Of course, lakes are not the most exciting thing in the world and so many people prefer trips to the sea rather than going to the lake, although some are really special, such as the Dead Sea (a very salt lake).
But there are also quite bizarre lakes and we are sure you have hardly ever heard of them but that, if you are ever in those parts, it is worth exploring. Here are the 10 craziest lakes in the world.
The Jellyfish Lake, located on the island of Palau, is so named because of the enormous amount of jellyfish that it houses inside because of its isolation by predators of the Ocean.
These jellyfish are deep yellow and are rather stinging but their bites are not harmful to humans. Take a swim and enjoy the panorama of harmless jellyfish.
Lake Resia and its bell tower
Lake Resia is located in Alto Adige, a province in northern Italy, and is an artificial lake created in 1950. It is quite famous because inside and submerged by water, there is a church of which only the bell tower is visible.
In winter the lake freezes and tourists are also allowed to go near the tower where, according to legend, you can still hear the tolling of bells by now taken years ago.
Lake Superior, the surfer’s lake
This lake is located in Minnesota, in the USA, and – despite being a lake – at the right time of the year it has waves so large that surfers can have fun with their tables.
Unfortunately, this period of the year is also the least mild one, with water at around 0-5 degrees Celsius, which is so cold that surfers must wear thick wetsuits and protect themselves with Vaseline so as not to freeze.
Boiling Lake (Dominica)
This lake, as can be seen also from its name, is a lake in continuous boiling. Bathing is a bit dangerous, you would risk getting burned unless you stay on the shore where temperatures are around 160-190 degrees Fahrenheit.
Why it is boiling? Easy, the lake is close to volcanic activity and is also highly unstable.
A Palace within a lake
First the bell tower and now a palace. Jal Mahal (Jaipur, India) is a palace built for Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1700 which was then surrounded by water following flooding after the construction of a dam.
Fortunately, the palace has survived and is still accessible today although the locals say that it is persecuted.
Lake Baikal (Siberia, Russia)
Lake Baikal owes its peculiarity to accumulations of methane gas that melt and form perfect circles.
The strange thing? These circles do not appear all the springs, but when they are seen, they can be so large that they can also be seen from space.
Laguna Colorada (Bolivia)
This lake, in Bolivia, is a lake that contains red water and seems to be on Mars when you go to visit it.
Inside it, there are also small white islands made of borax (a kind of detergent) and is much loved by flamingos.
The asphalt lake
Pitch Lake is the largest natural asphalt deposit in the world or an entire lake of liquid asphalt. It was visited by scientists from all over the world and the asphalt was used to pave the city of New York.
This lake is located in Trinidad and Tobago, a state of Latin America.
A lake with sharks?
Apparently, this artificial lake on a golf course in Australia has been invaded by bull sharks, due to a flood that led the river, populated by alligators, to channel into the lake.
Golfers don’t seem to have complained much anymore and, considering the dangerous animals of Australia, they seem almost harmless.
Lake Hillier, the pink lake of Australia
This is one of the most famous lakes in the world and it has long been talked about because, apparently, it is impossible to understand why it is an intense pink color. This pearl is located on the Middle Island, the largest in the Australian archipelago named Recherche and made up of at least 100 islands, near Cape Arid.
It is a salt lake and the surrounding vegetation is mostly eucalyptus. Deserves surely a visit!