit on a weekend during high season and you'll be surrounded by busloads of tourists. Best to visit on a slow day with clear conditions, it's some of the best snorkeling in Hawaii.

21. Pupu Springs, New Zealand

Pupu Springs, New Zealand
Photo: pie4dan

At the very top of the South Island, on Golden Bay, the photographer says: "14000 liters of crystal clear water comes out of these springs per second!"

22. Calanque d’En-Vau, France

Calanque d’En-Vau, France
Photo: afer92

Another calanque on the southern coast of France, d'En-Vau has a narrower, steeper channel than Sormiou, giving a real feeling of seclusion and emphasizing the clarity of the water in this cove.

23. Rio Azul, Argentina

Rio Azul, Argentina
Photo: David Miller

The entire Rio Azul waters come from the glaciers and snowfields of the Andes and the water is so incredibly clear and pure that its possible to drink.

24. Corfu, Greece

Corfu, Greece

Corfu sits in the Ionian Sea, off the northwest coast of Greece. Prior to the 1900s, most of the tourists that visited were European royalty. Today, its crystal clear waters draw a lot of package-tours to swim in the waters.

25. Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Photo: Ross Borden

Aitutaki is one of 15 islands that make up the Cook Islands. It has a population of approximately 2,000. and is the second most visited island of the Cook Islands.

26. Koh Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Koh Phi Phi Don, Thailand
Photo: mynameisharsha

Made famous when its smaller neighbor, Koh Phi Phi Leh, was used as the filming location for The Beach, the main island sees a lot of traffic from both backpackers and luxury travelers these days. Water like this is a big part of the draw.

27. Playa Blanca, Colombia

Playa Blanca, Colombia
Photo: Ross Borden

This is a 45-minute boat ride from Cartagena and well worth the trip. In between swims in that crystal-clear blue water, be sure to snag some fresh ceviche from one of the vendors walking up and down the beach.

28. Blue Lake, New Zealand

Blue Lake, New Zealand
Photo: Kathrin & Stefan

One of many bodies of water in this list that someone or other has claimed has the clearest water in the world, Blue Lake is located in Nelson Lakes National Park, in the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

29. Königssee, Germany?

Konigssee, Germany
Photo: Unknown

This one’s made the rounds on the internet, but no one really seems to know where it was taken, or by whom. The best guess I found was the Königssee, a lake in southern Bavaria, near the border with Austria. If you have any info, clue us in.

30. Valle Verzasca, Switzerland

Valle Verzasca, Switzerland

The clear waters of the Verzasca River run for 30km through this rocky valley in southern Switzerland. A dam of the same name, featured in the James Bond movie GoldenEye, blocks the river’s flow and forms Lago di Vogorno. Just downstream from it, the river empties into Lake Maggiore.

31. Tioman Island, Malaysia

Tioman Island, Malaysia
Photo: Unknown

This photo comes from the town of Kampung Genting on Tioman Island, off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. Away from its beaches, there’s significant rainforest terrain in the interior, where you can see the endemic soft-shelled turtle and the Tioman walking catfish.

32. Belo Sur Mer, Madagascar

Belo Sur Mer, Madagascar
Photo: Ross Borden

Belo Sur Mer is a super-isolated section of coastline known for diving, fishing and the fact that almost no one makes the trip down there for a swim.

33. Lake Marjorie, California

 Lake Marjorie, California
Photo: SteveD.

Lakes in the High Sierra come in a number of colors, this particular one has an aquamarine “swimming pool” tint. Crater Mountain dominates the skyline, with Pinchot Pass to the south.

34. Dog Island, San Blas, Panama

Dog Island, San Blas, Panama
Photo: Scott Sporleder

Another from Scott Sporleder, here is a shot from one of Panama’s San Blas Islands, the largest of the politically autonomous reservations of the Kuna Indians.

35. Mystery spot

Mystery spot
Photo: Imgur

Another unidentified location that would be perfect for a swim. Anyone have an idea?

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