If you are looking for the travel destinations with the clearest waters in the world, you have come to the right place. Here, we bring you places and beaches with the clearest waters, sunshine as well as pristine sands. From Europe, the Americas, Asia to Africa, here are so many beautiful clear water spots that will bring the saying “paradise on earth” to life.

1. Cocos Island in Costa Rica

You do not know what “clear turquoise and calm waters” mean if you have not been to Cocos Island in Costa Rica for a swim with the marine life. The waters are characterized by counteracting currents that bring about an amazing variety of large marine life like dolphins, rays and hammerhead sharks. This explains why it is a popular scuba divers’ destination, and is by the way, designated as UNESCO World heritage site.

Cocos Island

2. The second on our list is the Cook Islands.

This archipelago of 15 islands is tucked away safely in the South Pacific. The first place you will want to head is the Aitutaki Lagoon where you can watch amazing marine wildlife in the shallow, clear blue waters. Enjoy millenniums of Polynesian culture sitting side by side with modern cultures in perfect harmony.

Med_2008 Cook Island Team Sailing 1

3. Bali in Indonesia

Also referred to as a surfers’ paradise, thanks to the great waves that you can ride to the shore. There are public beaches, which are always full of people and strips of private beach where you might be the only occupant to enjoy the sun without the din and hubbub or many people.


4. Maldives

It’s a popular destination for many people especially during winter. The clear blue waters of the islands make this place home to many aquatic life forms, making it a paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers. Maafushi, Male and Hulhumale are popular diving destinations for people under all budgets.


5. Calanque de Sormiou

It’s surrounded by a beautiful sea that is crystal clear at certain times of the day and an enchanting deep blue color at other times of the day or depending on the weather. Many holidaymakers head there every year because of the excellent hiking and climbing trails.


6. Aragasuku Island

Also referred to as Panari, is one of the bigger islands of Yaeyama in Japan and is very attractive to divers because of its turquoise waters as well as more than 400 types of coral reefs and there are 5 types of sea turtles as well as other marine life like tropical fish, whale sharks and manta rays.


7. The Hanauma Bay

Located in Oahu Hawaii, has shallow and clear waters that allow easier marine life viewing. However, the marine life is mainly made up of tropical fish species, which by the way have become used to human company making viewing even more fun.

Hanauma Bay Oahu

8. Kho Phi Phi Don

It’s one of the best destinations for marine lovers. It is part of the larger Phi Phi islands in Thailand. Although it was pummeled by the tsunami in December 2004, still, much of the marine life has remained even with the locals littering. It has remained one of the best destinations for snorkelers and divers.


9. Redang in Malaysia

It’s a snorkeler’s dream destination because of its marine park status meaning that it is protected. You will enjoy wild fun with different types of tropical fish in the calm turquoise waters.



10. The Watamu Marine Park

In Kenya, it’s the best snorkeling and diving destination in East Africa. It is a protected site and is a breeding ground of the hawksbill and the green turtles. Its old coral reefs make it home to many tropical fish and the pristine beaches give good basking in the African sun with the Indian Ocean breeze in your face.

Watamu Marine Park