If you thought the pond at your local park was impressive, wait until you see these spectacular lakes around the world.
Lake Hillier – Western Australia Unlike many other pink waters around the world, Lake Hillier contains bright pink water that actually remains pink when transferred to a container. Most similar lakes get their colour from a mixture of beta-carotene released by algae and light penetrating the water, but there’s currently no scientific explanation as to why Lake Hillier is pink.
Obersee Lake – Germany If fairies, elves and goblins do exist, they probably like to hang out at Obersee Lake in Germany. Bordered by snow-capped mountains, the lake stretches over 65km between Bregenz and Bodman Ludwigshafen, and has a width of 14km at the widest point.
Reed Flute Lake – Guilin, China If you like your caves to be the colours of the rainbow, visit Reef Flute Lake in Guilin. Thought to be over 180 million years old, the limestone cave contains huge stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations. Historic inscriptions inside the cave date to 792 AD.
Kelimutu Crater Lakes – Indonesia Despite being located on the same volcanic peak, each of the three lakes at Kelimutu takes on a different colour. Locals believe the lakes change colour depending on the mood of the spirits who have chosen to dwell there. The most common colours are blue, green and black, but they have been known to turn blue, red and white.
Boiling Lake – Dominica If the idea of a greyish-blue lake of bubbling water appeals to you, check out Boiling Lake in Dominica. There’s no direct road to the lake, so you’ll need to complete a 13km trek over mountains and gorges to reach it. Back in the late 1800’s there was an attempt to measure the lake’s temperature. They recorded a range of 82-90 degrees Celsius at the edges, but weren’t able to measure the middle where it was actively boiling.
The Dead Sea – Jordan Though named the Dead Sea, this body of water is in fact a lake. Recorded as being 8.6 times salter than any ocean, nothing lives here. Its surface waters are more than 400 metres below sea level, which means it is the lowest elevation on the Earth’s surface.
Lake Berryessa Glory Hole – California Lake Berryessa makes it onto our list for its ‘glory hole’ – an open bell-mouth spillway used to generate hydroelectricity. Looking a bit like there is a small black hole swallowing water from the lake, the glory hole measures 22 metres in diameter.
Lake Baikal – Siberia, Russia Home to the world’s only fresh water seals, Lake Baikal holds 20 per cent of the world’s fresh water. This ancient lake, estimated to be between 25-30 million years old, also holds the title of the deepest lake in the world. The lake is best viewed in the winter months, when it freezes over and in places sparkles a beautiful turquoise colour.
Jokulsarlon Lake – Iceland Jokulsarlon started off as a 4.5 square kilometre lake, but has over time grown to over 25 square kilometres, and continues to grow each year as ice breaks off Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe. Giant icebergs that float in the lake have been known to take on some incredible shapes, and if the angle of the sun is right they can come alive in a blaze of colour.
Plitvice Lakes – Croatia Inscribed by UNESCO World Heritage in 1979, the 16 cascading lakes of Plitvice are connected by a series of waterfalls and caves, separated by natural dams of travertine. Due to the high quantity of minerals in the water, the lakes regularly change colour from shades of blue to green. Each year more than 1.2 million people visit the lakes.