Channel your inner mermaid! 71% of our planet is covered in water of several bodies ranging in sizes, shapes and varying colours however, not all are entirely crystal clear or a stunning hue of aquamarine blue. And over time, the names of each water body may change but the striking beauty remains predominantly the same. It’s been said that blue is the most popular colour in the world and there’s something extra magical and especially desirable about blue waters.
What causes water to appear so spectacularly blue in some areas, and not in others? When light hits the water, it goes through a selective absorption process. The water filters the scattering of white light and red hues from the sun which will deliver a reflection of a distinct type of blue. Pure water is already slightly blue and the ambient environment of each water body also contributes to producing the unique hue specific to their geographic position(s).
Feast your eyes, entice your imagination, re-center yourself and find some inner peace as you deep dive into your daydreams with these 5 extraordinary underrated destinations with the bluest water in the world.
01. The Seychelles
A string of islands located between Madagascar and Kenya. A real-life paradise and archipelagic island country in the Indian Ocean, on the eastern edge of the Somali Sea. Seychelles consists of 115 islands with 72 of the outer islands being the most remote and preserved. They have an abundance of marine life, pristine coastlines, and exotic bird life. One of their islands, Aldabra, has the largest giant tortoise population in the world.
02. Palawan, Philippines
This is like heaven on earth with its gorgeous white sand beaches and blue waters surrounded by limestone cliffs. The 1780 islands and islets of Palawan, remains for the most part, traditional and somewhat underdeveloped but it is nothing short of beguiling. Only an 80 minute flight from Manila, you can dive into Japanese shipwrecks, explore the quaint fishing villages and catch glimpses of the exotic wildlife and terrestrial aquatic life.
03. Havelock Island, India
As part of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal, Havelock Island is thickly forested yet features snow white beaches and aquamarine waters far from any crowds. One of the largest islands in Ritchie’s Archipelago, they offer premium scuba diving, and snorkeling in the prettiest, glittering shallows. Spread over a massive area of 114 square kilometres, this place will leave you in shock and awe of it’s sublime beauty.
04. Lefkada, Greece
Hailed as the most beautiful beach in all of Europe, Lefkada is a greek island of modern resorts and mosaic landscapes. Situated in the Ionian sea, it’s connected to mainland Greece by a causeway and floating bridge. Experience the pristine beaches with waters so breathtakingly blue it will feel like you’re in another world completely – or perhaps, in a dream that you will never want to wake from.
05. Marsa Matrouh, Egypt
Located 240km west of Alexandria, this port in Egypt is nestled in a circular bay protected from the high seas by a series of rocks forming a natural wave-breaker. A 7km long secluded beach on the Mediterranean shore, it’s soft white sands and calm, clear blue placid waters are absolutely unforgettable and incomparable. This tranquil spot dates back to the days of Alexander the Great where he had been known to stop at along his expeditions.