Bodies of Water on the World Map

How many bodies of water can you name? Type in every body of water in the world. If correct, the marker of that body of water will disappear on the map. Click to Zoom


  • Largest and/or most historically significant Oceans, Seas, Bays, Gulfs, Straits, Channels, Passages, Canals, Lakes, etc.
  • No Rivers. (The river basin/gulf at the confluence of the Parana and Uruguay rivers is treated as a Gulf)

Color Coding:

  • Oceans, Seas, and Bays are Orange
  • Gulfs are Yellow
  • Lakes are Purple
  • Straits, Channels, Canals, Passages, and other similar bodies of water that connect 2 larger bodies of water are Blue
Quiz by hunchobingo
Last updated: February 9, 2024
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First submittedNovember 23, 2021
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Adriatic Sea
Aegean Sea
Alboran Sea
Amundsen Sea
Andaman Sea
Arabian Sea
Arafura Sea
Arctic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
Baffin Bay
Balearic (Iberian) Sea
Bali Sea
Baltic Sea
Banda Sea
Barents Sea
Bay of Bengal
Bay of Biscay
Bay of Fundy
Beaufort Sea
Bellingshausen Sea
Bering Sea
Bismarck Sea
Black Sea
Caribbean Sea
Caspian Sea
Celebes Sea
Chukchi Sea
Coastal Waters of SE Alaska & BC (Salish Sea)
Coral Sea
East China Sea
East Siberian Sea
Flores Sea
Great Australian Bight
Greenland Sea
Halmahera Sea
Hudson Bay
Indian Ocean
Inner Seas
Ionian Sea
Irish Sea
James Bay
Japan Sea
Java Sea
Kara Sea
Labrador Sea
Laccadive Sea
Laptev Sea
Ligurian Sea
Lincoln Sea
Mediterranean Sea
Molucca Sea
North Sea
Norwegian Sea
Pacific Ocean
Philippines Sea
Red Sea
Ross Sea
Savu Sea
Scotia Sea
Sea of Azov
Sea of Marmara
Sea of Okhotsk
Seram Sea
Seto (Inland) Sea
Solomon Sea
South China Sea
Southern Ocean
Sulu Sea
Tasman Sea
Timor Sea
Tyrrhennian Sea
Weddell Sea
White Sea
Yellow Sea
Gulf of Aden
Gulf of Alaska
Gulf of Aqaba
Gulf of Boni
Gulf of Bothnia
Gulf of California
Gulf of Carpentaria
Gulf of Finland
Gulf of Guinea
Gulf of Mexico
Gulf of Oman
Gulf of Riga
Gulf of St. Lawrence
Gulf of Suez
Gulf of Thailand
Gulf of Tomini
Gulf of Tonkin
Gulf of Venezuela
Persian Gulf (Gulf of Iran)
Rio de la Plata
Great Bear Lake
Great Slave Lake
Lake Athabasca
Lake Baikal
Lake Balkhash
Lake Erie
Lake Huron
Lake Ladoga
Lake Malawi
Lake Michigan
Lake Nicaragua
Lake Onega
Lake Ontario
Lake Superior
Lake Tanganyika
Lake Titicaca
Lake Victoria
Lake Vostok
Lake Winnipeg
Bab-el Mendeb Strait
Bass Strait
Bering Strait
Bristol Channel
Cook Strait
Davis Strait
Denmark Strait
Drake Passage
English Channel
Hudson Strait
Kerch Strait
Makassar Strait
Malacca Strait
Mozambique Channel
Northwestern Passages
Panama Canal
Strait of Gibraltar
Strait of Hormuz
Strait of Magellan
Strait of Messina
Strait of Singapore
Suez Canal
Taiwan Strait
Level 75
Nov 24, 2021
It should be Bosporus instead of Bosporous. And please accept Bosphorus as a type-in.
Level 45
Nov 24, 2021
Fix is pending. Thanks!
Level 76
Apr 21, 2022
Ahh I almost got the least-guessed answer but I spelled it "Bellingshausen"
Level 65
Dec 19, 2023
i spelt it beligshnausen
Level 68
Apr 26, 2022
Great quiz! Can you accept Beibu Gulf for the Gulf of Tonkin?
Level 45
May 8, 2022
Thanks! Allowed now!
Level 78
Apr 26, 2022
Excellent quiz! Please accept Antarctic Ocean for the Southern Ocean.
Level 66
Apr 26, 2022
Excellent Quiz! This is a really great map! I believe that what is marked as the Bay of Fundy more closely aligns with the Gulf of Maine.
Level 64
Apr 26, 2022
Agh! I typed Bab-al instead of Bab-el for that Yemeni strait!
Level 71
Apr 26, 2022
Is there a way this quiz could be changed so you can get points on it? Seems like it should be.
Level 90
Apr 29, 2022
There's a process to that, which I would have thought someone at your level would be aware of.

