Who doesn’t love beaches? When we think of a holiday we often think of us lying lazily on a beach, watching the waves and enjoying the time to do nothing.
While beaches are already a stunning sight, have you ever seen a black sand beach? It is not a fantasy – black sand beaches are for real! And there are plenty of them spread out throughout the globe.
We bring you the five best black sand beaches in the world. They should be in your bucket list!
1. Black Sand Beach, Maui, Hawaii
This surreal beach was formed after a volcanic eruption. The lava from the volcano spread till the sea and collided leading to the formation of the ‘black sand’. This beach is located in Maui’s Waianapanapa State Park. Around the beach you would find ancient temples which would up the wow quotient.
2. Papenoo Beach, Tahiti
We have seen enough pictures of Tahiti with pure white sand that makes you want to fly there now! But Papenoo beach is the black sheep! This black sand beach is a local favourite. You could surf here too!
3. Jökulsárlón Beach, Jökulsárlón, Iceland
Iceland was already too exciting but now it is even more. Imagine a black sand glacier lagoon with a show of the Northern lights above! Straight out of a fairytale? Many films like Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Die Another Day etc. have been shot here.
4. Miho no Matsubara, Shizuoka, Japan
This is not just a black sand beach. It is lined with a 4 miles stretch of pine trees that are a World Heritage Site! What’s the cherry on the cake? You can see an uninterrupted view of the famous Mount Fuji!
5. Muriwai Beach, New Zealand
As if the black sand wasn’t enough of an attraction, you can also do horse-riding, kiteboarding a few other things at this beach. This place is also a favourite for bird-lovers as it has a naturally occurring gannet (birds species) colony, an hour away from Auckland.
The world feels like heaven with the presence of such amazing places! If I were you, I would mark these places and pack my bags.