Blue is a difficult color. Anyone who has tried to match blue colors in clothing, or any other useful household item, has quickly discovered it. Blues may seem similar far apart, but as soon as they are placed side-by-side they are not even close. Try pairing paint samples at the home improvement store and this will become quickly evident. Blues in water are equally divergent. It’s difficult to describe the world’s bluest waters. Poets come close. It helps to have a wide vocabulary of blue colors; azure, turquoise, sapphire, or indigo come to mind. Mostly, it depends on the location of the water and the time of day. All the blues possible in the world are what make water magical. Seeing water from different places is memorable, too. The bluest waters in the world are a matter of opinion and happily open for speculation. So, here are 10 places where the water is delightfully blue and could easily lay claim for being the most magnificent, bluest water on the planet.
1. Corfu, Greece
The beaches in Corfu are truly stunning. With cerulean, turquoise, azure and royal blues all present, many visitors to Corfu ask how many shades of blues there can be. Corfu is a visual feast of blues and tourists are welcome to relax on any of the island’s more than thirty beaches to count how many blues they see in the ocean as the waves break on the shoreline.
2. Lake Zell, Austria
This small lake is fed by freshwater mountain streams during the summer months. The water is quite clear and chilly, but popular for swimming and diving. The only power boats allowed on the lake are the ferries which cross from Thumersbach to Zell. The town of Zell Am See, which gives the lake its name, is the spot where electric boats may be rented. The lake tends to freeze completely in the winter months, but occasionally warm spells allow for crossing parts of it. It’s located near Salzburg in the Austrian Alps. The clear mountain water which feeds the lake make it a glorious cornflower blue in the summer and a dark sapphire in the winter months. It’s also surrounded by the stunningly beautiful mountains of Austria.
3. Lake Kawaguchiko, Japan
Located near Mount Fuji, this lake is the lowest elevation of the Fuji Five Lakes. It is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Because it doesn’t have a natural outflow, a canal was constructed to connect to a Sagami River tributary. It’s part of the World Heritage List and a hub for tourists arriving to climb Mount Fuji in July and August. Often, Mount Fuji’s reflection is seen in the sky-blue waters of the lake, which makes it a highly popular subject for photographers.
4. Lake Windermere, Lake District, U.K.
The Confederate and steel-gray blues of Lake Windermere are the perfect complement to the beautiful countryside of the Lake District in England.
5. Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
This bay is arguably one of the most popular snorkeling locations in Hawaii. The bay was formed inside a volcanic cone, which gives it the distinctive curved shape. Millions come to snorkel there every year, so there are limits on the number of visitors now and educating tourists about the marine life and coral is a primary focus. The water is a beautiful turquoise blue when snorkeling near the reef. From above, the deepest waters further out to sea are dark navy blue.
6. Mo’orea, French Polynesia
A neighboring island to Tahiti; Mo’orea is accessed regularly by ferry and small planes. Some consider the most beautiful in the world. The undeniably vivid azure blue and royal blue swirl around the island, which is a paradise for snorkelers and scuba photographers.
7. The Blue River, Greenland
This is one of the Arctic’s most stunning waterways. It draws visitors to kayak from December through April when the winter is cold and dry. The river’s shape is different each year. The icy sapphire blue is simply incredible glimmering next to the icy white riverbanks.
8. Meerufenfushi Island, North Male’Atoll, Maldives
The island of Meerufenfushi is a private island in the Maldives. It’s surrounded by a lagoon of pristine, clear, azure water. Visitors travel to the island to explore its reefs while snorkeling or scuba diving. A casual walk of about 15 minutes is all it takes to cover the length of the island. It’s easily accessible from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport by speedboat. Round-trips are provided by the hotel.
9. Lake Vättern, Sweden
This tranquil lake is the second largest in Sweden. The striking cobalt blue of this lake is almost mysterious. is It’s located in the south of the country and it comes complete with a lake monster story- much like that of Loch Ness. Every year in June, a cycling race named the Vätternrundan is held which attracts more than 20,000 competitors. The wide expanse of water in the center of the countryside also draws fishermen to come for the different fish varieties which live in the lake. These include the Vättern char and Atlantic Salmon. There is an island in the center of the lake, and boat rides to visit this historic site take about 30 minutes to cross each way.
10. Crater Lake, Oregon National Park, United States
Situated in the Cascade Mountain Range, Crater Lake is a caldera remaining from the destruction of the volcano Mount Mazama. The lake is surrounded by forests and hills. It is the United State’s deepest lake with the deepest point being 1,949 feet. Close to the lake’s edge, the water appears to be a deep navy blue, but closer to the center, the water is a wonderful royal blue.