Using one of your nominations on it will help start the process. (Press the blue "Nominate" button near the top of the quiz.)

Don't hold your breath waiting for it to be featured though.

Level 60
May 3, 2023
Taking quizzes doesn't correlate with understanding the nomination system.
Level 78
Apr 26, 2022
Can you please accept Bellingshausen Sea for Bellinghausen, as that is its proper name
Level 78
Apr 26, 2022
and Sea of Hebrides should be accepted for Inner Seas
Level 78
Apr 26, 2022
(this is a really good quiz btw, just those two things)
Level 45
May 8, 2022
Level 90
Apr 26, 2022
Great quiz. I would be inclined to separate the answer grid into sections to correspond with the colour coding on the map.
Level 65
Aug 1, 2022
yes, please! then we could concentrate on all the straits, bays, oceans, canals, seas etc along the way as part of the teaching and learning process. It would not take long to create the answer sheet to go along with the categories of each. There could even be a second one below that fills them in by region as well.

Thank you amazing amount of work to create this!

Level 70
Apr 27, 2022
Very good quiz and clear rendering using arrows. I like it! Nominated ;)

What about using < a> tags for links in caveat? This would make them more compact.

Level 45
May 8, 2022
Great call! Updated!
Level 38
May 5, 2022
honestly. i got 5 lol i only tried it so i can learn them similarly to how i learned all the countries on the map
Level 94
Aug 1, 2022
I definitely like your quiz.

I support what other have said earlier: the difficulty balance is simply great. It's not the nitpicking granular selection other may have used but it's deep enough to let us learn something.

Also: the graphics are perfect. Crystal clear and not confusing.

Also, as a simple update, why don't you just differentiate the answers by type as you did on the map?

If possible I would rate this 6 stars. Definitely nominated!

Level 65
Aug 1, 2022
This major quiz should be worth 100 points.

Can you spit it into several quizzes with this being the mother of them all? for learning like by continents or just the seas and oceans then the straits, channels then the lakes then all the crazy uncategorized ones?

Still this quiz stays the same just there would be ways to learn segments along the way. Many of us use the smaller shorter quizzes to teach ourselves the information in smaller chunks and then master the whole puzzle. Thanks

Level 45
Mar 5, 2024
Level 25
Dec 2, 2022
Finally made it! After a dozen of tries, I got them all. I learned a lot in this quiz, thanks for creating it.
Level 68
Apr 28, 2023
Great quiz, one of my favourites. I learned a lot, and have now managed to get 100%! after finally getting that elusive Alboran Sea!
Level 60
May 3, 2023
I was hoping the orange arrow between Ellesmere and Greenland was Kennedy Channel until I notices the arrow is orange, not blue. Great quiz!
Level 71
Dec 17, 2023
A suggestion for the answers: create separate blocks for each type (Gulfs, Straits, Seas, Oceans etc.). Makes it easier to see.
Level 45
Mar 5, 2024
Level 88
Jan 16, 2024
Nominated, an excellent effort
Level 87
Apr 8, 2024
Excellent quiz, nominated! Really should be one of the top quizzes on the site. Hope it gets featured soon and get its rightful place.