The most popular color in the world is blue, so it’s no surprise that people flock to the turquoise beaches of the Caribbean or the sapphire hot baths of Iceland.
Many factors affect the exact color of water -- sediment and nutrients can make it appear murky, while nearby coral reefs can keep water clear -- but the tint comes from blue wavelengths of light absorbed from the sun.
If you’re looking to take in some cool shades while lounging in the surf, here are some destinations worth a trip.
1. The Maldives
The Maldives, located in the Indian Ocean, have around 1,190 islands and sandbanks. A lagoon with crystal clear water encircles all the islands, which are protected by a reef structure that is home to an array of underwater life.
2. Palawan, Philippines
Palawan is an archipelago with 7,641 islands. Clear waters and white beaches characterize the northern section. Top spots to hit are the Big Lagoon on El Nido and Palawan Island.
3. Crater Lake, Oregon
Crater Lake, located in Oregon National Park, is one of the deepest lakes in the United States. This gives the lake a navy hue. Its maximum depth has been measured at almost 2,000 feet and it sits atop the Cascade Mountain Range.
4. Ambergris Caye, Belize
Ambergris Caye is the largest island in Belize. It is home to the town of San Pedro and the second largest coral reef system in the world.
5. Exuma, Bahamas
The Exumas are an archipelago of 365 cays and islands. They’re divided into Great Exuma, Little Exuma and The Exuma Cays. Visitors can snorkel, lounge or swim with the island’s pigs!
6. Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
Hanauma Bay State Park has been voted one of the best beaches in the United States and is a top spot for snorkeling.
7. Egremnoi, Greece
Egremnoi is a remote beach located on the southwestern coast of the Ionian island of Lefkada in Greece.
8. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Located in central Croatia, Plitvice Lakes National Park is known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls that extend into a limestone canyon. Visitors can use walkways and hiking trails to get views of the water.
9. Five Flower Lake, China
Five Flower Lake is located in China’s Jiuzhaigou National Park. Due to its varying array of colors when reflecting the sun, it’s often compared to the feathers of a peacock.
10. Peyto Lake, Alberta, Canada
Peyto Lake is located in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The blue-green color is due to large amounts of glacier rock flour that flow into it during the summer months. The best viewing spot is from the Bow Summit.