Wednesday, September 2, 2009

World’s Most Unusual Beaches

There are so many beautiful golden beaches to choose from, if you’re looking to shake-off the winter blues, and you want something special, you might want to try one of these 5 unusual sandy beaches:

Pfeiffer Beach

Hyams Beach, Australia

Pfeiffer Beach

One might think a beach with purple sand is quite a tourist attraction, especially since it’s located in the sunny state of California. But apart from the locals in Big Sur, not many people even know about the existence of Pfeiffer Beach.

The unusual purple sand of Pfeiffer Beach comes from manganese particles that wash down from the surrounding hillside into the ocean. It’s like a remote little secret paradise that’s very easy to miss if you don’t follow the “narrow road” signs, but once you get there you’ll be able to relax and soak up the sun undisturbed.


Hyams Beach

Located about 3 hours drive south of Sydney, Hyams Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Australia and, according to the Guinness Book of Records, the beach with the whitest sand on Earth.

Probably the only place in the world where you can spot kangaroos hopping through ivory sand in the morning, Hyams Beach also offers many fun activities like whale and dolphin watching, jet-skiing, diving and many more. Definitely worth checking out if you’re ever in New South Wales.

unalu Beach, Hawaii:

Punalu Beach

On the east end of The Big Island, Hawaii, lies one of the most unique beaches in the world, Punalu. This is one of only a handful of black sand beaches and it’s one of the most popular destinations in Hawaii. The black sand is actually what’s left of molten lava that poured into the ocean and cooled rapidly.

The locals are aware of the charm of Punalu Beach and urge tourists not to take any of their prized black sand with them, or touch the endangered turtles that bask there, since the bacteria on our hands could kill them.

Red Sand Beach, Maui:

red sand beach

Papakolea Beach, Hawaii:

Papakolea Beach

Another relatively unknown wonder of Hawaii, Papakolea, or simply Green Sand Beach is one of only two beaches with olive-green sand in the world. The unusual color of the sand comes from a semi-precious stone called olivine. The ocean has eroded the cinder cone that surrounds Papakolea Beach, extracting the olivine and giving the sand a green tint.

Just like most of the other beaches on our list, Green Sand Beach is secluded and very hard to get to. Tourists have to hike two miles from Ka Lae and climb down the steep cinder cone in order to step foot on the olivine sand, but it’s worth it. After all, it’s not every day you get the chance to walk on green sand.

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