Published on September 1, 2020

List of 21 Major Water Straits in The World


What is Strait

Strait is a narrow water channel between two landmasses and connects two large water bodies. The waterway of the strait can be both shallow and deep. Straits serves as exclusive economic zones for the large water bodies i.e. territorial seas.

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List of 21 Major Water Straits in The World

Name Joining Water Body Separating Landmass
Bering Strait Bering Sea & Chuksi Sea Alaska (North America) and Russia
Hudson Strait Atlantic Ocean and Labrador Sea Baffin Island (Canada) and Nunavik (Canada)
Davis Strait Baffin Bay & Atlantic Ocean Greenland and Nunavut, Baffin Island of Canada
Yucat√°n Channel Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico Mexico and Cuba
Florida Straits Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean Florida (U.S.) and Cuba
Strait of Magellan Pacific and South Atlantic Ocean South America mainland and archipelago Tierra del Fuego
Denmark Strait North Atlantic Ocean and Artic Ocean Greenland and Iceland
Dover Strait English Channel and North Sea Great Britain and continental Europe.
Strait of Gibraltar Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea Spain (Europe) and Morocco (Africa)
Bab-el-Mandeb Strait Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Yemen and Djibouti
Mozambique Channel Part of Indian Ocean Madagascar and Mozambique
Strait of Hormuz Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman The United Arab Emirates and Iran
Palk Strait Bay of Bengal and Palk Bay Tamil Nadu (India) and Jaffna (Sri Lanka)
Malacca Strait Andaman Sea and South China Sea Sumatra (Indonesia) and Malaysia
Sunda Strait Java Sea and Indian Ocean the island of Indonesia Java and Sumatra
Taiwan Strait South China Sea and North China Sea China and Taiwan
Korea Strait Japan Sea and East China Sea South Korea and Japan
Tsushima Strait Japan Sea and East China Sea Korea and Japan
Tsugaru Straits Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean Hokkaido and Aomori of Japan
Bass Strait Tasman Sea and South Sea Tasmania island and the Australian mainland
Cook Strait Tasman Sea and South Pacific Ocean North and South Islands of New Zealand


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Position of List of 21 Major Water Straits on Map


List of 21 Major Water Straits in The World
List of 21 Major Water Straits in The World


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