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.
The places with the clearest water don't have many organic materials and sediments on the bottom that are easily disrupted. Coral reefs help by limiting water movement.
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.
The bays, beaches, islands, rivers, and lakes on the following list - from Samoa and French Polynesia to China, Japan and Canada - feature picture-perfect waters that will make you want to go for a dip into right away.
Some of the water of the Five-Flower Lake, for example, contains calcium carbonate as well as hydrophytes with different colors, presenting a versicolor sight, azure blue, blackish green and light yellow. At Cocos Island, you'll see marine wildlife and an underwater eco-system you won't find anywhere else in the world. And you won't believe the true color of the Peyto Lake in Canada.
- Hristina Byrnes The Active Times
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