The sandy beaches of gray, brown or even white shade is quite familiar to us. Even the rocky beaches with sharp cliffs that attract the most brave adventurers are quite common. But are on a blue ball are beaches that look quite “Alien.” These unique corners of the Earth – part of the amazing beauty that nature gives us.
1. Papakolea Green Beach, Hawaii
Papakolea sandy beach (also known as Green Sand Beach or Mahana) is located near South Point in Hawaii Kai on the island of the archipelago. It is one of two unique green beaches in the world (the other is in the Galapagos Islands). Papakolea got its distinctive coloration due to the mineral olivine, which are rich in the local breed. The beach is located in a bay surrounded by half Puyu Mahan (volcanic cone) and is associated with the south-western reef Mauna Loa. After the last eruption of the volcano cone partially collapsed by itself, and then was a substitution of the ocean.
The beach has two names, as it is sometimes called in honor of an extinct volcano, and sometimes in honor of the region called Papakolea. This region is located near the crater, home to many rare birds. The beach is surrounded by pastures, and you can only get here on foot or with a vehicle equipped with four-wheel drive. Vacationing here is not safe due to landslides, as a special warning label.
2. San Alfonso del Mar, Chile
This beach is located between the largest artificial pool and the largest ocean on the planet Earth. San Alfonso del Mar is an integral part of the luxury resort of the same name. The beach of San Alfonso on the one hand limited the Pacific Ocean, and on the other – a swimming pool.
It would seem – why build such a vast pool right on the ocean? But clean water is capacious basin, with a constant temperature at 26 ° C, can completely replace the ocean, where the water can be cooled up to 17 ° C. In addition, sea water with its dangerous waves and currents, marine predators and other surprises is clearly losing the pool.
The hotel complex on the central coast of Chile recalls Mayan city with stylized pyramid apartment buildings towering over the huge swimming pool with sea water. More than 1 km in length, the pool holds approximately 66 million gallons of water, and is more like a lake. The world’s largest swimming pool is surrounded by beaches of white sand, palm trees and docks for sailing boats that ply the perfectly clear water depth of 35 meters.
3. Maho Beach, Caribbean
Maho Beach is located on the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, the District of Zint Maarten. He is known for Princess Juliana International Airport, which is adjacent to the beach. Arriving aircraft must be reduced as close to the beginning of the runway whose length is only 2,180 meters. During the final approach airliner flying over the beach to the lowest position. Because of the unique proximity to low flying aircraft, location Maho Beach lovers enjoy airplanes. This is one of the few places in the world where the moving aircraft can be considered in detail.
Watching liners from the beach – a popular pastime because current schedule takeoffs and landings are published daily in most bars and restaurants on the beach. A Bar at the Sunset Bar and Grill has a speaker that transmits radio negotiations between the pilots and the control tower airport.
There is a danger to people standing on the beach that will take them into the water because of a jet stream from the aircraft. Local authorities have warned that the landing and takeoff of aircraft can “result in serious injury.” Recently, runway 10 put an extra fence to prevent people from holding on to the main fence surrounding the runway.
4. Ocean Dome in Japan
This is – an artificial beach, built at the resort Sigayya and located along the coastal highway, near the town Myazaki in Japan. Under the dome has its own internal climate that is artificially controlled during the year.
Ocean Dome, part of Sheraton Seagaia Resort, is 300 meters long and 100 meters wide, and includes an artificial flame spitting volcano, artificial sand, artificial palm tree and the world’s largest retractable roof, which provides a constant blue skies, even in the rainy days. The temperature here is always kept at around 30 ° C, and the water is heated to 28 ° C. The volcano is activated every 15 minutes and spewing “fire” every hour, with incredible waves covered the beach to the complete delight of surfers.
The beach can accommodate up to 10,000 visitors. Construction opened in 1993, and the number of visitors has reached the maximum to 1995 mu, reaching 1.25 million per year. The Ocean Dome was officially closed October 1, 2007, for the process of reconstruction and partial re-branding of the resort.
5. Salessiya Beach, Corsica
Just south of the town of Saint-Florent on the French island of Corsica, located Salessiya beach. The main feature of this fantastic, gradually passing into the sea beach – it’s his dazzling white sands, right out of which rise up to the sky pine.
