The spectacle of the pink lakes: when nature wears incredible colors

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Swimming in a spectacular cool lake on a hot summer day is an incredibly relaxing and enjoyable experience, but being in front of gods bright pink lakes it is definitely an experience very emotional.

These little wonders of nature are scattered all over the planet, but Australia holds the record, with 5 lakes. All strictly "pink" and all capable of giving a certain charm, mainly due to their unusual chrome plating. Their original coloring is due to the presence of particular algae, responsible for color pigments.



The waters of a lake can turn pink for a variety of reasons and the shades of pink may vary, but there's no denying the uniqueness of their colors! Most of these pink lakes are safe for humans and animals, but some are only appealing in appearance.

Let's see what they are the 10 most beautiful pink lakes in the world, where they are found, what causes their splendid color and whether they are suitable for swimming, one of the questions that everyone asks themselves when they find such beauty of nature.

The 10 best pink lakes in the world

Hillier Lake, Australia

At only 600 meters long, Lake Hillier does not impress with its size or the different fish that inhabit it. Lake Hillier delights the eyes with its very special pink color. Located in Western Australia, it is right there next to the Pacific Ocean, so if you look at it from above, the contrast between the full pink of the lake and the blue of the ocean is striking.

Whatever the cause, water doesn't seem to represent no danger to man. Swimming in it is however not possible as the island is only used for research purposes and tourists can only admire it from above during a helicopter or boat ride.



Retba Lake, Senegal

The lake is located in Cap Vert on the Senegal peninsula. Lac Rose, as it is known by locals, is only separated by a few narrow dunes from the Atlantic Ocean. The salt content of the lake is very high, around 40%, almost comparable to that of the Dead Sea; and, during the dry season, from November to June, it even surpasses it. This is also the period when the pink color is most visible.

And like on the Dead Sea, it is possible to float quite easily in these waters, but it is not recommended to stay in the water for a long time because it damages the skin. To access the lake and work in the pink waters, the local population spread shea butter on their skin to protect it.

Hutt Lagoon, Australia

Unlike the first two pink lakes on this list, the Hutt Lagoon on Australia's west coast gets its pink color thanks to the color of the algae found in the water. It is also a salt lake, but the salt is due to the ocean water that feeds the lagoon.

The red or pink hue of its waters derives from the presence of carotenoid-producing algae, the Dunaliella saline. The lagoon contains the largest microalgae production plant in the world, a series of 250-hectare artificial tanks used for the production of Dunaliella salina.

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Pink Lake, Australia

It's called Pink Lake, but it becomes pink only when the right mix of salt and sunlight interact with the algae who inhabit this lake. However, it is always a pleasant place, because the sands around the lake take on a pink color in different shades, recreating a pink / red rainbow beach that is unique in the world. The color of the water comes from the unique composition of the rocks in this area.



Torrevieja, Spain

Torrevieja is a Spanish municipality that mainly deals with the extraction of salt, given its location on the Mediterranean Sea. It has two salt flats, the Salina de Torrevieja and La Salina de La Mata, which are the largest salt lakes in Europe.

Much of the city is located on an isthmus between the sea and the lake, thus enjoying a nice microclimate making it a wonderful place to visit at virtually any time of the year. Lakes are now gods protected national parks and they are a paradise for migratory birds and varied flora and fauna.

Dusty Rose Lake, Canada

This pink lake has no algae and there is no salt content contributing to its color, so no one really knows why its waters are permanently pink. Their is supposed to coloring comes from the composition of the surrounding rocks which are of a pink-purple color and this is precisely the cause that makes the water that feeds the lake take on this curious shade.

Still, this masterpiece in British Columbia is a wonder that draws so many visitors every year, even if it turns out to be one of the most difficult pink lakes to reach due to its remote location.

Lake Masazir, Azerbaijan

Masazirgol or Masazir Lake is a salt lake in the Qaradag region, near Baku, Azerbaijan. The total area of ​​the lake is 10 sq km, with large quantities of chloride and sulfate concentrated in the ionic composition of water.


It's surely the salt that makes this lake pink. The local population makes extensive use of this lake to collect over one billion tons of salt per year, located both in the water and in the surrounding land.


Quairading Pink Lake, Australia

Quairading Pink Lake is located 11km east of Quairading (Western Australia) on the road to Bruce Rock, which passes through the lake. What makes this lake unique is precisely the fact that the lake generally develops two different shades of pink throughout the year due to the road that passes through it. At certain times of the year, one side of the lake turns dark pink, while the other side remains light pink.

Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

It is located on the Bolivian plateau, at over 4200 meters above sea level. The pink flamingos that inhabit this lake love its shallow, plankton-rich waters. The color of the water is caused by a combination of red mineral sediments and algae. It is often shallow, no more than three meters deep in many places, and is part of a nature reserve.

Champagne Pool, New Zealand

This geothermal lake, similar to a swimming pool, offers a unique experience because thecarbon dioxide escaping from below in the form of bubbles reminiscent of a glass of Champagne.

Although the whole lake is not pink since there are several colors Due to the different currents and levels of bacteria present in the lake, there are times of the year where the waters definitely take on a pink hue.

Lake Hillier, one of the most beautiful pink lakes -
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