Summer holidays are approaching, and you're probably inundated with brochures advertising sandy beaches and crystalline water. The blue of the sea is always a good way to sell tourism packages, but how do you know what's real and what's photoshop? Here are the 20 truest, bluest waters in the world.
The recipe for a typical holiday brochure is usually powdery white sand, some verdant palm trees and a body of water that's bluer than the sky, all of it retouched to make the destination seem more appealing. But if you think these 20 sapphire seas are the work of photoshop, think again! Lakes, oceans, and spectacular lagoons can be found everywhere from China to the Maldives, and their vibrant hues are the artistic creation of Mother Nature herself!
Bora Bora is a destination of dreams. This Polynesian island is famed for its sublime beaches and the turquoise hue of its waters. It may be hard to believe the brilliant shade of the sea surrounding it, so you'll just have to head to Bora Bora to see for yourself!
Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
Just over 30 miles from Phuket, Koh Phi Phi is situated in the Thai province of Krabi. It's considered to be one of the most beautiful aquatic landscapes on the planet. One of its beaches, Maya Bay, appears in the Danny Boyle thriller The Beach. Sadly, Maya Bay is a victim of its own success and will be closed for at least two more years due to overcrowding and unchecked tourism. Nui Beach nearby is an equally stunning alternative.
Crater Lake, United States
Making up the caldera of what's left of the Mazama volcano, Crater Lake is recognizable for its profound azure waters, unique to the country and one of Oregon's many curiosities. The lake is actually the deepest in the United States, and fed only by rain water. The visiting season is very short due to the region's volatile weather conditions and high altitude. The best time to take a tour is between July and September.
Greece has a reputation for its sapphire waters and tourists can't seem to get enough of them. Egremni Beach, located on the western island of Lefkada, is no exception. Unspoiled shoreline and a gemstone sea surrounded by olive trees is the perfect recipe for relaxation.