Sinnott Memorial Lookout, Crater Lake National Park

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Crater lakes are lakes that are formed in a caldera or more commonly know as volcanic craters. Yes, crater lakes. The thought of one just fills the air with serenity and priceless calamity. The rustling of the leaves of surrounding trees, the mellow breeze and the sound of the gentle tides. Sounds like the perfect escape from the reality of work and school. An unconventional holiday destination —these picturesque crater lake views are definitely to die for. Whether it’s a romantic holiday trip or just a chill getaway with your closest buds, crater lakes are definitely a great place to explore with some good company.

Get ready for a holiday that will set your Instagram notifications off the roof the moment you post a photo of these exquisite formations of mother nature. I assure you, this holiday won’t be like any other other, so what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get on for the experience of your lifetime! Get up to RM30 cash back when you book your holidays on through ShopBack!

1. Crater Lake, Mt. Mazama — Oregon, U.S.A

Crater Lake, Mt. Mazama — Oregon, USA

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Crater Lake, a world-famous crater lake that is named after its geological feature, is located in the caldera of Mt. Mazama. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States, featuring a depth of 594m (1949 ft). It is filled only by falling rain and snow, making it one of the clearest lakes in the world. This dazzling gem of nature is one that is sure to please your eyes.

Suggested accommodation:

Eagle Crater Lake Inn

108915 S Highway 97, Chemult, OR 97731, United States of America

Eagle Crater Lake Inn, Oregon, USA

Nightly Rates starting at MYR 330 per night.

2. Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake — Luzon, Philippines

Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake — Luzon, Philippines

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Lake Pinatubo is the summit crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo. It was formed after an eruption in 1991 and is located near the boundaries of Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales provinces in the Philippines. It is best known for its lush greenery and blue waters. Truly breathtaking.

Suggested accommodation:

Rama International Beach Resort

Km 189 National Road, Baranggay. Binoclutan, Botolan, Zambales, 2202 Purac, Philippines

Rama International Beach Resort, Purac, Philippines

Rama International Beach Resort, Purac, Philippines

Nightly rates starting from MYR 115 per night.

3. Crater Lakes in the Albertine Rift — Uganda, Africa

Queen Elizabeth National Park Crater Lakes in the Albertine Rift — Uganda, Africa

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Queen Elizabeth Park in Uganda is pocked with crater lakes formed by volcanic explosions. The Albertine Rift, also known as the Western Rift is edged by some of the highest mountains in Africa. It contains some of the deepest lakes in the world that are up to 1,470 metres deep at Lake Tanganyika. This particular crater lake is known for its yellow rim and its abyss-looking waters. An experience of African wildlife and nature you’ll be sure never to forget!

Suggested accommodation:

Springs International

Plot 1-5, Kilembe Road, Kasese, Uganda, Kasese, Uganda

Springs International, Uganda, Africa

Nightly rates starting from MYR 82.

4. Mt. Ruapehu Crater Lake — New Zealand

crater lake, mount ruapehu Tongariro World Heritage National Park

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Mt. Ruapehu is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and is New Zealand’s largest volcano. It is located within Tongariro National Park. It is the highest point in the North Island region where glaciers and ski fields are located. The crater lake is located between the three major peaks of Mt. Ruapehu. Sadly, such a birds-eye view of the lake is only achievable if you are in a helicopter. However, if heights are not your thing, then the regular view from standing is just as astounding, so don’t worry.

Suggested accommodation:

Chateau Tongariro Hotel

State Highway 48, 3951 Whakapapa Village, New Zealand

Chateau Tongariro Hotel, Whakapapa Village, New Zealand

Chateau Tongariro Hotel, Whakapapa Village, New Zealand

Nightly rates starting from MYR 453.

5. Kelimutu Crater Lake — Flores Island, Indonesia

Kelimutu Crater Lake — Flores Island, Indonesia

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The Kelimutu volcano contains three striking summit crater lakes of different colors. Tiwu Ata Mbupu (Lake of Old People) usually has blue waters whereas the other two lakes, Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai (Lake of Young Men and Maidens) is usually green and Tiwu Ata Polo (Bewitched or Enchanted Lake) is usually red. Till today, geologists find the colours of these lakes extremely intriguing and unusual as they are at the crest of the same volcano. Believe it or not but they are still trying to find an explanation for them. Definitely a phenomenon you should witness with your own eyes.

Suggested accommodation:

Antoneri Lodge

Jln.trans Ende-Maumere, Km 53, 86732 Kelimutu, Indonesia

antoneri lodge, kelimutu lodge

Nightly rates starting from MYR 61.

6. Lake Toba — North Sumatra, Indonesia

Lake Toba — North Sumatra, Indonesia

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Lake Toba in North Sumatra is the largest lake by both area and volume. It holds 240km³ of freshwater and is the largest lake in Southeast Asia. With its deepest point at 529m, Lake Toba is where many seek water supply for personal and commercial usage. The view is amazing. Take a cruise on the lake if you get the chance to.

Suggested accommodation:

Toba Village Inn

Tuktuk Siadong 1, 22395 Tuk Tuk, Indonesia

Toba Village Inn, Indonesia

toba village inn, indonesia

Nightly rates starting from MYR 153.

7. Lake Quilotoa — Ecuador

Lake Quilotoa — Ecuador

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Lake Quilotoa is a caldera filled with water. The 3 kilometre-wide caldera was formed about 800 years ago and has since formed a 250 m (820 ft) deep crater lake. As a result of the dissolved minerals in the water, it possesses a greenish colour, how Instagram-worthy!

Suggested accommodation:

Hostal PrincesaToa

Comunidad Quilotoa, 050405 Quilotoa, Ecuador

Hostal PrincesaToa, Quilotoa, Ecuador

Hotel PrincesaToa, Quilotoa, Ecuador

Nightly rates starting from MYR 412.

8. Heaven Lake (Tian chi) – North Korea/China border

Heaven Lake (Tian chi) - North Korea/China border

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Heaven Lake (천지 (Ch’ŏnji or Cheonji) in Korean; 天池 (Tiānchí) in Chinese; is a crater lake that lies between the border of China and North Korea. It lies within a caldera on top of the volcanic Baekdu Mountain. It is located partly in Ryanggang Province, North Korea, and partly in Jilin Province, northeastern China. A natural beauty. This place is always crowded with tourists, so make sure you pick a day to visit that will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the lake.

Suggested accommodation:

Sheraton Urumqi

669 North Youhao Road, 830000 Ürümqi, China

Sheraton Urumqi China

Nightly rates starting from MYR 381.

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Prices are accurate as of 12 February 2016.