Finding the Clearest Waters on Earth
When the sun is shining and the heat is sweltering, there’s arguably no better way to keep cool than to plunge yourself into the ocean. Having the refreshing cool touch of the water caressing your skin provides immediate relief! Let’s take a look at some heavenly spots of the most beautiful pristine clear waters that our earth has to offer. The water in these places is so transparent that you can see the most finite details on the sandy bottom, whether it be an exotic fish brushing past your leg or your watch that slid off your wrist when messing about with friends on the surface.
First on the list of treasures is a strikingly picturesque Island called Bora Bora, which is an hour flight from Tahiti. It boasts pearl white sandy beaches surrounded by emerald waters that are frequented by colourful fish and giant Manta Rays that breathe life into the reefs. Put you board shorts or bikini on and cruise the turquoise lagoon waters in a canoe to really make the most of this spot.
Another amazing gem of a place to visit is To Sua Ocean Trench, situated on the south coast of Upolu Island in Samoa, off the coast of New Zealand. The direct translation is “gigantic swimming hole”, which is pretty apt considering the fact that there is a ladder which takes you down to a majestic 30m deep natural pool. When swimming in this pool you are surrounded by stunning flora (perfect spot for a selfie). It’s definitely one for your bucket list.
Never discount the Maldives Islands, found in the Indian Ocean. It’s a great place to spend your summer days splashing about and really has it all! It consists of 3,000 coral reefs and twenty-six coral atolls. At times passing fish can be seen as far as 50m away in the turquoise blue hues of water. It’s said that the Islands may find themselves under water in the future due to the low lying nature, so best you get to those clear waters sooner rather than later!
If you’re looking for raw, untamed beauty then Cayo Coco in central Cuba should be high on your list. The island has a number of international hotels to choose from, beautiful beaches and a coral reef off the north coast that attracts divers from around the world.
Last but not least, the Sabah region of Borneo is pretty close to perfect. Clear water and coral reefs make it ideal for snorkelling, diving and swimming, and the pristine beaches with soft white sand will literally take your breath away.
Torn as to which one to pick? Why not add all four to your bucket list! Also let us know what destinations you’d add to this list.
Written by Rodney Mossop