Wanderlust
16 Of The Most Unusual Beaches You’ll Ever Come Across
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Published: Jan 15, 2016

Do you know that there is white sand beach which looks like snow in summer? Or purple sand beach? Or glass beach? Nope? Then you should visit these unusual beaches once in a life time.

Here are 16 of the most unusual beaches you’ll ever come across.

1. Bioluminescent Beach, Maldives

The beautiful blue lights on the Maldives beach are caused by microscopic bioluminescent phytoplankton, which looks like a mesmerising star sky.

Photo: Will Ho
Photo: Will Ho

2. Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Hawaii

The black sand beach is one of nature’s rarest wonders. The black sand is made of basalt and created by lava flowing into the ocean which explodes as it reaches the ocean and cools.

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Source: deluxebattery.com

3. Glass Beach, California

The glass beach is created from years of dumping garbage by local residents into the area of coastline near the northern part of the town.

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Source: natemaas.com

4. Pink Sand Beach, Bahamas

Pink sand beach is considered among the best beaches in the islands of Bahamas. The pink colour of the sand comes from microscopic coral insects, known as Foraminifera.

Source: feel-planet.com
Source: feel-planet.com

5. The Moeraki Boulders (Dragon Eggs) Koekohe Beach, New Zealand

This beach has unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave-cut Otago coast of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden.

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Source:pinterest.com

6. White Sand Beach, Australia

This beach is simply stunning. It has white sand and crystal clear water, which looks like snow in summer.

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Source: lovethesepics.com

7. Papakolea Beach (Green Sand or Mahana Beach), Hawaii

The distinctive green colour is caused by the mineral olivine, which is formed by lava as it cools in the sea.

Source: geologyin.com
Source: geologyin.com

8. Jokulsarlon, Iceland

Jokulsarlon is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland. This beach looks beautiful with black volcanic sand with the white glassy chunks of ice on it.

Photo: Manisha Desai
Photo: Manisha Desai

9. Red Sand Beach, Rabida, Galapagos

The deep red colour of the sand comes from the high content of iron in the volcanic material found on the island.

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Source: lovelyananta.wordpress.com

10. Shell Beach, Australia

This beach is named ‘Shell Beach’ because of the great abundance of the shells of the cockle species Fragum erugatum.

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Source: dreamplango.com

11. Pfeiffer Purple Sand Beach, California

The purple colour of the sand is formed when manganese garnet deposits in the surrounding hills erode into the sea.

Photo: Tom Grubbe | dfmead
Photo: Tom Grubbe | dfmead

12. Round Pebble Beaches

These beaches are covered with smooth round pebbles instead of sand.

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Source: amusingplanet.com

13. The Beach of the Cathedrals, Spain

This beach is also known as ‘Beach of the Holy Waters’. It was formed when the Cantabrian Sea waves carved and carried away the softer parts of the rock.

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Source: dailymail.co.uk

14. Maho Beach, Saint Martin

Maho beach is famous for the Princess Juliana International Airport adjacent to the beach.

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Source: sintmaartenvacation.com

15. Scala Dei Turchi Beach, Italy

This beach is known as “Stair of the Turks”. It contains set of stairs formed out of natural white rock by years of wave action.

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Source: traveltipy.com

16. Giants Causeway Beach, Ireland

The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, which was formed 50-60 million years ago result of an ancient volcanic eruption.

Photo: Michael
Photo: Michael