The Most Beautiful Beach in the World
Family vacations are the most important vacations that have to be perfect. Many families choose the beach as their preferred tourist destination. Because there are many exciting activities that you can do with your family on the beach. We have selected the following beaches not only because they are beautiful, but also have other special aspects.
1. Whitehaven, Whitsunday Island, Queensland
Part of the Whitsunday Islands National Park, this 7 km beach has been awarded the title of the Cleanest Seashore in Australia because of its very well-maintained condition. Among other things, tourists are prohibited from bringing dogs and smoking here. What makes the sand white and sparkling so that it gives a clean impression is the content of 98 percent silica or a combination of minerals silicon and oxygen which does not absorb heat. Therefore, on a hot day, walking barefoot on the sand will always feel safe.
However, the rocks here do not contain silica, so it is predicted that the silica sand was brought to this shore by currents from elsewhere gradually over millions of years. The shores of Arlie, Shute Harbor and Hamilton Island are a great starting point for exploring Whitsunday Island and its 74 surrounding islands, with ferries, yachts and luxury yachts available for daily charter. It’s just that, tourists must arrive with a guide in order to be given permission to enter and can only be here for a few hours. North of Whithaven is Hill Inlet, where the sand appears to form a unique pattern due to the tidal currents. This natural panorama can be seen from a height at Tongue Point which can be accessed by walking through the thickets. In hot weather, if you want to swim in Whitehaven waterfront, watch out for jellyfish.
2. Balbulol, Raja Ampat
Balbulol offers a spectacular natural panorama in the form of a row of karst cliffs surrounding a pinnacle sticking out to the surface. When the sea water recedes, the pinnacle seems to float in the air, because the bottom has been eroded by water for millions of years, not just an optical illusion produced by crystal clear waters. Located in the lagoon, this site which is famous in the Misool area for snorkeling, the water bottom is evenly covered with healthy coral reefs and is inhabited by various types of fish. Therefore, for snorkeling here, you must be careful. Due to the shallow waters, when plunging into the water it is not recommended to jump from the boat and when swimming with frog legs, so as not to use full force when paddling. Avoid visiting Misool in July to early September, when the winds are blowing, but plan to visit at the best time, namely October to April.
3. Shell Beach, Shark Bay, Western Australia
When viewed from a distance, this seashore looks the same as the usual seaside, clean white sand, calm waves, and clear water. But when you get closer, you can see that what’s messy here are not grains of sand, but scattered shells of the Fragum erugatum species. Created as a result of natural processes over thousands of years, these clams were then overpopulated due to their high salt content and lack of resistance from predators. These shells could not survive when there was a change in the shape of the land and sea level, so the shells piled up along the edge of the seashore. Shell Beach is located 45 km to the southeast of Denham and is located in the Shark Bay area which is a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site. The length of the beach, which reaches 60 km, is covered with coral shells, even up to a depth of 10 m. Even though it is a popular holiday destination every summer, tourists are not advised to swim here because there are no beach guards and it is forbidden to take shells off the beach. Because the shell fragments of these shells can injure the feet, it is advised to wear footwear when walking here.
4. Padar, Komodo Islands
Padar which is located between Rinca and Komodo is the most photogenic island in this area. Its shape is elongated with its highest point at the north end, from this peak a unique island shape appears like a crocodile’s back flanked by a white sandy lagoon. It takes close trekking 30 minutes to the top of the hill with not very strenuous terrain. Early morning before 10:00 is the best time for trekking here. After trekking, the small, quiet beach (if there are no other tourist boats), will provide a private swimming pool to wash away the sweat. A few meters from the edge of the sea lies beautiful coral which can be enjoyed by snorkeling. Although not as many as Komodo and Rinca, Padar is still inhabited by dragons, so stay alert when trekking or snorkeling here.
5. Mawun, Lombok
Located in a bay in the south of Lombok, Mawun’s seashore is in the shape of a horseshoe and surrounded by hills which change in appearance with time, green in the rainy season and brown in the dry season. But at any time, as long as the sun is shining and the sky is clear, Mawun Beach is still enchanting. In addition to playing on powder-fine sand, this beach also provides a natural swimming pool for swimming without fear of being swept away by the waves because the water is calm with almost no waves, not just shallow under the sand, so your feet can be free from coral strokes. Even though it is flanked by 2 seashores, namely Kuta Lombok Beach and Selong Belanak Beach, Mawun Beach tends to be quieter, while the facilities here are quite complete, namely chaise lounges with umbrellas, changing rooms, to fresh drink and light food vendors. Usually tourists arrive in the morning for sunbathing while reading novels and occasionally taking pictures, then leaving this place when the sun is already big overhead.
