Sink into the pristine waters of the most enchanting lagoons around the world – from tropical paradise islands to the captivating backdrop of the Northern Lights, we have rounded up the top lagoons to choose from that are sure to blow you away at any time of the year.
Nanuya Levu, Fiji
Relax to the soothing sound of palm trees swaying in the warm breeze and the sunshine beating down on you at the Nanuya Levu Lagoon, on the island it is named after. Walk in the footsteps of famous actors like Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins who became familiar with the heavenly island during the filming of the 1980 film, The Blue Lagoon.
Visit or stay at the well-known Turtle Island Resort, a luxurious sanctuary that celebrates sustainable Fijian ways of living as well as cultural spa treatments, horseback riding, scuba diving, superb dining and more!
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Allow the famous rich minerals of Iceland’s milky blue water to wash over you in the iconic man-made lagoon, located in a lava field close to Reykjavik.
Using Iceland’s natural water supply from a geothermal power plant, escape from the cold and relax in the luxurious bath at any time of year, where you can enjoy temperatures of 37-39C. The lagoon was formed in 1976 and has been recognised for improving skin conditions including psoriasis in recent years, due to the rich mineral content.
Aitutaki Lagoon, Cook Islands
Visit the lagoon which is arguably the most beautiful in the world according to many including author Steve Davey, as it boasts dreamy turquoise waters of incomparable luminescence. With a calm, peaceful atmosphere and the ability to capture all of the spectacular sights of the island by bike, this island would make for an exceptional romantic holiday destination.
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
This incredibly striking salt lagoon obtains its colour from red sediments and pigmentation of the algae and attracts flocks of vibrant flamingos, as well as 50 other exotic bird species. Take a stroll in the morning to the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve to admire the unique beauty of the lagoon in its prime as the sun rises or sets, bringing the red colours of the water to life which makes for a magnificent landscape view with the breath-taking Andes dominating the skyline behind it.
Pileh Lagoon, Thailand
Pileh Lagoon is a hidden treasure which sits between towering limestone cliffs, offering a truly magical experience as you travel in by boat. Snorkel, dive and swim in the warm, vibrant water or relax on the white sand beach and take in the picturesque views of the paradise beneath the scorching sun.
San Alfonso del Mar, Chile
Swim in the largest manmade lagoon in the world in Algarrobo, which spreads across 20 acres and holds 250 million litres of saltwater! Currently holding the first ever Guinness World Record for the largest man-made lagoon in the world, you will be spoiled for choice of places to sail, swim and sunbathe with a real beach ahead of the lagoon claiming front seat views of the spectacular Pacific Ocean.
Ko Olina Lagoons, Hawaii
Escape from the lively spirit of Hawaiian surfers to the peace and quiet of the four Ko Olina Lagoons, which were manmade for the ultimate relaxing experience. Closed off from the rest of the island, enjoy the intimacy of the peaceful natural surroundings of palm trees and bright blue waters where you can spot sea turtles! Book a variety of tours including snorkelling or the catamaran cruise to enhance your experience.
By Layla Maguire
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