If you’re a sun and sand seeker and trotting the globe looking for the clearest waters on the planet, these 10 spots will get you off to a very good start. There are, of course, many more places in the world where you can find stunning blue waters, but these are among my favorites.
The Maldives has been a popular honeymoon spot for a good few years now, and even though it’s mostly adored by couples looking for a romantic getaway, there’s plenty to be enjoyed by any kind of beach lover. The Maldives is made up of over 1,000 islands off the southwest coast of India, so to pick one beach with clear waters here would be impossible, as there are hundreds you could choose from. A lot of the accommodation here is huts out in the ocean joined together by boardwalks, off which you can jump straight into the clear ocean. I don’t know about you, but I’m sold!
The Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador are the perfect place to team up beautiful white sandy beaches and some of the best wildlife spotting on the planet. There are clear water beaches all over the Galapagos for you to sit back and relax on, and exploring your surroundings for the clearest one near you is half the fun. Pro tip, San Cristóbal has some stunning little hideaways that are well worth hunting down, you might just have to be okay sharing your space with the odd sea lion or two.
Croatia is yet another country with a whole range of white beaches with turquoise waters for you to choose from. The country is getting more and more popular by the second, so this is a spot to really get on top of before the hordes of European tourists take over even more than they already have. Top spots include Saharun, a beautiful island getaway not too far from Zadar, Zlatni Rat, or the Golden Cape, a spot that changes shape depending on the wind and tide, and Bili Boci, a pebbled beached with untouched blue waters just ready for diving into.
Mabul is an island off the far east coast of Malaysia, a tiny little spot that has some pretty unbeatable and extremely inviting crystal clear waters. It’s one of the best places in the world for certain kinds of diving, which is testament to how clear these waters are; here you’ll find a lot of small marine life to swim among. And if diving’s not your thing, there are several white sandy beaches to relax upon, all fully equipped with blue waters to dip your toes in.
It’s not exactly hard to find a clear water beach in Hawaii, so you’ll no doubt stumble upon one no matter where you are on the islands. Hapuna Beach on the Big Island is well worth checking out if you’re specifically looking for clear waters. If you’d like to head out to a smaller island, Moloniki is famed for having some of the best waters in Hawaii for snorkelling, proof enough that you’ll find clear blue ocean over there.
There are more sandy beaches with beautiful blue waters than I could count on both hands in Menorca in Spain, and it could definitely be said that Menorca has some of the best beaches for clear waters in Europe. Cala en Porter, just a short hop from the airport, deserves and mention here – a small beach with some of the bluest waters you’ll find. Cales Coves isn’t a place where you’d really relax in the sand as it’s quite rocky, but if you’re looking for somewhere to really get into the water and get down to some serious snorkelling, this is one of the best place in Menorca. If you really take the time to explore lots of the Menorca coastline, you’ll find plenty of little surprises awaiting you, as there are many little coves that will be quieter than the main beaches and perfect for taking a dip.
Who doesn’t dream of going to the beautiful Bora Bora one day? To call this place paradise would be too much of an understatement. A lot of the beaches here are privately owned (fingers crossed that you might own one yourself one day!) but Matira beach is one of the few that isn’t. You can find some perfect secluded stretches along this gorgeous beach, the ideal location to stretch out on the sand, or go for a dip in those infinitely blue waters. This is the place where most of us go to in our dreams.
Koh Phi Phi Don, Thailand
An article about beautiful beaches would be incomplete without Thailand, of course. Lonely Planet named it a ‘hedonistic paradise’, and I won’t even try and beat that description because they’re definitely right. This island is where people always take those incredibly alluring and envy-inducing photos of Thai longboats washed up on the beautiful shores. Take me there now please!
Playa Blanca, Colombia
Around 1 hour by boat from Cartagena in Colombia is Playa Blanca, easily one of the best beaches to visit in the area. It’s a beautiful place to get your snorkel on, take a good swim in the blue waters, or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun and beachy atmosphere around you. There’s simple accommodation to stay close to the beach, so if you want a break from the craziness that can be South America, Playa Blanca is a very smart choice.
Ah, the Seychelles. An instant winner if you’re look for the perfect beach getaway. Here you will find endless white sand beaches with blue waters, and plenty of spots where you’ll be one of the few people on the beach. Anse Source D’Argent is one of the most popular beaches, and for good reason with its classic Seychelles panoramas and some interesting rock formations in the water, which make for good photo ops. If you wanted to get away, check out Anse Major, which is a bit further out but well worth the trek. Here you’ll be surrounded by lush greens of the trees, a gorgeous contrast to the white and blue vistas surrounding you.
Where do you think are the Clear Water Beaches in the World?