Indeed, Colors are a wonderful gift of nature that always enchants us, entices us and fascinates us to choose what to wear, what to eat and how to feel. In fact, Color is all around us and our Mother Nature is also no stranger to make our lives a brighter place. It has blessed us with so many spectacular attractions such as mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes, pools oceans etc. to make our Earth really a unique one. But, lakes and pools make something special to really stand out from the crowd. As there are numerous lakes in the world but the world’s most colorful lakes demonstrates that the natural world is still capable of surprising us in the most beautiful ways.
15 Most Colorful Lakes In the World
1. PEYTO LAKE, WESTERN CANADA
Located in Banff National Park, Lake Peyto is one of the greatest attractions of Canada’s first National Park. Popularly known as the Bluest Glacier Lake, it is also one of the most beautiful lakes in Canada. Named after Bill Peyto, the Peyto Lake encompasses icy and crystal clear water of 270 feet deep rock floor. When struck by the falling rays of the sun, the lake offers a splendid view to its visitors. Also, Peyto Lake is easily accessible and one of the best places to visit in Alberta where tourists can also enjoy the legacy of Banff.
2. LAKE HILLIER, AUSTRALIA
LAKE HILLIER is situated in Western Australia off the coast of Pacific Ocean. Lake Hillier is approx 600 meters long lake and it was first discovered in 1802 by Matthew Flinders. The lake reflects a beautiful pink color which is believed to be caused by the excessive Saline content in the water and the presence of Dunaliella Salina bacteria. Till the early 20th century, salt mining was the major activity which makes it the Dead Sea. Today, it serves as a prominent tourist attraction and one of the most beautiful and colorful lakes in the world where one can reach either through a boat or flight.
3. LAGUNA COLORADA, BOLIVIA
Also known as Red Lagoon, Laguna Colorada is a lavish red lake that has got its color from the red sediments and algae present in it. Flowing around 14,000 feet above sea level, this lake features borax islands, white pools which are perfectly adorned with orange-red tone. Moreover, this salt lake is easily accessible from any part of Bolivia and a major tourist spot. Laguna Colorada also encompasses the rarest and endangered Andean Flamingos.
4. KELIMUTU, INDONESIA
One of the most famous attraction in Indonesia for travelers is the tri-colored Kelimutu lake within the summit of the craters at 1690m. This tri-colored lake meaning ‘ the boiling lake’ shares the same name, “Kelimutu” as in Mt. Kelimutu National Park. Even though they are on the same volcanic peak, the three lakes share three different colors and those colors change all the time. Interestingly, color variation is unpredictable. According to Indonesia Travel, Kelimutu’swesternmost lake, Tiwu Ata Mbupu (Lake of Old People) is usually blue. The color of the lakes is probably due to the underwater fumaroles. It is dangerous to step near the lakes as there are steamy fumes that can be hazardous. But tourists can of course trek around the lake and enjoy the flora and fauna.
5. CHOTT EL DJERID
CHOTT EL DJERID, which translates to “Lagoon of the Land of Palms” in English, is the largest endorheic salt lake in southern Tunisia. Shaped like a wolf this lake has an overall length of 250km and is completely covered with salt. It is worth mentioning that the extremely harsh climatic conditions and minimal rainfall dry it up but visitors can still enjoy the pink and green colored water that gets grounded off as salt. Furthermore, this sun-baked lake is a paradise for Geologists and a fascinating destination for tourists.
6. LAKE REBTA, SENEGAL
Lake Rebta on the coast of Cape Vert Peninsula, Senegal is one of the most colorful lakes in the world. Also known as Lac Rose, this lake is famed for its pink color which is due to the Dunaliella Salina that lives in it. Also, The shade of the lake varies from dark pink to the color of dark rose. LAKE REBTA’s uniqueness draws the attention of tourists from all over the world. Designated as the World Heritage site, it also has dunes surrounding it, thereby separating it from the Atlantic Ocean. Salt fishing is the major activity done in this lake.
