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15 of the most exotic beaches in the world

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From hidden caves to colored sand, here are the magnificent pics of 15 of the best and most exotic beaches all around the world.

1 Honopu Beach-Kauai Hawaii

Jason Waltman

This is one of the most magnificent but hard to reach beaches in the world. You'd have to work hard to reach this beach. You can't drive, hike or boat- the only means of reaching it is to swim your way to the beach from an offshore boat. Yet still if you muster the courage to make it, it will surely be worth it.

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La Digue, Seychelles: From among all the 115 islands on the Seychelles beach, this is one of the most popular and exotic beaches. It is pretty much a secluded paradise- with magnificent towering granite boulders- which have become even more magnificent with being worn out over time.

3 Giants Causeway Beach – Ireland


Giant Causeway beach is surrounded by interlocking basalt columns that protrude out of the sea. This exotic beach was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1986, speaking volumes about its beauty.

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4 Benagil Sea Cave Beach


Algarve, Portugal: If you decide to tour around the south coast in Portugal situated Algarve region, you will come across a plethora of magical sea caves- among which the most iconic (picture below)- is located near the beach in the small town of Benagil. You can take a boat on rent and explore the isolated beaches and the caves of the region.

5 Rialto Beach – Washington, USA


This beach, off the coast of Washington, is one of the most spectacular yet accessible beaches in the world. It's also not very crowded. You can simply park your car next to it, and enjoy a long walk on the beach. It is surrounded by the Olympic national park.

6 Star Sand Beach (Hoshizuna-no-hama)


Iriomote Island, Japan: Only accessible by a boat, Iriomote island is a tiny island located in Okinawa. A peculiarity about this beach, however, is that you won't encounter many people swimming, but instead most would be examining carefully the sand. This is so as these beaches have 'hoshizuna’ or a peculiar variety of star shaped sand. If the local legend is to be believed, the sand was formed of the minute offspring skeletons of the north cross and sudden star, who were, right after being born, killed by a giant serpent in the ocean. Scientists though are of the opinion that these particles are actually the exoskeletons of millions of marine protozoans, or foraminifera., Believed to have been fossilized 500 million years ago. If you go on a quest to find these star shaped sand particles, the best time would be right after a typhoon- when these sand stars are washed up on the shore.

7 Pfeiffer Purple Sand Beach – California, USA

Tom Grubbe

Located in Big Sur, California, on the Pfeiffer beach, you'll find waves crushing on a pretty rugged coastline, and magnificent jagged Rock formations and rock arches everywhere you look. You'll after encounter beautiful patches of peculiar purple sand, which actuality are manganese particles being washed down from the hillside.

8 Playa de las Catedrales (Beach of the Cathedrals)

Ribadeo, Spain: This is named so as the natural rock formations found over here resemble the arches of cathedrals. During low tide, you can enjoy a good walk under these rocks. These arches, which are over 30 ft tall, make this one of the most magnificent and picturesque beaches in the world.

9 Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Island, Australia


This is one of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches of Australia. The beach, located of the Whitsunday island, is accessible only by a boat. The white sand of the beach is 90% silica, hence giving the beach a white colour. Oh and also, since the sand here doesn't retain heat, you don't need to carry flip flops- you can walk barefoot on the beach, even on a sunny day.

10 Papakolea Beach – Kaʻū, Hawaii


This beach is located 3 miles east of Hawaiian city of Ka Lae- surrounded entirely by pasturelands. It can be accessed only by undertaking a three hour hike. The beach is secluded and holds green sand. The sand owes its colour to a silicate mineral having magnesium and iron- Olivine, which is found commonly is Hawaii.

11 Reynisfjara Beach – Vik, Iceland

Reynisfjara beach, situated on the south coast of Iceland near the city of Vik, is enthralling- stunning basalt columns, bright white water, black pebbles and sand- all make this one of the most magnificent and exotic beaches in the whole world. If the legends are to be believed, the enormous sea stacks originated when a three masted ship was dragged by two trolls unsuccessfully to the land, and they became rocks on the break of daylight. Though you won't probably be able to swim here, this beach still is worth a visit.

12 Hidden Beach – Marieta Islands, Mexico


The hidden beach, located near Puerto Vallarta in the Marieta Islands, is a very unique natural wonder, actually hidden beneath a hole in the ground. It's inaccessibility add to the adventure quotient, as the only other way to get here other than from a helicopter is by scuba diving or swimming through an extremely small tunnel having 6 ft air space and 50 inch height on the tidal part of its very cavernous walls.

13 Bioluminescent Beach – Vaadhoo, Maldives


Though this beach is beautiful during the day too, but at night- the water sparkles as it turns to a very bright shade of blue, which occurs due to bioluminescent phytoplankton. This blue glow can be spotted from July to February, especially on a full moon night, since the sky’s darkness intensifies the light.

14 Bowling Ball Beach – California, USA

This beach, named after spherical sandstone concretions found here, is one of the most majestic and unique beaches in California. It is located in the Mendocino County. During low tides, huge rows of symmetrically rounded boulders are revealed- which had been eroded by the Pacific sea for over millions of years.

15 Kaihalulu Red Sand Beach – Hana, Hawaii

This is amongst the very few red sand beaches left in the world. The sand, rich in iron, is of a bright blue colour. The beach is isolated due to the short but, narrow, slippery and steep hike essential to reach it. This might be the reason why clothing is optional here.

Which among the following beaches is your favourite? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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