19 Of The Best Water Spots Around The World
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.
Hutt Lagoon, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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…
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.
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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