People crave vacations, and travelling is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. The world is so large and there are so many beautiful and unique things to see on the planet. If given the opportunity, you should travel to as many places as you can and experience as many cultures as possible because it allows you to understand not only the world, but also yourself in a way you never thought was imaginable.
Beach vacations are probably the most popular type of getaway. Whether you are young or old, single or married, beaches attract the masses. With so many beaches in the world there are infinite vacation options to pick from. When choosing a vacation destination, most people look up the sands in the area. Sometimes you discover the most terrifying things about certain beaches.
The following ten beaches are located in some of the most incredible places on the planet but for a variety of reasons, danger surrounds them. As amazing as travelling is, you must always be aware of your surroundings, you must always do your research and you should never get cocky because you never know what situations or locations can draw you into a deadly situation. The next ten beaches will either intrigue you or terrify you. For all those thrill seekers out there, remember to be careful and don’t think you are bigger than the sea, because you are definitely not.
10. Black Sand Beach Kilauea – Hawaii
Hawaii is an extremely popular travel destination; it is famous for its sunshine, hospitality and incredible beaches. However, Hawaii has a lot of dangerous locations, and Black Sand Beach is one of them. Hawaii is home to numerous active volcanoes and Mount Kilauea is the most active of them all. The uniqueness this beach has to offer is undeniable and is a destination many travel to. The black sand is beautiful, however it is caused by volcanic ash, which is pretty terrifying. Although it is an incredible place to visit, there is still a chance of the volcano erupting, something to think about before planning a trip there.
9. Gansbaai – South Africa
Gansabaai is known as the Great White Shark capital of the world. Countless sharks are seen lurking around the coast. To many this may seem like a super scary place, but to some (the thrill seekers of the world) this is an incredible destination. Many treck to Gansbaai to go cage diving, giving them the opportunity to get up close and personal with these fascinating and terrifying creatures. This excursion must be done with a tour company because of the dangers that can occur. Gansbaai is not for everyone, but for those who are looking for an adventure, this is a great one.
8. Schitovaya Bukhta – Russia
Schitovaya Bukhta is a popular destination for surfers and is known as one of the best spots in the world to surf. Sadly, there are a lot of military facilities based at this location. Due to this, surfers must apply for a permit to be able to enjoy the waves. Another reason to not go to this beach is that it houses old nuclear submarines, which are said to leak radiation, which is clearly not healthy. The only people who I suggest taking the risk to go are those who truly love surfing. If you don’t, just don’t go.
7. Beaches of the Amazon – South America
The Amazon jungle is a dangerous place in general; it is untouched and filled with threatening and beautiful creatures. It is said that the river in the Amazon is filled with biodiversity, more so than any other river in the world. It is said to house 2,500 different kind of fish and some scientists even believe that there are more that have not yet been discovered. However, the downfall of having so much biodiversity is that dangerous creatures lurk everywhere, such as anacondas, piranhas and electric eels, just to name a few. Although it may seem like a bad idea, many people explore the Amazon jungle, describing it as a scary ride you would do all over again!
6. Playa Zipolite – Mexico
Mexico is home to some pretty incredible beaches including Cancun Beach, which is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. However, Mexico also houses Playa Zipolite which apparently means “beach of the dead”, one of the most dangerous beaches on the planet. Playa Zipolite is a perfect example of how looks can be deceiving. From the shore, it looks like a stunning body of water, but the waves are so big and powerful it results in extremely dangerous undercurrents. There was so many deaths at this beach that a special team of lifeguards have been trained and stationed there to protect swimmers. Thankfully the fatality rate has gone down since then.
5. Fraser Island – Australia
Fraser Island is beyond beautiful; its long white beaches and freshwater lakes are enough to make anyone want to travel there. Rainforests surround the sand and can be seen along the banks of the crystal clear creeks. Fraser Island seems like a little slice of paradise, however it is forbidden for people to go there. The reason why is simply terrifying; Fraser Island’s waters are home to extremely dangerous sharks and jelly fish. If that doesn’t sound bad enough, the beach has crocodiles and some of the world’s deadliest spiders. As beautiful as it looks, there is nothing in this world that can get me to spend an afternoon on Fraser Island.
4. Volusia County – Florida
Florida is known as the sunshine state. There is so much to do in Florida including partying in Miami and going to Disney in Orlando, making it an extremely popular travel destination for both old and young. However, in 2013 it made headlines for having the highest amount of shark attacks that year. Although Florida is beautiful, the beaches are infested with sharks, especially in Volusia County. There have been more sightings of sharks on the coast than in all of South Africa, which is known for their sharks. Although the majority of shark attacks are not fatal, it still is enough to instill fear in beach goers.
3. Chowpatty Beach – India
India is known for its culture, food and beauty. Chowpatty Beach, located in Mumbai is India’s most famous beach. It is also one of the most polluted beaches on the planet. The sand is full of scrap and debris and the water is filled with disposal and waste from the city. Once a year, countless residents of Mumbai gather at this Beach to celebrate Ganesha Chaturthi, a Hindu festival. As part of this tradition, it is customary to wash themselves in the sea. However, the water is so polluted and disgusting, many people catch illnesses, especially children and the elderly.
2. Bikini Atoll – US Marshall Islands
Bikini Atoll has an abundance of marine life and is said to be a great place to dive due to the beauty that lies within these waters. Bikini Atoll is extremely beautiful and unfortunately extremely dangerous. With a lot of marine life comes a lot of sharks, and these waters are infested with them, although that is not where the danger lies. Between 1946 and 1958 this area was a testing ground for nuclear weapons. Although the government has declared the location as safe, there is still a risk, and let’s be real, some risks aren’t worth taking.
1. North Sentinel Island – Andaman Islands
The natives of North Sentinel Island are known to be less than friendly when it comes to outsiders. There have been numerous incidents, like when India attempted to make contact by plane and the natives shot flaming arrows at it, forcing them to flee. Another example of extreme hostility from natives was when a boat came onto the island; the two passengers were killed almost instantly. This Island is dangerous due to the natives and nothing else. This is one of those places that will probably take years to accept an outsider entering. Perhaps it won’t ever happen…who knows!