An island nation tucked away towards the southwest of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius conjures up some of the best hues of blue you’ll ever come across, with its azure blues seas, the sparkling blue sky and the spotless white-sand beaches. The sand-rimmed lagoons, the stunning islands and the exotic mix of French-Indo-Afro-Chinese cuisine add to the charm of this tropical gem.
The palm-studded streets, enchanting fishing villages, charming Greek-styled houses and the quaint flowery cafes are just a prequel to what lies ahead. Spanning along the south-western coast of Turkey, the breath-taking Bodrum peninsula also beckons sun-lovers, party-goers, and holidaymakers alike with its paradisiacal beaches, laid-back atmosphere, and lush summer-time opulence.
Cala Macarelleta, Menorca, Spain
Cala Macarelleta is a surreal and idyllic cove with white sand and turquoise waters, and is located on the southern portion on the Balearic Island of Menorca. Seriously, when it comes to the colour blue, the stunning variety of turquoise shades found here, will leave you gaping. Sheltered by pine and oak-studded hills on three sides, the secluded charm and the refreshing shades of this turquoise pool are simply irresistible.
The easternmost state of Malaysia, and located on the island of Borneo, Sabah is a land of unbelievable beauty. Ranging from rugged mountains to deep forests to the striking blue ocean, Sabah surely resembles a chunk from paradise. Sabah is speckled with a plethora of immaculate islands and coral reefs that boast of some of the best diving opportunities in the world, as well as scuba diving, snorkelling or any water sports you can possibly think of.
Home to some of the clearest waters on the planet, Algarve is an enchanting Portuguese destination that allures visitors with its sandy beaches, gold-crested bays, secluded coves, pine-studded cliffs, and exotic islands. Algarve is known to have some of the most scenic and the best beaches in not only Europe, but in the entire world! Furthermore, the tantalising cuisine and gorgeous Mediterranean climate give Algarve a discerning step above the rest.
A district of the Bahamas and home to over 300 immaculate islands, Exuma is nothing less than a dream. Literally, you’ll want to pinch yourself twice to make sure you’re not dreaming, as you lay your eyes on miles and miles of ashen white sand and sapphire-blue sea looming all over the horizon. With its foot-print free beaches, flawless coastlines, and extensive reef areas, Exuma is the ultimate escapade to tick off all water sports from your to-do list – be it sailing, yachting, diving, paddling, or even coral reef and cave exploring.
Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Located in the Mato Grosso do Sul state of Brazil, Bonito is a region that is often referred to as the “Caribbean of the Central-West” owing to the startling blue shades of its waters. The water here passes through abundant limestone present in the ground, which acts as a natural filter, making the water, some of the most transparent and clearest on the plant. The stunning waterfalls, spectacular caves with lakes, shimmering lagoons, fascinating stalactite formations and crystal-clear rivers brimming with hundreds of multi-coloured fish, make Bonito the ultimate aquatic playground.
Nylon Pool, Tobago
A shallow white-ground coral pool located between Trinidad and Tobago, Nylon Pool is one of the best natural swimming pools you’ll ever come across. This pool is formed by a hollow in the Buccoo Reef and the water here is only about 4 feet deep. If standing on your feet in the middle of the ocean is something you fancy, Nylon Pool in Tobago is where you need to be.
If you’re a marine enthusiast, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Maldives. One of the best swimming, snorkelling and diving destinations in the world, the crystal-clear waters of Maldives act like a magnet for marine lovers. Right from massive coral walls to enchanting sea caves, to powdered white-sand beaches and schools of vibrant tropical fish, Maldives is a magnificent marine gem that has it all.
To Sua Ocean Trench, Upolu, Samoa
There’s a village called Lotofaga in Samoa and inside the village is the To Sua Ocean Trench, a natural hole created after a volcanic blast, and at the bottom of this massive 30 metre deep trench is the most pristine and beautiful natural swimming pool of the planet. Surrounded by stunning, natural exotic gardens, descend a 30m ladder down and experience how it feels like swimming in a pool from paradise!