6. Glass Beach, California, United States
In 1906, along the Fort Bragg waterfront was the site of a garbage dump, which was so extensive it was nicknamed The Dumps. Residents here used to throw various kinds of garbage, household waste, and even junk cars here, until in 1967, the local government decided to close this area and promoted various cleaning programs so that the seaside conditions could be as before. After the seashore is clean, what remains are the fine shards of mirror bottles caused by abrasion, which from afar appear to glisten in various colors. Tourists occasionally hold competitions to look for patterned pebbles, which after finding them must be thrown back to the shore, although there are also those who secretly take them to be brought back, so that their numbers continue to decrease from year to year. The waterfront, which is now better known as Glass Beach, is also part of the protected MacKerricher State Park.
7. Playa del Amor, Mexico
Located in the Islas Marietas National Park area, Marieta Islands, because it is hidden at the bottom of a coral cave and cannot be seen from the outside, Playa del Amor is also called the Hidden Seashore. During World War I, the uninhabited Marieta Islands were the target of a Mexican missile detonation test and the hole over Playa del Amor was said to have been formed by one of those test missile explosions. Only in 1960, Jacques Cousteau, an oceanographer from France, led a campaign to protect the Marieta Islands, so that later
the islands were inaugurated as a national park in 2005. From the outside, Playa del Amor is accessible only through a cave opening at low tide. Tourists also have to dive a little to get through the gap. This hidden beach is more like a natural swimming pool which has few waves with crystal clear water and white sandy beach. To protect sustainability, tourists are limited to only 116 people per day and they are also only allowed to spend time here for 30 minutes, so tour operators also package expeditions to Playa del Amor with other activities near this area, such as snorkeling or diving in Islas Marietas National Park, which is a trajectory for humpback whales, dolphins, manta rays and turtles, so it was inaugurated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.
8. Byron Bay, Australia
A former whaling area, now Byron Bay is even one of the best destinations in Australia for viewing humpback whales and schools of dolphins from May to October. The challenging waves also attract surfers to conquer them. The main seashore has easy access to the Tassie II ammunition shipwreck which sits at a depth of 3 to 9 m which can be enjoyed by snorkeling and scuba diving. Another site to enjoy scuba diving is at Julian Rocks which is often passed by groups of turtles, besides having at least 500 species of fish. If you want to find beaches that have few tourists, visit Wategos and Tallows Waterfront which can be accessed from Cape Byron Lighthouse by walking or riding a rented bicycle.
9. Pasih Uug, Nusa Penida Bali
The topography of Nusa Penida will make anyone feel that they have seen the most beautiful seaside in the world. Surrounded by savanna with a herd of cows grazing, Pasih Uug is a rock that has been eroded by sea water so that at the same time, it forms a hole in the middle and acts as a natural breakwater. Because of its shape, this beach is nicknamed Broken Beach. Tourists are prohibited from swimming near this cliff because the currents are known to be strong and can pull anyone into the open sea, in addition there are no guards watching. But of course, the ban is occasionally violated by tourists who are happy to defy death. This place that offers extraordinary picture objects is also located not far from Manta Point, one of the popular dive sites in Nusa Penida. Not infrequently, in this plankton-rich water you can see manta rays swimming on the surface.
10. Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles
This beach is located on La Digue which is the third largest island of 115 islands scattered in the Seychelles. The beach twists to form a crescent moon with white sand and a scattering of large granite stones, which suddenly emphasizes the beaches in Belitung. The difference is that the seaside in La Digue is uninhabited, so it is cleaner and quieter, because Seychelles is not yet a mass tourist destination. Because of its beauty, Anse Source d’Argent has earned the title as the most photogenic beach in the world and several Hollywood films have also used this beach as a photo shooting location, one of which is the film Cast Away (2000) starring Tom Hanks. The waters in the Seychelles are very clear and visibility in the water reaches up to 30 m, making it perfect for snorkeling every April to May and October to November. From the shoreline of Anse Source d’Argent, there is a snorkelling zone, which, although it is only one meter deep, under the sand is occupied by small moray eels, pipefish, batfish, apart from turtles, you can often see them here.