6 Most Bizarre Beaches on Our Planet
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon: Ice and Black Sand
Some beaches in Iceland are made of black sand due to the fact that the island was formed by lava from volcanoes. When it comes to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, one thing that sets it apart from other beaches with black sand are the pieces of glacial ice that can be found all over the beach. The ice came from a glacier that started breaking down in 1930 and the beach is still expanding. The black sand together with the crystal-like pieces of ice definitely give this beach a quite unusual and otherworldly vibe.
Chandipur Beach: Sea Disappears
In India, Chandipur beach is famous for its disappearing sea. When the sea level falls two times a day, the water moves back by 3 miles. Because of a flat seabed, a really long beach appears every time the sea recedes. Many tourists and locals visit the beach to see this unusual phenomenon and enjoy some relaxing activities.
Sea Glass Beach
For a long time, people used to dump their trash onto a beach in Fort Bragg, California. As the years went by, most of the trash decayed and glass was the only thing that was left on the beach. However, the glass was shaped and polished by the waves and it ended up covering the entire beach. The tiny pieces of sea glass look like shiny gemstones now and the whole beach is protected. Over a thousand tourists visit the glass beach every day to see this incredible phenomenon.
Algar de Benagil: Secret Beach
This famous beach in Portugal is actually hidden inside a cave which was formed by the tide. The beach can be seen through the cave's roof but the only way to access it is from the water. However, the entrance is guarded by strong waves and sharp rocks, so it might not be a good idea to swim to this secret beach.
Beaches That Glow
If you ever happen to see a beach that glows at night, you can be sure that it's not a weird, supernatural phenomenon but rather a process called bioluminescence that occurs in algae and plankton. Under certain conditions, thousands of algae and plankton can produce light and make an entire beach look like it's glowing. Bioluminescent beaches can be found all over the world from Japan to the US.
Dragon Egg Beach
Koekohe Beach in New Zealand is covered in large ancient boulders which resemble dragon eggs. These round boulders are 60 million years old and they were formed underground. The boulders emerged from the ground in the 1800s and were named the Moeraki Boulders. Their unusual size and strange cracks can make them look like enormous eggs that are hatching.