The color blue is widely known as being the most popular color in the world. It should be of no surprise that nature feels the same way. Many people flock to these areas, whether it be the tropical paradises of the Caribbean or natural wonders of the Indian Ocean or the Americas. Whether you want to stroll the beaches, snorkel, or just bask in the beauty of these locations, all these places are worth adding to your bucket list, and some destinations are worth the trip!
Ambergris Caye, Belize
In the tropical paradise of Belize sits its largest Island, Ambergris Caye, which is also home to the town of San Pedro and even the second-largest reef system in the world. This island is a scuba diver’s and snorkeler’s heaven and only a short boat ride from the most significant barrier reef outside Australia. Snorkelers can swim with stingrays and nurse sharks or visit Hol Chan Marine to up close and personal with eels, turtles, and other colorful fish. If you are feeling adventurous, you can also explore the underwater caves of Blue Hole. The Great Blue Hole is a giant submarine sinkhole that is 318 meters across and 124 meters deeps. You can also admire the pristine blue water as you cozy it up in a hammock along the beach.
Havelock Island, India
As part of the chain of Andaman Islands, this far-flung island tropical paradise sits in the Bay of Bengal. Reaching it is difficult, but it is worth it to those seeking a getaway from the modern worlds. Its white-sand beaches, aquamarine waters, and snorkeling are done far away from the usual tourist spot. This island is entirely off the grid and is a real paradise of palm trees and sunlight. If snorkeling isn’t your thing, then try a glass-bottomed boat to show you all the incredible marine life that surrounds the island.
Five-Flower Lake, Jiuzhaigou National Park, China
This UNESCO World Heritage Site, deep within China’s Sichuan province lies the park’s most popular crystal-clear lake Five-Flower Lake. The turquoise water offers a perfectly clear view of the bottom that only is a depth of 16 feet. The water is so bright and still that it mirrors the mountains, trees, and waterfalls that surround this spectacular natural wonder. Legend states that a goddess dropper a mirror she received from a lover, and it shattered into the 108 lakes that dot the Jiuzhaigou Valley. Five-Flower lake lives up to its name with its vivid blue hue and transparent water. Ancient tree trunks that have fallen in the past can be seen beneath the clear waters of Five-Flower Lake. Though the lake sports a rainbow of colors in a year, it’s the predominant turquois that wows travelers world-wide.
In the tropics of the Indian Ocean lay the 26 atolls of over 1,190 coral islands and sandbanks that make up the Maldives. A crystal-clear lagoon encircles all the islands. A reef structure not only protects the islands but is home to an assortment of fascinating underwater life. These islands have luxurious bungalows set over the dazzling blue waters surrounded by white sand beaches. Anyone can visit the underwater playground, explore the coral reef, or relax in a spa that’s world-class. These islands are a perfect destination for honeymooners. Snorkeling is a must-do during anyone’s stay, and the beaches are heaven on Earth.
Crater Lake, Oregon, USA
Located in the northwestern United States in Oregon National Park, this is one of the deepest lakes in the worlds. This is also what gives this volcanic lake its deep navy hue. Its maximum depth reaches almost 2,000 feet and sits atop the Cascade Mountain range. This lake fills a giant caldera of Mount Mazama, a sunken and dormant volcano, and was created over 7,000 years ago. The deep blue waters are almost entirely clear as there are no rivers or streams coming into it. This is an ideal place for scuba divers willing to brave its chilly waters and for anyone who wants to bask in the majestic beauty of this American treasure.
While other blue waters dot the landscape and mesmerize the traveler, these five are some of the most popular. Many are not just famous tourist spots, but also a spiritual journey or a place to leave the world behind, even for a small-time. No matter which of these destinations you choose to visit or all of them, you won’t be disappointed in the natural blue beauty that permeates these areas.
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