Sun and sand are two things that most people can’t live without. Hence, beaches are packed all year round with tourists and locals enjoying the heat and the waves. Since the world is filled with many beautiful and amazing beaches, it can be quite hard to find out which ones are truly the best. But we’ve done the hard work for you: here is our list of the top 9 exotic beaches around the globe.
9. Morong Beach, Batanes, Philippines
Located at the northernmost province of the Philippines, Morong Beach has been overshadowed by the beaches of Palawan. It may be less popular but it boasts as much as its Palawan counterpart does. Morong Beach has the whitest and best sand among all the beaches in the province of Batanes. The blue waves on the one side are in contrast with the lush of greens on the other, making this place a perfect get away for relaxation and tranquility.
8. Royal Davui Island, Fiji
With the place speaking of luxury everywhere you go, Royal Davui Island is one of the best destinations for the rich and the elite. Those who want privacy and a less crowded vacation spot will surely enjoy this place, because the limited number of elegantly styled villas mean that only a few guests can be accommodated at one time. During your stay, you can expect excellent treatment from the Fijian people as well as exceptional hospitality and warmth. Every villa also has a private plunge pool if you just want to stay within the comfort of your own cottage.
7. Anse Lazio, Praslin, Seychelles
Among the beaches on the Indian Ocean, one of the longest stretches of fine white sand lines the coast of Anse Lazio, and it is a must see for all who love the beach. This is also one of the exceptional beaches where you can enjoy snorkelling and find sea turtles enjoying the calm waters. Adding to Anse Lazio’s unqieuness is the reddish boulders and the takamaka trees that surround the beach, shading the beach-goers from the sun and making the place look like a majestic paradise.
6. Coron, Palawan, Philippines
Coron is one of the municipalities of Palawan that boasts some of the most exotic beaches in the world. It is also the home of ‘sea cows’ – locally called dugong – which are now protected as an endangered species. For thrill-seekers and adventurous types, Coron also offers a wreck-diving destination where brave divers can explore the deep-sea wreckages of ships, submarines and gunboats from World War II. It’s not only history that Coron offers, but also the beauty of nature at its barest and most intimate form.
5. Bias Tugal (Tugel) Beach, Bali, Indonesia
What makes this beach exotic? Simply because it is a secret beach. The place is somewhat hidden away, and anyone who wishes to go and see the place needs to take a rather perilous 500-meter trek down a narrow, rocky path. The road to this beach may be hard, but the paradise that awaits you is worth the effort. Stretches of wide sand and coconut trees are in contrast with the blue sparkle of the sea, making the place a beautiful get-away.
This beach at Zakynthos is probably one of the most visited beaches in Greece. It is the home of the shipwreck “Panagiotis”, a smuggling ship that turned over on the beach in 1980, which gave the beach another name: the “smugglers cove”. This place is a good snorkeling site, with its cool, clear waters offering some breathtaking views, but many simply enjoy the beautiful surroundings from the beach itself.
3. Nassau, Bahamas
The Bahamas are well-known for being an absolute paradise of sea and sand, and its capital, Nassau, is no exception. It possess a long, impressive beach surrounded by coral reefs ideal for snorkeling. The waters around Nassau have also wowed us on the big screen, having been used for several modern blockbusters such as the Pirates of the Caribbean series or the James Bond movie, Casino Royale. Indeed, once you’ve enjoyed a day on the beach, you can head to the casino on Nassau Paradise Island and see if you can emulate 007.
2. Koh Lanta, Thailand
Koh Lanta is considered the most beautiful island of the Andaman Sea. Few tourists know about this place, as it is fully contained within the sea of Andaman, but it has a 27-kilometer coastline with superb white sand and the clear, cool waters are unmarred by mass tourism making it less polluted and more eco-friendly than other Thai beaches. The island also takes pride in its mountain range covered with rainforest, which is home to the indigenous settlers of the Sea Gypsy Village, whose life and culture remains intact after many years.
1. Pfeiffer Purple Sand Beach – California, USA
As with many of the beaches included on this list, Pfeiffer Purple Sand Beach is also a hidden get-away, and is probably the most exotic on our list. True to its name, the sand on this beach is purple, thanks to the deposits of manganese that erode from its surrounding cliffs. Pfeiffer Beach is a picture-perfect escape with its scenic views and amazing sunsets. Visitors can also catch glimpses of whales, seals, sea lions, and turtles during their visit. Indeed, this place is for everyone to enjoy, from surfers and sunbathers to photographers and nature-hikers. This is simply a one-of-a-kind beach, and deserves the highest place on our list.