Lake Natron in East Africa, Tanzania has been listed as one of the most colourful lakes in the world for tourist to explore.
According to thetravel.com, there are approximately 117 million lakes on the planet, speckling every continent and every imaginable terrain. Some are massive. Some are tiny.
Some are safe enough to drink from, and others are so dangerous that dipping a single toe in the water could result in severe injury.
Lakes have continually drawn tourists chasing peaceful retreats and fun aquatic activities, but some bodies of water offer something extraordinary- unexpected pops of awe-inducing color.
Visits to these iconically-hued lakes around the world will heighten every wanderer’s appreciation for all the wonderful beauty our planet has to offer.
10. Laguna Colorada – Bolivia
Located in the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, Laguna Colorada (red lagoon) gets its rosy hue from the mineral-rich lake bed and algae.
Although the lake covers over 20 square miles of land, the maximum depth of the water is only five feet. The shallow, salty waters are sprinkled with white borax islands, adding another color to admire.
Hundreds of similarly tinted flamingos flock to the lake to feast in the plankton-rich waters, a natural phenomenon that will live on in the hearts of visitors.
Though it takes tourists an average of three days to reach Laguna Colorada, the stunning journey through otherworldly volcanic rock formations and the Andean mountains makes it worth the trip.
9. Crater Lake – United States
This is a lake so good it has a national park named after it. Oregon’s Crater Lake boasts the bluest waters in the world, its vibrance only enhanced by the stunning surrounding scenery.
Over 7,000 years ago, the eruption and collapse of the Mount Mazama volcano created an isolated lake with an astounding maximum depth of 1,949 feet. Because the only water source in Crater Lake is natural precipitation, the water maintains a breathtaking, vivid blue color year-round. Though swimming is permitted in designated areas, most people can only stand a quick dip due to the water’s frigid temperature.
8. Lake Tekapo – New Zealand
Located near Mount Cook National Park, Lake Tekapo is ideal for getting a taste of New Zealand’s rich natural beauty. The turquoise-tinted waters twinkle in the sun, and lush fields of colorful lupine flowers surround the lake for sights as stunning as a watercolor masterpiece.
The blue-green shade comes from “glacial flour,” or particles of eroded glaciers. The locals preserve the beauty of their eponymously named town, dedicating their time and resources to protecting the organic wonderland they’re lucky to call home.
7. Lake Hillier – Australia
Located on Middle Island in the Recherche Archipelago, Australia’s bubblegum pink Lake Hillier looks sweet enough to drink. Unfortunately, a mouthful of water would be far less pleasant than its pupil-pleasing hues.
The lake’s rim is salted like a margarita glass, making the water ten times saltier than the ocean and ideal for a lazy floating session. The rosy secretions from Halobacteria and algae give Lake Hillier its blushed shade. Tourists can visit the iconic pink lake by boat or view the wonder from above on a helicopter ride.
6. Kelimutu Lakes – Indonesia
There are three separate crater lakes located on the top of Indonesia’s Kelimutu volcano. Each bears a different color, which changes unpredictably. The lakes are known as the “Volcanic Mood Rings.”
Visitors can expect to see different hues, including deep reds, milky whites, vibrant blues, and rich greens, caused by volcanic gas activity. A trek to the lakes takes hikers around two and a half hours, but the views of the naturally occurring phenomenon are worth the extra steps.
5. Five Flower Lake – China
The appearance of Jiuzhaigou National Park’s iconic Five Flower Lake depends on your vantage point. The water is rich in calcium carbonate and multicolored hydrophytes, creating a prismatic landscape of ambers, corals, sapphire blues, and deep greens.
The water is as crystal clear as it is colorful, offering stunning views of the lake bed from the surface. The surrounding mountains dotted in trees that change with the seasons add yet another remarkable sight to behold as visitors cross the well-maintained boardwalk.
4. Lake McDonald – United States
The clear waters of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park allow the rainbow rocks along the shore to shine in the sun. Nature’s version of Fruity Pebbles wows parkgoers, and the marvel is even more impressive once you learn how the rocks got there.
As far back as 800 million years ago, sedimentary rock settled in shallow seas as clay deposits. Each iron-rich stone gained a color dependent on its exposure to the air. Green rocks received less oxygen exposure, while red rocks gained their hue from being oxidized by the atmosphere. Over time, the tides moved the stones around, creating the colorful potpourri we see today.
3. Peyto Lake – Canada
Canada’s Banff National Park attracts four million annual visitors, and with its abundance of wildlife viewing, hiking trails, and views of the Canadian Rockies, it’s no wonder why. Tourists head to Peyto Lake to admire bright turquoise waters surrounded by magnificent mountains. Rock flours from a nearby glacier flow into the lake, giving it a drool-worthy hue rich enough to ditch the filters.
2. Emerald Lakes – New Zealand
Tongariro National Park shows how the most destructive natural disasters can lead to some of the most beautiful landscapes. Volcanic history dating back almost 300,000 years ago is responsible for the remarkable terrain of the park. Mineral-rich craters left behind by eruptions mixed with the melted ice and snow to form the gorgeously green-hued Emerald Lakes.
Visitors can witness the mystical glow by hitting one of the most popular hiking trails in the park, which will take them on a twelve-mile trek through the Tongariro volcanic zone.
1. Lake Natron – Tanzania
Lake Natron is a soda lake, which means its highly alkalized waters are unsafe for human skin. Fortunately, the conditions are perfect for flamingos. Over 75% of the world’s lesser flamingos flock to Lake Natron to feed on the algae that color their feathers in the same hue as the water.
While many tourists stick to their caravans while visiting Tanzania, locals suggest those who’d like a more off-the-beaten-path experience check out the unique lake known for its marvelous savannah sunsets.