Where can you find the world’s bluest water?


To Sua Ocean Trench. Samoa. Source: Shutterstock

IN ASIA, of course.

If you have thalassophobia, more commonly known as having a fear of deep water, then the thought of a beach vacation might fill you with dread.

Even if it only goes up to your knees, the fear-mongering images of what might be lurking beneath the murky water is enough to get you running for the shores.

And here at Travel Wire Asia, we understand how fears can ruin a perfectly lovely vacation.

So we’ve compiled a list of the bluest waters across AsiaPacific for your swimming enjoyment.

Who knows, perhaps your thalassophobia will be replaced with a love of snorkeling.


The warm Indian Ocean swells around the Maldives like sapphires encasing diamonds and provides vacationers with incredible water activities, including diving.

It is one of the best places to see vibrant coral reefs and the chance to swim with harmless reef sharks.

It’s almost a sin to travel to the Maldives and not go in the ocean.

Palawan, The Philippines

If you follow any travel photographers on Instagram, you’ve probably seen Palawan flashing its emerald green and azure blue waters across your screen as your scroll.

El Nido, in particular, is a quiet little spot in the Palawan archipelago surrounded by marble cliffs and crystal clear lagoons.

Five Flower Lake, China

This glistening lake is in Jiuzhaigou National Park in central China.

While you can’t swim in there, it is still an impressive sight.

Becuase the lake is super clear and surrounded by thick flora, the water reflects the tree’s colors as they change with the seasons.

Con Son, Vietnam

Con Son is the beautiful pocket-sized capital of the Con Doa islands found off the south coast of Vietnam in the South China Sea.

It is one of Vietnam’s best-kept secrets and one of the travel world’s too.

On top of its dazzling blue waters and miles of unspoiled beaches, the island is also steeped in military history, worth a trip for the history-loving, shallow-water-dabbling traveler.

Havelock Island, India

On the east side of the Bay of Bengal, Havelock Island sits among the Andaman Islands.

It is closer to the peninsula of Myanmar than it is to India, but you can only fly here from India.

If you want to experience the translucent water of Havelock Island, you’ll need to fly from India to Port Blair and then take a ferry up to the island.

Redang, Malaysia

Off the east coast of the peninsula Malaysia, Rendang sits snug between Lang Tengah and Bidong island.

It is only marginally smaller then Tioman island further down the coast, but a lot less touristy. The wide sandy beaches and eco-conscious resorts make it a perfect place for vacationers seeking relaxation.

To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa

Way out in the South Pacific Ocean, around 5,800 kilometers from Australia, is the tiny island nation of Samoa.

Along the Main South Coast Road, travelers will find this iconic giant swimming hole filled with crystal-clear water.

Swimmers can access the pool via a ladder and dive down to 30 meters.