19 Of The Best Water Spots Around The World

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You know how some travellers are keen adrenaline-hunters, or mountain hikers, or festivalgoers? Well, I am a water-seeker. My top choice of backpacking activity is almost always to find the best lake, river, ocean, dam, pond, or waterfall nearby. Perhaps it’s because I’m a South Coast English girl at heart, born and raised by the seaside, but there’s something about water that calms me. So, here are nineteen bucket list water spots that I’ve come across so far and would recommend you see for yourself.

Best Bucket List Water Spots Around the World

  1. Hutt Lagoon, Australia

    hutt lagoon west australia

It’s a lake, that’s PINK! What other reason could you possibly need to visit here? The pink lake of Port Gregory is around a 6-hour drive from Perth.

  1. Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
    Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

You can actually access Lake Titicaca from both Peru and Bolivia, and it’s the world’s highest navigable lake. Personally, I found the Bolivia side, from Copacabana town, the most stunning. There are actually islands on the lake big enough to take half-day treks across.

  1. Red Hill Quarry, Perth

    Red Hill Quarry Pool, Perth

This water spot is actually a little bit of a naughty one, as it’s located on private property at Red Hill Quarry, in Western Australia. Luckily, I managed to visit before authorities were coming down hard on trespassers, and it became one of the best hidden gems I’ve found to date.

  1. Hudson River, New York

    Hudson River, New York

Definitely, one of the most well-known water spots to visit around the world, the Hudson River itself is your bog standard river. It’s the view that makes it something special. With a front row seat for sunset against the New York skyline, a boat trip on the Hudson is one of a kind.

  1. Lake Garda, Italy

    Lake Garda, Italy

Another huge lake that has made the list, Lake Garda is just an hour from famous Verona. Surrounded by cute Italian towns, multiple castles, and with the option to go paragliding directly over the water, it has plenty to offer any traveller.

  1. Mekong River, Cambodia

    Mekong River Dolphins, Cambodia

There are plenty of reasons the Mekong River is one for the bucket list. It connects six different countries in Asia, is the 12th largest river in the world, and contains the world’s largest inland fishery. Find the right spot between Laos and Cambodia though, and you’ll find Irrawaddy dolphins playing right next to you.

  1. Hierve el Agua, Mexico

    Hierve El Agua Pool, Mexico

Excuse the low-quality photo above, it was taken a few years ago now, before I invested in a decent camera and when iPhones weren’t designed for the ultimate Instagram shot. Hierve El Agua is a collection of rock formations that resemble a waterfall, but in the same spot is this natural spring, also called ‘Nature’s Infinity Pool’ – pretty cool!

  1. South Pacific Ocean, Fiji

    Pacific Ocean, Fiji

Fiji delivers the island getaways of all getaways. Hugged by pastel blue, transparent water, the Yasawa Islands are the perfect snorkel spot for those that prefer to stay in shallow waters. Wade just a few metres out and you’ll be surrounded by vibrant marine life.

  1. Mundaring Weir Dam, Australia

    Mundaring Weir Dam, Western Australia

Another Australian gem (there’s a fair few of them!), Mundaring Weir is set deep in the Perth Hills, and offers walks across the huge dam, and picture-perfect picnic spots with views like the photo above.

  1. Pailon del Diablo (Devil’s Cauldron), Ecuador

    Devils Cauldron Waterfall, Ecuador

It took a long photo of this waterfall in Ecuador to capture its gigantic size. Down the bottom there, that’s me, the size of an ant in comparison. The best part about the Devil’s Cauldron is that it’s full of nooks and crannies to squeeze in behind the thunder of the water.

  1. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

    Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

When looking through my shots of New Zealand, it was difficult to pick a winning water spot, but Lake Tekapo came out on top. I don’t even need to reason why with you, just look at those mountain views!

  1. Murchison River, Kalbarri Gorge, Australia

    Murchison River, Western Australia

There’s something about the contrast of deep green water against bright orange rock that makes the Murchison River so pretty. It’s the second longest river in Western Australia and is surrounded by walking trails and rock formations set inside Kalbarri National Park.

  1. Everglades, USA

    Everglades Wetlands, USA

The Everglades, in Florida, is a wetland. As you’ve probably guessed from the photo above, it’s occupied by plenty of animals, in particular, American Crocodiles. You can take a hover boat tour across the wetlands to see these creatures up close, but not too close…

  1. Grand Canal, Venice

    Venice Canals, Italy

Men in black and white striped t-shirts, romance-fuelling gondola rides, and gorgeous red-roof buildings lining the canals, Venice is a bucket list oldie, but a goodie.

  1. Moore River, Western Australia

    Moore River, Australia

Here’s a sight you don’t see every day; the Indian Ocean meets Moore River and leaves just a sliver of sand in the middle for seaside escapists to lounge in the sunshine. Moore River sits just an hour north of Perth and is an easy day out or pitstop on a journey along the coast.

Of course, there are still a lot of water spots on my bucket list, including the Devils Pool at Victoria Falls, Ningaloo Reef in West Australia, and the infamous Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Are there any others I should consider adding to the list?

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4 Comments on “19 Of The Best Water Spots Around The World

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  2. Wow! You’ve been so many places! I want to be able to do that in the future too! Can’t wait to see more!

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