Why is some water so clear and other waters more cloudy? There are a number of reasons for different water colors, but cloudy waters largely have to do with sediments and organic material from the bottom of the ocean floor getting stirred around. The small sediments that litter the ocean floors on the southern coast of California cause the water in this area to be cloudy.
In other parts of the world, such as in the Bahamas or in Hawaii, the same amount of upwelling does not occur, nor are sediment particles at the bottom of the ocean floor as small and easily disrupted. Also, a plethora of coral reef populations help limit water movement, keeping the water clear straight through to the bottom. Protection offered by coral reefs also helps to limit the amount of movement water maintains, causing the bottom-dwelling particles to remain on the ocean floor so that the waters remain clearer.
Regardless of the scientific reasons behind clear vs cloudy beach waters, clear water is certainly a beautiful sight to be seen–especially when you are not used to seeing it all of the time! If you plan to travel anytime soon, here are 10 of the clearest oceans you can swim in around the world.
1. Exuma, Bahamas
The Bahamas is made up of 360 islands in total, each one has amazingly crystal clear waters.
The southernmost region of Portugal’s mainland has some of the clearest water on the planet.
There are 13 different states within Malaysia, including Sabah. You can find this destination near the island of Borneo in the northern half of the country.
Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Thanks to the natural limestone this water passes through, it becomes ultra purified into a bright shade of blue.
Nylon Pool, Tobago
Shallow clear waters waft over this white sand coral pool situated in Tobago, just off Pigeon Point.
Mauritius is located in the southwest Indian Ocean, on the southeast coast of Africa.
Located in southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey, the boats here look like they are floating in mid-air the waters are so clear.
Cala Macarelleta, Menorca
One of 5 different islands that make up the Bakearic Islands. Known as one of the least populated beaches in all of Spain, you must take a boat or treck it by foot to reach this gorgeous, nearly private island.
The 26 atolls that make up the Maldives Island are located off of the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. Here you can witness plenty of gorgeous coral reef wildlife, like whale sharks.
To Sua Ocean Trench, Upolu, Samoa
Situated in the Samoa village of Lotofaga, this natural swimming hole was formed from the blast of a shield volcano.
A popular dive spot in Indonesia, the waters here are incredibly clear offering a peaceful tranquility found in few other places. Pampering resorts, wildlife, and the Wakatobi National Park are all located here.
Linapacan Island, Palawan, Philippines
It’s not easy to get to this Philippine island with crystal clear waters, but those that make the journey are glad that they did. Due to the extent of the trip, visiting the Linapacan Islands proves a very private journey without many (if any) tourists to battle off.
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