If window-like crystal-clear waters and sparkling beaches are your dream vacation, then you should book a trip to one of these beaches with some of the clearest water in the world.
Bora Bora, Tahiti
Bora Bora is a popular tourist island located in French Polynesia. The island is surrounded by a lagoon and barrier reef, which welcomes plenty of stingrays and the occasional shark. Luxury resorts are perched adjacent, or above, the clear water—with the ocean floor visible from the docks.
Cala Macarelleta, Menorca, Spain
This Spanish beach is known for many things—siestas, sun, nudists, and yes, crystal-clear waters. Cala Macarelleta Beach is situated on the southern end of Menorca, and only accessible via foot or boat. The calm waters welcome swimming and snorkeling between the jagged cliffs. It’s a perfect beach for an isolated getaway; however, during high season expect a crowded beach.
Panari Island, Japan
When you think about tropical beaches, Japan’s probably not on the list. But the Panari, or Aragusuku, Island in the Yaeyama Islands is quite the exception. Accessible only via tours, The Panari consists of two islands connected by a coral shoal (sandbank). The area is notable for scuba diving and snorkeling with marine life. During low tide beachcombers can walk between.
Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
Located 50 kilometers south of Phuket are the six islands that make Koh Phi Phi. This area was popularised from the famous Leonardo DiCaprio film, The Beach, filmed in 2000. Suitable for both budget-friendly and luxury travelers, Koh Phi Phi showcases the best of Thailand with relaxing spa treatments and wild beach parties.
Playa Blanca, Colombia
Playa Blanca is known as one of the best beaches in the Cartagena region. Hammocks and cabanas are available for less than $5.00 per night, close to the long white sand beaches.
Exuma is part of the 365 cays and islands that make the Bahamas. Great Exuma is the largest Exuma Island where white sand intermingles with sapphire-blue water. Don’t be alarmed if you see the domesticated pigs swimming on Major’s Spot Cay. It’s certainly a rare sight to see.
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Whitehaven Beach is ranked as one of the best beaches in the world, and recently named, “South Pacific’s Best Beach” by the 2015 Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. A “must see” beach, Whitehaven is most notable for the swirling blend of water and sand. Similar to a smoothie, the whirling water-sand concoction shades the inlet with various hues of blue.