When dreaming of a lake, often times murky blue to aqua-green colors are in thought. Besides the stunning turquoise color, lakes around the world are showcasing orange, red and even white colors thanks to mineral and algae deposits that alter the water’s hue. If in search for a holistic color therapy session, look no further than these most colorful lakes in the world.
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
Located in Bolivia, near the border of Chile, this red-colored lake switches from the hues of orange to red. The red color occurs due to red sediments and algae pigmentation. This lake is also a wildlife sanctuary and homes flocks of flamingos. The lake undergoes seasonal changes and evaporates to form the white Borax islands.
Kelimetu Tricolored Lakes, Indonesia
Located on Mount Kelimetu, three lakes are formed in the summit craters of the volcano. Each lake has its own name and distinct color. Tiwu Ata Polo is usually red, Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai is regularly green and Tiwu Ata Mpupu is usually blue. These lakes are a spectacular geologic wonder and attract many visitors and geologists to ponder the reasons why each lake has a distinguished color.
Lake Pukaki, New Zealand
Created from receding glaciers, Lake Pukaki features that extraordinary glacial blue color. The blue color keeps form from the glacier’s rock particles, which is known as glacier flour. This South Island Lake sets for a miraculous picture with the snowcapped mountains in the backdrop.
Red Salt Lake, Tunisia
This odd shaped lake stays true to the color red thanks to microbial activity caused from mineral deposits. The extreme heat keeps the bacteria flowing, thus maintaining the red color. The lake is located on the northern region of the Sahara desert.
Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon and is one of Iceland’s most visited destinations. The lagoon and ice chunks dump into the Atlantic Ocean and is certainly an eye-stunning patch of water. Tour operators let guests eat a piece of ice from this thousand year old glacier. Depending on the sky’s atmosphere, Jokulsarlon ranges from the aqua-blue to green to icy gray.
Five Flower Lake, Jiuzhaigon National Park, China
This Lake is one of the park’s main attractions. It comes to no surprise as the clear turquoise water shines amidst the foliage’s backdrop. The lake is located at 2,472 meters and contains full visibility all the way to the lake’s floor.
Gem Green Lake, New Zealand
Located in New Zealand’s oldest national park, Tongario, is Gem Green Lake. Similar to an emerald in color, the lake gets it pigmentation from the ash and rock particles that fuse and blend into the water.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.