Salessiya – one of the most beautiful beaches of Corsica. Like most of the other beaches in the Desert des Agriates, – this remote place. Long walk (12 km), you can enjoy the incredible beauty of the silver-white sand and clear water, surrounded by dunes. In addition, here you can reach by boat from the harbor of St. Florent. Another of the features of Salessii – it’s a cow, which often strive to lie down next to sunbathers. These horny local women have a habit of walking on the beach all year round, including during the summer season, when there is full of tourists.
6. Pink sand beaches of Bermuda
Bermuda beaches are famous for their unique pink sand, very rarely found in nature. It can be found on the island of Bermuda, the interval between the Gulf Coast, Warwick Long Bay and Horseshoe.
Unlike ordinary sand, the sand is non-volcanic origin – it was formed from the remains of shells and skeletons of invertebrates such as corals, clams, and so on. And such an unusual shade of sand attached to microscopic coral insects Foraminifera. They dump their pink shells in the water when they die, and the waves bring them to the shore, mixing with sand.
Bermuda – one of the areas in the northern hemisphere, where there are coral reefs. It can clearly be seen the contrast of pink sand, turquoise blue water between the shoreline, distant reefs and deep blue ocean in the distance. The sand is extremely fine in Bermuda. Local beaches are often used for wedding ceremonies. Most of them are located on the South Coast, but some are located in the north.
7. Playa de Galpiyuri, Spain
Playa de Galpiyuri (Playa de Gulpiyuri) – a unique beach without the sea. It is a picturesque oasis, a small body of water in the form of shells, located in the middle of a grassy meadow near Llanes, a small town in the northern part of the central coast of Spain.
Approximately 40 meters in length, the beach Galpiyuri located a hundred meters from the sea and is connected to it via a network of underground tunnels, washed with salt water. You will not see here along the banks of the billowing ocean waves, but instead a picturesque oasis surrounded by beautiful cliffs and lots of greenery. However, it is very common to see some decent waves not only in high winds, but when the water of the Bay of Biscay begins to flow through a network of underground caves.
Beach Galpiyuri entirely surrounded by cliffs and lots of bright greens, which, combined with a transparent blue-turquoise water makes this area is truly a paradise.
8. Hot beach in New Zealand
Hot beach is located on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand, about 12 kilometers south-east of the town of Whitianga, and 175 kilometers from Auckland. This is one of the most extraordinary beaches in the world.
It got its name from the underground hot springs that come through the sand at high tide. The rivers of hot water that flows beneath the beach, empty into the ocean and become visible only at low tide. It was at this time there is going to the highest number of researchers eager, eager to dip his hands in scalding water. However, it is possible to do without it. It should just dig a shallow hole on the beach and lower back legs or hands. Many bring with shovels and buckets, which can also be rented on the beach within walking distance from the store.
Hot Beach – a popular vacation spot for both locals and tourists visiting New Zealand. The number of visitors is around 700,000 per year, which makes the Hot Beach one of the most popular geothermal attractions in the region.
9. Playa del Amor – hidden beach Marieta Islands, Mexico
It’s been more than a thousand years since, when in the Bay of Banderas, due to volcanic activity, formed the island Las Marietas, which can rightly be called a paradise on earth. Cherished dream of every tourist visiting the island, is the Hidden Beach. For its implementation, they must overcome the short tunnel leading to this stunning beach.
Protected from the outside world, hidden beach Marieta Islands – a separate world. Water along hidden beach is crystal clear and clean. Among marine wildlife here you can watch humpback whales, sea turtles and dolphins – are just a few examples of the most important marine fauna inhabiting here. After zkologicheskoe variety of islands is amazing.
Playa del Amor is an incredibly beautiful place, that when the first photos appeared on the Internet, most people do not even believe that such a place exists in real life. A number of tour operators offer day trips to this ecological wonder. Travelers usually brought to these places on a motor boat, so they can freely nakupatsya and relax in this wonderful place.
