11 of the Clearest Bodies of Water in the Entire World

In the Maldives, you can see the ocean floor from your hotel room.

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If you've ever said "pass" to jumping into a lake, because it was so murky you couldn't see your feet, you're no alone. The feeling can be, well, unsettling. But you'll never run into that problem at these lakes, bays or coastlines. They're the definition of crystal clear and should be considered for your next tropical destination.

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Cala Macarelleta in Spain

The turquoise water and pristine white sand found in this cove is world famous, despite how challenging it is to visit. But don't worry, as you can see, the terrifying and windy road is well worth it.

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Linapacan Island in the Philippines

White sand and crystalline water makes this remote and quiet destination (it has a population of only 14,180 people!) a must-see. Visitors often spend their days snorkeling, diving and even taking photos underwater.

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To Sua Ocean Trench in Samoa

In the middle of the Lotofaga village is this sua, which means "big hole." A ladder was installed so visitors seeking out this pristine destination could swim in the almost 100-foot-deep waters.

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Jenny Lake in Wyoming

Approximately 12,000 years ago, this lake was formed when glaciers pushed rock debris to the side and carved out a canyon. Today, it's the main attraction in Grand Teton National Park — for obvious reasons.

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Koh Phi Phi Don in Thailand

People from all over travel to this island (the largest of the Phi Phi islands), even though it can only be accessed by ferry. But even if lines for these transit boats are long, it's a sight to behold even during the boat ride.

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The Maldive Islands

You've probably heard of these beautiful atolls (a string of closely spaced small coral islands enclosed by a shallow lagoon) in the middle of the Indian Ocean. And the crystal clear water is basically the cherry on top.

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Bodrum in Turkey

We're not surprised ancient Turkish people decided to set up a port city near such a beautiful body of water. Today, the town even has a Museum of Underwater Archaeology for people who want to learn more about the city's main attraction.

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Dalmatian Coast in Croatia

The Adriatic Sea along this coast is part of the reason Croatia has become one of the hottest new destinations to visit in Europe. Dramatic limestone cliffs line the water and make it a totally unique experience. 

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Exuma in the Bahamas

This district is made up of over 636 small islands where the water and sand are so breathtaking, nature has been preserved (for the most part). However, there are a few exclusive resorts and homes for the rich and famous. 

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Lake Tahoe in California

This freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains is the largest alpine lake in the country. It was formed around 2 million years ago during the ice ages (brr) and is a an especially popular destination for people in California and Nevada.

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Hanauma Bay in Hawaii

Located on the island of Oahu is this bay, which is full of shallow, clear water that makes it a popular destination for snorkelers. Even better: Swimmers are so common that the fish aren't even threatened by visitors anymore.

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