10 beaches you must see at least once in your life
Ecology of Life. There are some coasts on our amazing planet that stand out from the standard. To visit such unusual beaches.
No one needs to explain what a beach is. It is a lot of sand and even more water, where people sunbathe and swim. However, there are on our amazing planet coasts that are very much out of that standard. To visit such unusual beaches is the dream of every traveler.
Honopu Beach – Kauai, Hawaii
This beach is one of the most secluded and pristine beaches on earth. That’s because it is absolutely impossible to get to it by land and it takes quite a long time to reach it by boat. The beach is divided into two parts by a natural rock arch, the height of which is 27 meters.
Anse Sours d’Argent Beach – La Digue, Seychelles
In the ranking of the most picturesque beaches, this one deservedly takes one of the first places. It has the softest snow-white sand, colorful boulders, green palm trees and a sea so blue that it looks like you’re looking at a photoshopped photo. Add to this the complete absence of waves, always warm water, excellent climate, and you know that it’s just a branch of heaven on earth.
The Way of the Giants – Ireland
“Many thousands of years ago, when dragons flew in the sky and giants lived on earth…” – These are the words that spring to mind the first time you visit the northeast coast of Ireland. This natural wonder is about 40,000 interconnected basalt columns, which were formed by complex geological processes caused by a volcanic eruption. The rugged nature adds a grim energy to this majestic site.
Benagil Cea Cave Beach – Algarve, Portugal
The Algarve is one of the most beautiful parts of Europe. The beaches of this region stretch for 200 kilometers and abound in steep cliffs, small bays and caves. One of these caves contains inside a chic beach, which can only be accessed from the sea. Tanning here is unlikely to work, but this discomfort is more than offset by the wonderful views.
Star Beach (Hoshizuna-no-hama) – Iriomote, Japan
Visitors to this beach don’t really look at the surrounding scenery, but instead focus on studying the sand under their feet. It is because of this beach is called the beach of stars. The fact that each grain of sand is an intricate and unique geometric shape. Many really look like miniature stars. In fact, they are the remains of the skeletons of foraminifers, microscopic marine organisms that have been washed ashore over the years.
Cathedral Beach – Ribadeo, Spain
Cathedrals Beach is one of the most amazing natural attractions in Spain. It gets its name because of the stunning rock formations that include a whole bunch of grottos, caves and cliffs that resemble the outlines of Catholic cathedrals. Some of these remarkable sites are only accessible for a short time at low tide, so tourists should not hesitate to explore them.
Whitehaven Beach – Holy Trinity Island, Australia
This beach is world-famous for its snow-white sand and its name. Whitehaven stretches for six kilometers and boasts crystal clear waters and unspoiled nature. This is possible because Whitehaven is part of a national park and is protected by the state. But this fact has a downside – there are absolutely no hotels and tourist infrastructure, and visitors are brought here only for one day from the neighboring island.
Reynisfjara Beach – Vik, Iceland
The black beach of Reynisfjara is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. But this beauty has a somewhat special, one might say, “gothic” flavor. Imagine a completely black sand, majestic basalt columns, cliffs, gusty wind, waves and cold spray. Yes, it’s the exact opposite of popular tropical beaches, but so many find its charm.
Hidden Beach – Marieta Island, Mexico
This beach is unparalleled in the world. It is located right inside the rocks of one of the islands of the Marieta Archipelago and resembles a large natural pool. To reach this paradise, visitors have to swim through a short tunnel that turns into a breathtaking beach. The island itself is declared a national park to protect its unique nature from destruction. But tourists can snorkel and kayak here.
Bioluminescent Beach – Vaadhu, Maldives
The tropical beach at Vaadhoo in the Maldives is gorgeous in the sunlight, like any beach in these parts. But at night its waters turn into an arena for a real light show that you will definitely never forget. Waves glowing blue like they reflect the stars in the sky above the Maldives, blurring the boundary between the depths of the ocean and the abyss of space. This happens thanks to special single-celled microorganisms and lasts from July to February.published by econet.ru
10 beaches worth seeing at least once
Pink and black sand, the beach inside the cliff – amazing landscapes are created by both nature and man. If you have already seen a lot and are waiting for a vivid and memorable experience from your trip to the sea, study this list.
