You may have visited a beautiful lake to swim in its crystal-clear blue waters. But have you ever dreamt of swimming in or wading through the waters of a lake which are pink? Surprised? Well, there are quite a few lakes that have turned pink due to environmental reasons such as the presence of green algae like Dunaliella salina and the archaea Halobacterium cutirubrum. Over the years, these lakes, which are spread across the globe, have become popular attractions with tourists from far and wide visiting them to experience the fairy tale like atmosphere. So, if you are looking forward to a surreal experience, join us as we bring to you some of the most magnificent pink lakes in the world.
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
A visit to Laguna Colorada in Bolivia is an out-worldly experience. Exotic surroundings, serene environment, away from the maddening world, it seems as if you are in paradise. But, the most striking thing about the Laguna Colorada is its water, which is of pink color. Located inside the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve which is near to the country’s border with Chile, Laguna Colorada’s waters stand in marked contrast to the spotless white borax islands on the surface of the lake. Apart from the pink waters, you would also come across a rare breed of the majestic flamingos which live in the area.
Lake Hillier, Australia
Known for its majestic outback landscape, beaches, natural wonders, deserts, and modern cities, there are several reasons tourists find Australia an awesome destination. But among the many attractions that the country has to offer, one of the best is the Lake Hillier. Located in the Goldfields-Esperance region, Western Australia, Lake Hillier, which is 600 meters in length, provides an amazing sight to tourists due to its pink waters. An aerial view of the lake would be an altogether different experience.
Dusty Rose Lake, Canada
It is hard to say as to why the color of this lake is pink because it does not contain any algae and also no salt content. Nevertheless, it provides a wonderful sight but is very difficult to access. The lake is located in a very remote area in British Columbia. But, there are some people who do manage to visit the lake. So, if you somehow make your way to the lake, you are guaranteed to come across a wonderful sight.
Lake Retba, Senegal
Planning to visit the dark continent? Do not miss out on Senegal, which is famous for Lake Retba, another marvel comprising pink waters. Also known as Lac Rose, the lake is approximately an hour’s drive away from Dakar, the capital of Senegal. The lake is known for its high salt content which is up to 40 percent in some parts. However, if you are aiming to see the lake in its full glow do visit in the dry season which lasts from November to June.
Las Salinas de Torrevieja
Las Salinas de Torrevieja is one of the most amazing natural wonders of Spain. Located in the autonomous community of Valencia, Las Salinas de Torrevieja is spread over an area of 1400 hectares. As it was once a salt mining facility, visitors can today see huge mountains of salt along the Lake’s shore. Among its most visited species are the flamingos and it has been estimated that in the breeding season more than 2000 of them can be witnessed in the region. Other than the flamingos, one can also catch a glimpse of other species like stilts, terns, necked grebes, among others. It is truly a spectacular paradise for tourists.
Hutt Lagoon, Australia
Tourists visit Hutt Lagoon to have a glimpse the pink hues of this spectacular lake. Located in Western Australia, the lake is around 8.7 miles in length and 1.4 miles in width. At present, the lake is home to the largest microalgae production plant in the world. Located near to Hutt Lagoon is the town of Gregory; however, it is home to a small population.
Pink Lake, Australia
Another pink lake located in Western Australia, however, you need to be at the lake at the right time to watch its pinkish hues. Its waters have not displayed a pinkish texture for the past 10 years. But it is the high salt content that makes the color of the water pink. So, if conditions change, you might see the lake turning pink. It has been home to a number of bird species such as hooded plover, banded stilt etc.
Masazir Lake, Azerbaijan
If you are a first-time visitor to Azerbaijan and happen to take a trip to Masazir lake, you would surely be struck by the pink waters. This is one lake in the country and very few in the world which has pink waters rather than the blue ones. Nevertheless, it is a delight to watch the lake, especially in summer time when the pink color is the strongest. Located near Baku in Azerbaijan, the lake covers an area of around 3.9 square miles. It provides a hefty supply of salt and in the year a salt was built for the production of two brands of salt.