Pink lakes around the world
You might think that someone went crazy with Photoshop or just poured paint into the lake… But in reality, this remarkable and absolutely natural phenomenon occurs all over the world: pink lakes. But why is the water pink? And where do you have to travel to see this show? Before planning your travel plans, find out more about the world’s beautiful pink lakes!
Why is the pink lake pink?
1. Lake Hillier, Australia
Lake Hillier is located on Middle Island, an island off the coast of Western Australia. It is more beautiful to admire it from above and, unfortunately, this is the only way to see this natural spectacle. The island is now a nature reserve and you may no longer be allowed on it. Fortunately, some helicopter tour operators fly over the island. It all looks even more impressive because the lake is very close to the ocean. So you have the contrast with the turquoise blue ocean right next door, separated only by a narrow white sand beach line and a lush green forest. It hardly gets more photogenic than this!
2. Las Salinas de Torrevieja, Spain
During the breeding season, you will meet up to 2,000 flamingos and other seabirds in this exceptional lake in Valencia, which complete the landscape of this very special place. Due to the high salinity of the water, not many plants grow in Las Salinas de Torrevieja, but during the flowering season, you can see lavender, ragwort and even orchids in full bloom.
Is Las Salinas de Torreviega a natural spa?
Yes, the high salinity also makes the lake a huge spa. Similar to the Dead Sea, here it is impossible to sink and you can float on the surface of the water. Salt water is also excellent for detoxifying the body and is very good for the skin. Who needs more wellness?
3. Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
Surrounded by the snow-capped Andes, the shallow saltwater lagoon Laguna Colorada is located in southwestern Bolivia in the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. Thanks to its maximum depth of one meter, many Chilean, Andean and endangered flamingos have settled here.
What is the best time to visit Laguna Colorada?
You should plan your visit for the summer (note: in the southern hemisphere, this is December through April). The fastest way to get to the lake is from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile, but many tours are also offered from Uyuni in Bolivia.
4. Lake Retba, Senegal
Surrounded by numerous mountains of salt, Lake Retba is located in the north of the Cape Verde peninsula in Senegal. The pink color of the lake is most visible during the dry season between November and June. During this time, the salinity of the lake is also even higher than usual, up to 40% in some places! As in the Dead Sea, it is also possible to float on the surface of the water here. However, there are no fish in it. The salt is collected by the locals, who make a living from it.
There are other famous pink lakes in the world, including some more well-known ones located in various parts of Australia, including Lake Bumbunga in South Australia and Hutt Lagoon in Western Australia.