The mention of the word ‘beach’ would ring in the images of the great time you had lazing around, sunbathing, sipping a drink or two or even frolicking in the water on your last vacation. But, how do these beaches form and what sets them apart? Formed by the result of the wave action (wherein, the water currents move the sand or other loose sediments, too technical!), the colour of sand on these beaches generally range from white to pale cream or caramel to golden, generally. But at some places around the world, sands are multi-coloured and can be of any colour of the rainbow or even more dramatic in appearance!
We have curated a list of the top 10 unusual beaches (sand colours!) around the world and we recommend you check these out when you are on these shores, next!
Where: Marieta Islands, Mexico What makes it an unusual beach?Proof that something spectacular and beautiful can originate from even the most devastating situations! The ‘hidden beach’ or ‘beach love’ (Playa del Amor) was created by the explosion of a bomb that landed accidentally here during military practices of the WWI. One-of-its-kind natural wonder, this beach is only accessible when the tide is low. Crystal-clear turquoise waters in a cavernous shell peacefully straddle against the white shores, creating a unique fusion which remains hidden from the eyes.
Pink Sand Beach
Where: Komodo island, Indonesia What makes it an unusual beach?When you think of Indonesia, the first thing comes to your mind is the secluded resorts on white sandy beaches, coconut trees and below it sunbeds to laze on. The tranquil pink sand beach of Komodo Island is pigmented by washed-up coral fragments, which are dashed and ground to tiny pieces by the surf.
Green Sand Beach
Where: Papakōlea Beach, Hawaii What makes it an unusual beach?
The Papakolea Beach, situated close to the southernmost point on the Island of Hawaii, is a unique beach with green sands, one of the only four such around the world. The green sand of the coast gets its black-greenish shading from green glassy crystals (olivine gem) in the cinder cone that imparts the colour to the sand. The mystery of this Green Sand Beach is the unique blend of 49,000 years of old cinder cone with its olivine rich-magma spring of gushing lava.
Shell BeachWhere: Shark Bay, Australia
What makes it an unusual beach?
What can be more astounding than a Shell Beach? People generally look out for white sandy beaches on their vacation, but what if you find the beach that looks white, but is actually made of shells. The water close to Shell Beach is extremely saline and hence, the cockle shellfish has been able to proliferate abundantly without their natural predators resulting into covering the shorelines with their shells.