Since the beginning, humans have been lured by the vast blue seas that beckon one to set sail and explore. The seaside is a place where this gigantic expanse of water meets the land beneath our feet, demarcating the border between the known and the unknown. Not surprisingly, some of the most exquisite places in the world are seashores, coastlines and beaches. The coastline affects everything from the way we live, our food habits, our houses, our relationship with the sea. Urban coastlines like Mumbai and New York, with their skyscraping skylines are one thing, but it is an ultimate joy to explore pristine waters nestled among untouched beaches that allow the indigenous flora and fauna to really thrive. A swim on a beach like this rejuvenates you like nothing else will.
Every beach has its own character, which has developed over time immeasurable in human terms. The sand on the beach gets its color due to various geographical negotiations that take place over ages between the land and the sea. For example, black sand is a result of intense volcanic activity which causes the igneous rock to cool down and disintegrate into fine sand particles. Similarly, white sand is nothing but pulverized pieces of dead coral. Coral skeleton is white because it is made up of calcium carbonate, a mineral that is also found in limestone, chalk and human bones. These corals would have been alive and submerged under the sea millennia ago, but the passage of time leaves its mark on the landscape in the form of the white sand. In a sense, white sand is a marker of the history of life on earth. In this article, we will take a look at some of the best white sandy beaches all over the world.
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Officially the whitest beach in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Hyam’s Beach off Jervis Bay in New South Wales in Australia is a delight to the senses. The sand here is fine, soft and brilliantly white, kissed by a bright turquoise sea that is extremely conducive for activities like swimming, snorkelling, diving, jet skiing and camping . An added bonus is spotting the kangaroos frolicking in the Jervis Bay National Park that is just off the coast of Hyam’s Beach. The beach is located 180 km from Sydney, and is accessible by road.
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The French Polynesian island of Bora Bora in Tahiti is famous all over the world for its exotic beaches, luxury cruises and seaside ecosystem. Bora Bora offers many samples for the white beach enthusiast, but the one that takes the cake is the ever popular Matira Beach. Stretching for more than a mile, the Matira beach has clear white sand border by bright blue waters of the Pacific Ocean that is perfect for a swim, a snorkel or a deep sea dive. A must-see sight at Matira is the sunset that brings with it a play of unimaginable colors ranging from red, orange to purple, that reflect on the white sand and dance among the waves.
The Maldives Islands in the Indian Ocean are a sight to behold. Here you will find a plethora of white sandy beaches surrounded by the vast ocean waters. An added feature is the fact that the islands are a part of a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, which means that sustained efforts are being put in preserving and conserving the extremely diverse ecosystem in the area. As a result, you would be accompanied by some of the most endangered and exotic species of birds and sea creatures on your beach trip.
Also known as the shipwreck beach, keen readers will instantly recognize it as the otherworldly backdrop in many sequences of Pirates of the Caribbean II. The Navagio beach has exquisite white sand that is surrounded by a small cove known as the Smuggler’s Cove. Located on the coast of Zakynthos in the Ionian Islands in Greece, the Navagio Beach is replete with legends and myths of smugglers, pirates and explorers that add to the astounding backdrop that the sight itself provides.
Perhaps the only beach in the world where you can waddle with penguins, the Boulders Beach in South Africa is a once in a lifetime experience. It is so named because of it is made up of inlets between gigantic granite boulders that you can lose yourself in. A colony of African Penguins settled here in 1982 and made the shore its home. Today, Boulders Beach is a part of the Table Mountain National Park, and is easily accessible from the city of Cape Town.
White Beach is the largest and the most popular beach in Boracay and is regularly touted as one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines . As a result, apart from the fine white sand and azure sea, the White Beach also offers you hotels, resorts, restaurants, flea markets, nightlife and a host of other seaside activities. The beach itself is 2.5 miles long, with amazing options to stay so that you can experience the seaside right from your room. Boracay itself is a small island in Philippines located 315 km south of Manila , and is one of the top destinations in the world for tranquility and nightlife.
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