Can you imagine floating on a lake the colour of strawberry bubble gum? Or how about a a radioactive green lagoon? At aBoatTime we have made a collection of the most beautiful lakes and springs that the world has to offer.
The pink waters of Lake Retba make up a romantic landscape within the dunes that separate the Atlantic from the northern part of the Cape Verde, in Senegal. This single water colour presents itself in various tones throughout the day, from clear pink at sunrise to a deep purple in the evening. The cause of this curious colour variation is the pigmentation produced by various forms of algae, the Dunaliella salts, to carry out photosynthesis. This species lives at the bottom of the saltiest lakes and ponds.
Lake Retba contains 40% salt concentration which allows its bathers to float on the surface of the water, much like in the Dead Sea. The locals use the trade of its salt as a way of life, thanks to hundreds of types that are deposited in Retba. To protect themselves against the lasting damage of salt in its purest form, which can be harmful if exposed to it throughout the day, they use protective balms for the skin such as shea butter.
Learning to float on water, admiring the landscape at sunrise or sailing off the coast of the Cape Verde: all options for your holidays, offered by this extraordinary environment.
The red lakes of Crimea
The crimean lakes are another great example of what nature has to offer. Made up primarily of salt, in summer they evaporate, leaving behind a fantastic landscape of giant salt statues. However, during the months of winter, the lakes retrieve their coloured waters from the carmine and granite rocks. This tone is owed, as in similar cases, to the pigment produced by the Dunaliella salt algae. This species releases carotene, a composite that can be found in carrots.
The salt is seen as a very precious commodity in the region, and the lake attracts visitors and businessmen alike to export to the rest of the continent.
However, it’s not all good news. This beautiful corner of the world has one particular defect: the smell. This place is known by its inhabitants as the “Rotten Sea”, due to five centimetres of silt resting on its surface, which makes a horrific smell waft from its waters. In all, if you make your way through this part of the world don’t miss an opportunity to admire the red lakes of Crimea.
Los Clicos in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
In Spain, apart from an amazing geography that is made up of coves, cliffs and magnificent beaches, there is also a large chunk saved for Lanzarote, within the Canary Islands’ archipelago. Los Clicos, or “el Charco Verde”, meaning green puddle, is a semicircular lake within a volcanic crater in the region of Yaiza. Its green hue and deep intensity appear manufactured by a laboratory but it is actually consequence of the sheer amount of green marine life that life within.
Los Clicos are protected and therefore swimming isn’t allowed however thousands of tourists flock here every year to admire the views that go along with the lagoon. The Los Clicos lagoon is found in a mountainous environment full of beaches and volcanic residue. At only 100 metres from the sea, thick sand separates the lagoon from Playa de los Golfos on the Atlantic Ocean.
On your Canary Islands sailing route, the Los Clicos lagoon is one of the most recommended stops that simply can’t be missed.
The Grand Prismatic Spring
The last spot on our list is a multi-coloured lake, with blue, green, yellow and red tones. The Grand Prismatic Spring is a hot water spring found in Yellowstone National Park, in the state of Wyoming, United States.
Within the 9,000 kilometres squared that make up the park, this hot spring is one of the biggest in the country and offers unforgettable views. This mix of colours in the water produces a special type of bacteria that live around its edges. Depending on the temperature of the water, the brightness of the sky and the rest of the life that calls this water home, the spring becomes different colours. The greenest is due to chlorophyll and the orange tones are due to the carotene.
Despite the variety of colours enveloped by the water, the centre of the spring maintains a rich, clear blue colour that makes this landscape one of the most beautiful in the world.