Some of these have become key landmarks and important tourist attractions over the period of time. However, there are still many more incredible natural wonders around the world, which are yet to be explored and come into the public eye.
HolidayMe presents 10 such unknown natural wonders which have unique features and are set to become popular tourism destinations in the years to come…
Mendenhall Ice Caves, Alaska, US
Mendenhall Ice Caves of Alaska, USA provides a rare glimpse into the heart of a glacier as one can actually walk underneath them! The caves are made of crystalline ice and allows natural light to filter through its translucent surface, filling the numerous caves and caverns in spectacular blue lights. The 12-mile-long stretch of the ice caves and caverns are getting shorter due to the effects of global warming, so visit Mendenhall right now before it is resigned to the pages of history books.
Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines
Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Philippines are peculiar geological formations, hovering between the category of hills and mounds. The hills are grass covered mounds surrounded by a large forest. The hills tend to change their colour from green to darker shade of brown during the dry season, thus earning the name of Chocolate Hills. There are close to 1,776 such hills scattered in the 50 sq. km. area and some visitors have also fondly compared them with Hershey’s Kisses chocolates.
Helmcken Falls, British Columbia, Canada
We all know about the magnificent Niagara Falls, the impressive Victoria Falls and the grand Iguazu Falls; all because of the flashy promotional videos and marketing brochures. The Helmcken Falls located in British Columbia, Canada, is also a stunning waterfall with immense potential to be a tourist magnet. The 141-metre waterfall is located in a protected wildlife park and surrounded by pristine forests. Several campsites and cosy bed and breakfast options are available within the vicinity.
Tara Canyon, near Zabljak, Montenegro
Montenegro, one of the newest country on earth, is slowly emerging out of the shadows of Yugoslavian days and the civil strife of the Balkan Wars. The country has opened its cultural delights and natural wonders including the Europe’s deepest river canyon - Tara Canyon which is close to 1300 metre in depth. The sparkling blue Tara River runs along the 82km long canyon through Durmitor National Park and provides ample opportunity for white-water rafting adventure.
Benagil Beach Sea Cave, Portugal
Portugal’s famous Algarve region holds a unique natural wonder – Benagil Beach Sea Cave which is a natural sea front cave with its own secluded beach and stone arches. The cave is located close to a fishing village and visitors have to take a boat ride to actually admire the stunning natural wonder. Calm sea also allows the chance to swim or laze inside the sea caves which can only be accessed by boats.
Cano Cristales, Serrania de la Macarena, Colombia
Colombia’s Meta Department has the unique wonder of Cano Cristales and Serrania De La Macarena. At first look, one will see liquid rainbow flowing through the river in different shades for few weeks between September and November every year. The local plants lining the riverbed change their colours to bright red due to sunlight and creates a liquid rainbow effect after mixing with the colours of yellow and brown shades of sand and blue and green coloured waters, often creating a natural visual delight.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves, North Island, New Zealand
New Zealand is a country blessed with unbelievable scenic beauty and natural wonders; one of them is the unique Waitomo Glowworm Caves located in the North Island of the country. The spectacular caves of Waitomo at first glimpse resemble a kid’s bedroom with illuminated stickers. A closer inspection of the caves reveal amazing glow worms which creates the effect of star-filled indoor sky or a planetarium.
Jellyfish Lake, Palau, South Pacific
Generally Jelly fish species are mostly poisonous, rendering the water bodies unsuitable for swimming for humans. However, the Jellyfish Lake of Palau, South Pacific is unique as this lake contains the only two species of jellyfish which are harmless to humans. The lake is accessed after a 45-minute boat ride from Koror and the sight is amazing; millions of jellyfish drifting in the water looks like luminous lanterns, if your snorkelling amongst them.
Ik-Kil Cenote, Yucatan, Mexico
In Mayan language, the word 'Cenote' means "well" and is used to describe the naturally formed pits or sinkholes formed after the collapse of a cave. In the Yucatan region of Mexico, Ik-Kil Cenote is considered a sacred cave, located on the way to the ancient city of Chichen Itza. The sight is amazing, a beautiful turquoise pool, in the middle of a 26-metre high circular rock shaft, surrounded by vines dangling from the edge.
Saltstraumen, Nordland, Norway
Scenic beauty and stunning natural wonders are part of Norway’s amazing landscape. Saltstraumen is a unique natural wonder present near the town of Bodo. The strongest tidal current in the world gathers its strength and creates a frothing whirlpool and choppy waters. You can actually feel the power of dragging waters and heavy tidal undercurrent while riding in powerful RIB boats.