7. LAGUNA QUILOTOA, ECUADOR
Laguna Quilotoa is a turquoise colored lake famed for its beautiful shades of green against a stunning volcanic backdrop. It was formed by the volcanic eruption of 1280, which left behind a gaping caldera 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) across, which is now filled with brilliant turquoise water. The word “Quilotoa” has been derived from the Quechua language. Also, Quilotoa Lake is a perfect destination for trekking and hiking.
8. LAKE PUKAKI, NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand’s Lake Pukaki is a majestic attraction which hosts the color “glacier blue” a whole new meaning. This colorful lake was created by the receding glaciers decades ago. The finely ground rock particles, known as glacier flour, gives the lake a distinct icy blue color. Lake Pukaki is the second largest alpine lake in the Mackenzie Basin, located in New Zealand’s South Island.
9. EMERALD LAKES, NEW ZEALAND
Located in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada. Emerald Lake is the largest of all the sixty-one Yoho’s lakes and ponds. Regarded as one of the park’s premier tourist attractions, Emerald Lake encompasses a high-end lodge that provides hiking trail circuits, the first half of which is accessible through wheelchairs and strollers.
Also, during winter months, the lake is a popular cross country skiing destination as the lake remains frozen from November to June. The clear turquoise colored water of the lake is mainly caused by powdered limestone, is most spectacular in July as the snow melts from the surrounding mountains.
10. LAGUNA VERDE, BOLIVIA
The Laguna Verde is a saltwater lake, located in the southwestern part of the high plains of Bolivia. Not surprisingly, the waters of the Laguna Verde are an amazing shade of green which is popularly known as Green Lagoon. Situated at the foot of the two volcanoes, Licancabur and Juriques, the lake straddles the border with Chile. Known for its beautiful green color, this colored lake is also known for its beautiful surroundings and hot springs. However, Its color varies from turquoise to dark emerald depending on the disturbance caused to sediments in the lake by winds.
11. HAVASU FALLS, CANYON
Havasu Falls is located in the Havasu Canyon, a part of the Grand Canyon. It is one of the most remote villages in America. Havasupai, which means “people of the blue-green water” is a must-see attraction because of the colorful waters and falls. The most spectacular Havasu Falls is brightly colored because of the presence of carbonate minerals settling to the bottom, turning it white, and acting as a reflector of the surrounding green and brown mossy cliffs accompanied with the blue sky.
12. YELLOW RIVER, CHINA
Regarded as the ‘Mother of China’, Yellow River or Huang He originates in the Qinghai Tibetan Plateau and ranks as the fifth longest in the world. Also, Huang He is the second longest river in Asia, after the Yangtze River, and the sixth longest river system in the world at the estimated length of 5,464 km. This mighty Yellow River has also earned the name “China’s sorrow” for its tendency to flood, with devastating effects as the middle stream of the Yellow River passes through the Loess Plateau where substantial erosion takes place.
13. LAKE NAKURU, KENYA
Lake Nakuru is one of the top attractions in Kenya that enchants travelers to visit this majestic place. Lake Nakuru is a very shallow lake in the rift valley and has an abundance of algae that attracts vast quantities of lesser flamingos. Popularly, known as the greatest bird spectacle on earth, the flamingos literally turn the Lake Nakuru’s shores pink. But recently, the number of flamingos has been decreasing due to environmental degradation and pollution.
14. JIUZHAIGOU FIVE FLOWER LAKE, CHINA
The Jiuzhaigou Valley of China houses dozens of blue, green and turquoise-colored lakes. But the FIVE FLOWER LAKE of Jiuzhaigou is truly an overwhelming one. The local people call these bodies of water “Haizi,” which in Chinese means “son of the sea.” However, these numerous colorful lakes were created mainly by glacier activity, and today, many waterfalls empty into these pristine waters. The beautifully colored water is also known to be extremely vivid and many times visitors are able to see the bottom of the lakes.
15. PLITVICE LAKES, CROATIA
Being one of the top tourist attractions in Croatia, the Plitvice Lakes are sixteen lakes that are located near the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina. These beautiful lakes are famous for their unique colors, such as Azure, green, blue, and gray. The most interesting thing to know about these lakes is that the lakes’ colorations change consistently due to the number of minerals, deposits, or organism in each body.