About 70 percent of the planet is covered in water. Oceans, seas, mountains lakes and jungle lagoons attract thousands of tourists because of their abundant marine life and awe-inspiring blue colors. There is something enticing about seeing a huge body of clear, turquoise water. The adventurous opportunities they offer – such as diving, snorkeling, swimming and surfing – make them even more appealing.
Crater Lake is the deepest in the U.S. with a measured depth of 1,949 feet. The water is so blue because there is hardly anything else in it - just water. Explore old-growth forests or wildflower meadows, and climb mountains for great views of the lake.
The color is really that blue. The lake is situated in Banff National Park, one of the most spectacular parks in the world. The best place to see as much of the remarkable water as possible is from the Bow Summit along the Columbia Icefields Parkway.
Cayo Coco off the northern coast of Cuba covers an area of 143 square miles, making it the second largest of the Jardines del Rey, an archipelago. The destination is known for its pristine white-sand beaches, crystal-clear water and peaceful atmosphere.
Snorkeling tours are extremely popular and you’d have to book one in advance. This is certainly among the most crystal-clear rivers on the planet. Other tours tourists can book include horseback riding, scuba diving, and bird watching.
Once a quiet fishing village, Bodrum is now a seaside getaway worthy of the international masses. Though much has changed for the village in the past 40-or-so years, it’s still managed to hold on to its roots and relaxed vibe.
This is Bermuda's former capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is where the founder of Bermuda Sir George Somers and his men landed in 1609 after their ship Sea Venture was wrecked at a nearby reef, according to Bermuda Attractions.
The scenic cove at Cala Macarelleta and its small but charming white-sand beach are gorgeous. Swimming, snorkeling or paddling in the stunning turquoise sea is a truly relaxing experience.
This is an uninhabited island known for being populated by many swimming feral pigs. They participate in all kinds of aquatic activities that visitors to The Bahamas usually enjoy, from snorkeling with tropical fish and sea turtles, to shark and eel sightings, to scuba diving. The special beach hogs are believed to have been either left by sailors or survived a shipwreck.
Known world-wide for breathtaking sunsets, five-star resorts, iconic cottages, and lavish floating villas with glass floors, Bora Bora is more than just honeymoon hotspot. The island encircled by a lagoon and barrier reef, with two peaks formed by volcanic activity, has a lot to offer outdoor adventurers.
This is a luxury dive resort in southeastern Sulawesi. The serene island setting, far away from noisy crowds and chaotic cities, is what attracts many tourists. Also, there are no other divers for dozens of miles.
This beach, which is about 4 miles long, dates back to the days of Alexander the Great. It is famous for its white soft sands and calm transparent waters. The bay is protected from the high seas by a series of rocks forming a natural wave-breaker, with a small opening to allow light vessels in, according to Tour Egypt.
The crystal clear Sucuri River offers visitors an unforgettable diving experience by sinking in the lush marine flora and fauna. Snorkeling is another popular activity. A tour will take you through the gorgeous riparian forest, where you can see diverse plants and animals.
Lake Pukaki is an incredible blue treasure set into a grand alpine playground – an iconic New Zealand scenery of high mountain summits, glacier-fed alpine lakes and golden tussocks stretched beneath an infinite sky.
Cocos Island is a national park set 342 miles from the shoreline of Costa Rica. A trip there is an experience unlike any other – you’ll witness marine wildlife and an underwater eco-system you won’t find anywhere else in the world. The highlight is the unbelievable number of large marine animals like rays, dolphins and sharks.
Cook Islands are often called the secret of the Pacific. Tourists go there for fresh pure air to wade into the cool, calm, blue lagoons, and to explore the untouched charm of the 15 stunning islands. They lie halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, spread like fragrant petals floating across the ocean.
This is the biggest rocky inlet of the Calanques National Park. Snorkeling is a favorite activity. You’ll see many different fish swim between the sea grass, the rocky reef drop-off and the pure white seabed.
The Cebu Islands are known for their spectacular white sand beaches. Visit Bantayan Island, Camotes Island, Malapascua Island and Mactan Island for powder-like white sands and crystal clear water. Enjoy diving, swimming and snorkeling.
The population is approximately 6 people, even though there are many uninhabited houses, according to Japan Guides. The island is called “Panari” by locals because it means “separated.” Aragusuku Island, its actual name, is made up of two separate islands that are connected by a coral shoal. During low tide, you can walk between the two islands.
Playa Kenepa (Kleine Knip) is partly shaded by manchineel trees. The tiny beach is located at a bay between rocks. The best time to visit is during the dry season from January to September. Locals and tourists go there for the exceptional snorkeling. The water is pristine, warm and calm. The marine life is copious and beautiful to see because of a coral reef nearby.
Cayos Cochinos is made of many very small coral islands. They are a biological marine reserve, containing one of the most remote beaches in the world. Activities include hiking to the lighthouse on Cayos Grande for a superb panoramic view, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, or lounging on the beach.
Tortuga Bay beach is known for its long pristine shoreline that descends into the Pacific Ocean. This is a place to go snorkeling or paddling to really see the stunning lagoons. This is the way to experience and witness the rich Galapagos marine life – iguanas, colorful reef fish, sharks, rays and sea turtles.
The Great Barrier Reef is Australia’s natural wonder. This famous place is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, too. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space.
There are many vivid and shallow-water snorkeling spots to keep you wide-eyed. The Dogs, a small group of uninhabited islands just off the western shore, have some of the best snorkeling in the BVIs, according to Villas Virgin Gorda. Other popular places are Savana Bay and Prickily Pear Island.
This beautiful tropical island nation is best known for its exceptional beaches and topnotch diving. The water is so clear that many hotels have built overwater bungalows to accommodate guests. This is the lowest-lying country in the world with 80 percent of its land at less than 3.3 feet above sea.