Maya Bay, Phi Phi Le Island, Thailand
The island of Phi Phi Le became very popular in the early 2000s after the filming of the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tilda Swinton. The beach in the bay is surrounded by high cliffs, so the water here is calm and clear. Because of the large flow of tourists can not get privacy, but if you stay overnight on the island, you can catch the quiet hours – at sunrise or sunset, when the sun’s rays beautifully break through the cracks in the rocks. It’s only recently been possible to enjoy the scenery here from November through April; the rest of the time, the area is closed to give nature a rest.
Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas
Harbor Island’s beach is called pink because of the color of the single-celled organisms and coral particles that live there. They get washed ashore in the surf and mingle with the sand, giving it that peculiar color. Rest on this beach is very comfortable: a coral reef protects the island from the strong waves, and the water is so clear that even without a mask, objects can be clearly seen at a distance of six meters. Abundant vegetation protects against the heat, so even at the peak of the sun you can stay by the water, hiding in the shade of palm trees.
Honokalani Beach, Hawaii Islands
The sand on the island of Maui is colored black because of the volcano, which occupies more than half of the entire land area. The dark beach looks very unusual and contrasts vividly with the turquoise color of the ocean and the lush green of the rainforest. Swimming here is quite dangerous because of the strong waves. But the island is nice to walk around, because much of the territory – a national park. Tourists can walk through bamboo thickets, admire cascading waterfalls and climb to the top of the volcano Haleakala to see one of the largest craters in the world: its depth – 790 m, diameter – 3.2 km.
Love Beach, Mexico
Isolated from the coastline, the beach on one of the Marietas Islands got its name because of its unusual location inside a rock. This natural pool was formed in the early twentieth century, when the Mexican government began dropping bombs on uninhabited islands as part of military tests. Visiting the beach must be planned in advance: only six people can stay here at a time. Access to this place opens at low tide, when you can reach the place through a narrow tunnel in a kayak. The stone walls protect the beach from the wind, so the water is always clear, clean, and warm.
Whitehaven Beach, Australia
The sand on this beach on one of the Whitsunday Islands is made up of silica, so from a distance it looks like the coast is strewn with salt or snow. It’s very comfortable to walk barefoot on this sand, as the silica doesn’t become warm even in the hottest temperatures. The preservation of nature and ecology of the place is a national priority of the country, so there are no hotels on the island, and tourists are brought here only on excursions. Staying overnight on Whitsunday is still possible if you bring a tent – the local authorities do not prohibit tourists a day’s rest.
Navaio Bay, Zakynthos island, Greece
The name of this place means “shipwreck” in Greek. In the 80’s a ship sank in the bay, which was illegally transporting cigarettes to Italy. Smugglers sunk it to escape prosecution, and the wreckage of the ship washed ashore during a storm. To get to the beach is possible only by sea transport: both sides of the water is surrounded by limestone cliffs. But the island itself is very easy to get to – Zakynthos has an international airport.
Pig Beach, Bahamas
One of the uninhabited islands of the Atlantic Ocean attracts tourists not only with exotic scenery and clear water, but also with dozens of pigs that live here. It is not known exactly how they came to this place, but there are two common theories explaining the phenomenon. According to one, the sailors who wanted to eat the animals accidentally left them on the island, according to the other, the pigs survived the shipwreck and managed to swim to land. They are very friendly and like to swim alongside tourists who constantly feed them.
Turtle Island, Fiji
The film “Blue Lagoon” brought widespread popularity to the island, which showed the beauty of the local nature in all its abundance. Since 1970 the island has been owned by businessman Richard Evanson who planted mango trees and banana palms. In addition to a large number of turtles on the island live iguanas and rare species of tropical butterflies. Many tourists come here especially to see dugongs, aquatic mammals that can’t be seen anywhere else.
Bolder’s Beach, South Africa
Another place for exotic animal lovers is a beach 45 minutes from Cape Town. It is inhabited by thousands of spectacled penguins that live in large colonies in Africa and never leave these places. You can freely observe and take pictures of the fascinating birds, but it is forbidden to approach and touch them. And the birds themselves can strongly bite uninvited guests, but you can swim with penguins on the neighboring beach Foxy Beach.
Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, CA.
It’s hard to believe that this beach, strewn with glass pebbles, was once a dump. In the early twentieth century, household waste, electronics, and automobiles were dumped here. But in 1967 the local authorities decided to clear the area of garbage to make way for the water. The work lasted for years and was held in several stages, until the beach had nothing left except glass, which the water grinded to a rounded shape. Now the coast is dotted with colored transparent pebbles and looks unusual.