10. Wild beach Loango, Gabon
This beach is located in the western Gabon, Loango National Park. The park stretches for kilometers of virgin coastline, where walking and swimming all kinds of animals, such as elephants, gorillas, pigs, buffalo and hippos. In addition, the local area is living large population of whales, killer whales and dolphins.
Wild wooded beach – one of the few places in the world where wild animals still have access to the sea, and one of the last places on earth where you can see hippos bathing in the sea. Buffalo and elephant herds graze in the fields of coastal and wander along the beach. Sometimes the trees growing on the coast you can see, even a family of gorillas. The expanses of beach provide the perfect habitat for migratory birds.
With the ban on hunting the animals in the park of Loango quickly got used to the presence of humans. Quiet guided walks provide visitors a unique opportunity to see the gorillas, chimpanzees, monkeys, duikers and hundreds of wild birds.
11. Beach-Airport Barra, Scotland
Barra Airport – probably the only airport in the world where planes land right on the beach. Runways of the airport are located directly on the Gulf of Traigh Mhòr. The shallow depth of the bay and allow sufficient length for take-off and landing of small planes.
The beach is divided into three runways on average 800 meters in length, marked with wooden pegs. At night flights are not made, since the airport is not designed for night flying. However, when you need to make an emergency landing or taking off, the way the plane is illuminated by car headlights, and laid out along a strip of reflective tape.
In addition, Barr, probably – it is the only airport where the flight schedule drawn up by the tides of time, because at high tide the runway is completely hidden under the waters of the North Sea.
Needless to say, if you want you can lie on the beach Airport. But there is a sign that warns: “Stay away from the beach when the planes to land and take off.”
12. Beach Chandipur, India
Have you ever seen the sea disappear right before your eyes? A unique phenomenon when the sea recedes by as much as 5 kilometers, you can watch every day on the beach Chandipur in the eastern India. This spectacle enthralls viewers who literally go overseas.
During low tide, twice a day, tourists can explore the seabed, full of shells and small red crabs. Low tide leaves behind seashells, crabs and other marine life, which is always interesting to consider. Beach sand dunes and surrounded by thickets of casuarinas. You can swim at high tide, it happens twice a day.
13. Scala dei Turchi, Italy
Snow-white rocky coast Scala dei Turchi (Scala dei Turchi), located in the south of Sicily, a unique variety of forms: three-dimensional projections resemble natural stairs, steps which lead to the coast. There are no strict lines and shapes, smooth shapes of rocks gently encircle the coast. Legend states that in ancient times the Turkish pirates moored their ships at the rocky coast of Sicily, and to escape the storm, took refuge in sheltered ledges.
Towering over the Mediterranean sea cliffs are composed of marl – clay-lime-white sedimentary rock. Wide stone ledges, sloping down to the coast, are the result of the impact of wind and rain, thousands of years have influenced rock.
14. Beach rolling stones, CA
On the California coast is a town called Mendocino. It is famous for its beaches rolling stones.
It seems that the data collected on the beach thousands of rounded stones gathered to challenge the water flows. The singularity of this landscape is that this army of small boulders is uniform in size and shape. They are placed here so evenly that it seems to put his hand to this man, though it is not so. Scientists explain this unusual phenomenon that thousands of years stones were under the constant influence of the waves of the Pacific Ocean, and that gave them a form of bowling balls.
And though this place boasts a large number of tourists, its uniqueness can not be questioned.
15. Glass Beach
Glass Beach is located in the National Park Makkerrikera near Fort Bragg, California. It is replete with glass polished by the ocean in the area of coastline near the northern part of the city. Collect pieces of glass in the park is prohibited. The glass is held here annually Festival. Thousands of tourists visit the beaches Glass Fort Bragg every day in the summer. Most still carries with him a little glass. Because of this, and also due to natural factors (wave action), the bright glass gradually disappears. At present, attempts are carried out to restore the Glass Beach, filling it with new glass.
16. Barking beach in Hawaii.
27-kilometer section of the national park in Hawaii – the beach “Barking Sands” has the unusual sound properties. It is known for its peculiar sound of quartz sand under my feet like the dog barking. According to scientists, the grains of sand are perforated with tiny echo chambers that and publish such an unusual noise.