Everyone looks forward to summer. The chance to bare all – soak in the sun and do nothing but relax all day. If you love this season and want to make a bucket list of beaches you would like to visit, this is your lucky day! It’s time to take out those bikinis – and honestly, you can just sit under your beach umbrella and read a book with the sun’s blessings around you, or bask in the glow of the warm sun as you work on your tan that will make all your colleagues at work green with envy. Yes, ladies and gentlemen – these are the best beaches in the world, according to many surveys and polls and heading to anyone of these pieces of paradise may just make your whole holiday a dream come true.
- Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
You may have heard of this beach. It has gained a lot of fame and this beach, part of the Ko Phi Phi archipelago in Krabi Province remains firmly on every tourist’s map when visiting Thailand. Thailand does have her own share of beautiful and breathtaking beaches – but this one is in a class of its own. This is probably why tourists flock to this beach and you’ll find it thronged with visitors from all over the globe, no matter which season you come. It is for this reason that resorts have blossomed and now there is a permanent town situated there.
It is a beach that links two islands on either side and those towering cliffs of rock and trees give the perfect picture image. You have to reach this destination by ferry, which is a 90 minute ride from Phuket, but it is worth it. The ride there itself treats the visitor to clear azure blue waters which are home to some of the world’s most spectacular spots of diving and snorkeling. If you want to miss the day trippers who will visit the beach between the hours of 11:00 – 15:00, try staying there overnight to get the true feel of the beach. Trust me, you won’t regret it. The white sun kissed sandy beaches are forever teased by lapping waves of clear blue waters that will make you wish you never had to leave.
- Anse Source D’Argent, Seychelles
This is reputed to be the most photographed beach in the world. That being said, there must be something that sets it apart to earn this honor. Located on the island of La Digue in Seychelles, it boasts of pristine sandy beaches which spread over an area of ten square kilometers. Imagine sand which is as soft and white as talcum powder, where you can sink your toes into as you stand on the shore, captivated by the clear blue waters that lap at your feet.
The great thing about this beach is that it is sheltered by the reef so the water there is pretty calm. This means it is extremely child friendly. You can clamber over the granite boulders that dot the beach or even go snorkeling to catch a glimpse of the magical world beneath the waves. Being a small island, it does not have an airport which means the only way to reach it is via ferry or a small boat ride. You can take a boat ride from Mahé, which is the main island and be dropped off at the jetty at La Passe. From there you can make your way to the beach via bike or even take an ox-cart! Talk about trying something out of the ordinary! There is a small fee for non residents, but it is so nominal that it doesn’t pinch the pocket. After all, when you’re in the world’s most photographed beach, it’s all worth it.
- Mudhdhoo Island, Maldives
The Maldives is known to offer spectacular underwater treasures in terms of brightly colored fish, stunning corals and marine wildlife that will swim near you in pristine clear waters. True, a visitor is spoilt for choice when they visit the Maldives and for sure, you will be beneath starry skies and unparalleled natural beauty no matter where you stay. However, if you want to see something truly out of this world, go for a stroll on the beach on Mudhdhoo Island. You will see the shore glimmering with blue fairy lights which seems like fireflies landed on the water to crest the wave hitting the shore. In reality, they are bioluminescent phytoplankton, although recent studies have stated that the glowing organisms could in fact be ostracod crustaceans. They will emit light for a second to up to a minute and this visual treat can be forever captured with your lens. If you want to experience something truly different, you can see the starry skies reflected in the sparkling points of lights dancing on the sea shore as the glowing organisms ride the water.
- Fraser Island, Queensland
Named after Eliza Fraser, a shipwrecked survivor who lived with the natives, gives a harrowing account of her survival. The shipwreck and the journey after claimed the lives of the rest of the shipwrecked crew, but they made their way to Fraser Island. The beautiful sandy beaches and the warm climate makes it an excellent choice for beach babes and dudes. It was also a logger’s dream destination and it was a primary location for loggers in the mid 1800s to the late 1900s. It is now a heritage listed island because it is also the largest sand island in the world. This means that there is no dearth of beaches for those who love to bask in the sun as they lie on nice sandy beaches. Get your beach umbrellas, bikinis, swimsuits and rubber duckys. This is one place you’d not want to leave.
- Navagio Beach or Shipwreck Beach, Greece
When you think of Greece, you imagine white washed walls on buildings scattered on hilltops, bright blue skies and great weather. What also lends to Greece’s internationally renowned beauty are its umpteen beaches that are found on its shores and on the many islands that dot the area around it. This is an exposed cove which is also known as ‘Smuggler’s Cove’ which sounds like it has a very romantic history to its story. There is a shipwreck there which lies buried in the white sandy beach. You need a boat to get there because it is not really accessible by land. However, there are many tours that are scheduled to visit the beach and thousands of tourists flock to the shipwreck shore yearly. Imagine yourself, surrounded by clear blue waters and a wide expanse of sea as far as the eye can see, white sands where you can lie down and get tanned. The contrast of blue and white is a soothing color combination that naturally calms the soul and gives peace of mind to any visitor. A paradise on Earth, it is a gem that remained undiscovered for a long time – but paradise is always found.
So, if you’re looking for a unique beach with a story to land up this year – you know where to go!