18 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard of Before

18 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard of Before

Are you one of those you think that beaches are nonchalant tourist destinations with nothing unique to offer? Well, you aren’t entirely correct. While many beaches may seem over crowded and boring, the unusual beaches featured here surely wouldn’t disappoint you. Beaches in several colors- these offbeat seaside destinations are the best destinations you will ever find.

Green Sand Beach

18 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard of Before

Where is it: Papakolea Beach/ Mahana Beach, South Point, Ka’u, Hawaii

What’s special: This beach is a brilliant green in color owing to the mineral olivine coming from the nearby cinder cone. It’s one of the four beaches in the world with green sand, others being Talofofo Beach in Guam, Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island (Galapagos Islands) and Hornindalsvatnet in Norway.

Tunnel Beach

18 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard of Before

Where is it: Dunedin, New Zealand

What’s special: Trek through a private island and pass a long creepy tunnel to get to this beach. It’s worth the effort as on the other side are beautiful rock arches, sandstone cliffs, caves and other amazing rock formations all against the giant Pacific Ocean.

Black Sand Beach

18 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard of Before

Where is it: Punalu’u Park, Hawaii

What’s special: Owing to the constant volcanic activity, we have the unforgettable sight of the Black Sand Beach. Coconut palms on the fringe couple with the Hawaiian Green Sea turtles basking on the beach, the scene is really breathtaking.

Bowling Ball Beach

18 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard of Before

Where is it: Schooner Gulch State Beach, Mendocino County, California, USA

What’s special: The shore of this beach in Schooner Gulch has large spherical rocks which look like oversized bowling balls. The boulders have been caused by millions of years of corrosion and concretion (a rare geological phenomenon also observed in Moeraki and Koutu Boulders in New Zealand and Cannonball River in North Dakota).

Whitehaven Beach

18 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard of Before

Where is it: Whitsunday Island, Australia

What’s special: Apart from being truly spectacular, the Whitehaven beach has also been awarded as the most eco-friendly beach in the world by CNN. Local sand on the beach is white in color due to large amounts of silica which prevent heat retention thereby enabling beach goers to walk easily in the sun.

Star Sand Beach

18 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard of Before

Where is it: Irimote Island, Japan

What’s special: Most of the visitors on this beach in Japan are seen curiously examining the star shaped particles on the beach. The star sand is actually exoskeletons of microscopic marine organisms (foraminiferans) which have been washes away by the ocean on the island’s shores.

Pink Sand Beach

18 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard of Before

Where is it: Harbor Island, Bahamas

What’s special: The powdery sand of Harbor Island have a pinkish glow owing to the eroded particles from the red corals across the eastern coast of Bahamas.

Bioluminescent Beach

18 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard of Before

Where is it: Maldives

What’s special: It’s like an ocean of stars. The glow on the beach is due to bioluminescent phytoplankton, which glows when agitated. Though they are found in many shores across the world, they are in abundance in Maldives.

Beach of the Cathedrals

18 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard of Before

Where is it: Playa de las Catedrales/ Praia de Augas Santas, Ribadeo, Spain

What’s special: This idyllic beach in Spain is surrounded by magnificent cathedral like geological formations and can only be accessed during low tide.

Hidden Beach

18 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard of Before

Where is it: Playa de Amor, Marieta Islands, Mexico

What’s special: This gorgeous beach was actually created in the early 1900s, when the Mexican government made a bombsite of the area, blasting a huge hole on the canopy of the cavern.

White Sand Beach

18 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard of Before

Where is it: Hyams Beach, New South Wales, Australia

What’s special: Hyams beach has the whitest sand in the world and holds a Guinness record for the same.

Purple Sand Beach

18 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard of Before

Where is it: Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California, USA

What’s special: The purple tint of the beach comes from its dominant mineral combined with manganese garnet deposits found in surrounding rocks. Another cute colored beach found in Big Sur, California.

Scala Dei Turchi

18 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard of Before

Where is it: Southern Sicily, Realmonte, Italy

What’s special: Years of wave action has formed a set of stairs of natural white rock at Scala dei Turchi.

Hot Water Beach

18 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard of Before

Where is it: East Coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

What’s special: The best part of this beach is that you can dig your own DIY spa on it. This geothermal beach has heated water spouting from two nearby underground springs and can get as hot as 64°C (147°F).

Maho Beach

18 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard of Before

Where is it: Maho Bay, St Maarten

What’s special: Being just adjacent to Princess Juliana International Airport, the vacationers on the beach can actually jump up and touch a flying airplane

Chandipur Beach

18 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard of Before

Where is it: Baleshwar District, Odisha, Eastern India

What’s special: In the morning the sea in Chandipur beach recedes up to 5 kilometers from the shore, giving visitors the chance to walk on the sea bed. However once the high tide kicks in, the sea rushes back in place. This strange phenomenon happens twice daily throughout the year!

Pig Beach

18 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard of Before

Where is it: Big Major City, Bahamas

What’s special: This island in Bahamas is populated by around 20 feral pigs who are often seen swimming in the clear waters around the island. They are surely bringing in curious travellers from across the world.

Glass Beach

18 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard of Before

Where is it: Hanapepe, Kauai, Hawaii

What’s special: While the regular rock on this beach is basalt, the Glass Beach is blanketed by glass, which were discarded by the residents. Over the years, the pounding waves have cleaned the beach, breaking every trash but glass and pottery, tumbling them into small, smooth colored pieces that cover the Glass Beach. Similar beaches can be found in Fort Bragg and Benicia, both in California.

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