There is no better way to keep cool in the summer than a dip in the water. The feel of the cool water caressing your body as you take the plunge provides immediate relief from the sweltering humidity of the summer heat. Most people are used to swimming in chlorine purified pools, many of which are public bathing emporiums. These often become overcrowded and have iffy water quality at best. If you are lucky enough to have a beach near you, be it fresh or salt water, you are already ahead of the game. These often have natural filtering elements, which coupled with a constant ebb and flow ensure a high water quality. This may not be your local beach, but there are places on the planet where nature has created heavenly swimming spots. These are places where the water is so clear that you can make out the most minuscule details of the bottom even when the water is several meters deep. The water's clarity even creates illusions of boats hovering over a sandy bottom. These are truly the ultimate places to visit if you enjoy spending warm days splashing about.
10 Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora, the name brings images of a far off exotic local complete with small thatched roof huts and juices served in coconuts. The truth mimics the fantasy in this case. The island is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. The waters are clear and the colors of the water are vibrant shades from dark to light blue. These aspects make Bora Bora ideal for divers wanting to explore diverse underwater wonders and beach lovers looking to relax far away from civilization.
9 Primosten, Croatia
When we imagine beautiful the beaches of Europe most people think of the Riviera or the Greek islands, Croatia does not usually come to mind. The truth is there are many beautiful resort towns dotting the Adriatic coast of the country. The one with the clearest, most inviting water is Primosten. The waters are crystal clear and the countryside provides a perfect backdrop for a day at the beach. The surrounding vineyards are of such beauty that UNESCO is considering them as a World Heritage Site.
8 Panari Island, Okinawa, Japan
This small island is isolated. It is only accessible via private tour companies, but it is well worth the difficulty. The white sand beach frame and the light blue water form an image of natural perfection. Another interesting aspect of the island is its coral reef and diverse marine life. The level of marine life found here is comparable to the great barrier reef. There are no shops, hotels or really anything on the island, which ensures that it will keep its natural beauty for generations to come.
7 Bonito, Brazil
Bonito is a town in the interior of Brazil that has a growing reputation as the Caribbean of the central west, due to the clarity of its water. The ground in the surrounding area contains huge amounts of limestone which forms a natural filtration element causing impurities to be deposited in the river bed. The rich array of aquatic life makes Bonito one of the best freshwater diving and snorkelling spots on earth.
6 Jenny Lake, Wyoming
Jenny Lake, in the Grand Teton National Park, is a beautiful lake framed by the majestic Teton Mountain Range. The Lake was formed during the last glacial period and is clear enough to easily make out structure and aquatic life beneath its surface. There are many trails that provide great lookout opportunities around the lake allowing the best views possible. The water never gets very warm in this mountain lake, but after a hard hike the cool water is easy to take.
5 Sabah, Malaysia
Sabah is the easternmost state of Mayalsia, occupying the northern portion of the island of Borneo. The beaches of Sabah are known for their white sands and crystal clear waters. Several of the beaches have very shallow shore lines allowing for nice strolls in ankle deep water.
There are also numerous spots for diving if that is your thing. Marine life around Sabah is some of the most diverse in the world. Many of these diving spots are part of Marine life conservation efforts and will be around for many years to come.
4 Cala Macarelleta, Menorca, Spain
This is a secluded beach that can only be reached via a 30 minute walk or by sea. This is most beautiful beach on the island of Menorca. The waters are clear turquoise, the sandy beaches are surrounded by lush green trees and rugged rock faces. The cove has a limited amount of visitors each day, so although it is busy, it never becomes overcrowded. If you happen to travel to this beach in the autumn or the spring, you will find this beach to be very quiet. The pine and oak trees that surround the cove ensures warmth even during the colder months.
3 Bodrum, Turkey
Bodrum is a port city in the southwest region of Turkey. The city is steeped in history and was actually the location of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world: the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. There is also an incredible castle that houses a museum of underwater archeology. The waters of the area have been attracting people for a thousand years! It is a sought after destination for wealthy Europeans and Turks alike. The waters of the Mediterranean around Bodrum are so clear that boats seem to be hovering above rather that floating on water.
2 ToSua Ocean Trench, Samoa
This is the most unique area on the list. ToSua is a natural swimming hole that is accessible via a ladder. The water of the swimming hole is clear and inviting. The hole itself is surrounded with gorgeous colored gardens that allow for incredible pictures. It is a truly unique spot to swim and a must for any person who is a swimming enthusiast.
1 The Maldives
The Maldives consist of twenty six coral atolls in the Indian ocean. The lagoons formed by these islands are the clearest on the planet. The white sand beaches reflect the turquoise and deep blue hues of the waters. Many of these islands are uninhabited, and those that are can only be accessed via the sea. This ensures that the islands maintain their pristine beauty. The coral that makes up the islands, also provide a perfect environment for underwater life. The fact is that a trip to the Maldives Islands will, invariably, revolve around water sports. There is little else to do on the atolls. The only downside with the Maldives Islands is that they are among the lowest lying countries on earth. There is a risk that they may find themselves under water in the upcoming years. If you want to take advantage of the clearest water on the planet, go soon.