The 10 most beautiful lagoons in the world
Dreaming of a holiday within walking distance of crystal-clear waters? Don’t want to deal with choppy waters or breaking waves? What you’re after is a lagoon holiday. The perfect place for water sports, snorkelling, to take a boat out or just have a good old swim – lagoons are the most calming way to have an aquatic adventure.
Here’s your daily source of travel inspiration as we take you through the 10 most beautiful lagoons in the world, in no particular order.
Aitutaki Lagoon – Cook Islands
This lagoon is famous for being one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world, complemented by the culture of the magnificent Cook Islands.
Railay Beach Lagoon – Thailand
Thailand is an Australian favourite when it comes to holidays – and why shouldn’t it be? Just look at that gorgeous sapphire water.
Blue Lagoon – Iceland
If tropical destinations aren’t your thing, maybe a visit to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland is exactly what you need. Not all lagoons need to be in hot countries!
Nanuya Levu – Fiji
One of the best ways to view a Fijian sunset is relax beside this stunning lagoon called Nanuya Levu. It’s ringed by palm trees and is instantly calming.
San Alfonso del Mar – Chile
This lagoon is completely man made! San Alfonso del Mar has transformed the Chilean beach into a double-barrelled aqua park, with the real beach on one side and a glorious lagoon on the other. The lagoon, developed by Crystal Lagoons, is energy-efficient too, using up to 100 times fewer chemicals than a regular swimming pool system, and 30 times less water than a golf course.
Teti’aroa – French Polynesia
Teti’aroa in French Polynesia is your place to see unique corals and other underwater flora. Marlon Brando owns the island of this lagoon, turning an inaccessible location into an eco-friendly, super-luxurious resort. This atoll used to be the used as a summer dwelling for the chiefs and kings of Tahiti.
Lord Howe Island – Australia
The waters around Lord Howe Island are home to more than 500 species of fish, 90 coral species and many seabird colonies. It is an archipelago with 28 islands, all encased in a stunning blue lagoon.
Blue Lagoon – Croatia
Blue Lagoon in Croatia has no coral reefs, as it was formed between a number of small islands separated by the lagoon between them. This does not impact its beauty, as the Adriatic sea is crystal-clear and shallow, so all the sea life is visible.
Comino – Malta
The island of Comino in Malta is car-free and practically uninhabited, meaning this lagoon is almost untouched. Wild plants such as thyme grow all around the area, so a swim in the lagoon can be accompanied by the tantalising scent of fresh herbs.
Ko Olina Lagoons – Hawaii
These Hawaiian lagoons were human-made to create a relaxing place for non-surfers to enjoy the water. The stone walls protect the lagoon from the open sea, making it a perfect location for snorkelling and shallow diving.
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