- Moeraki Boulders Beach, Otago, South Island, New Zealand
The Moeraki Boulders Beach is an area comprising imposing large round boulders. It is located on the Otago coast in New Zealand. There is much debate about how the Moeraki boulders were formed. According to one legend, these were gourds from a canoe known as Araiteuru. This canoe was reportedly wrecked about a thousand years ago. The scientific explanation says that the boulders are septarian (concretions) formations and are about 65 million years old. The boulders didn’t always look like this. The whole process of them turning into boulders reportedly took 4 million years. Regardless of how they were formed, the Moeraki boulders are the biggest attractions at the beach. There are also dolphins making their way along the waves of Moeraki.
9. Punaluʻu, The Big Island, Hawaii
Punaluʻu is located between Naalehu, which is a small town, and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The area is mostly known for the jet black sand and for the green turtles. The beach is not ideal for swimming. However, it is quite popular as a picnic spot. The Big Island of Hawaii is often described as an ʻotherworldly’ place. Punaluʻu is no different in that regard. The black sandy beach is itself a surreal experience and therein is the beauty of the beach. Then there is Mount Kilauea and the stories surrounding it.
- Twelve Apostles, Victoria, Australia
The 12 Apostles are actually a group of limestone pillars. At some point in time they were connected to the cliffs on the mainland. Over the years, wind and sea waves carved them into caves and then arches. The process eventually finished with them turning into tall columns rising out of the sea. In spite of the name, there are only eight pillars and not twelve. The 12 Apostles can be easily reached through a popular scenic drive from the city of Melbourne. The whole area can be explored in a day’s time. Overnight accommodation is available in plenty.
7. Pag Island, Croatia
Pag Island is something which looks straight out of a 50’s black and white movie. It is naturally sepia colored and consists of largely empty landscapes. Surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, the island is at its best when a storm is brewing nearby. This is when it achieves a completely dramatic look. The island mostly comprises rock forms, small hamlets, villages and two mountain ridges. Pag Island is connected to the mainland through a bridge. In spite of this connection, the island has its own independent character. Local farmers are known for producing the popular intoxicating Pag wine. The island is also famous for Pag cheese and Pag lace.
6. Luskentyre, Isle of Harris, Scotland
Luskentyre is a spectacular beach located on the western side of South Harris Island. During high tide, a large portion of the beach goes underwater. The South Harris Island is located near the Taransay Island, which was covered in a BBC program. The island was also part of a show where people lived on it for one year as ‘castaways’. Population near Luskentyre is sparse. The area is home to beautiful birds like the Slavonian Grebe, the Velvet Scoter, the long tailed duck, the Eider duck and the red-breasted merganser. The name of the beach translates to ‘headland fort’. In spite of the name, no such fort is found anywhere near the beach.
5. Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada, USA
Lake Tahoe needs no introduction. It is a vast range of colors, ranging from cobalt to cerulean. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains even during summer months, the lake is a place of magnificent beauty. Lake Tahoe is America’s largest alpine (high altitude) lake. It is spread over an area of 72 square miles. It is also known for the various ski resorts which are located nearby. Lake Tahoe was the venue of the Winter Olympics in the year 1960.
4. Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Copacabana can be described as a very happening beach. The atmosphere on the beach is always colorful and vibrant. The local people are fun loving and cheerful, adding to the energy. The Sugar Loaf, which is a towering mountain, rises towards the left of the beach. There is also the Copacabana Fort, which was built in the year 1914. Another popular attraction in the area is the Fort Duque de Caxias, which was built in the 18th century. The beach is 4 kilometers long and is scattered with bars, hotels and restaurants. Stop by any of them for a glass of draft beer or some fried onions with meat.
- Cable Beach, Broome, Kimberley, Australia
Cable Beach is named after cables which were laid between Java and Broome in the year 1889. It is the only beach in Australia where you can see camels. The beach spans across a length of 22 kilometers and the water is a gorgeous turquoise in color. There are many resorts near the beach. Do not forget to take a camel ride while you are on the beach. You can also buy precious ‘south sea’ pearls from one of the many shops.
2. Lago del Predil, Italy
There is a very interesting legend behind the Lago del Predil or Lake Predil. It is said that the island in the middle of the lake was quite populated at one time. One night a woman came there asking for some shelter. She had a child with her. Nobody on the island welcomed them, except for one family. The next morning, all the families on the island were gone except for the one which had sheltered the woman. Located near the border of Slovenia and Italy, the lake is bordered by forests. It is known as a recreational getaway and is a popular swimming spot. As a tourist, you can hire a sailboat or a rowboat for navigating the lake.
- Lands’ End, Baja California Peninsula, Mexico
The Lands’ End is a rock formation marking the southernmost point of Baja California, hence the name. Known as ‘El Arco’, it is the gateway to the Cortez Sea. The formation is a result of massive erosion. The area is also referred to as the Friars by many people. Don’t forget to take your camera along. The arches over the sea provide some of the best photography opportunities. The best time to visit is during the afternoon or the evening. Boat rides are offered in boats with glass bottoms. You can see colorful tropical fish swimming as you look down below.
Originally posted 2017-05-03 06:30:54.